VC  Social Venture Fund

     Office Locations:

Michigan Ross School of Business
701 Tappan Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: 734-763-5796



  • Early



  • Education & Training
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    Launched in September 2009 by a group MBA students, the University of Michigan Social Venture Fund (SvF) invests in and supports innovative companies that place social impact at the heart of their business model. It invests $50,000 to $100,000 annually in equity or convertible debt notes as part of larger capital rounds, typically seed or Series A. SvF invests in early stage companies that generate both financial and social returns. The fund is housed within the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business. The Social Venture Fund focuses exclusively on for-profit enterprises that are committed to positive and measurable social or environmental impact. SVF invests in US-based businesses working in the areas of Education, Food Systems & Environment, Health, and Urban Revitalization. The Urban Revitalization sector is particularly interested in business plans from the Southeast Michigan/Detroit area. Each fall, Social Venture Fund accepts 15-25 new associates (traditionally accept 2-5 BBAs per year). SvF is led by approximately 35-40 MBAs and BBAs, nearly one-half of whom are pursuing dual-degrees in Education, Public, Environment, Health, Law and Public Policy.

    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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    Carlos Perez Director of Fund Operations
    Carly Paris Associate
    Gautam Kaul Managing Director
    Iman Shakeri Director of Education
    Katie Wheeler Director of Portfolio


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Six Foods
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