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Detroit Venture Partners
Detroit Venture Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in seed and early-stage technology companies with a strong emphasis on Detroit-based startups. In addition to capital, the company provides hands-on coaching, mentorship, support, and resources to help drive growth and success. Founded in 2010 by Josh Linkner, Dan Gilbert and Brian Hermelin, the firm aims to create jobs, urban density, and hope by backing the next generation of Detroit entrepreneurs.

Photo of Jake Cohen, Detroit Venture Partners Jake Cohen
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Detroit Venture Partners

Jacob is a Vice President at Detroit Venture Partners, a seed and early stage venture capital fund formed by partners Josh Linkner, Dan Gilbert, Brian Hermelin and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Jacob currently sits on the boards of various DVP portfolio companies, including Are You A Human?, ShopWith. It, Detroit Labs, FLUD, and OWN Point of Sale.

He is concurrently finishing his JD / MBA at the University of Michigan Law School and the Ross School of Business, where he is studying both the legal and business aspects of venture capital transactions.

Jacob has significant entrepreneurial experience, most notably as co-founder and CEO of Ugrub.com (formerly eatblue.com), a web-based advertising company focused on college markets, which sold to an industry competitor in 2006. He has also spent two years as a strategy and operations consultant at Deloitte Consulting L.P. Jacob holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

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Flud News Flud News Made by Rabbit is a disruptive SoCal-based team that develops applications and communities that are focused on converting users into influencers.
Gumshoe Gumshoe is a game of clue right in your back pocket. One that creates a new layer of mystery and intrigue that can quickly transforms social behavior, like a Foursquare “check-in,” into a rich alternate reality game.
Detroit Labs Detroit Labs is a tech start up and entrepreneurial launchpad within the Quicken Loans family of companies. Developers build Web, iOS, and Android applications for businesses ranging from local start ups to Fortune 500 Companies.
StyleCaster Media Group StyleCaster Media Group is the social media company for people that have a passion for style. The disruptive digital media company empowers style enthusiasts and the brands that want to reach them. StyleCaster combines the art of traditional media with the science of new media to create premium content, engaging experiences and integrated advertising solutions for all of its online destinations.


Jake participated in the FundingPost event: Detroit Angel and VC Conference on November 3, 2011 in MI, Sponsored by The Launchpad at Walsh College

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