Video: The University of Michigan Social Venture Fund

The University of Michigan Social Venture Fund is the first student-run social venture fund in America, placing an equal focus on financial return and supporting social ventures. As it is based out of a business school, it provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with social entrepreneurship and impact investing. It offers entrepreneurs with both capital and technical assistance, and the board boasts of leaders such as David Green of Ashoka and Brian Trelstad of Acumen Fund.

Their first investment was in April 2012, in an education-tech startup named LearnZillion.

They describe themselves as follows:

The Social Venture Fund is a venture capital fund at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business that invests in innovative and mission-driven social enterprises. We are committed to providing strategic and patient capital to early-stage social enterprises led by outstanding entrepreneurs that contribute to the proliferation of the new generation of socially-minded business leaders. Please visit our website at to learn more!

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