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
Nick Bell, MBA ’14 (Co-Managing Director and team leader)
Nick is an MBA Candidate at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where he focuses on Finance and Strategy. He was selected to be the Co-Managing Director of the Wolverine Venture Fund, Ross's $5.5M technology and healthcare-focused venture capital fund. Upon graduation, he will join the Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking Group at Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to Ross, Nick was the Director of Business Development Operations for SOC LLC, a Day & Zimmermann joint-venture providing security, logistics and construction services through more than 3,000 employees on three continents. Prior to joining SOC, he founded his own consulting practice, Javelin Black. Earlier in his career he was a Senior Analyst at The Avascent Group, a leading strategy and management consulting firm serving clients operating in defense, aerospace, homeland security, logistics and financial industries. He graduated with a B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service and studied at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Yee Chen, MBA ’15
Yee is a first-year MBA student focusing on strategy and marketing. Prior to Ross, Yee was a product manager at a SunSaluter, a startup design firm in San Francisco providing energy solutions to emerging markets. At SunSaluter, Yee wore multiple hats at the 2-person company - with responsibilities ranging from strategy and business development to product engineering. Before SunSaluter, Yee has four years of experience as an engineer at Boeing’s Satellite Development Center in Los Angeles. At Boeing, Yee led several engineering teams in designing electronic hardware for multiple government and commercial clients. Yee holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a B.A. in Economics, and a M.S. in engineering from UCLA. He spent this past summer as a pre-MBA strategy intern at Girls Who Code, developing growth and outreach strategies for the organization.
Jae Lee, MBA ’14
Jae is a second-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business, focusing on Finance, Accounting and Investing. 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 second-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 on the next class of ballistic missile submarine. Matt holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.
Drew Prekop, MBA ’15
Drew is a first-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business, focusing on Finance and Strategy. Before attending Ross, Drew served as an Associate with Baird’s industrial investment banking group in Milwaukee. Drew has a wide range of experience in working with private equity firms and multi-national industrial companies on sell-side, buy-side and financing transactions. Drew also served as a Financial Analyst in Baird’s industrial banking group. As an analyst, he provided analytical support on equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other financial advisory services. Prior to joining Baird, Drew worked in the Direct Investments Group at Northwestern Mutual Capital as an analyst. Drew obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Saumil Shrivastava, MBA ‘15
Saumil is a first-year MBA student focusing on strategy and marketing. Saumil has six years of experience in product marketing and product management in the technology industry. He has strong understanding of the K-12 space through his internet start-up and other entrepreneurial experiences. Prior to Ross, Saumil was a Product Manager at Macmillan Publishers wherein he wore multiple hats ranging from product management, product marketing, editorial management, conference chair to strategic business head. He led a cross functional team to implement the digital product strategy of Macmillan Publishers. Before Macmillan, Saumil worked with as a Product Marketing Manager with an internet start-up for 3 years. He led the start-up to India’s top 20 high traffic ranked website. He has also Co-founded India’s first education-focused social learning network and worked as a Consultant in Life sciences division. Saumil holds a B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) India.
Vishal Srivastav, MBA ’14
Vishal is a second-year MBA student focusing on strategy and marketing. He spent his summer with Microsoft in Seattle as a product marketing manager, where he worked with an incubation R&D team to conceptualize and design an app for a new market. He has six years of experience in new product development in technology products geared towards business users. Prior to attending Ross, he did an eight month stint at a data visualization startup in Bangalore, where he launched two products in two new markets. 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. 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.
Maize Clean Tech Team
Tommaso Gomez, MBA '14 (Team Co-Leader)
Tommaso is a second-year MBA student focusing on strategy, operations, and entrepreneurship. Over the summer, he interned at Intel within their Global Utilities & Infrastructure group, where he created and implemented a sourcing process for renewable energy suppliers. 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.
Ryan Shuman, MBA '14 (Team Co-Leader)
Ryan is a second-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on Finance and Strategy. Most recently, Ryan interned at Fidelity Investments in their internal consulting/strategy group. Prior to Ross, Ryan served as the Deputy Director for a large healthcare operation focused on transforming the Medicaid enrollment process in New York. Previously, Ryan also started his own consulting business providing process improvement, organizational redesign, and revenue maximization services to public sector agencies. He 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. Ryan holds a B.S degree in Economics from Gettysburg College.
