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Be Investable: Venture Capital Happy Hour

Looking to grow or ask for investment someday? Join us for a casual and informative series with our friends at Be Investable, a group of leaders helping to demystefy the funding proccess and make it more fun. 

Join us for happy hour with leading venture capitalists in Michigan. We'll have a Q&A and light discussion too. We're excited to welcome the following investors to join us: 

Adrian Fortino of the Mercury Fund

Adrian Fortino is a Managing Director at Mercury, where he leads Mercury’s Midwest office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and focuses on investments in enterprise SaaS, intelligent manufacturing and industrial IoT. Adrian currently serves on the boards of Mercury portfolio companies Ambiq Micro (observer), Ambyint, Benson Hill (observer), LISNR (observer), and Sight Machine. Adrian’s previous investments at Mercury have included Meshify (acq. by HSB Group).

Chris Stallman of Fontinalis Partners LLC

Chris is a Partner at Fontinalis, where he responsible for a wide range of critical processes across the firm’s various investment funds. As a member of Fontinalis’ investment committee, he leads and supports investments across a variety of next-generation mobility segments on a stage-agnostic basis.

Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of one Fontinalis portfolio company, TransRisk, and previously served on the board of directors of TransLoc (acquired by Ford Smart Mobility in January 2018). He also currently serves as a Board Observer to three Fontinalis portfolio companies: SmartKargo, Synovia Solutions, and Zagster. Prior to joining Fontinalis in early 2011, Chris spent five years in the Valuation and Financial Opinions Group of Stout, a leading independent advisory firm that provides investment banking, valuation, dispute consulting, and management consulting services

Ryan Waddington of Huron River Ventures

Ryan has over 15 years of experience in investing, operating and consulting roles in the energy tech, advanced transportation and environmental sectors. Ryan has invested in over two dozen energy, transportation and ag tech companies at seed, venture and growth equity stages, totaling over $100 million of invested and committed capital.

Specialties: Energy technologies; smart transportation; cleanweb; energy IT; venture capital; seed financing; energy/utility markets; start-up company development.

About Be Investable

Be Investable: Be Investable is an organization dedicated to developing leaders of emerging companies or small businesses with the necessary insights and principles to Be Investable. The programs and training support leaders through the process of aligning their ideas with the necessary skills to gain, keep and maximize investment.”

About Bamboo Detroit LLC
Founded in 2013, Bamboo Detroit is the original downtown Detroit coworking community for all. Bamboo offers an alternative to traditional office space that is turnkey, with both shared and private workspaces, an inclusive entrepreneurial community and growth programming, Amenities include Rocket Fiber Gigabit Internet, conference rooms, printing and mail services, networking, event space and more. Bamboo helps companies start and grow or land and expand into Detroit. Learn more at:

Thanks to our organizing partners! Kyyba & Bodman!