If you already have an account please use the link below to sign in. If you have any problems with your access or would like to request an individual access account please contact our customer service team. Success is often built by a combination of innovation, capital and venture capital investment analysis working relationships. Our belief is that by providing much needed capital to top tier venture capital firms, and building bridges between those firms, young innovation companies and Michigan’s established business community, we can achieve regional success in the form of strong investment returns and economic growth.
The Renaissance Venture Capital Fund is a Michigan-based fund that supports the growth of venture capital in Michigan while serving as a bridge between Michigan’s emerging innovation community and its strong industrial and commercial base. The investors in Renaissance recognized the importance of venture capital in the economic growth of the State as well as the financial rewards available to investors who mine the treasure of research and innovation present at Michigan’s world-class universities, institutions, and corporations. Through its investment in top tier venture firms that are active in Michigan, as well as its own co-investments in emerging Michigan companies, the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund is helping to drive forward both innovation and growth of emerging companies in the region. And it is again proving that Michigan, with its unique combination of scientific, engineering and business talent, is a great place in which to invest. Rizik is the Chief Executive Officer and Fund Manager of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund. With three decades of experience in technology, finance and law, he has played a principal role in dozens of multi-million dollar venture capital transactions. Prior to forming Renaissance, Chris served as a co-founder, partner, and Board member of Ardesta, LLC, an industry accelerator dedicated to the development of microsystems and other small technologies.
Chris also co-founded and served as Managing Director of Avalon Investments, then Michigan’s largest venture capital firm. Prior to joining Avalon, Chris was a senior partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC, one of the Midwest’s oldest law firms, where he led the firm’s Emerging Company department. America’s most popular soul music online magazine. Jeffrey Rinvelt is the Principal for the Fund. Jeff’s diverse background in venture capital and technology along with his experience working in various start-up ventures uniquely positions him for this role. In addition, Jeff is quite active in the Michigan start-up community, volunteering his time to mentor young entrepreneurs, judge pitch competitions, and guest lecture student classes and organizations.
Jeff was previously part of Ardesta, where he was Director engaged in sourcing, evaluating, and conducting due diligence on investment opportunities, as well as monitoring and providing assistance to the companies in Ardesta’s portfolio. Prior to joining Ardesta, Jeff was a co-founder of GrapeVINE Technologies, providing Product Management and Marketing for their knowledge management product, eventually resulting in an acquisition by Sun Microsystems. Jeff is a proud trustee of Western Michigan University and also lends his expertise to a number of local non-profits. Vince Nystrom is the Vice President of Business Development with Renaissance. In this role, Vince leads the connection of Renaissance stakeholders with new technologies and start-up companies. Vince was previously with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, where he led MEDC’s in state business development initiatives including the Pure Michigan Business Connect program, the most successful business connection program in Michigan history.
3 billion in contracts between major corporations and Michigan companies. Prior to the MEDC position, Vince was the Program Director at the University Research Corridor which is an alliance of the state of Michigan’s three research universities, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Vince was also the Vice President of Business Development for Ann Arbor SPARK, an innovation-based economic development initiative in the greater Ann Arbor region. Vince has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan State University and worked for over a decade in the manufacturing sector with an emphasis on automation, robotics and machine vision.
This experience included work for a Fortune 100 company, a high-tech NASDAQ firm, and a technology start-up. Jessica joins RVCF as Chief Administrative Officer and will handle office operations, marketing and financing, as well as business development support to reinforce RVCF’s mission of helping to drive forward both innovation and growing of emerging companies in the region. Chairman of Valenti Capital, an investment firm located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Valenti Capital manages several hundred million dollars in hedge funds, venture capital funds, and other private equity investments.
50 billion State of Michigan Retirement System. He serves on the Harvard Business School Advisory Council for Global Corporate Governance, the Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame, and the Advisory Boards of Questor, Long Point, Doll Capital, Camelot and Enterprise Development Fund. Gabrys has more than four decades of experience in public accounting, including extensive service to a variety of publicly held companies in the automotive manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare industries. Most recently, he served as a vice chairman in Deloitte’s U. Gabrys is also a member of the board of the National Association of Manufacturers and the board of the Manufacturing Institute. In addition, he is active on the boards and advisory councils of a number of organizations in the metropolitan Detroit area. He is past chairman of the board of the Detroit Medical Center, the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber, and the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce.