Venture Fellows

The Venture Fellows Program aims to increase the number of venture professionals in Michigan and accelerate fundraising and deployment of capital into early stage companies. Selected Venture Fellows are professionals who are early in their venture careers and are hired for two years by a Michigan-based venture firm, with the expectation that they will continue at the firm following the fellowship period. The candidates, who demonstrate a tie to Michigan and an interest in building a venture career here, are directly, involved with the venture fund’s portfolio companies.  This program is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Eligibility

The venture capital firm:

  • Must be headquartered in Michigan or with a Michigan office
  • Must be structured in a manner that has general partners receiving a carry
  • Must match at least $25K in the Venture Fellow’s annual salary.

The Venture Fellow applicant must:

  • Demonstrate significant ties to Michigan
  • Have either:
    1. A graduate degree with a minimum of 3 years of relevant industry experience or deep domain knowledge
    2. Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 5 years of relevant industry experience or deep domain knowledge

Program Guidelines

Please contact Molly Theis, Events and Program Manager, at [email protected] more details.

Venture Fellows

  • William Blake III
    Senior Associate, Beringea

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  • John Bonhard
    Associate, Beringea

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  • Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D.

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  • Seema Chennamsetty
    Senior Associate, Detroit Venture Partners

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  • Brett deMarrais
    Principal, Ludlow Ventures

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  • Adrian Fortino

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  • Kathryn Gardner
    Analyst, Arboretum Ventures

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  • Sabrina Hadinoto
    Associate, Venture Investors

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  • Samual Hogg
    Venture Partner, Open Prairie Ventures

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  • Brad Lichota
    Senior Analyst, RPM Ventures

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  • Josh Lin
    Associate, RPM Ventures

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  • Reda Jaber
    Director of Business Development & Medical Sector Lead, IncWell

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  • Daniel Ratliff
    Associate, Fontinalis Partners

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  • Blake Robbins
    Associate, Ludlow Ventures

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  • Jacob Simon
    Senior Analyst, Fontinalis Partners

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  • Jared Stasik
    Vice President, Detroit Venture Partners

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