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Open Prairie Ventures Hires Local Michigan Talent as Venture Partner

Sam Hogg has joined Open Prairie Ventures’ West Michigan office as a venture partner, with primary responsibilities including screening new investments and managing existing ones in the Open Prairie Ventures II and Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund portfolios. Hogg joins OPV as part of a program administered by the Michigan Venture Capital Association – aimed to encourage venture funds to hire local Michigan talent.

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Sam Hogg has joined Open Prairie Ventures’ West Michigan office as a Venture Partner, with primary responsibilities including screening new investments and managing existing ones in the Open Prairie Ventures II and Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund portfolios. Sam will be primarily focused on Michigan-based activities. Hogg joins OPV as part of the first class of Michigan Venture Fellows – a program administered by the Michigan Venture Capital Association – aimed to encourage venture funds to hire local Michigan talent.

Prior to joining Open Prairie Ventures, Hogg was the Director of Venture Development for Detroit-based NextEnergy, an advanced energy research and commercialization lab, where he oversaw the NextEnergy Seed and Micro-Loan Fund and NextEnergy’s role as general partner and Midwest office for Nth Power, an energy-focused venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Before NextEnergy, Hogg worked for Michigan State University Foundation, the $400 million evergreen fund responsible for underwriting the commercialization assets and activities at Michigan State University. He also worked for Colorado-based Vail Resorts, the premier mountain resort company in the world, as an environmental technician.

Hogg graduated Summa Cum Laude in Environmental Biology from Albion College and holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University.

About Open Prairie Ventures
Open Prairie Ventures was founded in 1999 as a venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology companies. With $135 million under management across three funds, Open Prairie invests in agriculture, life science, and information technology and has offices in Illinois, Kansas, and Michigan.

About MVCA’s Michigan Venture Fellows Program
The MVCA Michigan Venture Fellows Program is aimed at creating the next generation of venture capitalists in Michigan with track records by expanding job opportunities at Michigan venture capital firms. It is designed to develop, train and create opportunities for talented, emerging leaders who want to stay in Michigan or move back to Michigan to seek careers in venture capital.