VC  Detroit Innovate

     Office Locations:

600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1710
Detroit, MI 48243
Phone: 313-259-6368
Fax: 313-259-6393



  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Software & Internet
  • Transportation & Distribution



    Detroit Innovate is a seed stage investment fund that looks to invest in high-growth companies in the Detroit Region. The fund assists emerging companies commercializing enabling technologies in the healthcare, transportation, advanced manufacturing and resource efficiency sectors. Detroit Innovate makes initial investments of $50K to $500K. To date, the fun has invested in more than 60 early stage companies which have leveraged more than $85M of additional investment. Detroit Innovate is part of Invest Detroit's family of funds and serves as a successor to the First Step Fund. Detroit Innovate plans to invest at least $250K, in increments of $50K as companies hit development milestones.



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    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Adrian Fortino Managing Director


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