The ZLCF is directed by a board of advisors who are selected based on their in depth industry experience, experience founding and growing early stage companies, and or experience investing in early stage companies. The advisors serve as strategic advisors to the ZLCF as a whole and, based on the background of the advisor, as an advisor to one of the four ZLCF Teams. By complementing the experience of the ZLCF Team members, the ZLCF Teams are able to provide a very deep level of technical and business management expertise to the start-up companies in which they invest.

Managing Director

Mike is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan. He also serves as a Mentor in Residence at the Venture Center at the University of Michigan. Mike is an entrepreneur and investor who has focused on companies that address big problems in life sciences, medical devices and health IT. Mike joined the University of Michigan from Flagship Ventures where he led the Midwest office for the venture capital firm with $1.4 billion in capital under management. Previously, Mike co-founded Converge Medical Technologies, an innovative neuromonitoring company, and was a Medical Innovation Center Fellow at the University of Michigan. Mike holds MD and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan, where he was Student Managing Director of the Wolverine Venture Fund and was awarded the David T. Shelby Award, and a BA degree in English from Duke University.


Healthcare Advisors

Technology Advisors

Cleantech Advisors

Consumer Advisors