Venture Fellows

The Michigan Venture Capital Association is proud to continue offering the Venture Fellows Program to Michigan’s venture capital community. Supported by MEDC and launched in 2011, the program is designed to increase the number of venture professionals in Michigan to accelerate the fundraising and deployment of capital into early-stage companies.

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 2018 Venture Fellow Program funding will focus on attracting talent to Michigan who are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse venture capital community in Michigan.

Eligibility

The venture capital firm must:

  • Be headquartered in Michigan or with a Michigan office
  • Be structured in a manner that has general partners receiving a
    carry
  • Be dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial
    and investment community in Michigan
  • Match at least 40% of the Venture Fellow’s annual salary
  • Not have an existing venture fellow

The Venture Fellow applicant must:

  • Demonstrate significant ties to Michigan
  • Be interested in making a meaningful contribution to the
    Michigan entrepreneurial & investment community
  • Actively contribute to promoting a diverse and inclusive
    entrepreneurial and investment community

Program Guidelines

 

Please contact Molly Theis, Events and Program Manager, at [email protected] for more details. MVCA does not negotiate fellowship decisions.

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

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  • Brett deMarrais
    Principal, Ludlow Ventures

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  • Brandon Epstein
    Associate, Detroit Venture Partners

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  • Adrian Fortino
    Partner, Mercury Fund

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  • Kathryn Garry
    Management Fellow, St. Joseph Mercy Health System

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  • Sabrina Hadinoto

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  • Samual Hogg
    Venture Partner, Open Prairie Ventures

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  • Reda Jaber
    Director of Business Development at Gemphire Therapeutics and Partner at IncWell

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  • Brad Lichota
    Senior Analyst, RPM Ventures

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  • Josh Lin
    Chief of Staff, Apto

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  • Daniel Ratliff
    Senior 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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  • Jeremy Werner
    Senior Associate, Beringea

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  • Nic Wetzler
    Director, Augment Ventures

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