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Skip Simms

Ann Arbor SPARK
Senior Vice President
Ann Arbor, MI
As Senior Vice President of Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip works with technology start-
up and early stage companies. He focuses on preparing start-ups for equity fund raising.

He is the Managing Member of the for-profit Michigan Angel Fund which invests
in Michigan based technology companies that are capital efficient. The Michigan Angel Fund is the state’s largest angel group with 120 high net worth individuals looking for an above average return while helping grow and diversify the state’s economy.

Skip has been successful in raising over $26 million in grants through the states
21 st Century Jobs Fund program for the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. This
program provided very early stage start-ups with small loans and matching
investments of up to $250,000.

Prior to his role at Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip was the Managing General Partner at
the Ralph Wilson Equity Fund, which was a $31 million fund-of-funds with LP
investments in several venture capital funds. RWEF also made side-by-side
direct investments in several early stage companies.

Skip has 29 years of experience serving in management positions at several
television stations around the country. His last position was President and
General Manager of a Charter Fox affiliate in Indiana owned by Ralph Wilson
Enterprises. During his time there, he started the markets first independent news operation and directed the network affiliation switch to CBS.

In 2018 he was recognized in the first annual dBusiness magazine list of Detroit’s 500 most powerful people. Skip participates on both profit and non-profit boards, and was a founding member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association.