In 1988, a Growth fund was established by the Regents of the University of Michigan for donors interested in contributing to high-risk, high-return investments. WVF was officially launched in 1997.
The WVF portfolio contains more than a dozen companies in industries ranging from biomedicine and health IT to advanced materials and internet technologies.
We invest in companies that have achieved enough progress to attract a priced round of venture capital from an established venture capital firm that will serve as the lead investor.
12 veteran venture capitalists serve as either Advisors or "Friends of the Fund". These individuals, plus the two faculty directors, guide the WVF’s educational and investment processes.