Technology Development Account I

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In 2005, the first Technology Development Account (TDA I) was established, authorizing the Treasurer’s Office to allocate up to 1% of the State Investment Portfolio to venture capital firms located in Illinois with a goal of investing in technology businesses seeking to locate, expand, or remain in Illinois.


At its core, TDA I carries a dual purpose:  (1) to generate positive investment returns for the State of Illinois and (2) support the growth of Illinois technology businesses, which in turn bolsters job creation and expands the state’s economy.

Job Creation Attributable to TDA I

TDA I utilizes a fund-of-funds approach with areas of investment including Emerging Funds, Venture Funds, and Buyout/Sub-Debt Funds.  Additional diversification is achieved vis-à-vis industry, investment stage, and vintage year.  As such, TDA I contains over 250 portfolio companies across 18 funds (as of June 2015).


*Job creation numbers derived from data provided by recipient funds as of January 2017



While TDA I investments will continue to wind down through 2023 (approximately), the following takeaways help underscore the performance of the program:


  • Realized Gains – Since inception through March 31, 2016, the Treasurer’s Office has received distributions of $30,774,414 in capital gains and dividends.


  • Market Value – As of March 31, 2016, the market value of the TDA I portfolio was $54,658,375.


  • Internal Rate of Return – As of March 31, 2016, the total IRR of TDA I is 5.7% annualized, net of investment management fees.  That is up from 5.6% in September 2014, and 4.9% in December 2013.

Graph showing increased rate of return under TDA I program