Alumni and Faculty Start-Ups
These accomplished University of Michigan Business School Alumni and faculty are the creators and leaders of successful start-ups. If you would like to have your new venture posted on this site, contact Anne Perigo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randall L. Albert, Co-Founder and Manager, Clerestory,
Founded in 2002, Ann Arbor-based Clerestory, Inc. uses
Internet technology to provide guaranteed performance
improvement to residential real estate brokers and
agents. The products include: ClereTrack(tm) performance
monitoring, ClerePerformance(tm) business planning,
accountability, and closed-loop feedback, and ClereSite
(tm) a managed website solution designed to enhance
brand identity and drive traffic.
Randolph J. Agley, Chairman and CEO, Talon Group LLC
BBA 1964, MBA 1965, 1992 UM Entrepreneurship Award
Formed in 1973, the Talon Group ("Talon") is a consolidation of affiliated companies under common ownership.
Talon's diversified manufacturing holdings include the Talon Automated Equipment Group, the Talon Automotive Group, Urethane Products, and Talon's real estate arm, Talon Development Group.
Richard Baudin, President and Founder, Valerie's Crepes
Valerie's Crepes seeks to become the icon in the U.S. food crepes business by providing delicious made-to-order gourmet crepes, filled with fresh, flavorful ingredients. By offering convenient counter service restaurants, Valerie's Crepe Cafe seeks to satisfy customers by providing great tasting products, superior value, and a fun experience.
Beguin, Founder, Libertad
Founded in 2003, Texas-based Libertad Financial serves
the low-income Hispanic Community by delivering
financial and educational services specifically designed
to meet the Community's unique financial services needs.
Carlos Hernandez (MBA 1999) and Silvia Cheskes (MBA
1999) serve among Libertad's Board of Advisors.
David Bohnett, Founder, GeoCities; and Executive Director,
David Bohnett Foundation
MBA 1980, 2000 UM Entrepreneurship Award
David Bohnett, founded GeoCities in 1994, which grew to become the largest community on the Internet. He pioneered and championed the concept of providing free home pages to everyone on the web, and he built a business model based on advertising, sponsorships, and electronic commerce. The David Bohnett Foundation is a grant-making organization formed in 1999 for the purpose of improving society through social activism.
Michael Callas, Co-founder, Outdoor Divas
This unique retail operation, based in Boulder, Colorado, offers adventure gear designed specifically for women. Outdoor Divas carries product lines designed to meet the needs of women interested in running, mountain climbing, snowshoeing, mountain bike racing, and much more.
Mary Campbell, General Partner, EDF Ventures
Thomas S. Porter, General Partner, EDF Ventures, and Adjunct Professor of Corporate Strategy, University of Michigan Business School
Ann Arbor-based EDF Ventures is experienced in investing in all stages of growing companies and has a particular expertise in working with those that are early in their development. The Fund finds early stage market driven companies in health care and information technology particularly attractive. We primarily originate investments in the Midwest and co-invest in other geographic locations.
Luke Chung, President, JaniLink Corporation
This Atlanta-based company distributes commercial cleaning products. JaniLink seeks to become the market leader for cleaning supplies in the United States via an acquisition roll-up strategy.
Kim Gans and David Lowy, The Candy Factory
The Candy Factory seeks to be the world's leading provider of educational fun by providing a one-of-a kind theme-based interactive educational destination for children and their families. All activities will be geared toward discovery and creativity.
John Gary, President and Founder, Roger, Inc.
Roger, Inc., helps people realize maximum value from their workouts by relieving their record-keeping burden and allowing them to create individualized workout plans with an easy to use, cost effective software product, PushXL.
Donna Gent, CEO and Co-founder, Kinderstreet
Founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in August 2000, the company
delivers an Internet-based applications suite designed to streamline
administration and increase parent communications for childcare
James Green, Director, Venture
Venture Artisans enhances the growth of new ventures through
the creation and execution of accelerated, actionable counsel
that encourages and supports entrepreneurs.
Michael J. Jandernoa, Chairman of the Board, Perrigo Company
BBA 1972, UM Entrepreneurship Award Recipient 2002
Perrigo is one the nation's largest manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and nutritional products for the store brand market.
Diana Starr Langley, Founder, Dioptics
Founded in 1979 Dioptics developed a UV400 ultraviolet
absorber which was implemented in the first sunglasses with
UV protection (Solarshields) and first intraocular implant
for cataract surgery. The company was sold to a private
iinvestment firm in 1996 and continues to do well.
Steve J. Mariotti, Founder and President, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
BBA 1975, MBA 1977, UM Entrepreneurship Award Recipient
NFTE's mission is to teach entrepreneurship to low-income young people, ages 11 through 18, so they can become economically productive members of society by improving their academic, business, technology, and life skills.
Robert Mazur, President, B.A. Maze Inc.
Robert Mazur developed the PurrFect Opener, an all-purpose device for opening medicine bottles and containers. The nationally marketed opener stands apart from its competitors by looking like a cat and being about as big as a computer mouse.
Morin, President and Co-founder, Macro Connect, Inc.
Established in 2003, Macro Connect is focused on
providing network design and network management outsourcing
services. Target customers include apartment and condominium
complexes where these technologies are leveraged to provide
high-speed internet access at prices that are substantially
lower than those of major service providers.
Adam Orlov, Managing Partner, Hill Partners LLC
Hill Partners LLC was formed to locate and acquire a mid-market specialized manufacturing or related value-add distribution business. Companies we target have $2 million - $5 million in EBITDA, a path to organic or acquired revenue growth, and identifiable areas for operational improvements. Hill's team has significant experience with industrial businesses, including process engineering, manufacturing supervision, general management, industrial sales, and commercial finance.
Jim Price, Founder and President, CompanyCrafters
Adjunct Professor of Corporate Strategy, University of Michigan Business School
CompanyCrafters is a venture consulting firm that partners with both established organizations and independent entrepreneurs to identify and refine high-potential new business opportunities, and to actually launch and grow startup businesses.
Wade Rushing and Jeff Wilkins, Mobius Microsystems
Michael McCorquodale, PhD Candidate EECS, and Richard
Brown, Professor, EECS
Mobius Microsystems, Inc. is commercializing advances in
microsystems technology to greatly improve the
performance of electronic products while significantly
lowering their cost and power consumption. Mobius' first
solution is a fully-integrated clock generator for
synchronous semiconductors that is completely on-chip,
high-performance, low-cost, and low-power. The Mobius
"Digital Monolithic Clock", or "DMC"
can completely replace the current
state-of-the-art solution for clock generation, which
involves a combination of an off-chip crystal, a
PLL, plus additional on or off-chip components. Mobius
will lead the emerging field of Microsystems with its
Richard D. Snyder, former COO, Gateway; and Founder and CEO,
MBA 1979, UM Entrepreneur Award Recipient 2003
Founded in October 2000, Ann Arbor-based Ardesta has established a leadership position in the emerging field of Small Tech. It encompasses a broad network of leading researchers, business people, and commercial relationships. Ardesta combines product company development, business services, and industry building as a strong foundation for exponential long-term growth and financial success.