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Venture capital and private equity fuel growth, innovation and entrepreneurship

The Center for Venture Capital, Private Equity and Entrepreneurial Finance (CVCPEEF) integrates financial thinking and strategic decision-making with innovation and entrepreneurship via research and education across the university, and outreach to the venture capital (VC) and private equity community around the world.

A flagship initiative of the CVCPEEF is the MSU Student Venture Capital Fund, a thriving collaboration with the MSU Foundation and the Red Cedar Ventures. This partnership gives students the opportunity to conduct due diligence, competitor, monetization, and valuation analysis, empowers 4-5 VC-focused companies in MSU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to receive pre-seed funding each year.

Our advisory board is made up of distinguished professionals, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private equity professionals and five core faculty members that provide invaluable guidance for the center.

CVCPEEF Information Sheet

Research with real-world impact

It is our commitment to advance and promote academic and applied research by MSU faculty and students. Our findings inspire solutions to the relevant, pressing issues that today’s businesses face.

Primary Areas of Research

  • High-tech, bio-tech venture capital-backed entrepreneurship
  • Venture capital and private equity investments
  • Venture capital and private equity’s role in commercializing innovations

Our Core Faculty

As MSU’s only center focused on venture capital and private equity, we are uniquely positioned with experts in both finance and entrepreneurship to advance the center’s mission and to provide transformational leadership opportunities.

We focus on the interactions among entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and private equity investors – and the interactions among venture capitalists, private equity funds and their investors.

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Lisa Cook

  • Associate Professor
    Department of Economics
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Hao Jiang

  • Associate Professor
    Department of Finance
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Mark Schroder

  • A.J. Pasant Endowed Professor of Insurance
    Department of Finance
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Raoul Minetti

  • Professor
    Department of Economics
Hayong Yun

Hayong Yun

  • Associate Professor
    Department of Finance

Educating the next financial leaders

The number-one reason why innovators and entrepreneurs fail is because they are not able to integrate financial decision-making with strategic business development and growth. The CVCPEEF positions Broad and its students as transformational leaders with cutting-edge knowledge and skills to adapt to the ever-changing global business environment.

We disseminate academic and applied research on venture capital, private equity and entrepreneurial finance through hands-on projects. This core knowledge is critical for our community of students, alumni, venture capital and private equity professionals, as well as high-tech, biotech university entrepreneurs.


Every year, the center selects MBA and undergraduate student associates who participate in the center’s initiatives, take leadership roles in its activities and receive mentoring.

Theodore Ake

  • MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

Jonathan Arias

  • JD Candidate, Class of 2016

Matthew Baas

  • Undergraduate, Class of 2018

Matt Bolton

  • Undergraduate, Class of 2024

Mike O’ Boyle

  • Undergraduate, Class of 2017

Shawn Desai

  • JD/MBA Candidate, Class of 2017

Joseph Domenico

  • JD/MBA Candidate, Class of 2016

Nydia Hawala

  • Humphrey Fellow 2017

Alex Hus

  • Undergraduate, Class of 2017

Piyush Jangam

  • MBA Candidate, Class of 2016

Blake Lamb

  • Undergraduate, Class of 2018

Carly Mach

  • Undergraduate, Class of 2017

Krish Mehta

  • MBA Candidate, Class of 2019

Michael Minkus

  • MBA Candidate, Class of 2020

Chris Mulligan

  • Undergraduate, Class of 2018

Samarth Mungali

  • MBA Candidate, Class of 2018

Eric Preston

  • JD/MBA Candidate, Class of 2019

David Rader

  • JD Candidate, Class of 2016

Paul Robertson

  • JD/MBA Candidate, Class of 2016

Zhouxiaoxiong (Alex) Qi

  • Undergraduate, Class of 2017

Matt Bolton

From an Associate

I am a senior finance major. Over the past summer I had the opportunity to intern at J.P. Morgan, as a summer analyst in their Financial Sponsors Group in Chicago. This group provides banking services to private equity firms looking to acquire, add-on to, or sell middle-market companies. While working with the team, I was able to run models to determine deal pricing, scout prospective sponsors and targets, and make connections between companies looking to sell and sponsors looking to buy. I also was involved in the making of deal materials and attended diligence meetings. I will be returning to the firm this upcoming summer to begin my career in banking.

