Chris Rizik, the chief executive officer and fund manager for the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund in Michigan, will be the featured speaker at the 2017 Wisconsin Tech Summit, to be held March 27 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

Rizik leads what is essentially a corporate “fund of funds” that was launched by some of Michigan’s largest companies with the goal of improving the state’s economic diversity while achieving a strong return on investment. The Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, along with Cintrifuse in Cincinnati, are the leading examples of such funds. Read Tom Still’s recent column on those funds here.

The fourth annual Tech Summit is a “speed dating” event for major companies and emerging firms, who may apply to meet with the major companies in a series of 15-minute meetings throughout the day. Learn more about this year’s Tech Summit and past summits here.

With three decades of experience in technology, finance and law, Rizik has played a principal role in dozens of multi-million dollar venture capital transactions.

Prior to forming Renaissance, Chris served as a co-founder, partner and board member of Ardesta LLC, an industry accelerator dedicated to the development of microsystems and other small technologies. Rizik also co-founded and served as managing director of Avalon Investments, then Michigan’s largest venture capital firm. During his tenure at Avalon and Ardesta, he accepted four consecutive “Deal of the Year” awards from the Michigan Venture Capital Association.

Details about how to apply for the Tech Summit will be announced soon.