Adrian Fortino is an experienced founder, operator, engineer and investor in the industrial technology sector. As a Partner, he leads the Ann Arbor office and the Intelligent Manufacturing practice at Mercury Fund. Adrian sits on the Board of Directors of Sight Machine, Ambyint and Clean Chemistry.
He also co-chairs the Catapult Program powered by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan that makes grants to emerging & innovative non-profits in the region. Adrian teaches a venture capital course in the University of Michigan College of Engineering and Law School.
Prior to Mercury Fund, Adrian was the Managing Director of Detroit Innovate and the First Step Fund based in Detroit, Michigan.
He also co-founded three software companies: Shepherd IS – a fleet management software company, Sidecar – the first US-based instant rideshare company, and Flocktag – automated marketing software company for retailers and restaurants.
Adrian also spent several years Ricardo Inc. Ricardo is a global engineering consultancy focusing on the automotive, cleantech, military and industrial sectors. Adrian was an engine combustion and emissions specialist and led several advanced engine and hybrid powertrain development projects. He left as the Manager of Powertrain Development division which encompassed P&L, engineering and global project responsibilities.
Adrian holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.