Wolverine Venture Fund - Team
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The Wolverine Venture Fund is a collaborative activity involving
Ross School of Business faculty, staff, students, and an advisory
board with expertise in the venture arena.
WVF Student Advisors
Students participate in the business plan evaluation and investment
decision-making process. They also track the activities of the
Fund's portfolio companies. The Fund draws MBA students from
a wide range of backgrounds, including finance, engineering,
law, and medicine.
Blue Tech Team
Shane Kelly, MBA '13
Shane spent the summer at Detroit Venture Partners and will graduate with emphases in Strategy and Entrepreneurship in May 2013. Prior to attending Ross, he was Vice President of Finance for media company GreeneStreet Films in New York City where he constructed financial systems for several startup companies and joint ventures, including a digital media startup. He also designed the operational restructure for an early stage film sales and acquisition company which he saw through to exit. Shane holds a Bachelor of Science from Morehouse College where he studied Mathematics and Physics.
Jigar Shah, MBA '13 (team co-leader)
Jigar is a second year MBA student focusing on Finance and Strategy. Over the summer, he interned at McKinsey and Company in their Palo Alto office, where he will be returning full-time. Prior to Ross, Jigar worked as a Software Engineer at Symantec in the San Francisco Bay Area. At Symantec, he was responsible for designing and developing products that protected and managed digital information for multi-billion dollar businesses. Before joining Symantec, he interned at Sun Microsystems where he helped design tools to test the compiler for the Java programming language. Jigar graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering from Santa Clara University, where he received the Dean’s award for academic excellence.
Nick Bell, MBA '14
Nick is a first year MBA student focusing on Finance and Accounting. Prior to Ross, Nick was the Director of Business Development Operations for SOC LLC, a government services firm with operations in the U.S., Middle East, Asia, and Africa. At SOC LLC, Nick spearheaded a range of strategic planning, capture, marketing, technology, and operational roles. Before joining SOC, he ran his own market research practice at Javelin Black LLC and was a Senior Analyst at the Avascent Group, a management consulting firm focused on the aerospace, defense, and technology sector. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and studied at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Jae Lee, MBA '14
Jae is a first-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business, focusing on Finance and Entrepreneurship. Before coming to Ross, Jae helped lead business operations and strategy as a Manager within the Digital Media Group at Fox Networks Group. Prior to joining Fox, Jae was an Investment Associate at Tennenbaum Capital Partners where he invested in both public and private market special situations and distressed opportunities. Prior to joining Tennenbaum, Jae was an Investment Banking Analyst at Bear, Stearns & Co. in the General Industrials Group where he focused on M&A and leveraged buyouts across multiple industries. Jae graduated from the University of Chicago with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Economics and Public Policy Studies.
Matt Liberatore, MBA/MENG '14
Matt is a first year dual MBA/Master of Engineering in Construction Management student at the University of Michigan. Before joining the University of Michigan family, Matt worked as an engineer for General Dynamics Electric Boat where he served as a construction consultant at a nuclear reprocessing facility. In this role he was responsible for helping the customer identify solutions to emerging problems in construction, as well as for designing a basic information technology framework to support production processes. Previously, Matt was a systems engineer for Navy nuclear submarines, working on both active boats, and the next class of ballistic missile submarine. Matt currently holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.
Justin Montibello, MBA '13
Justin is a second year MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on Entrepreneurship and Strategy. During the summer Justin interned with BloomReach, a B2B technology company leveraging Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to increase the relevance of consumer web experiences, as part of the Bain Capital Ventures Startup Academy. There he created the business case and go-to-market strategy for a potential new product launch. Prior to attending Ross, Justin was an Associate with Egon Zehnder International, a retained executive search firm. During his tenure he executed approximately 100 assignments across industries at the Board and C-Level. His work focused on venture capital and professional services clients. Justin earned a B.A. in Political Science from the George Washington University.
Vishal Srivastav, MBA '14
Vishal is a first year MBA student focusing on strategy and marketing. He has six years of experience in new product development in technology products geared towards business users. Prior to attending Ross, he did a seven month stint at a data visualization startup in Bangalore, where he managed two products. Before the startup, Vishal was a Product Manager at Microsoft India Development Center in Hyderabad. He led a team of engineers to design and implement the mobile strategy of SharePoint product in Office 2013 and Office 365 service. Before SharePoint, Vishal worked as a software engineer in Dynamics Customer Relationship Management product team. He implemented many features across multiple releases of CRM and CRM Online. Vishal holds a Bachelor in Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from Delhi University.
