Skip Simms

Senior Vice President, Ann Arbor SPARK


US & Canada




As Senior Vice President of Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip works with technology start-up and early stage companies. He focuses on preparing start-ups for equity fund raising. Skip has been successful in raising over $25 million in grants through the states 21st Century Jobs Fund program for the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.
He is the Managing Member of the for-profit Michigan Angel Fund which invests in Michigan based technology companies that need little capital. The Michigan Angel Fund is the state’s largest angel network with 120 high net worth individuals looking for an above average return while helping grow and diversify the state’s economy.
Skip was the Managing General Partner at the Ralph Wilson Equity Fund, which is a $31 million fund-of-funds with LP investments in several venture capital funds.
Skip has 29 years of experience serving 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 owned by Ralph Wilson Enterprises. During his time there, he started the markets first independent news operation and directed the network affiliation switch to CBS.

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