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Patti Glaza

Patricia (Patti) Glaza serves as Vice President of Invest Detroit and Managing Director of First Step Fund and Detroit Innovate, two early-stage venture funds. Ms. Glaza joined Invest Detroit in 2014 with more than 20 years of experience in the development, implementation and commercialization of advanced technologies. Patti serves as a resource to start-ups and as an advisor/board member, including: Michigan Venture Capital Association, The Great Lakes Protection Fund, NSF I-Corp, and the University of Michigan’s M-TRAC – Advanced Transportation Technologies Committee. Prior to joining Invest Detroit, Patti was with Arsenal Venture Partners, a national venture capital firm focused on IT, energy and industrial technologies. She has served as the CEO and executive management of several start-ups in the nanotech, energy, and healthcare IT sectors. Patti started her career as an IT consulting professional and manager for Accenture. Patti is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.