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Winter 2016 Class Descriptions

As of 7/15/2018 5:49:19 AM

ZEAL Venture Capital Lab

ZEAL - INVEST DETROIT & MERCURY FUND VENTURE CAPITAL FELLOWSHIP: Students will learn the fundamentals of the venture capital process by assisting with deal due diligence, writing investment committee memos, and working with portfolio companies. Students will gain exposure to the venture capital and startup community in Ann Arbor and Detroit and sit in on actual deal and investment committee meetings. Students will be required to attend a 2-hour meeting weekly and out of classroom workflow will vary with deal volume. The final project is likely to require each student to develop an investment thesis for a company and pitch it to members of the investment community.

Invest Detroit is a family of private sector gap financing and venture capital funds, supporting economic and community development in underserved communities primarily in the City of Detroit. The First Step Fund ( invests in pre-seed stage companies in Southeast Michigan, with a diverse industry focus. Detroit Innovate ( is a seed to Series A stage investment fund that fuels the formation and development of high-growth companies in Southeast Michigan, focused on assisting emerging companies commercializing enabling technologies in the healthcare, transportation, advanced manufacturing, and resource efficiency sectors.

Note: Because participating students will work with proprietary information of Invest Detroit and its current or potential portfolio companies, as a condition of participating in this program, all students will be required to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Enrollment in this class is allowed only with permission of Professor Bryce Pilz ( and will be limited to 2-4 students per term.

3.00 hours