TT/I  University of Michigan Tech Transfer

     Office Locations:

1600 Huron Pkwy, Building 520, 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: 734-763-0614



  • Seed



  • Electronics & Advanced Materials
  • Energy & Clean Tech
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Software & Internet



    The University of Michigan promotes the creation of start-up ventures as a valuable tech transfer option to promote technological growth and its benefits to the market. Serving the University of Michigan community of innovators on all 3 campuses, including U-M Ann Arbor, U-M Dearborn, and U-M Flint, U-M Tech Transfer is responsible for commercializing research discoveries and reports to the U-M Office of Research. Since 2001, U-M Tech Transfer has assisted in the creation of 126 new start-up ventures, with $210.9 million in royalties and equity sales. To further enhance capabilities to create new ventures, U-M Tech Transfer has created the Venture Center. The Venture Center (VC) provides the 'front door' into the University for entrepreneurs and venture partners interested in start-up venture opportunities with U-M technology. The Venture Center includes a core staff of venture creation professionals, a team of mentors-in-residence and other specialists to model, develop and help launch U-M startups. The University offers a program called MINTS, Michigan Invests in New Technology Startups, that, with our recommendation and a qualified venture fund partner, will invest up to $1 million in Round A funding in qualified U-M startups. Over $1 billion has been invested in U-M startups since 2000.

    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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    Chuck Cole Associate Director of Ventures
    Dave Repp Associate Director of Ventures
    Diane Bouis Innovation Manager
    Kelly B. Sexton Ph.D. Associate Vice President
    Mike Psarouthakis Director


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