Vineeth Vijaykumar, MBA '13
Vineeth is focusing on Strategy and International Business. Before coming to Ross, Vineeth was the Architect and Team Lead "Call center and IVR solutions" for Client Network Services Inc. (CNSI) in Rockville MD. At CNSI Vineeth was involved in designing and implementing call center solutions and cloud computing solutions for Health IT projects in collaboration with major enterprise telecommunication vendors. Vineeth was also involved with the business development team in pursuing new government contracts and designing innovative solutions. Before joining CNSI, Vineeth was the team lead for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions at Hexaware Technologies Inc. where he worked on projects in the U.S., Europe and India. Over the summer Vineeth interned with Deloitte Consulting in Chicago, he worked on developing a technology strategy for a healthcare company.
Maize Clean Tech Team
Woo Lee, MBA '13 (team co-leader)
Woo is a second-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on Entrepreneurship and Strategy. He spent his past summer as an intern for Google in the partnerships team. Prior to attending Ross, Woo spent six years working in Tokyo as a software developer and project manager for financial software - most recently a risk management system for Credit Suisse. A New York City native, Woo earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science from Binghamton University.
Omair Rana, MBA '13 (team co-leader)
Omair is a second year MBA student focusing on Marketing and Strategy. Over the summer, he interned at Booz & Co within their IT Strategy practice based out of Chicago, where he will be returning full-time. Prior to Ross, Omair was the Business Manager of the EMEA territory at ConceptWave Software (order automation solution provider) based in London UK which was recently acquired by Ericsson. While at ConceptWave Omair established the headquarters for their European territory and managed several large profile sales accounts which included Turk Telekom, Belgacom, and BSkyB. Before joining ConceptWave, Omair worked as a Project/Design engineer for the Enbridge Gas Distribution group. He earned his Electrical Engineering degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.
Tommaso Gomez, MBA '14
Tommaso is a first year MBA student focusing on strategy, operations, and entrepreneurship. Prior to Ross, Tommaso worked as a Senior Consultant in Navigant Consulting's Energy Practice in the Burlington, MA. At Navigant, he assisted the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and utility companies in evaluating and prioritizing energy efficient building technologies to promote through various commercial and residential programs. In addition, he conducted market, technology, engineering, and manufacturer impact analyses for various energy efficiency standard rule-makings. Prior to working a Navigant, he obtained a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a Systems Engineer at UTC Power (A United Technologies Company). At UTC Power, he worked on the system design of PEM fuel cell power plants for a Spanish submarine, as well as the system design and modeling of geothermal power plants. Tommaso received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering cum laude, with a Minor in Mathematics at the University of Michigan in 2006.
Emma (QianQian) Mu, MBA '13
Emma is a second-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on Strategy and Marketing. She spent summer in Dell Austin working on growth strategy for Client Businesses. Prior to attending Ross, Emma was a Product Marketing Manager for Dell in Shanghai, China, where she led the efforts of conceptualizing products or solutions for customer satisfaction and business success. Emma holds Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Ryan Shuman, MBA '14
Ryan is a first-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on Finance and Venture Capital. Most recently, Ryan served as the Deputy Director for a large healthcare operation focused on transforming the Medicaid enrollment process in New York. Prior to this, Ryan started his own consulting business providing process improvement, organizational redesign, and revenue maximization services to public sector agencies. Ryan then merged his business with a venture-backed start-up, Beacon Analytics, a similarly focused public sector start-up firm. In his Director role at Beacon, Ryan led several client engagements and also helped lead business development efforts, securing more than $10M in sales in two years. Previously, Ryan spent five years at MAXIMUS, Inc. providing consulting services to State/City Health and Human Services agencies. Ryan holds a B.S degree in Economics from Gettysburg College.
Victors Health Team
Ashish Kumar, PTMBA (team co-leader)
Ashish is focusing on entrepreneurship and corporate strategy in the healthcare industry. Over the summer, Ashish worked with a healthcare focused VC firm Apjohn Ventures. He analyzed portfolio company valuations, competitive landscape and exit scenarios. He also identified and networked with VCs and strategic investors for follow-on financings and partnering opportunities. Ashish currently works at Illumina, a leading genomics and life sciences company. At Illumina, he provides marketing and assay development support to the sales team and customers in medical and research labs. Before Illumina, Ashish worked as a healthcare analyst at California Equity Research, where he conducted due diligence and authored research reports on companies in diagnostics, biopharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. Previously, Ashish worked at Amgen and performed pre-clinical research towards the development of novel type 2 diabetes therapeutics. Ashish holds a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.Tech. in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
Yu (Willie) Wan, MBA '13 (team co-leader)
Willie is focusing on Finance and Strategy. Before attending Ross, Willie worked as an Associate Consultant at the management consulting firm, ZS Associates. At ZS, he acted as the client lead for numerous quantitative and qualitative market research projects in the healthcare industry. Prior to consulting, Willie also interned at research and development programs in Bayer, Roche, and Nektar Therapeutics. Willie earned his Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Over the summer, he interned at a mutual fund in New York and intends to pursue a career in investment management.
