VC  Frankel Commercialization Fund (FCF) nd.asp

     Office Locations:

Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
701 Tappan St., R3200
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
Phone: 734-615-4419



  • Seed



  • Consumer Products & Services
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    The Frankel Commercialization Fund (FCF) is a pre-seed investment fund established to identify and accelerate the commercialization of ideas generated within the University community and the surrounding area. The team adopts a hands-on approach to investing that leverages the talents and resources available at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. The Frankel Fellows, the core team of Ross MBA students selected for their experience in healthcare and technology industries, looks for entrepreneurs seeking pre-seed funds for business plans. The Fund targets companies that support products or technologies that are advanced, proprietary, scalable, and benefit from a sustainable competitive advantage. The Frankel Fellows are organized into four investment teams, one specializing in health care, information technologies, consumer, and clean tech investments. The fund may invest up to $100,000 in funding per team.

    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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    Ken Nisbet Advisor-at-Large
    Tom Porter Managing Director


    Portfolio companies include:

      Accio Energy
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      Ambiq Micro
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      Arbor Photonics
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      Are You a Human
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      BeholzTech, Inc.
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    Recent News:

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