About Us

We believe the Midwest is full of promise

Unfortunately, few delivered on it.

For years, we watched many chart escape routes from the Midwest. Businesses, talent, ideas and capital kept leaving for established coastal tech hubs.

Too many thought that was the only path to success. Our team knew better. And we set out to prove it.

We believe the Midwest is full of promise and we’re committed to keeping it here.

Our Mission

To maximize the Midwest startup ecosystem through investment in local, regional and coastal companies and funds to create deal flow.

Our Vision

The Midwest can be a premier startup hub. And it will be – with bigger thinking and streamlined connections between startups and investors both locally and on the coasts.

Our Values

We promise the companies we work with:

Honesty. A promise made is a promise kept.

Transparency. We strive to deliver clarity in every interaction.

Innovation. We look for new ways to leverage technology.

Our Team

Experienced venture capitalists, fund managers and entrepreneurs with proven success and deeply rooted in the Midwest.

Partners

William J. Manby, Jr.

William J. Manby, Jr.

Founding & Managing Partner

William J. Manby, Jr.

Managing Director & Founding Partner

​Bill has spent his entire career in the financial services industry and his whole life as a proud advocate for Akron and Northeast Ohio. As a licensed security adviser, Bill connected an impressive collection of clients to a broad range of rewarding investment options. It wasn't long before he began raising money for local projects ranging from a medical device company to a fintech software provider. To date, every one of Bill's projects has either paid off or is still pursuing an exit. This track record of success led to him founding Fund I in late 2016 and has been his focus and passion ever since. In addition to his career accomplishments, Bill has led some of the area's most successful capital campaigns and fundraising efforts for charities including the Akron Rotary Camp. Bill remains dedicated to the community and serves on the board of several non-profits.

William J. Manby, Jr.

Managing Director & Founding Partner

​Bill has spent his entire career in the financial services industry and his whole life as a proud advocate for Akron and Northeast Ohio. As a licensed security adviser, Bill connected an impressive collection of clients to a broad range of rewarding investment options. It wasn't long before he began raising money for local projects ranging from a medical device company to a fintech software provider. To date, every one of Bill's projects has either paid off or is still pursuing an exit. This track record of success led to him founding Fund I in late 2016 and has been his focus and passion ever since. In addition to his career accomplishments, Bill has led some of the area's most successful capital campaigns and fundraising efforts for charities including the Akron Rotary Camp. Bill remains dedicated to the community and serves on the board of several non-profits.

Apurva Desai

Apurva Desai

Partner

Sarvian Inc.

Apurva Desai

Partner

Apurva is a digital technology and media executive, entrepreneur and investor with CFO experiences with global media, mobile, and Internet companies in Silicon Valley, the Midwest, and Asia.

Apurva built his career foundation at industry giants Ernst & Young, Intel and Yahoo! (Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger) followed by experiences at growing, scaling companies: mobile gaming public pure play Glu Mobile (acquired by Electronic Arts) , venture backed startup Scrapblog (funded by Disney; acquired by Mixbook), pre-IPO digital media company Exponential Interactive (S-1 filed).
More recently, Apurva was the CFO for Vuclip (funded by NEA; acquired by PCCW) , a leading on demand video streaming media company through its brand Viu in emerging markets of India, Indonesia, South Africa, Dubai, Malaysia headquartered in Silicon Valley. Shepherded the company through 10x revenue and employee growth; equity and debt round raises followed by nine figure strategic M&A (acquired by PCCW- large Hong Kong based public company) .

Currently, Apurva is the CEO and Founder of Sarvian, Inc.; a management and CFO & M&A financial consulting and advisory firm. His CFO clients include SAAS technology and media companies in the supply chain, edtech, healthcare, food and beverage, collaboration software and media space. Apurva also advises and mentors startups and accereators around the world including companies in Silicon Valley, the Midwest, UK, and India.

Apurva is currently an Executive in Residence for the Commonwealth Club/World Affairs Council of Northern California, a not for profit advocacy group that convenes thought leaders, change makers, and engaged citizens to share ideas, learn from each other and effect change to the world's most challenging problems.

Apurva has taught an introductory Finance course at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Center for Law and Business. His writings and commentary have appeared on The Next Web, India Currents, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC).

Apurva Desai

Partner

Apurva is a digital technology and media executive, entrepreneur and investor with CFO experiences with global media, mobile, and Internet companies in Silicon Valley, the Midwest, and Asia.

Apurva built his career foundation at industry giants Ernst & Young, Intel and Yahoo! (Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger) followed by experiences at growing, scaling companies: mobile gaming public pure play Glu Mobile (acquired by Electronic Arts) , venture backed startup Scrapblog (funded by Disney; acquired by Mixbook), pre-IPO digital media company Exponential Interactive (S-1 filed).
More recently, Apurva was the CFO for Vuclip (funded by NEA; acquired by PCCW) , a leading on demand video streaming media company through its brand Viu in emerging markets of India, Indonesia, South Africa, Dubai, Malaysia headquartered in Silicon Valley. Shepherded the company through 10x revenue and employee growth; equity and debt round raises followed by nine figure strategic M&A (acquired by PCCW- large Hong Kong based public company) .

Currently, Apurva is the CEO and Founder of Sarvian, Inc.; a management and CFO & M&A financial consulting and advisory firm. His CFO clients include SAAS technology and media companies in the supply chain, edtech, healthcare, food and beverage, collaboration software and media space. Apurva also advises and mentors startups and accereators around the world including companies in Silicon Valley, the Midwest, UK, and India.

Apurva is currently an Executive in Residence for the Commonwealth Club/World Affairs Council of Northern California, a not for profit advocacy group that convenes thought leaders, change makers, and engaged citizens to share ideas, learn from each other and effect change to the world's most challenging problems.

