As part of the Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans Family of Companies, Rockbridge enjoys the unique advantage of being affiliated with more than 100 industry-leading companies owned by Dan Gilbert.
The Family of Companies, comprised of highly successful companies across a broad set of industries and markets, thrives on collaboration, partnership, and shared values of innovation and excellence. These relationships provide Rockbridge Growth Equity with unique access to a trove of industry expertise, resources, and points of strategic leverage.
Family Reunion: An annual event that brings together Family of Company leaders to celebrate successes, collaborate on best practices, and continue expanding and improving our network.
Rockbridge Summit: A bi-annual event focused on building relationships across our Family of Companies, portfolio companies, industry experts, and intermediaries.
We are a Family of For-More-Than-Profit Companies with a passion for investing in people and communities.
Our Family of Companies creates commerce, drives innovation, and builds better communities by having a mission that is powered by purpose.
Amrock Inc. is the nation's largest independent provider of title insurance, valuations and settlement services. The company is a preferred provider to nine of the top 10 mortgage lenders and delivers innovative solutions to streamline the real estate and mortgage financing experience for lenders, property owners and real estate professionals nationwide. The company, along with its 2,500 team members, is headquartered in Detroit and maintains regional operating centers in California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
For more information and company news, visit amrock.com/blog
Benzinga is a dynamic and innovative financial media outlet that empowers investors with high-quality, unique content that is coveted by Wall Street’s top traders. Benzinga provides timely, actionable ideas that help users navigate even the most uncertain and volatile markets – in real-time with an unmatched caliber. From breakouts to unusual volume, analyst ratings, futures and options, Benzinga is the leading full-service, one-stop shop for investors of all stripes and styles. We have three offices in total: Delaware, Michigan, and Chicago, IL.
Core Digital Media is a leader in online marketing and online consumer acquisition platform. Our websites LowerMyBills.com and ClassesUSA.com are fueled by an industry leading marketing platform which operates across a variety of financial and education markets working with more than 1000 unique partners. We operate in a fast paced, dynamic environment where everyone on the team “comes to win”. Our work environment is highly entrepreneurial and our success comes from our employees who voice their opinions and ideas to facilitate growth to our bottom line. Core Digital Media rewards hard work, promotes from within, supports career development and fosters a fun and friendly work environment.
ForSaleByOwner.com is on a mission to empower sellers and buyers with all the resources they need to sell or buy properties directly. With a suite of easy-to-use marketing tools that advertise listings across a network of top real estate websites and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), how-to guides and live customer support, we’ve been the leading “by owner” real estate website in the U.S. since 1999.
Nexsys Technologies is a Detroit-based technology company founded by mortgage IT experts to create and deliver innovative solutions for smarter lending processes. The company’s solutions bring lenders and providers the network, tools and intelligence they need to make the best possible transactions in real-time. Nexsys Technologies won the HousingWire Tech100 award in 2016 and 2017 for innovation in mortgage technology with its flagship product Nexsys Clear Path®. Stay competitive using Nexsys Clear Path® to collaborate with thousands of service providers while managing transactions seamlessly. To learn more, visit NexsysTech.com.
Founded in 2001 and operating in 48 states, One Reverse Mortgage LLC is the second largest retail reverse mortgage lender in the country. The company’s specialized products allow homeowners, 62 years and older, the opportunity to convert some of the equity in their homes into tax-free money. In addition to this benefit, the homeowner is not required to make any monthly mortgage payments as long as they continue to live in their home. When the homeowner moves, sells the home or becomes deceased, the home is sold and the principal and interest owed on the loan is repaid from the sale proceeds. One Reverse Mortgage licensed professionals are experienced and trained to work with seniors. The company has helped thousands of people live a better retirement with the help of a reverse mortgage.
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest home mortgage lender. The company closed more than $400 billion of mortgage volume across all 50 states from 2013 through 2017. Quicken Loans moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010. Today, Quicken Loans and its Family of Companies employ more than 17,000 full-time team members in Detroit’s urban core. The company generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Phoenix. Quicken Loans also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction for primary mortgage origination by J.D. Power for the past eight consecutive years, 2010 – 2017, and also ranked highest in the country for customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers the past five consecutive years, 2014 – 2018.
