FOF/VC  Venture Michigan Fund

     Office Locations:

c/o GCM Customized Fund Investment Group
260 E. Brown Street, Suite 317
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248-619-1862
Fax: 248-743-4191



  • Early



  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Manufacturing & Industrial



    Venture Michigan Fund (VMF) seeks to promote Michigan's economic health by assisting in the creation of new jobs, new businesses and new industries. VMF operates a fund-of-funds that invests in private equity managers who invest primarily in Michigan-based early stage venture capital companies. A $95 million venture capital fund investment program was formed under the Michigan Early Stage Venture Investment Act of 2003. As per the Act of 2003, the capital for the program is not provided by the State but raised from outside investors. To encourage investment in VMF, the Michigan Department of Treasury agreed to provide investors with up to $450 million of tax voucher certificates that could be used as a form of 'currency' to offset any shortfall in debt servicing by fulfilling an equivalent amount of Single Business Tax and/or withholding tax obligations of the investors. CFIG was chosen as manager for the program through an RFP process and was engaged in January 2006. Michigan possesses identifiable expertise in several areas, including the following clusters of innovation: Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Homeland Security. The Venture Michigan Fund II, Limited Partnership (VMF II) is a $120 million fund launched in 2011. VMF II will begin to accept information from interested fund managers in February of 2011. Overall, $859.1 million of equity has been invested into 30 Michigan-based portfolio companies with this fund.



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    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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    Kelly Williams Managing Director
    Melford Carter Principal
    Mike Kell Vice President
    Sean O'Donnell Vice President


    Portfolio companies include:

      Arboretum Ventures

      Arsenal Venture Partners




      Flagship Ventures

      Mercury Fund

      MK Capital

      Plymouth Ventures

      RPM Ventures


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