Apurva has taught an introductory Finance course at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Center for Law and Business. His writings and commentary have appeared on The Next Web, India Currents, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC).

Dan Hampu

Dan Hampu

Venture Partner

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Daniel J. Hampu

Venture Partner & Operations Manager

As the Director of Investing and VC Startup Advising at the Bounce Innovation Hub, Dan runs the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF) program and supports Bounce and its high-growth startups with capital strategy and fundraising. NEOSVF is a collaborative organization and program that gives college students from Northeast Ohio an opportunity to vet and fund high-growth potential startups. This unique enterprise has invested in 24 startups that have raised more than $24 million in follow-on funding.

He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fontus Blue, Inc., a software-based startup company that develops solutions and supports people making exceptional drinking water for the public at more than 40 utilities across the US. He remains on their board of directors. Dan previously served as a New Venture Manager with the University of Akron Research Foundation, focusing on technology commercialization and due diligence. He co-managed the University of Akron's National Science Foundation I-Corps Sites program and managed deal flow for the ARCHAngels Investor Network. He has also taught entrepreneurship at the University of Mount Union in their department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.

Daniel J. Hampu

Venture Partner & Operations Manager

As the Director of Investing and VC Startup Advising at the Bounce Innovation Hub, Dan runs the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF) program and supports Bounce and its high-growth startups with capital strategy and fundraising. NEOSVF is a collaborative organization and program that gives college students from Northeast Ohio an opportunity to vet and fund high-growth potential startups. This unique enterprise has invested in 24 startups that have raised more than $24 million in follow-on funding.

He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Fontus Blue, Inc., a software-based startup company that develops solutions and supports people making exceptional drinking water for the public at more than 40 utilities across the US. He remains on their board of directors. Dan previously served as a New Venture Manager with the University of Akron Research Foundation, focusing on technology commercialization and due diligence. He co-managed the University of Akron's National Science Foundation I-Corps Sites program and managed deal flow for the ARCHAngels Investor Network. He has also taught entrepreneurship at the University of Mount Union in their department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration.

Victoria Tifft

Victoria Tifft

Founding Partner & Sr. Advisor

Victoria Tifft

Founding Partner & Senior Advisor

Vicki began her career journey in the US Peace Corps West Africa in the field of infectious disease control. After contracting malaria, she returned to the US with a commitment to finding treatments for diseases around the globe. In 1994, Vicki founded ClinicalRM, a company that now has over 350 employees globally and was acquired by ICON for $40 million in 2016.

In 2012, the US Small Business Administration honored Vicki as the National Small Businessperson of the Year.

Victoria Tifft

Founding Partner & Senior Advisor

Vicki began her career journey in the US Peace Corps West Africa in the field of infectious disease control. After contracting malaria, she returned to the US with a commitment to finding treatments for diseases around the globe. In 1994, Vicki founded ClinicalRM, a company that now has over 350 employees globally and was acquired by ICON for $40 million in 2016.

In 2012, the US Small Business Administration honored Vicki as the National Small Businessperson of the Year.

Mike Rademacher

Mike Rademacher

Founding Partner & Sr. Advisor

Michael Rademacher

Founding Partner & Senior Advisor

Mike is a former President of PolyOne Distribution, a $1B division of PolyOne Corporation headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio.

With more than 40 years of experience working in both large public and small privately owned companies, Mike is a proven leader in the industrial market sector. He successfully led commercial, functional and operational groups primarily in the plastics and chemical industry.

Michael Rademacher

Founding Partner & Senior Advisor

Mike is a former President of PolyOne Distribution, a $1B division of PolyOne Corporation headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio.

With more than 40 years of experience working in both large public and small privately owned companies, Mike is a proven leader in the industrial market sector. He successfully led commercial, functional and operational groups primarily in the plastics and chemical industry.

Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly

Operations Manager

Colleen Kelly

Operations Manager

Colleen is a dynamic professional who brings  operations expertise and a track record of delivering exceptional results across various industries including Private Equity, Technology, and Franchising. Her main role will include supporting Bill in managing IFV’s portfolio companies including monitoring key metrics and providing operational assistance. In addition, she will handle much of the communications with LP’s and portfolio companies

Colleen Kelly

Operations Manager

Colleen is a dynamic professional who brings  operations expertise and a track record of delivering exceptional results across various industries including Private Equity, Technology, and Franchising. Her main role will include supporting Bill in managing IFV’s portfolio companies including monitoring key metrics and providing operational assistance. In addition, she will handle much of the communications with LP’s and portfolio companies

Advisors

Tom Lenehan

Tom Lenehan

Venture Partner

NYC Advisor
Wallace Foundation

Nitin Pachisia

Nitin Pachisia

Silicon Valley Advisor

Unshackled Ventures

Ben Bayat

Ben Bayat

Silicon Valley Advisor

NextGen Ventures

Farooq Abbasi

Farooq Abbasi

NYC Advisor

Preface Ventures

Elad Granot

Elad Granot

Advisor

Nathaniel Krasnoff

Nathaniel Krasnoff

Los Angeles Advisor

Howie Diamond

Howie Diamond

Silicon Valley Advisor

Pure Ventures

Mark S. Allio

Mark S. Allio

Advisor Committee

Bank Executive, Retired

Mike de Windt

Mike de Windt

Advisor Committee

Managing Partner, Gates Group Advisors

Associates

Regina Sosa Valdovinos

Regina Sosa Valdovinos

Future Superstar

Lead Due Diligence Intern

William Brune

William Brune

Future Superstar

Lead Due Diligence Intern

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