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About CVP

Creating Funding Opportunities

The Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance (CVP) oversees the finance and investment component of entrepreneurial studies at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. CVP’s initiatives include connecting the School’s entrepreneurial network to the financial community through its CVP Venture Academy, FTC Practicum, and Michigan Growth Capital Symposium. The Center contributes to the full spectrum of entrepreneurial education and programs administered through the School’s Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

The Center expands, leverages and disseminates its core knowledge of entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and private equity investment for the benefit of its constituent community. This community includes entrepreneurs; managers; investors; public policy makers whose decisions affect the entrepreneurship and equity investment environment; and university students, alumni and staff..

Expertise

The Center’s beneficiaries better understand how to form, finance and develop, innovative, fast growth-oriented entrepreneurial efforts, whether as start-ups, expanding companies, or as recapitalized, restructured or redirected enterprises (i.e. buyouts). The Center offers research, teaching and practitioner involvement programs to encourage the channeling of equity capital to build companies and harvest and recycle capital in new and emerging fields of opportunity.

Goals

The Center endeavors to encourage an increasing rate of sustainable job growth and income, commercialization, and wealth creation by fostering entrepreneurial activity and research in local, regional, national and international markets. As an integral part of the entrepreneurial program at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the Center provides an unparalleled place to promote private sector practices and public policies dedicated to entrepreneurship excellence.

History

The Center was founded in 1994 with a generous gift from the Donald Parsons family, Michael Stark, J. Robert Dobbins, Jim Daverman and David Shelby, alumni of Stephen M. Ross School of and practitioners in the field. The Center has also received continued support from other venture capital and private equity benefactors, including Ted Doan, Ian Bund, David Arscott and William Baumel. The Center supports its activities through program proceeds and symposia sponsorship.

The Center supports its activities through program proceeds and symposia sponsorship.