Making Chicago The Pre-Seed Capital with Landon Campbell

August 24, 2023 at 11:00 PM UTC – August 25, 2023 at 1:30 AM UTC

Landon W. Campbell is the General Manager for Drive Capital in Chicago, a venture capital firm committed to investing in exceptional founders who are shaping the future of market-defining companies between the Hudson River and the Rocky Mountains. Landon oversees Drive's $80M pre-seed and seed program in Chicago.

In-person event

About this event

We all know Chicago has a strong venture ecosystem. But one of the common narratives told by founders is that "It's hard to raise early stage...they want to see traction first."

Landon Campbell, investor at Drive Capital, hates that narrative and will not sleep until Chicago becomes THE capital for raising pre-seed money. 

Join us at Drive's brand new Chicago office on August 24th for a fireside chat with Landon. We'll talk about:

  • Why it's so hard to raise at early stage in Chicago
  • What needs to happen to get more early stage dealflow
  • How Chicago can be the home of DECAcorns
  • How Drive Capital invests in startups at pre-seed

Who? Landon Campbell, investor at Drive Capital

What? Fireside chat on Making Chicago The Pre-Seed Capital

Where? Drive Capital office -- address will be shared with registrants prior to the event.

When? Thursday, August 24th 6pm

What Else? Drinks & Light bites

Check out what happened


  • Landon Campbell

    Drive Capital

    General Manager



August 24 – 25, 2023
11:00 PM – 1:30 AM UTC

Venue map


11:00 PMDoors Open, Community-Building & Beverages
12:00 AMFireside Chat with Landon
1:00 AMMore Community-Building & Beverages!


  • Rajiv Nathan


  • Sid Khaitan

    Chapter Coordinator