Quicken Loans was once again named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2018 and has been included in the magazine’s top 1/3rd of companies named to the list for the past 15 consecutive years. The company was also named the #1 place to work in technology in 2017 by Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT,” a recognition it has received 8 times in the past 12 years. In addition, Essence Magazine named Quicken Loans “#1 Place to Work in the Country for African Americans.”
For more information and company news visit QuickenLoans.com/press-room.
Quicken Loans Mortgage Services (QLMS), is a division of Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest mortgage lender. QLMS works exclusively with community banks, credit unions and select brokers to provide mortgage products without the need for the financial institutions to hire mortgage origination staff. The bank, credit union or broker maintains its relationship with its clients, and QLMS handles all aspects of the loan process.
Detroit-based Rock Connections is a contact services provider that makes interactions between brands and consumers easier and more effective. The company leverages technology, data, and industry-leading training to strategically connect with consumers in the most effective way - improving conversion rates and providing a greater return on marketing investments. Rock Connections has a proven track record of strengthening brand reputations and driving value for the businesses it represents. Serving a wide range of well-known, national brands, Rock Connections provides client care and sales in a variety of industries, including finance, automotive and health care.
For more information, visit: RockConnections.com.
Rock Holdings Inc. is the parent company of several FinTech businesses. These companies include Quicken Loans, the world’s largest online lender and its web-based One Reverse Mortgage unit; Amrock, a centralized 50-state provider of title insurance and settlement services; Quicken Loans Mortgage Services (QLMS), a tech-enabled mortgage origination platform servicing community banks and credit unions across the country; Rocket Homes, a digital platform creating a seamless, fully-integrated home buying and selling experience for clients nationwide; RocketLoans, the fastest online personal loan platform in America; Rock Connections, a national strategic marketing company specializing in outbound and inbound client service for numerous online, technology and other businesses. Rock Holdings Inc. employs more than 16,000 team members and is headquartered in Detroit.
Rock Processing has partnered with International Bancard®, a local leader in the payment processing industry, to provide credit card, debit card, and automated clearing house (ACH) capabilities with superior client service and competitive pricing throughout the country.
Detroit-based Rock Ventures serves and connects Quicken Loans Founder and Cleveland Cavaliers Majority Owner Dan Gilbert’s portfolio of more than 100 companies. The Rock Ventures Family of Companies' mission is to increase growth, innovation and prosperity in the cities in which its more than 30,000 team members live, work and play. Key initiatives include real estate development, community investments and economic development.
Rocket Homes, formerly known as In-House Realty, manages a Partner Network of more than 25,000 premier real estate agents and has assisted over 500,000 consumers with their home buying and selling needs. All of its Partner Agents are prescreened and demonstrate exceptional client service, knowledge and experience in their local communities. In September 2018, Rocket Homes launched its new website that allows consumers to search for homes, connect with a real estate professional and obtain mortgage approval - creating a seamless, fully integrated home buying and selling experience. For more information, please visit RocketHomes.com.
RockLoans Marketplace LLC (d/b/a RocketLoans) is a national marketplace lending company specializing in online personal loans. As a recent addition to the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, RocketLoans is committed to providing the most user-friendly lending process available today. The company boasts a client-centric, convenient and secure approach to the personal loan process that is best-of-breed in the marketplace lending industry. Loans received through RocketLoans are made by Cross River Bank, an FDIC insured, New Jersey State chartered commercial bank, and serviced by RocketLoans. For more information please visit RocketLoans.com.
StockX is the world’s first online consumer “stock market of things” for high-demand, limited edition products and features a live marketplace where participants anonymously buy and sell limited edition consumer products (such as sneakers) with stock market-like visibility. The StockX exchange offers buyers and sellers historical price and volume metrics, real-time bids and offers (asks), time-stamped trades, individualized portfolio tracking and analysis, as well as in-depth market analysis and news. StockX launched its inaugural marketplace in the secondary sneaker space with plans to expand to additional consumer product segments that have a natural need for a live secondary market.
