The Art of Investing In Emerging and Mid-size Companies from Dr. David J. Brophy

Mar 18, 2021, 9:30 – 11:00 PM

We are hosting an award winner academician, a nationally recognized investor, and the founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing, The Journal of Private Equity Finance, and the International Venture Capital-Journal over a scintillating fireside chat. Join Startup Grind Lansing on March 18, 2021, and learn the journey from Dr. David Brophy himself.

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About this event

About Our Guest:
Professor David J. Brophy is a member of the Finance Faculty at the University of Michigan School of Business Administration where he teaches courses in venture capital and private equity finance. He is Director of the UMBS Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance (CVP) and is a member of the executive committee for the Zell-Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (ZLI).

He has published extensive research on venture capital and private equity finance and has twice won the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies Research Award. He is the author of a book titled Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and has published a large number of research papers in this and other aspects of finance. He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing, The Journal of Private Equity Finance, and the International Venture Capital-Journal.

He has been a director of several public companies and is a director and advisor to a number of banks, money market funds, and financial services firms including Compass Technology Partners (a venture capital firm in Palo Alto, CA), Munder Capital Management (Birmingham, MI), Continental Capital (OH), River Place Holdings (Detroit, MI) and General Motors Acceptance Corporation Wholesale Auto Receivables Corporation. He also is an investor and an advisor to a number of emerging technology-based firms.

Source: Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance; U of Mich. 

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Check out what happened


  • Dr. David Brophy

    University of Michigan

    Director, Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance


  • Reuben Levinsohn

    Startup Grind Lansing



  • Reuben Levinsohn

    Washington Avenue Ventures

    Chapter Director

  • Julie Holton

    Startup Grind Lansing

    Chapter Co-Director

  • Victoria Levinsohn


    Marketing Strategist

  • Camille Whigan

    Executive Assistant

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