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.
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 December 2017).
*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 December 31, 2017, the Treasurer’s Office has received distributions of $46,427,655 in capital gains and dividends.
- Market Value – As of December 31, 2017, the market value of the TDA I portfolio was $47,909,183
- Internal Rate of Return – As of December 31, 2017, the total internal rate of return (IRR) of TDA I is 6.3% annualized, net of investment management fees.