Agenda

2022 Agenda

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

10:30 AM

Introducing MGCS 2022 – Day One

Symposium Director, David J. Brophy, PhD, Stephen M.Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

10:40 AM

Welcome to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business

           Interim Dean Francine Lafontaine, PhD,  University of Michigan

           Stephen M.Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI

10:45 AM

Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital at the University of Michigan

Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, Vice President of Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

11:00 AM

Keynote Speakers

Jan Garfinkle and Tim Petersen, Co-founders, Arboretum Ventures, LLC, 

Ann Arbor, MI

Moderator: Ian Bund, Senior Partner, Plymouth Growth Fund, LLC, 

Ann Arbor, MI

12:00 PM

Mobility Panel: Michigan and the Globe

Panel Moderator: Jessica Robinson, Co-founder, Assembly Ventures, LLC, Detroit, MI

Panelists: Adam Bazih, Managing Partner at BEVC, Los Angeles, CA

Lindsey Kilbride, Principal, Detroit Venture Partners, Detroit, MI

Libby Wayman, Partner, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Cambridge, MA

1:00 PM

Preparing High-Potential Young Companies for Venture Capital Funding

Featured Speaker: Jonathan Levy, Co-Founding Partner, Y Combinator, Inc., 

San Francisco, CA      

Discussant:  Doug Neal, Founding Partner, eLab Ventures, Ann Arbor, MI            

2:00 PM

Raising VC Limited Partnership Capital From Individual and Institutional Investors…Domestic and Global

Featured Speakers: Adam Lilling, Founder and Managing Partner, Plus Capital Ventures, Culver City, CA

Chris Rizik, CEO, Renaissance Venture Capital, Ann Arbor, MI   

Discussant:  Dan Feder, CFA, Managing Director, Investment Office, University of Michigan

3:00 PM

Venture Capital Opportunities in the Midwest

Featured Speaker: Chris Olsen, Co-founder, Drive Capital LLC , Columbus, OH

Discussant: David Brophy, PhD, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

4:00 PM

University of Michigan Innovation Partnerships’ Startups and Direct Investment

Executive Presentation: Dr. Kelly Sexton, Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships, University of Michigan

Discussant: Michael Psarouthakis, Director, Accelerate Blue Fund, 

University of Michigan      

Evening

Local VC Experts and Emerging Entrepreneurs Dinner – MUST RSVP HERE

Michigan Venture Capital Association, Ara Tapouzian, Director and Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

 

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

9:55

Program Opening

Symposium Director, David J. Brophy, PhD , Stephen M.Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

10:00 AM

Michigan Economic Development Corporation: Supporting Tech Companies from Pre-Launch to Investment

Panel Moderator: Fred Molnar, MEDC Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, Lansing, MI

Panelists: James Baker, Michigan Tech University,  Associate Vice President for Research Administration, Houghton, MI

Ara Topouzian, Executive Director of Michigan Venture Capital Association, Symposium Director, Ann Arbor, MI

Jeff Wesley, MSU Foundation, Executive Director of Red Cedar Ventures / Michigan Rise Pre-Seed III Fund,

Bill Mayer, Ann Arbor SPARK,  Senior Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services, Ann Arbor, MI

11:00 AM

Keynote Speaker

Michael Stark, Founder and Managing Partner, Crosslink Capital, 

San Francisco, CA

Discussant: David Brophy , PhD., Stephen M.Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

12:00 PM

University Venture Capital Funds

Panel Moderator: Michael Psarouthakis, Managing Director, Accelerate Blue Fund, University of Michigan

Panelists: Teri Willey, Executive Director of IU Ventures, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Matt Rannals, Venture Associate, University of Virginia LVG, Charlottesville, VA

Jeff Wesley, Executive Director of Spartan Innovations, Michigan Rise, and Red Cedar Ventures, Ann Arbor, MI

1:00 PM

The Health Care Systems Startup Process

Panel Moderator: Gene Parunak, CEO 

Panelists: Briana Riley, Manager of Innovation, Henry Ford Health Care, Detroit, MI. 

Kathryne Cooper, Partner, Jumpstart Nova, Los Angeles, CA

Karen Spilizewski, Vice President of Rivervest, Cleveland, OH

Niki Kennedy, CEO, ArborHive, Detroit, MI

2:00 PM

Characteristics and Funding of New, First Time Venture Capital Funds

Panel Moderator: Kevin Crosby, 

Panelists: Tim Streit, Grand Ventures, LLC, Grand Rapids, MI

Sara Zulkosky, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Recast Capital, Washington D.C.

Kristina Dayback, Co-Founder, Carta Fund Administration, Holmdel, New Jersey            

Kelli Jones, Founder and General Partner, Sixty8 Captial, Indianapolis, IN

3:00 PM             

Investment Trends and Outlook on Life Sciences and Healthtech in the Midwest: From Pre-Seed to IPOs.

Panel Moderator: Stephen Rapundalo, Director, MichBio, Inc., 

Ann Arbor, MI

Panelists: Phillip D. Torrence, JD, Partner, Honigman, Kalamazoo, MI

Dale Grogan, Managing Partner, Grand Angels and Michigan Capital Network, Grand Rapids, MI

Rurik “Rik” Vandevenne, MBA, Managing Partner, River Cities Capital, Raleigh, NC

 

CLOSING:  Symposium Director David Brophy, Ph.D., Stephen M.Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Stewart Thornhill, Director, Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies,

Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

*Content will remain online with communications access for 30 days after the formal Symposium Closing on May 18th.*