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Ann Arbor Spark

From Seed to Scale: Exploring the Fundraising Journey

Tuesday, November 30 2021 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm

What does it take to go from raising a seed round to a Series C+ growth round? What are the milestones venture capitalists are expecting founders to hit along the way? Join Ford’s Michigan Central team, Bamboo Detroit, and seasoned panelists from ID Ventures, Fontinalis Partners, and ClearCover in discussing how founders can go from raising their seed rounds all the way up to $100MM+ rounds, funding and growing the next generation of mobility companies.

This discussion is ideal for any founder going through their own fundraising journey.

About the Speakers

Patti Glaza – EVP & Managing Director at Invest Detroit

Patti joined Invest Detroit in 2014 with more than 20 years of experience in the development, implementation and commercialization of advanced technologies. She manages Invest Detroit’s venture funds and portfolio of investments. She leverages her broad industry relationships and operational experience to serve as a resource to nurture and promote technology startup companies.

Prior to joining Invest Detroit, Ms. Glaza was with Arsenal Venture Partners, a multi-stage national venture capital firm focused on IT, energy and industrial technologies.

Kyle Nakatsuji, CEO & co-founder ClearCover

Kyle is the co-founder and CEO of Clearcover, the smarter car insurance company. Under Kyle’s leadership, Clearcover has raised more than $300 million to date and currently operates in 15 states with more on the way.

Before founding Clearcover, Kyle was a founding member of American Family Ventures where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and structuring over 50 equity and debt venture capital investments in nationally-based tech startups.

Prior to this role, Kyle was a corporate attorney focused on emerging company business matters at AlphaTech Counsel. Kyle has a law degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Chris Stallman, partner, Fontinalis Partners

Chris Stallman is a partner at Fontinalis Partners, a Detroit- and Boston-based venture capital firm investing in technologies that are reshaping mobility. At Fontinalis, Chris is a member of the investment team that oversees the deployment of the firm’s more than $270MM of committed capital into a variety of consumer and enterprise investments.

Chris also led or co-led the firm’s investments in companies like Telogis (acquired by Verizon), Postmates (acquired by Uber), and many others. Prior to joining Fontinalis Partners in 2011, he spent five years with global financial advisory firm Stout advising companies and shareholders on a variety of transaction, financial reporting, and tax-related engagements. Chris is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and lives in the Detroit area.