Venture Fellows

Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community has seen success and profits from funding and employing diverse professionals, but more progress can be made. Although Michigan meets or exceeds the national average of diversity within our venture capital industry, the state has the opportunity set a benchmark for the industry that more clearly reflects representative populations.

The Michigan Venture Capital Association is proud to continue offering the Venture Fellows Program to Michigan’s venture capital community. 2017 Venture Fellow Program funding will focus on attracting diverse talent to the venture capital community in Michigan. The program, started in 2011, is designed to increase the number of venture professionals in Michigan in order to accelerate the fundraising and deployment of capital into early-stage 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 40% of the Venture Fellow’s annual salary.

The Venture Fellow applicant must:

  • Demonstrate significant ties to Michigan
  • Be interested in making a meaningful contribution to the Michigan entrepreneurial & investment community
  • Be a woman, racial minority or a member of the LGBTQ+ community

Program Guidelines

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

Venture Fellows

  • Brandon Epstein
    Associate, Detroit Venture Partners

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  • Brad Lichota
    Senior Analyst, RPM Ventures

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  • Jacob Simon
    Senior Analyst, Fontinalis Partners

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Alumni 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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  • 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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  • Jared Stasik
    Vice President, Detroit Venture Partners

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