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Skip Simms

Senior Vice President

North America

As Senior Vice President of Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip works with technology start-up and early stage companies focusing on preparing start-ups for equity fund raising. Skip successfully raised over $26 million in grants from the states 21st Century Jobs Fund program for the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. The program provided over 100 very early stage start-ups with matching investments of up to $250,000. He is the Managing Member of the for-profit Michigan Angel Fund which invests in Michigan based technology companies that are capital efficient. MAF 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.
Prior to Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip was the Managing General Partner at the Ralph Wilson Equity Fund, which was a $31 million fund-of-funds.
Skip has 29 years of experience 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. During his time there, he started the markets first independent news operation and directed the network affiliation switch to CBS.
Skip was a founding member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

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