VC  Wolverine Venture Fund

     Office Locations:

Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
701 Tappan Street, R3200
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234
Phone: 734-615-4419
Fax: 734-615-4420



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology



    The Wolverine Venture Fund (WVF) is a $5.5 million venture capital fund operated directly out of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, enabling entrepreneurs to realize their business dreams. The Fund invests with the active involvement of MBA students, faculty assistance, and an advisory board composed of professional venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. The WVF is the largest, most active University-based venture fund of its type in the country. The WVF invests primarily in early-stage, emerging growth companies. The Fund typically provides $50,000 to $200,000 in seed and first-stage funding rounds in syndication with other venture capital funds and angel investors.

    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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    Richard (Erik) Gordon J.D. Managing Director
    Thomas C. Kinnear Ph.D. Managing Director


    Recent Funding Events (trailing 12 months):










      Series A


    Portfolio companies include:

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