Detroit-based Amber Engine, part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, was founded by a team of home-furnishing industry innovators, technologists and business experts. Our mission is to provide the most accurate, complete and timely record of product data for the home furnishings industry.
Founded in 2015 by Steven Mazur and Eric Huang, Ash & Erie is the premier menswear brand for men 5'8" and below, offering premium casual shirts, dress shirts, jeans, and other clothes for shorter men. Made from premium materials, Ash & Erie products are manufactured with particular attention to color, length, sleeve and inseam design to accommodate the body shapes of shorter men. Located in the heart of Detroit, Ash & Erie is part of the Quicken Family of Companies and is one of the fastest growing fashion companies in Michigan. Learn more about Ash & Erie at www.ashanderie.com.
Imagine what it would be like to get online, filter through all the noise and see only what you actually care about. With backstitch you can easily build your own personal view of web and automatically curate content from your favorite websites around your favorite people, interests, and topics.
Visit backstitch on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer and bring your own personal web with you wherever and whenever you want.
Big River helps nonprofit organizations raise more money by engaging donors through personally relevant appeals, promotions, data mining and social marketing. The cloud-based solution is easy to use, affordable and integrates with existing donor management products. The Cleveland Museum of Art has increased membership two-fold using the product.
Campus Commandos is an advertising agency that helps brands market their products and services to college students on college campuses across the United States and Canada. We do this through our network of student brand ambassadors to turn college-aged consumers into lifelong customers. Clients include eBay, HP and Tommy Hilfiger.
Cellerant Therapeutics is a privately-held, clinical-stage biotechnology company with a portfolio of novel innate and adaptive immunotherapies for oncology and blood-related disorders, including cell-based and antibody therapeutics. Cellerant's lead product, CLT-008, is a myeloid progenitor cell therapy currently in Phase 2 clinical development in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The Company also has a Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) antibody discovery program focused on therapies for AML, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome.
Deck of Dice Created a mobile version of its patented dice game that allows for a variety of card and casino style games like rummy, poker, and craps.
Dering Hall is the place where interior designers, architects, and sophisticated consumers go to shop, get inspired, and market their professional services. The site features high-end home furnishings from the world’s most renowned brands, artisans, and design galleries. In addition, Dering Hall showcases the services and portfolios of the world’s top interior designers, architects, and landscape architects.
Detroit Labs is a Detroit-based technology launch pad, specializing in the creation of iPhone, iPad, Android and Web applications. Born out of entrepreneurial spirit, and forged in the heart of Detroit, they are part of the technology boom driving the city's rebirth. Since its launch in the Spring of 2011, the company has completed projects for several large companies, including General Motors, Quicken Loans, and Caesars Entertainment. Detroit Labs is currently working on various augmented reality technologies, providing a new level of virtual realism to mobile devices. It also recently released its first iPad game - titled Finger Treadmill - which is currently available in the App Store. Detroit Labs is located in The M@dison Block which is quickly becoming one of the hottest high-tech entrepreneurial corridors in the nation. To learn more about Detroit Labs
dPOP! designs authentic spaces that are both innovative and purposeful. We are committed to enhancing the ways in which people interact with and emotionally connect to their work environment.
eCollect provides the most cost-effective and efficient payment intelligence, recovery, and automation solutions.
Foodjunky is an online food ordering platform, focused on making group ordering easier by allowing users to choose from restaurants, delivery options, cuisine type and more.
GreenLancer Energy, Inc. presents the industry's first LEAN BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) platform, G-force™. G-force™ leads the way with the industry’s most comprehensive and unified SaaS platform to build intelligent and highly-curated BPO workflows for the solar, telecom (wireless, wireline) and FTTx (fiber optic broadband) industries. NO MORE KLUGE TOGETHER OF EXISTING SOFTWARE. You can’t afford to have people swiveling between different software performing mission-critical, but yet mundane, repetitive tasks. Why should your resources work to complete thousands of time-consuming business tasks and processes that demand accuracy and speed that don’t necessarily require human decision-making to complete? The VP Operations of a major, top revenue generating U.S. solar company said, "With G-force™ bots, we automated high-volume, repeatable tasks within existing processes. This freed-up team members to direct their efforts and attention to higher-value interactions to build customer relationships and trust while expanding revenue opportunities."
