A university partner and venture capital firm, Milwaukee-based MUKC Investment Fund, is seeking to help students, faculty and alumni fund and develop start-up companies.
In March 2018, the university announced the partnership, which propelled Marquette to continue to grow and develop its culture of innovation. Students and alumni interested can email communications chief Milad Hosseini at Milad@DeBueyLLC.com.
Mark FitzGerald, a 1981 College of Business Administration alumnus, came forward to provide support for ideas from both students and alumni in the Marquette community. FitzGerald is a successful entrepreneur and angel investor.
He serves, with Tim Dyer and Matt Pietruczak, as the Managing Members of DeBuey, LLC, MUKC Fund’s General Partner. FitzGerald said his inspiration was “to help fulfill President Lovell’s vision to drive and embed innovation.”
Thanks to the collaboration between Marquette, a group of alumni and local business leaders, the Fund currently has nearly $4 million. The Fund is closed for additional investment, but FitzGerald noted that they are actively seeking business ideas and that it is open to the entire Marquette community.
“We believe this is a tremendous opportunity to make a difference and create new solutions to address the most pressing business issues of today,” FitzGerald said.