Conference Cancelled

It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Forum due to the impact of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and the overriding concern that have caused us to make this decision at this time has always been the responsibility we feel towards our conference delegates, speakers, and partners.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused, but as always, the safety and health of our participants, community and staff are our priority and we feel this is the best option.

GOOD NEWS: We will be hosting Virtual ExecConnect: online 1-1 private meetings.

General Partners: Interested in our Virtual ExecConnect 1-1 private meetings program? Contact Andrew Yale at to discuss Virtual ExecConnect packages.

Limited Partners/Family Offices: Interested in our Virtual ExecConnect 1-1 private meetings program? Contact Grant Catton at  or at 646-321-4864 for complimentary meetings!

If you have any questions, please contact:

To view our terms and conditions, click here.

Now in its 13th year, PartnerConnect Midwest, has long since established itself as the premier event for LP-GP networking in the Midwest region.

At PartnerConnect Midwest, you’ll find:

    • 200+ senior level, largely LP or GP attendees; our attendees are 85% Managing Director/Partner Level; as well as 45% LP and 45% GP.
    • ExecConnect —our famous LP-GP 1:1 private meetings program—has seen billions of dollars raised over 11,000 meetings at our events.
    • Innovative content & elite speakers in the industry from our award winning journalists at PE Hub, Buyouts, &  VCJ. 
    • Conversations – We give you ample time to build relationships, with multiple networking breaks and cocktail receptions

Register today to take advantage of ExecConnect at PartnerConnect Midwest!

Join hundreds of LPs, GPs and intermediaries in Chicago for unparalleled networking and intelligence.

Whether you’re focused on fundraising or just looking to learn more about the trends shaping your business, PartnerConnect Midwest is the preeminent forum for private equity in the Midwest.

Discussion topics:

  • LP perspectives on fundraising
  • How to invest if the bull run continues
  • Opportunities created by the trade war
  • Academic research on behavior and manager return
  • Faith based investing
  • How companies staying private is affecting VC
  • Specialist vs generalist PE and VC managers
  • Emerging manager data
  • Early vs late stage VC
  • Buyouts Deal of the Year Award Winners

Who Should Attend?

  • Limited Partners / Investors / Allocators who invest in private partnerships
  • Managers in the following categories: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds, Mezzanine & Senior Debt, Growth Equity, Real Estate, Energy, Infrastructure
  • Deal intermediaries who advise or manage deal flow opportunities in private capital
  • Placement Agents / Fundraising advisors / intermediaries between GPs and LPs
  • CEOs of venture- or private equity-backed private companies
  • Corporate development executives who provide exit opportunities for private capital funds
  • Private Real Estate Funds

Why You Should Attend?

  • Unparalleled content produced by our award-winning journalists
  • Intimate and structured networking opportunities throughout the conference
  • ExecConnect Private LP-GP Meetings Program to help you achieve your fundraising goals
  • Strict vetting process for all attendees

ExecConnect LP-GP Meetings

Now celebrating our eighth year of our ExecConnect Private Meeting Program, we are proud to say we’ve arranged over 11,000 1:1 meetings between fund managers and limited partners.

Through our program, billions of dollars in commitments have been made by LPs to GPs. Participants efficiently move through 20 minute private meetings. For more information, click here.

LP Dinner

LPs who take part in ExecConnect are invited to join our LP Dinner after the event. This limited event is a forum for LPs to network and share best practices with other institutional investors.

Seating is limited, so RSVP to Grant Catton at

A sample of who you could meet

2019 Attendees included

50 South Capital Advisors
747 Capital
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Allianz Capital Partners
Brooke Private Equity Associates
Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund
Crow Holdings Capital Investment Partners
Evanston Capital Management
Grove Street Advisors
Illinois State Board of Investment
Morgan Stanley
Northwestern Mutual Capital, LLC
Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System
RCP Advisors
The Jordan Family Office
Union Grove Venture Partners
Wells Fargo
Wolf Point Asset Management



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Ai8 Ventures

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Aldea Capital Partners

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2021 Agenda To Be Announced Soon!

Interested in speaking?

Please contact Daniel Weinstein at or +1 646 356 4534.


ExecConnect is a proprietary private meeting program consisting of meticulously pre-scheduled 20-minute meetings between mutually interested GPs and LPs. Each One-to-One Meeting is carefully vetted by ExecConnect Directors to ensure that LPs looking to commit capital and GPs looking to raise capital meet in a relaxed, efficient and effective manner. View the list of attendees in advance, pre-select those you would most like to meet and let us do the rest! You’ll arrive at PartnerConnect East with a full schedule of meetings organized by our VIP team.

ExecConnect removes the countless hours of research and travel needed for investors and managers whose goals are in symmetry, to meet in person. The time and hassle you avoid is incalculable.


Since we started the ExecConnect program
in 2011, we have conducted:

  • 13,788 meetings over the course of 60 events
  • Helping nearly 2,000 PE, VC, and Real Estate funds raise billions in capital,
  • Assisted nearly 3,000 LPs find their next out-performing fund manager or independent sponsor

If you are a General Partner (GP), please contact Andrew Yale via email at or via telephone on +1 (646) 989-8025 to learn more.


As an accredited institutional investor you may qualify for a Complimentary Institutional Investor Pass. Recipients of this Investor Pass may attend the entire conference program and the general networking reception, if you agree to participate in our ExecConnect 1:1 meeting program for at least three 20-minute private meetings with fund managers of your choice at a time of your choice.

By applying for a complimentary pass, you certify that your firm is a qualified institutional investor that commits capital to alternative asset managers, or that your firm advises institutional investors to make such commitments. You also certify that your firm is an accredited investor as defined by Rule 501 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933. You agree to take at least 3 private meetings as part of the ExecConnect Meetings Program.




Please note: Fund of Funds who qualify for a complimentary pass are restricted to those who are responsible to approve, oversee or research primary commitments to fund managers. Professionals who work on secondaries, directs, fundraising, marketing, business development, or in an administrative capacity, would not qualify. We will be in touch once you have submitted your application.

If you are a Limited Partner (LP) looking for investment opportunities or to meet and screen new GP’s in a time-efficient, personalized manner, please contact Grant Catton via email at or via telephone on +1 (646) 321-4864.

Showcase your company at the event

PartnerConnect Midwest offers a unique opportunity for organizations to raise their profile by meeting with the largest gathering of private equity fundraisers, investors, and dealmakers.  PartnerConnect Midwest welcomes 300+ senior LPs, GPs, and VCs as they gather for intimate one-on-one networking challenges creators across two days of sessions.

For exclusive sponsorship packages, contact Lawrence Dvorchik at or call+1 646 545 4429.

2020 Speakers

Interested in speaking?

Please contact Daniel Weinstein at or +1 646 356 4534.

Chris Witkowsky

Private Equity Editor, Buyouts Insider

Chris Witkowsky is private equity editor for Buyouts Insider. He runs PE HUB, Buyouts website, and magazine and oversees PE HUB Wire. Along with managing a team of five reporters, Chris also reports daily on private equity firms, mostly from the LP s… Read full bio
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If you would like to call the hotel to secure your reservation, please call: (312) 372-7200 and reference: PEI Media Partner Connect Midwest to ensure you receive your special room rate.

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