Who We Are

ID Ventures is the venture capital program of Invest Detroit. We are a passionate team of experts deeply committed to growing and strengthening Michigan’s startup ecosystem. Based in Detroit, we are the most active early-stage investor in the state.

Our Value Add

  1. Ten years of active funding history in seed-stage, Michigan-based companies
  2. Team of experienced entrepreneurs and investors with deep community and ecosystem relationships
  3. Metric-based goal setting with each entrepreneur to achieve milestones necessary to secure next-round investors
  4. Focused mentorship for under-networked entrepreneurs, including women, minority, and immigrant founders
  5. Strong network of follow-on investors
  6. Reputation for quality portfolio management
  7. Supported by the team at Invest Detroit whose mission is to ignite equitable economic growth in the region

ID Ventures Team

Belvin Liles

Venture Innovation Associate

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Martin Dober

Managing Director

Patti Glaza

Managing Director

Jeff Ponders

Principal, Portfolio Success

Prem Bodagala


Lee Rawlings

Lee Rawlings

Managing Director

'Tember Shea

Community and Portfolio Manager