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Arboretum Ventures is a venture capital firm specializing in the healthcare sector. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we have raised $700 million in capital to support a portfolio that is diverse in stage and geography. We invest in companies that improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare system costs across medical devices, life science tools and diagnostics, and tech-enabled care delivery. We target opportunities that can achieve significant milestones and value creation in a capital-efficient manner and prioritize “under-ventured” geographies, particularly the Midwest.
Founded in 1996, Bank of Ann Arbor is a dynamic, entrepreneurial driven community bank serving Southeast Michigan, including Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Plymouth, Saline and Birmingham. Throughout this time, we have made technology and life science leadership part of our mission. Every account is managed locally by a dedicated banker who assists customers in reaching financial goals. When you see our billboards reading “We love to help”, we mean it. We help organizations that are important to our communities through volunteer hours, sponsorships, and investments. Whether these are local nonprofits, community events, or newly formed tech companies, we love to help.
With over 140 attorneys in five offices throughout Michigan, Bodman PLC has delivered extraordinary results to our clients for over 90 years. Our attorneys provide savvy business counsel to any of the region’s most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, and we provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm with the talent and skill expected of the nation’s leading law firms.
With practices in Banking & Financial Services, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Aviation Law & Finance, Construction, Health Care, Environmental, Enterprise Procurement, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Data Privacy & Security, Tax, Trusts & Estates, Labor & Employment, Bankruptcy, and Insurance, we work to understand our clients’ businesses and the markets in which they operate. This enables us to provide strategic advice and preventative counsel to address potential issues efficiently and discreetly before they become significant and expensive problems that affect their bottom line.
Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1854, Butzel Long is one of the oldest firms in the Midwest, having played a prominent role in the development and growth of several major industries. Business leaders have turned to us for innovative, highly effective legal counsel for over 160 years. Butzel Long has over 3,000 geographically diverse clients that are active in national and international markets from many sectors including automotive, banking and finance, construction, cybersecurity, employee benefits, health care, insurance, labor, manufacturing, media, professional services, real estate, and technology.
CMS Energy’s primary business is Consumers Energy, providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Consumers Energy is committed to serving our customers, and making Michigan a great place to live and work.
Domino‘s Farms Corporation is one of the largest holders and mangers of commercial, residential, and agricultural property in Washtenaw County. Domino‘s Farms signature property, the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Domino‘s Farms Office Park, has been a premier business address in southeast Michigan for over three decades. The rolling 271-acre prairie style campus is the site of one of the most distinctive Class-A office buildings in Michigan. Conveniently located at the junction of US-23 and M-14, this landmark complex, with nearly one million square feet of space, is home to some of Michigan’s most prominent companies, along with numerous professional firms and health care clinics.
Energy is critical to our quality of life and economic progress. DTE Energy is relied upon 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year to produce, acquire and deliver that energy, whether from traditional sources or from renewable and alternative technologies. That makes us, in a sense, a company that never sleeps. At DTE Energy we believe that we have a greater responsibility. We believe that being part of a community means being involved in the fabric of that community. It means being a force for growth and prosperity in the communities that we serve. The DTE Energy Foundation, the charitable arm of DTE Energy, is integral to that mission.
At Eastern Michigan University, we’ve always focused on helping students find their true passion. Founded in 1849 as a small teacher’s college, EMU is a major learning and research institution with a distinct mix of comprehensive academic resources and strong community initiatives. We offer more than 200 undergraduate majors, minors and certificates, plus more than 150 graduate programs to our 21,105 students.
First Martin is a full-service commercial real estate firm dedicated to thoughtful development, exceptional management, and extraordinary vision to elevate the future of our guests, our partners, and our community.
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA., Google operates from more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries around the globe. It is home to over 400 Googlers, who work across many different areas of Google, including Sales and Operations, Engineering, People Operations, Tech Support, and Marketing. In April 2016, Google Ann Arbor opened its new campus on the north side of Ann Arbor.
Hagerty was built by people who love cars. We began as a niche insurance agency offering coverage for collector cars. We’re now a global automotive enthusiast brand and the world’s largest membership organization for car lovers. And it’s all driven by our love for cars.
Honigman LLP is a leading business law firm serving clients locally, nationally, and internationally from its Midwest base, including an office in Ann Arbor. We counsel clients on complex legal issues in more than 60 areas of legal practices, and pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ businesses. The extraordinary proficiency of our attorneys, our client service ethic, and our Midwest cost structure allows Honigman to successfully compete with some of the nation’s largest law firms. Honigman is repeatedly recognized as a “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” and “Top Workplace.”
ITC Holdings Corp. is the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC owns and operates two subsidiaries in the state: ITCTransmission and METC (collectively, ITC Michigan). The two systems comprise approximately 8,700 circuit miles of transmission line serving the majority of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Since our formation in 2003, ITC has invested more than $7 billion – more than half of that in Michigan – in building a reliable grid that supports new generation sources, more affordable electricity and greater economic growth.
J.S. Vig is a southeast Michigan-based construction company with a strong track record of more than 1,600 successfully completed projects. They have built and maintained lasting relationships with organizations of all sizes, from small municipal governments to some of the world’s largest private and public institutions. They’re motivated by the belief that, from start to finish, every step in the construction process is a “team” effort. The architect, client, and contractor are all on one side of the table throughout the construction process. By focusing on both the large and small things that they can do to make the planning process and construction experience better and smoother, J.S. Vig ensures that accountability, responsibility, and clear, consistent communication are top priorities.
Portage Capital Partners is a strategy-driven real estate investment firm. Our investment strategy is focused on acquiring flex/office and laboratory buildings with a high concentration of research and development-driven tenants. These tenants include companies related to pharmaceuticals, life sciences, medical devices, medical diagnostics, bioinformatics, and other related service companies.