InStore Finance is a billing and receivable management company helping retailers sell high end items and services on a payment plan. InStore Finance helps the retailer become “the bank” as the retailer makes the interest and turn lost sales into recurring revenue with a payment plan option for their customers. InStore Finance has generated more than $50M in online sales and helped more than 19,000 clients get the product and service they need.
Detroit-based Rocket Fiber launched in May 2014 and is the city’s fastest and most reliable home and business internet service provider. Co-founded by Marc Hudson, Edi Demaj, Randy Foster and Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and majority owner of the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Rocket Fiber delivers multi-gigabit internet speeds, transforming the way users create, collaborate and communicate. The team is dedicated to advancing the internet experience for all with dependable, unrestrained connectivity and helpful, authentic client care and service. Rocket Fiber was named a 2017 Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press and ranked as the fastest internet service provider in Michigan by speedtest.net. For more information visit www.rocketfiber.com.
Established in 2011, Savorfullfeatures an e-commerce platform where clients can discover and purchase outrageously delicious free-from foods and seek nutritional guidance. Led by expert nutritionist Stacy Goldberg, Savorfull also provides innovative nutrition programs for corporations and organizations, including professional sports teams.
Sift is a modern employee directory that allows you to search your organization for the people you need. It connects you with the right people to keep everyone moving forward. Sift lets you search how you think: find people by name, title, phone number, skills, or interests - or try a combination. Individual profiles can be updated by the user and users have the ability to upload a photo, write a bio, and include skills and interests.
Ternpro is a cloud based platform and video services company that creates and manages video content for businesses. Ternpro's product is Slope. Slope is a platform for marketing and creative teams to manage and collaborate on media content.
Virteom builds websites and mobile applications with a focus on post site launch growth. They achieve this with their Rhythmic Marketing Software, a marketing platform containing a wide range of marketing tools for small businesses.
Our choices have power. One by one, they can give a story shape. Bring an idea to life. Turn your world on its head, or open the door to another one. Every choice we make—before, during and after the camera starts rolling—is an opportunity to move someone. So we don’t take choices lightly. We celebrate them. We obsess over them. Even the small ones. Especially the small ones. Because that could be the choice that changes everything. We are Woodward Original. A creative content factory based in the heart of Detroit. We choose to spend our days building stories that entertain, inform and inspire—from creative development to production to post. It’s one of the best choices we’ve ever made.
Greektown Casino-Hotel is located in downtown Detroit’s historic Greektown Entertainment District. The property features approximately 2,800 gaming machines, 61 table games, a renovated poker room, three restaurants, five quick-serve food outlets, three bars and a coffee shop. In addition, the urban casino boasts a AAA Four Diamond 400-room, luxury high-rise hotel with 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The property employs approximately 1,800 team members and has partnered with nearly 20 local restaurants to offer fine dining rewards to guests. Greektown Casino-Hotel is a JACK Entertainment portfolio property.
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which opened in August 2014, is a $440 million full-service casino located in downtown Baltimore. The urban casino was designed to maximize connectivity with existing hospitality operators, neighboring sports venues M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the city’s famed Inner Harbor. Horseshoe Baltimore employs more than 1,700 team members and features 2,500 video lottery terminals, 100 table games and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room, along with three premier restaurants, a “Baltimore Marketplace” featuring authentic Charm City food outlets, and several bars and lounges. Horseshoe Baltimore was developed by Caesars Entertainment, along with joint venture partners Rock Gaming LLC, CVPR Gaming Holdings LLC, STRON-MD Limited Partnership, and PRT TWO LLC. During construction the development created more than 2,000 construction jobs. For more information please visit www.HorseshoeBaltimore.com.
