Increase the velocity of early-stage fundraising success

What is Speed Round?

In partnership with GET Cities, P33 is selecting and supporting 25 seed stage Chicago startups to increase the pace and probability of closing their first institutional rounds of financings. 

We provide hands-on support from VC and customer introductions, to fundraising strategy and milestone design.

The speed round process:

1. Validate

Make sure you and your startup are ready for venture.

2. Prospect

Build relationships with your target investors.

3. Prepare

Build a package to impress any investors.

4. Practice

Get candid feedback from your advisors and friendly investors.

5. Pitch

Run your investor process like a pro.

Who Should apply?





Pre-Seed to Series A




Progress report

Some of our Participating Startups

Your Advisors

Desiree Vargas Wrigley

  • Chief Innovation Officer at P33
  • Co-Founder of The Josephine Collective

About Desiree

Desiree Vargas Wrigley is a Latinx serial entrepreneur. Her companies include Pearachute, a company that helps parents and children drop into the best family activities in town. Prior to that Desiree co-founded GiveForward, the world’s leading crowd-giving platform for people facing a major life event. Under her leadership, the company helped friends and family contribute nearly $160M to loved ones in need. 

After graduating from Yale, she taught New Venture Discovery at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Desiree has been named Inc’s 30 Under 30, Crain’s 40 Under 40, one of Parents Magazine’s Most Inspiring Moms, one of Forbe’s Women to Watch, and has appeared on Shark Tank, closing one of the largest deals on the show to date. 

Areas of impact in a nutshell:

Evan Shy

  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence at P33
  • Operating Partner at Vitamin Capital

About Evan

Multi-time founder and CEO with a decade of experience starting, managing, and growing “0 to 1” companies. That experience has required Evan to develop skills up and down the organizational stack from Product to Sales Leadership to Fundraising. 

As Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Penny Pritzker’s P33, Evan is focused specifically on supporting promising Chicago-Based Startups close Seed to Series B rounds of capital.   Evan also brings his experience as an Operating Partner at Vitamin Capital where he evaluates new investments and helps portfolio companies to provide an investors perspective on how Speed Round participants can be more successful fundraising. 

Areas of impact in a nutshell:

speed round sponsors

how you can get involved

Apply to join

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