The Broad College of Business added two alumni to its list of Venture Fellows in the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA).
Kathryn Gardner (BA, Finance, ’12) joined the Fellows Program in September 2014 shortly after becoming an analyst with Ann Arbor-based Arboretum Ventures, and John Bonhard (BA, Finance, ’13) became a fellow in June 2015 after joining the Farmington Hills private equity firm Beringea, LLC, as an associate. Both are also alumni of the college’s Financial Markets Institute (FMI).
The Venture Fellows program is designed to increase the number of venture capital professionals in Michigan to enhance the fundraising and deployment of capital into early stage companies.
Both Bonhard and Gardner appreciate the opportunities offered by the Fellows Program, including lunch-and-learn programs with partners at Michigan-based venture capital companies, and after-hours activities like informal dinners and river cruises—where they can build both their expertise and networks.
MVCA sponsors the fellows to attend an educational conference, something Bonhard will do in the future. Gardner attended the Venture Capital Institute in Atlanta where she networked with other young professionals from around the country. The experience provided her with a quick primer on all things venture capital, such as valuation, negotiation, term sheet preparation, and board leadership and fiduciary responsibilities.
The pair join Broad College alumni in the Venture Fellows Program, including Dan Ratliff (BA, Accounting,’09), a current Fellow, and Samuel Hogg (MBA, 2008), who graduated from the Venture Fellows Program in 2014. Ratliff is an associate at Fontinalis Partners in Detroit, while Hogg is a venture partner with both Open Prairie Ventures and Huron River Ventures.