Kalpana Adlakha, MBA ‘15
Kalpana is a first-year MBA student at Ross School of Business, focusing on strategy and marketing. Before Ross, Kalpana was working as a product manager with a technology product startup, Clickable, where she led the strategy and launch of a couple of products, both for SMBs and enterprises. Kalpana was also the forefront of Clickable's strategic partnership with American Express. Prior to Clickable, Kalpana worked as a software developer and built a web surveillance product for an asset management firm. Kalpana holds a Bachelor in Engineering, Computer Science degree from Kurukshetra University, India.
Nickhil Bhave, MBA ‘15
Nickhil is a first-year MBA student focusing on strategy and marketing. He is currently the CEO and Co-founder of Balalab, an early-stage startup with a mission to end political polarization through social computing software. With his co-founders and the office of TechTransfer, Nickhil is leading business operations to commercialize technology developed at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Prior to Ross, Nickhil worked as an Investment Banking Associate in J.P. Morgan’s Technology practice in San Francisco. At J.P. Morgan, Nickhil led deal teams to provide strategic and corporate finance advisory and underwriting services to leading technology firms. In his five year investment banking career, Nickhil has advised on 43 transactions worth over $10B in proceeds. His deal experience includes M&A, IPO, Follow-ons, Take-over Defense, Equity Private Placements, Investment Grade Debt, Leveraged Finance and Project Finance assignments for companies ranging from large cap to startups such as Audience, Intel, Mellanox, Micron, and MIPS among others. Prior to working at J.P. Morgan, Nickhil worked as an Associate at Piper Jaffray where he advised global Clean Tech and Renewables clients on a multitude of cross-border transactions. Prior to Piper Jaffray, Nickhil was an Analyst at AGC Partners, a technology focused M&A boutique. Nickhil graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in International Politics and Economics. At Middlebury, Nickhil was a Defensive End on the Varsity Football team, winning a NESCAC conference championship in 2007. In addition, Nickhil studied abroad at the Sorbonne at the Universite de Paris.
Gaurav Jain, MBA ‘15
Gaurav is a first-year MBA student focusing on Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Prior to Ross, Gaurav was manager for platform business of Komli, a digital media technology company with operations in Asia Pacific. At Komli, Gaurav spearheaded a range of strategic planning, business development, marketing and operational roles including launching platform business in six countries of southeast and south Asia. Before Komli, Gaurav led several high impact business projects such as devising a startup telco Telenor’s southern India channel strategy. Before joining Telenor, Gaurav took a position in Deloitte, Strategy & Operations in TMT (Telecom, Media and Technology) vertical and solved business critical problems of major industry players. He holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science from IIT Madras, India where he studied Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering.
Joseph Kraut, MBA ‘15
Joe is a first-year MBA student at Ross, focusing on strategy and clean technology. Prior to attending Ross, he was an active duty submarine officer in the U.S. Navy where he served on five deployments in the Pacific. As a nuclear engineering supervisor, he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the submarine’s nuclear reactor and in 2009 was certified as a lead nuclear engineer by the Department of Energy. Joe was promoted to the position of submarine liaison officer at Strategic Systems Programs in Washington, DC where he supported nuclear weapons operational employment and training. In this role, he trained prospective submarine captains in U.S. nuclear weapon strategy and policy as well as provided technical support to the deployed submarine fleet. Joe was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal for his service. Joe received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2006
Victors Health Team
Ashish Kumar, PTMBA (team co-leader)
Ashish is focusing on corporate strategy and entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry. In summer 2012, Ashish worked with a healthcare VC firm Apjohn Ventures. He analyzed portfolio company valuations, competitive landscape and exit scenarios. He also 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 customer labs in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. Before Illumina, Ashish worked as an equity research associate at California Equity Research, where he authored research reports on companies in diagnostics, biopharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. Ashish is a Zell Lurie Institute Scholar and 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.
Beirj Bagdasarian, MBA ’14 (team co-leader)Beirj is a second-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. During his summer internship, he worked for Accenture's Strategy Management Consulting practice in the Natural Resources space, helping a Fortune 500 Chemical Company client build and establish a segmentation strategy. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service and his Masters of Science in Biochemistry, both from Georgetown University.
Neena Bolla, MBA ‘15
Neena Bolla is a first-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business, focusing on healthcare management and finance. Prior to Ross, Neena worked as an investment banking analyst in KeyBank’s Health Care group. In her role, she supported the execution of capital raising engagements for healthcare service companies. Neena has a broad transaction experience in mergers and acquisitions advisory and equity and debt financing for middle-market companies. In addition to her experience in the Health Care group, Neena worked in the corporate treasury department and debt originations team at KeyBank. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University and earned over thirty credit hours in medical science courses.
