ED  First Step Fund

http://investdetroit.com/managed-funds/first- step-fund/

     Office Locations:

600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1710
Detroit, MI 48243-1802
Phone: 313-259-6368
Fax: 313-259-6393



  • Seed



  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Software & Internet
  • Transportation & Distribution



    Managed by Invest Detroit Ventures, the First Step Fund is a pre-seed investment fund serving emerging and newly-formed high growth businesses in Southeast Michigan. Investment size ranges from $15,000 to $150,000 initial investments with considered follow-on investments of up to a maximum of $150,000 for qualifying companies. The Fund sometimes partners with other investors for investment rounds that are typically sized between $150,000 and $500,000 and targets Michigan, with a special preference in the city of Detroit. The First Step Fund is industry agnostic and focuses on high growth, emerging businesses that can demonstrate the ability to scale. The Fund has a desire to be inclusive to businesses led by women, immigrants, and minorities.

    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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    Darnell Adams Vice President
    David Blaszkeiwicz President and CEO
    Derek Edwards Senior Vice President
    Jason Barnett Vice President, Invest Detroit
    Keona Cowan Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer


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