Dashfire partners with high-impact
entrepreneurs and enables
them to pursue their visions

‹‹ Highlighted Partners

" They are a WEALTH of information on all things startup and have been an invaluable partner to us."
- Jenna Walker, co-founder

Off your device, into your life, Artifact Uprising allows users to create design inspired photo goods.

‹‹ Highlighted Partners

"Without Dashfire's leadership and support, it is unlikely that EverTrue would exist and it is hard to imagine that I would have taken the entrepreneurial leap."
- Brent Grinna, CEO

EverTrue's API connects traditional non-profit donor databases to the social graph, thereby delivering improved donor information and more compelling networking solutions through a suite of mobile, tablet and web-based products. EverTrue's clients include independent schools like Andover, Groton and Horace Mann and colleges including Brown and Cornell.

‹‹ Highlighted Partners

"literally where all of our work started. From getting our first prototype up and running, to booking our first revenue and demonstrating a viable product/market fit, none of it would have been possible without their amazing work."
- Jason Lange, CEO

Bloomboard is a social, professional development platform for educators. Their software includes free observation & evaluation tools for districts, individualized learning plans & personalized support recommendations for teachers, and an open marketplace of workshops and resources for professional development.

‹‹ Highlighted Partners

"Dashfire's strategic vision, commitment, and accessibility separates them from the pack."
- Raaja Nemani, CEO

BucketFeet is a Chicago-based footwear brand. We provide a manufacturing, distribution, e-commerce, and social media platform for talented artists to connect with consumers around the world.


Our portfolio companies have raised over $17 million in funding,
been accepted to top accelerator programs, and generated 100+ jobs.

Our Process
Our Process
Our Team
Rickco-founder, Dashfire

Rick has 3 years of startup modeling experience having supported the launch of 20+ digital ventures. He also has 5 years of investment experience, including tenures at the Chicago-based private equity firm, Madison Dearborn Partners and Lehman Brothers Investment Bank. Rick was granted the William J. Clinton Fellowship in 2008.

Nickco-founder, Dashfire

Nicholas has managed development for end clients such as YouSendIt, Wrigley, Microsoft, Merck, IBM, and now, Dashfire portfolio companies. Nicholas previously was a global technology manager for Ford Motor Company where he supervised programs in excess of $200 million of technology spend.

Kelseyventure partner, Dashfire

Kelsey has advised companies at all stages of the lifecycle. Her experience includes roles at the Chicago-based venture capital firm, OCA Ventures, Goldman Sachs and start-up Chimu Solutions. Kelsey has a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management where she focused on entrepreneurship and marketing.

Our Advisors
Jeff Cantalupo

Listen LLC

Brian Spaly

Trunk Club

Lon Chow

General Partner,
Apex Venture Partners

David Chang

Paypal Media Network

Brian Axelrad

Horwood Marcus &

Brent Grinna

CEO & Founder,


Brittany Heditke

Director of Marketing at Viewpoints


Adam Burrows

SVP, Corporate Development and Emerging Businesses

Vikash Shah

Data Strategist


+Other Leading Entrepreneurs & Investors

Our Affiliates