Beirj Bagdasarian, MB '14
Beirj is a First-Year MBA at the Ross School of Business, focusing on studying finance and strategy. Prior to Ross, Beirj was a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, working as a federal sector consultant in technology, strategy and operations. While at Booz Allen, Beirj worked for a variety of federal civil and defense clients, including projects based in Consumer Financial, Energy, and Defense agencies, where his roles ranged from quantitative projects, such as managing business performance metrics, to qualitative projects, such as strategic planning for an agency’s technology arm. Prior to Booz Allen, he completed his Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service and his Masters of Science in Biochemistry, both from Georgetown University.
Dan Bickley, MBA/MB '13
Dan is an MD/MBA student at the University of Michigan Medical School and the Ross School of Business. His interests include diagnostic and therapeutic innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare and the life sciences. During his time at Ross, he has also spent several months in Rwanda with The Ihangane Project, a health care non-profit, working to improve information usage and patient flow at a rural hospital. Prior to his graduate studies, he was involved in clinical research in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Michigan Cancer Center, focused on elucidating cellular populations and serum biomarkers predictive of graft-versus-host disease. Dan holds a BA in linguistics from Cornell University.
Sonia Zongpei Chen, MBA '14
Sonia is a first-year MBA student at Ross school of business, focusing on strategy and finance in the Healthcare industry. Prior to Ross, Sonia worked as a senior scientist managing drug discovery projects at Abbott Labs. At Abbott, she worked on projects at discovery and preclinical stages in both neuroscience and renal disease therapeutic areas. She also had extensive research experience in gene regulation and signal transduction related to immunology and hypertension. Sonia holds a PhD in Medical Science from Karolinska Institute, Sweden and a BS in Biochemical Engineering from Shanghai University, China.
Kevin Crosby, MBA '14
Kevin is focusing on Strategy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship. Prior to attending Ross, he was Sr. Analyst of Strategic Planning and Finance for building products manufacturer company, Masco Cabinetry in Ann Arbor, MI where he constructed and evaluated business cases for corporate projects, including opening greenfield operations and restructuring, make-buy decisions, and new products and programs. Kevin also is interning at a venture backed social finance start up, and serves as a Business Development Consultant for a venture backed technology startup. Kevin holds a Bachelor of the Arts from The University of Michigan in Economics.
Derek Osborne, PhD '13
Derek is a student in the biophysics department at the University of Michigan. Currently, Derek is studying biological macro molecules (ie. proteins and lipid membranes) with the ultra fast nonlinear optic technique two dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2DIR). 2DIR is used to study solvation dynamics of infrared active probes inserted into biological macro molecules. Understanding these solvation dynamics reveal both structural and dynamical information of the macro molecule. Derek is also developing novel optical techniques to stream line the data acquisition process. Derek earned a Bachelors of Science from Brigham Young University - Idaho, majoring in physics while minoring in Chemistry.
Michael Sherman, PTMBA
Michael is an Evening MBA student at the Ross School of Business, with interests in entrepreneurship, and the interaction between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. He is currently working at Sentio, LLC, a start-up medical device company based in Southfield, MI as Vice President of Sales. In this sales role he has taken the company from pre-revenue to over $1 million in sales in the first nine months, with an average growth rate of over 40% month over month. Prior to Sentio, Michael worked as a Chief Engineer at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems. Prior to working in the med device space, Michael spent nine years working in the Automotive Industry. Michael holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, and a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University.
Rupesh Thakkar, MBA '14
Rupesh is focusing on Strategy and Finance. Prior to Ross, Rupesh worked as a Manager for India's largest distressed debt firm - Arcil. At Arcil, Rupesh was largely responsible for structuring exits from portfolio companies either by executing asset sales or sale of business. Before Arcil, Rupesh worked as a banker for Edelweiss Capital and JPMorgan India. As Investment Banker, his focus was on executing M&A transactions in Financial Services space in India. Rupesh has completed his Master's degree from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai University in 2006 and has also completed his CFA and CAIA certification programs.