Sonia Zongpei Chen, MBA ’14
Sonia is a second-year MBA student at Ross School of Business, focusing on strategy and finance in the health care 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 worked at two pharmaceutical companies this summer, as a business development intern at Portola Pharmaceuticals in South San Francisco and as a business strategy development intern at Xian Janssen Pharmaceutical in Beijing. Sonia holds a PhD in Medical Science from Karolinska Institute, Sweden and a BS in Biochemical Engineering from Shanghai University, China.
Jonathan Helm, MBA ‘15
Jonathan is a first-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on finance and strategy. Prior to Ross, Jonathan was a Director at FTI Consulting working with healthcare clients on a range of financial, operational, and compliance issues. At FTI, Jonathan assisted pharmaceutical clients with analyzing pricing practices across different markets, and built customized data analytics systems to help health insurance clients improve the process of estimating a beneficiary’s yearly treatment requirements. He also led a team in developing a technology based tool to help health insurers identify the risk that a claim was submitted by a fraudulent provider. Prior to FTI, He earned a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and International Studies from the University of Richmond.
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. Prior to Ross, Rupesh worked for 3 years for India’s largest distressed debt firm where he was largely responsible for structuring exits from portfolio companies either by executing asset or business sale. Before that, Rupesh worked as an investment banker for about three years where he executed M&A transactions in Financial Services space in India. Past summer, Rupesh was with McKinsey & Company as a Generalist and would go back to McKinsey after Ross. Rupesh has completed his Masters 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
Kevin Crosby, MBA ’14 (team co-leader)
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.
Jennifer Hsu, MBA ’14 (Co-Managing Director and team co-leader)
Jennifer is a second-year MBA concentrating on Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Prior to Ross, she was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Boston and New York, focusing on healthcare and life sciences clients and specializing in big data analytics for big pharma sales & marketing organizations, operational strategies for healthcare reform implementation, and payer reimbursement models. Prior to Deloitte, Jennifer worked in clinical trial strategy at Purdue Pharma, and Ophthalmic research at the Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. Jennifer spent her summer in Becton Dickinson Biosciences’ Innovation Group in San Jose, CA, leading a strategic marketing initiative to commercialize an incubated technology. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering and an MsEM from Cornell University.
Josh Ballen, MBA ’14
Josh is a second-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, and spent this past summer in Houlihan Lokey's investment banking division. 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.
Andrius Giedraitis, MBA/MD ’14
Andrius is in his final year of the MD/MBA program at the University of Michigan Medical School and Ross School of Business. 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. Andrius plans to begin his anesthesiology residency in the summer of 2014; thereafter, he plans to parlay his experiences in medicine and business into opportunities in the world of entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Wee Min Goh, PTMBA
Wee Min is an Evening MBA student at Ross focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry. He currently works at Thoratec, a medical device company making Left Ventricular Assist Systems, in Patient Safety Risk Management, a multidisciplinary role that combines clinical understanding, systems engineering and regulatory affairs. Prior to Thoratec, Wee Min had 6 years of medical device experience working at Terumo Heart and Medtronic in increasingly responsible roles spanning patient safety risk management, product development quality and manufacturing. Wee Min holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Economics, all from the University of Michigan.
Erick Goihman, MBA '15
Erick is a first-year MBA student at the Ross School of Business focusing on finance and strategy. Prior to Ross, Erick was a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young working with financial services clients in Latin America. While at Ernst & Young, Erick focused on customer segmentation and direct marketing analytics for retail banks, while also participating in several divestiture, merger planning and post-merger integration projects. Erick holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Nicholas Kransz, MD/MBA '15
Nicholas is a dual degree MD/MBA student, in the fourth year of the five-year program at the University of Michigan. In his time at Ross, Nicholas is focusing on Strategy and Finance. Following completion of both degrees, Nicholas is looking to forgo residency in order to pursue a Strategy Consulting position, where he will advance his business experience in the hopes of one day transitioning into healthcare-focused Venture Capital. Prior to beginning his dual degree, Nicholas attended the University of Michigan, where he majored in Neuroscience and minored in History of Art.
Erica Sivertson, MBA '15
Erica is a first-year MBA candidate at the Ross School of Business, focusing on strategy and entrepreneurship. She brings significant experience in government affairs. Prior to Ross, Erica worked as a Director at Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a multi-client lobbying and communications boutique firm in Washington, DC. She predominately worked for a handful of technology and financial services clients, including a wide variety of other associations, small companies, non-profits, and Fortune 100s. Erica previously worked as an Executive Assistant and Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota. Erica earned a B.S. in finance and international business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.