Display Name

Mahendra Ramsinghani

First Name


Last Name




About Me

I manage and lead all investment activities for Invest-Detroit's First Step Fund, a micro-finance fund that is focused on seed and early stage investments in the region. Since its launch, the Fund has invested in 34 companies across technology, healthcare and energy sectors. In 2011, I finished a labor of love – a book titled "The Business of Venture Capital: Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies (Wiley Finance). See:

Prior to First Step Fund, as Mentor-in-Residence at University of Michigan's Office of Tech Transfer, I helped spin-out a Life Science tools start-up. At the MEDC, I led the efforts for development of two Fund-of-Funds programs that was signed into a legislation and currently deploys $200 million in VC Funds.
I serve on the investment committee of two seed funds and on the Board of University of Michigan Social Venture Fund.

Professional Information


University of Michigan Social Venture Fund


Board Member


The Social Venture Fund is a venture capital fund at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business that invests in innovative and mission-driven social enterprises.


Venture Capital, Technology, Early Stage Investments

Time Period

2011-01 – Present


School Name

University of Pune


MBA, Finance & Marketing

Time Period

1994 – 1996