Kinnear is the Eugene Applebaum professor of entrepreneurial studies and former executive director of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ross. He is also chairman of the state's Venture Michigan Fund, which oversees two funds totaling $215 million that invest in venture capital funds making deals in the state.
In addition to pioneering entrepreneurship education, Kinnear has co-founded, invested in, or served on the board of some of Michigan's most successful technology start-ups. Companies that were later sold for a substantial return or went public include Network Express Inc., BlueGill Technologies Inc., and Accuri Cytometers Inc. He has also been a limited partner in a range of venture capital firms over the years and is a member of the investment committee for Ann Arbor-based EDF Ventures. He also chairs the investment committee for Arboretum Ventures LLC.
We recently talked with Kinnear for a feature in the Fall issue of Dividend on the growth of venture capital in Michigan, check out the video below and read more about the "State of Entrepreneurship."