VC  RPM Ventures

     Office Locations:

320 North Main St., Suite 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734-332-1700
Fax: 734-332-1900



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Business Services
  • Communications & Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet



    RPM Ventures, founded in 2000, is an early-stage venture capital firm that primarily invests in either: (1) companies with principal customers that are the Midwest Fortune 500 manufacturing base, or (2) startups based on technology developed at one of the Midwest's premier research centers. RPM is first and foremost a high-tech and information-technology venture firm that primarily invests in seed and early-stage companies, including university spinouts. RPM is currently interested in investing in: Advanced materials processing; Business services and process optimization; Data discovery and analytics; Manufacturing quality, warranty and costing systems; New-media delivery and infrastructure; Personalization of the Web; The real-time enterprise; Retail automotive software solutions; Semiconductor digital and analog design; Software automation and design and QA tools; Web-application optimization and security; and Wireless infrastructure. RPM was founded under the name Waypoint Ventures and changed its name to RPM Ventures in 2006 to reflect a strategy focused on leveraging the Midwest's strengths. As Waypoint, the firm invested in 16 companies and raised more than $275 million.

    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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    Adam Boyden Managing Director
    Art Roldan Venture Advisor
    Brad Lichota Principal
    Chris Lalli Venture Advisor
    Gary Clayton Venture Advisor


    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):







      Coterie Insurance



      Series B


    Portfolio companies include:

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