Full AheadVentures

Quid is an entrepreneurial lending company in which FAV is a partner. Quid seeks to provide small businesses with access to capital.

FAV invested in EduProtect, a B2B product at the university level that provides a personal security solution, increasing peace of mind and making the world a safer place.

"Forced Perspective" is an intimate portrait of iconic Cleveland artist Derek Hess by documentary filmmaker Nick Cavalier. From Derek's early flyer work and celebrated sketches to his elaborate mixed media pieces, this film showcases the evolution of Derek's art and the emotional ripples it leaves behind in the world.

Overseeing strategic vision, operations, and brand/media relations, Full Ahead Ventures (FAV) is expanding this abbreviated-dating company. FAV acquired the fledging business with a struggling business model in mid-2012 and has a goal of 18-24 months to increase revenue and profitability. (Acquired by 3 Minutes at a Time, Feb. 2014).

Overseeing investor relations, partnerships, daily operations, brand strategy and media relations, FAV helped this early stage start up compete against the likes of the biggest wedding brands in the world and eventually pushed the company towards being acquired.
(Acquired by WeddingWire, Dec. 2013)

Loft 312 Inc. designs and manufactures accessories for people with pets. Its eco-friendly lifestyle products use an exclusive biodegradable plastic technology.

As an initial outside investor, FAV watched the eco-friendly eyewear producer quadruple in size. Its design-savvy product, which uses FSC-certified plastics and reclaimed hardwood, is globally distributed.

FAV invested in Ditto Trade, a first-of-its-kind social brokerage firm that was created to benefit the millions of investors on the sidelines. The idea behind Ditto Trade was to offer people access to trading expertise they had never had before.

FAV assisted this growth incubator to increase its event schedule, sponsorship packages and attract many new companies into its creative space. During FAV's tenure, VentureSHOT grew to be a more recognizable brand in Chicago and has continued to accelerate.

FAV founded and oversaw operations for the logistics and intermodal transportation company, Chicago Marine. The initial $2.5 million dollars in start-up revenue was earned in less than 12 months.

Full Ahead Ventures is always looking to invest or join new companies in Chicago and beyond.


Chris Rentner founded Full Ahead Ventures to invest in and develop businesses. He has executed investments in multiple Chicago-headquartered companies, raised external funds and completed investment strategies for early stage startups, and designed passive strategies for returns off capital investments. He has had revenues, fund raises and exits in the mid seven-figure range.


Business Development

Risk Management

Interactive Strategy

Angel Investing