CVP News

“Bake-Off” Benefactor

2017 Michigan Alumnus Class Note Alan Gelband, BBA ’65, MBA ’67, the founder and managing director at Gelband & Co., a New York-based investment-banking firm, stirs up heated competition among graduate students in U-M Professor David Brophy’s Private Equity Finance class each year by donating $10,000 in prize money for […]

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Student Teams Dish Up Hot Pitches at Annual PE Bake-Off Competition

Zell Lurie Institute-CVP   Student Teams Dish Up Hot Public-to-Private Buyout Pitches at Annual Private Equity Bake-Off Competition Competition heated up at this year’s Private Equity “bake-off,” where two semifinalist student teams dished up their best buyout pitches for purchasing a public company in a private equity fund acquisition. At […]

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U-M Professor David Brophy Receives MVCA’s Above and Beyond Award

MGCS e-newsletter | 2017 Issue No. 1 U-M Professor David Brophy Receives MVCA’s Above and Beyond Award for His Contributions to Michigan’s Venture Capital Industry and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Professor of Finance David Brophy, director of the University of Michigan Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance, was presented with the […]

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SPLT takes $500,000 top prize at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

By MARTI BENEDETTI   The judges for the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition deliberated for more than an hour and a half late Thursday night at Cobo Center in Detroit before naming mobility company SPLT the $500,000 winner. “The candidates were so good and we had such a wide array of awards that trying to decide […]

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Tech innovators honored at Michigan Venture Capital Association awards dinner

By MARTI BENEDETTI Millendo Therapeutics, Fontinalis Partners and RetroSense Therapeutics were the top honorees Wednesday at the Michigan Venture Capital Association‘s 2016 Awards Dinner at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit. Ann Arbor-based Millendo Therapeutics works on finding drugs to improve the quality of life for patients with endocrine diseases. It won the Capital Event of the Year Award […]

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Lawn Guru taps into on-demand economy

John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press The on-demand economy that gave rise to transportation companies like Uber has found its way into metro Detroit’s lawn-care industry. Lawn Guru, a startup based in suburban Wixom, this month won the $25,000 prize for best product or service in the Accelerate Michigan competition for entrepreneurs. Launched […]

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University of Michigan’s Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund Invests in ContentOro

Student-led venture capital fund to provide financing to Ann Arbor-based content marketing software company ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund of the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business today announced that it has invested in ContentOro, […]

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UM business class aims to help 15 tech companies take off

By TOM HENDERSON Crain’s Detroit Business David Brophy, a finance professor at the University of Michigan, wants to take 15 early-stage tech companies to school in the prestigious Ross School of Business, and it won’t cost them a penny. Company founders will gather for three hours each Wednesday night during the fall […]

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