Wolverine Venture Fund Profiled on Big Ten Network's "Out of the Blue" :: Video
Nation’s first student-led venture fund is recognized for ongoing value to students and startups.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Members of the Wolverine Venture Fund (WVF) and the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI) at Ross are featured in a new episode of the series “Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference,” produced by Michigan Productions.
"The Wolverine Venture Fund" (episode #211) presents interviews with Tom Kinnear, WVF fund manager, and Tom Porter, manager of the Frankel Commercialization Fund. Student fund advisory board members Michael Godwin, MBA '10, Jason Townsend, MBA '10, and Carrie Frost, MACC '10 also are profiled. They reflect on the WVF’s recent success, including its record-setting $2 million return following the acquisition of portfolio company HandyLab.
In just over a decade, the WVF has invested in more than 18 companies across a wide range of innovative industries. ZLI oversees the fund, which teaches MBA students the intricacies of the venture capital business by allowing them to make actual investments in early-stage companies under faculty and adviser supervision. Emerging high-potential companies, such as HandyLab, receive investment dollars from the WVF at critical times during their seed and early-stage phases. In addition, Ross students provide input by developing and revising business plans, conducting market and product research, and writing case studies.
"Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference" is presented by the Office of the Vice President for Communications at the University. The program highlights the people, research, outreach, and events that make the University of Michigan a premier institution of higher learning.
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