Valiant Health Team
Jeff Dorsheimer, MBA '13 (team co-leader and WVF student managing director)
Jeff is focusing on finance and venture capital. Prior to Ross, he worked for Canaccord Genuity, a middle market investment bank headquartered in Boston, MA. After joining the firm as a Financial Analyst in 2006, he transitioned into an Associate in the medical technology investment banking group, focusing on the execution of public / private equity financings and M&A / advisory assignments. Jeff spent his summer in the business development group at Pfizer’s headquarters in New York, leading multidisciplinary teams of scientists, marketers, and regulatory experts to develop organizational alignment on investment decisions. Upon graduation, Jeff will be heading to Chicago and working in the healthcare investment banking group of William Blair & Company. Jeff graduated from the Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Economics.
Wen Kuo, MBa '13 (team co-leader)
Wen is a second-year MBA candidate at the Ross School of Business, focusing on strategy and general management in the healthcare industry. He brings significant technical and commercial healthcare experience to the fund. This past summer, Wen interned with Deloitte Consulting in its Strategy and Operations Healthcare and Life Sciences practice. Prior to Ross, Wen was a consultant at The Amundsen Group, working with leading pharmaceutical companies on their brand access strategies. He started his business career at Lux Research, providing strategic advice on emerging solar technologies to industrial and financial service clients. He has publications in respected scientific journals including Journal of the American Chemical Society and Journal of Organic Chemistry. Wen holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Williams College (with highest honors) and a A.M. in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Josh Ballen, MBA '14
Josh is a first-year MBA candidate at the Ross School of Business, focusing on M&A strategy and corporate valuation. He brings significant private equity and entrepreneurial experience to the fund. Prior to Ross, Josh worked as an Associate at Updata Partners, a middle-market Private Equity fund focusing on the software, Internet, CleanTech, and business services markets. While at Updata, he was responsible for analyzing new investment opportunities, transaction execution, and deal origination. Before joining Updata Partners in 2009, Josh founded SigmaPoints, a specialty finance company that provided consumers with credit alternatives for large retail purchases and travel. Prior to this, he worked as an Analyst in the Growth Equity division at Kayne Anderson Private Investors, where he was responsible for deal sourcing and portfolio company M&A diligence. Josh earned a B.S. in finance and management magna cum laude from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in 2006.
Nicholas Douville, MD/PhD
Nick is currently in his final year in the joint MD/PhD (MSTP) program at the University of Michigan. He completed his PhD in the Biomedical Engineering Department in August of 2011 and is in the process of finishing his clinical training. His research interests lie in using microfluidic systems to model neurovascular and pulmonary physiology, as well nanofluidic systems for single-molecule DNA manipulations and imaging. Prior to beginning in the Takayama Lab, Nick worked in the Neural Engineering Laboratory, also at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, Nick will pursue further residency training in pursuit of a career that combines his interest in biomedical research with his passion for clinical medicine.
Andrius Giedraitis, MBA/MD '14
Andrius is a first-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business, focusing on strategy within the healthcare sector; he is concomitantly a fourth-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. Prior to medical school, Andrius obtained a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan School of Engineering, where he was first exposed to the venture capital realm. While in graduate school, he and three colleagues developed a novel endoscopic instrument for the removal of food bolus obstruction and were subsequently awarded a Dare to Dream Business Design Grant from the Ross School of Business. While definitive future medical plans are as of yet undecided, Andrius plans to one day transition into the world of venture capital, providing appropriate medical and healthcare-related expertise.
Wee Min Goh, PTMBA
Wee Min is an Evening MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry. He currently works at Terumo Heart, a medical device company making Left Ventricular Assist Devices, in Patient Safety Risk Management. Wee Min enjoys his multidisciplinary role that combines clinical understanding, systems engineering and regulatory affairs. Prior to Terumo Heart, Wee Min spent 4 years at Medtronic in the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management division working on implantable pacemakers, defibrillators and leads, starting as a Rotational Engineer and subsequently transitioning into Risk Management. Wee Min holds a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering and undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Economics, all from the University of Michigan.
Jennifer Hsu, MBA '14
Jennifer is focusing on Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Prior to attending Ross, Jennifer was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Boston and New York. She focused on healthcare and life sciences clients, specializing in big data analytics for big pharma sales & marketing organizations. While at Deloitte, she worked on the team that assessed the entire Healthcare Reform Bill and developed strategies for each of the payer, life sciences, and provider segments. Prior to Deloitte, Jennifer worked in Clinical Pharmacology at a pharmaceutical company on clinical trial strategy, and has also published research during her time at the Cleveland Clinic. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering and an M.Eng. in Engineering Management from Cornell University.