My experience with the Center for Venture Investing began with participating in the Student Venture Capital Fund (SVCF) my junior year. This interactive investment opportunity provided by the CVI allowed me to gain experience evaluating companies, conducting due diligence and industry research, and pitching prospective investments. During this process I learned about investment strategies of VC/PE funds, company evaluation techniques, and the VC/PE industry as a whole. This experience was a key reason why I discovered my passion for venture investing and played a large role in my decision to start my career in this field.

I am currently involved in leading the SVCF as a Learning Assistant for Entrepreneurial Finance. I have found it rewarding to share my knowledge and experience with students who are in the class. Offering the opportunity to gain this hands-on education allows MSU to produce the next generation of leaders in the venture investing industry and gives our students the ability to enter the industry with a higher level of understanding than their peers.

Engaging in outreach and collaboration

We actively collaborate with similar entrepreneurship and venture capital centers at our peer institutions across the United States and around the world for research, teaching and outreach activities.

We reach out to build mutually beneficial relationships:

  • MSU alumni entrepreneurs
  • Venture capital and private equity professionals
  • Michigan and Midwest entrepreneurs
  • Venture capital and private equity firms
  • Service providers
  • Entrepreneurship-focused programs and entities at MSU

Advisory Board

The center has a 20+ member advisory board of distinguished professionals, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and private equity professionals.

Jonathan Adamsky

  • Senior VP of Wealth Management, UBS

Kelly Ford Buckley

  • General Partner, Edison Partners

Ralph Carmichael

  • CEO and Founder, Bonwrx

Michael Finn

  • President, Foxen Advisors

Jim Forrest

  • Chairman, Shore Capital Partners

Christine Gibbons

  • Independent Consultant

Matthew Growney

  • Founder and Managing Director, Rudyard Partners

James Hill

  • Vice-President, First Trust Capital Partners

Suyash Jain

  • Senior Manager of Corporate Development, Synopsys Inc.

Scott Lanard

  • Head of Android Partner Finance, Google

Reuben Levinsohn

  • Founder, Washington Avenue Advisors

Richard Lodge

  • Chief Investment Officer/Treasurer, Stage Capital, LLC

Merritt Lutz

  • CEO, FinRisk Technologies

Fed Matteson

  • Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal

Brandon Montes

  • Development and Engineering Business Controller, ASML

Tom Nastas

  • Founder and President, Innovative Ventures

Vince Nystrom

  • Partner, Renaissance Venture Fund

Jim Plonka

  • CEO (retired), Michigan Molecular Institute

David Rader

  • Deputy Director at Office of the Secretary of Defense

Nandhini Rangan

  • Learning Solution Lead, Google

Ryan Rathman

  • Senior Portfolio Manager, Private Markets, Michigan Department of Treasury

Manoj Saxena

  • Chairman, CognitiveScale
  • First GM of IBM Watson, IBM

David Smith

  • Angel Investor

Chris Sugden

  • Managing Partner and Chairman, Edison Partners

Todd Webber

  • Director, Technology Group, Quantum Ventures

Eric Worley

  • Principal, Platinum Equity

Finance @ Broad

A Spartan holds her diploma and smiles while crossing the Breslin Center commencement stage.
We celebrate the seniors who are recognized for having a 4.0 GPA at the close of their time at MSU.
Box of Groovy Donuts with a hand reaching in to take one.
MSU alumni Andrew and Monica Gauthier spoke to students to share their sweet entrepreneurial journey.
Brian Boosi gestures to a PowerPoint presentation while speaking to a classroom of Broad Spartans.
Broad alum Brian Boosi returns to share his career stories and how he climbed the corporate ladder at Kellanova.
Group photo of CVCPEEF associates in a wood-paneled room.

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