Friday, September 25, 2009 | 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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The Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance (CVP) oversees
the finance and investment component of entrepreneurial studies at
the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
CVP's initiatives include connecting the School’s entrepreneurial
network to the financial community through its annual Michigan Growth
Capital Symposium www.michiganGCS.com.
The Center contributes to the full spectrum of entrepreneurial education
and programs administered through the School's Samuel Zell & Robert
H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.
The Center expands, leverages and disseminates its core knowledge of
entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and private equity investment
for the benefit of its constituent community. This community includes
entrepreneurs; managers; investors; public policy makers whose decisions
affect the entrepreneurship and equity investment environment; and
university students, alumni and staff.
The Center's beneficiaries better understand how to form, finance and
develop, innovative, fast growth-oriented entrepreneurial efforts,
whether as start-ups, expanding companies, or as recapitalized, restructured
or redirected enterprises (i.e. buyouts). The Center offers research,
teaching and practitioner involvement programs to encourage the channeling
of equity capital to build companies and harvest and recycle capital
in new and emerging fields of opportunity.
The Center endeavors to encourage an increasing rate of sustainable
job growth and income, commercialization, and wealth creation by fostering
entrepreneurial activity and research in local, regional, national
and international markets. As an integral part of the entrepreneurial
program at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University
of Michigan, the Center provides an unparalleled place to promote private
sector practices and public policies dedicated to entrepreneurship
The Center was founded in 1994 with a generous gift from the Donald
Parsons family, Michael Stark, J. Robert Dobbins, Jim Daverman and
David Shelby, alumni of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the
University of Michigan and practitioners in the field. The Center has
also received continued support from other venture capital and private
equity benefactors, including Ted Doan, Ian Bund, David Arscott and
The Center supports its activities through program proceeds and symposia
The CVP community includes: entrepreneurs and owner/managers of fast
growth-oriented companies, especially high technology-based companies;
institutional investors, individual venture capital and private equity
investors focusing on equity-based financing for entrepreneurial firms
at all growth, development, restructuring and harvest stages; public
policy makers at federal, state and local governmental level involved
with long term economic growth and entrepreneurship issues; communications
and information media seeking related resources and expertise; and
students, alumni, faculty and staff of the University of Michigan as
well as other university institutions. The Center’s output to
these constituents includes academic and professional research, the
Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, educational materials, courses,
and seminars, and the fostering of university technology commercialization.