Skip Simms

Skip Simms

Managing Member

As Senior Vice President of Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip Simms works with technology start-up and early stage companies.  He focuses on preparing start-ups for equity fund raising.

Skip successfully raised over $25 million in grants through the states 21st Century Jobs Fund program for the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.  This program provided very early stage start-ups with small loans, and provides a matching investment 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 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.

Prior to his role at Ann Arbor SPARK, 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.  RWEF also made side-by-side direct investments in several early stage companies.  In this capacity, Skip performed due diligence and analyzed nearly 100 opportunities, recommended level of investment, participated at board meetings and served on advisory committees.

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.

Skip participates on both profit and non-profit boards, and was a founding member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association.