Mike PsarouthakisTitle: Director, Venture Center
Assistant: Debbie Watkins
Assistant Phone: 734.764.4290
Mike leads the Tech Transfer Venture Center that works with U of M faculty, staff and students on new company formation based on intellectual property discovered and developed at the University of Michigan’s 19 schools. He has over 25 years of entrepreneurial, senior management and venture fund experience in both the public and private sectors.
Before joining the University of Michigan Mike was the Vice President of Business Acceleration at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation where he oversaw a portfolio of over 150 early stage technology company investments, convertible loans and grants. Prior to the MEDC he was an Assistant Vice President at Forest Health Services where he managed a corporate venture fund focusing on life sciences, IT and manufacturing opportunities.
Mike has directed several successful company exits and is the founder of four companies. He has served on numerous profit and non-profit boards and advisory boards including; eBay, PayPal, Compendia Biosciences, Online Technologies and the College of Creative Studies in Detroit. He is active in the Michigan startup community working with Invest Michigan, Ann Arbor SPARK, Invest Detroit, Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, TechArb, DTE Energy Business Plan Competition and others.
Mike earned his MBA with concentrations in corporate strategy and marketing and MS in natural resource management from the University of Michigan. He also holds a BS in history and political science from Eastern Michigan University.