ABOUT MICHIGAN FOUNDERS FUND

Collectively contributing to a stronger, more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem and a growing and diverse community

Michigan Founders Fund is a network of entrepreneurs and investors who have pledged 1% of equity, carry or profit to support impactful local organizations throughout the state who are doing the work to better our communities and enrich quality of life.

Our Mission

Grow the presence of successful high-growth ventures and advance civic leadership in Michigan.

Our Values & Pillars of Growth

CONNECTION

Ongoing support through the sharing of ideas, struggles and experiences leads to better chances of success.

Founders seeing themselves and finding fellowship through peer networking.

CULTURE

The capability to relate and work effectively across cultures can transform companies and communities.

Setting the foundation for equity and inclusion.

COMMUNITY

The more we understand community needs and risks in relationship to the needs of emerging companies, the better equipped we are to positively affect both.

Creating groundedness to and generating capital for MI.

A FUTURE BEYOND TOMORROW

These pillars lay the foundation to collectively create the future we want to see across our state. Entrepreneurs working together and with community leaders results in a stronger, more sustainable Michigan.

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Team and Board

Trista Van Tine

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Sarah Craft

Director of Community Engagement

Adrian Fortino

Board Treasurer
Managing Director, Mercury Fund

Bhushan Kulkarni

Board Co-Chair
Co-Founder & CEO, InfoReady

Dug Song

Co-Founder & Board Co-Chair
Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco Security

Advisory Council

Mike Duncan

FOUNDER AND CEO,
BANKJOY

Lisa McLaughlin

CO-FOUNDER AND CO-CEO,
WORKIT HEALTH

Mike Vichich

VP & GM,
OLO

Jen Baird

FOUNDER & CEO,
FIFTH EYE

David Corcoran

EIR,
PURDUE DIAL VENTURES

Erika Block

PRINCIPAL,
STICKYLAB

Kathleen Craig

FOUNDER & CEO,
HT MOBILE APPS

Darren Riley

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO,
JUSTAIR SOLUTIONS

Doug Neal

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR,
ELAB VENTURES

Monica Wheat

MANAGING DIRECTOR,
TECHSTARS EQUITECH

Nick Moroz

DIRECTOR OF ENTREPRENEURAL PRACTICE,
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Jeff Rinvelt

PRINCIPAL,
RENAISSANCE VENTURE CAPITAL

Our History

Michigan Founders Fund (MFF) is a 501(c)3 public charity representing the collective action of the state’s high-growth entrepreneurs. By equipping startup leaders with founder-first programming and company-building support, diversity, equity, and inclusion-focused resources, and a simple mechanism for philanthropic giving, we empower each other to accelerate business growth and community development. Michigan Founders Fund previously served the community as the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund, an initiative of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation that was launched in 2019 with a focus on Washtenaw County. To advance the support of high-growth entrepreneurs, increase programming, and take a new approach to grantmaking efforts, an independent and re-structured organization was established in December 2021. MFF is dedicated to supporting founders and communities wherever they are throughout the state of Michigan.