The U-M Innovation Partnerships National Advisory Board (NAB) was founded in 2002 to provide advice and connections to enhance Innovation Partnerships’ performance. Composed of industry, venture, government, university and community leaders, the NAB has transformed the University and our region with several initiatives, including Ann Arbor SPARK, the Talent Network, and the U-M Venture Accelerator.

Their latest initiative is helping to launch the Accelerate Blue Fund, a philanthropic investment fund to provide early-stage capital for U-M tech startups. The goal is to raise $20 million from donors who share our vision of increasing the economic, educational and societal impact from the University’s research discoveries.

National Advisory Board

Jim Adox
Venture Investors
Ann Arbor, MI

Bill Brinkerhoff
Ann Arbor, MI

Wendell Brooks
Intel Corporation
Santa Clara, CA

Jeff Carbeck
Deloitte Consulting Innovations
Belmont, MA

John Denniston
St. Vincent de Paul
Menlo Park, CA

Richard Douglas
Genzyme Corp.- Retired
Southborough, MA

Larry Freed
2nd Stage Partners
West Bloomfield, MI

Serena Glover
Angel Investor, Advisor
Redmond, WA 98052

Paul Krutko
Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor, MI

Kirsten Leute
Osage University Partners
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Karl Chi Kong Ma
TUS Financial Group
Hong Kong

Jose Mejia
Merlin Mentor Capital
Palo Alto, CA

Chris Rizik
Renaissance Venture Capital
Ann Arbor, MI

Mira Sahney
Hyalex Orthopaedics, Inc
Boston, MA

Rich Sheridan
Menlo Innovations
Ann Arbor, MI

Maria Thompson
Arsenal Venture Partners
Superior Township, MI

Jack Turner
MIT, Technology Licensing Office
Cambridge, MA