JACK Cincinnati Casino is a $450 million development that opened in March 2013 in downtown Cincinnati, the urban casino welcomes millions of guests each year. JACK Cincinnati was designed to engage pedestrians and support downtown businesses, culture, nightlife and sports attractions. Inside, the casino features the Rock Bar & Lounge, Starbucks, Bobby’s Burger Palace by famed chef Bobby Flay, upscale steak and seafood fine dining restaurant Prism, and the 400-seat, 10-station Market District Buffet. The property employs approximately 1,200 team members and features 2,000 slot machines, 86 table games, and a 31-table poker room. JACK Cincinnati Casino is wholly-owned and operated by an affiliate of JACK Entertainment.
JACK Cleveland Casino opened in May 2012 as Ohio’s first full-service casino, located inside the historic Higbee Building in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Adding to the city’s impressive sports, entertainment and cultural attractions, JACK Cleveland welcomes millions of guests to the casino each year. The $500 million gaming destination employs approximately 1,500 team members and features more than 1,600 slot machines, nearly 100 table games and a 30-table poker room. The property has multiple lounges, including Rock Bar & Lounge, the Market District Buffet and three quick-serve food outlets: Corky & Lenny’s, Nonna Pazza and STACK’D. JACK Cleveland also has partnerships with a number of restaurants downtown and a preferred relationship with The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland. JACK Cleveland is wholly owned and operated by an affiliate of JACK Entertainment.
JACK Entertainment LLC is a Detroit-based urban gaming company focused on the development of gaming facilities that are designed to maximize connectivity and economic impact in the communities where we are located. JACK Entertainment LLC and its affiliates’ (“JACK Entertainment”) portfolio of properties includes more than 13,000 gaming positions, 400,000 square feet of gaming space, 400 hotel rooms, and 35 bars and restaurants. JACK Entertainment is comprised of approximately 7,000 team members across four states and generates more than $1.4 billion in revenues. JACK Entertainment opened Ohio’s first casino in Cleveland in May 2012 and opened Ohio’s fourth and final commercial casino in Cincinnati in March 2013. In April 2013, JACK Entertainment opened one of Ohio’s seven racinos at its Cleveland-area thoroughbred racetrack, Thistledown Racino. Additionally, in April 2013, JACK Entertainment acquired downtown Detroit’s Greektown Casino-Hotel. JACK Entertainment also owns northern Kentucky’s historic thoroughbred racetrack, Turfway Park, and is a partner in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, located in the heart of the stadium district in downtown Baltimore. For more information, please visit www.JACKEntertainment.com.
JACK Thistledown Racino is a historic multi-faceted entertainment destination with nearly 1,500 video lottery terminals, live thoroughbred and simulcast racing, and a variety of live, local entertainment. Nestled in the Cleveland suburb of North Randall, Ohio, JACK Thistledown food and beverage offerings include signature restaurant Millcreek Grille, Nonna Pazza pasta bar, Cleo’s sports bar, a diner, two quick-serve food outlets, a lounge and two indoor bars. Founded in 1925, JACK Thistledown is home to the Ohio Derby and is a mainstay on America’s thoroughbred horseracing circuit. The property is wholly-owned and operated by an affiliate of JACK Entertainment.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland is the only luxury hotel in Cleveland, Ohio and the only city hotel to carry both Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond designations. The 206-room destination enjoys an ideal setting at 1515 West Third Street in the heart of downtown, providing convenient walkable access to Tower City Center, the Quicken Loans Arena and nearly all of the city’s main sports, music, dining, entertainment and cultural venues. The hotel is known for its creative local dining and bar experiences presented in MUSE, and for its exclusive Ritz-Carlton Club Level – a prestigious hotel-within-a-hotel featuring a relaxing Club Lounge, spectacular lake and river views, and complimentary food and beverage presentations throughout the day and evening. For more information on The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/cleveland.
Turfway Park Established in 1959, Turfway Park is a premier Thoroughbred race track in Northern Kentucky that hosts live racing from December through March and offers simulcast wagering year-round. Turfway was the first racing establishment in North America to install the all-weather surface Polytrack on its one-mile track and features stabling for approximately 1,000 horses. The track is owned by Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corporation. To learn more, visit www.Turfway.com.
The Madison Block is the heart of Detroit’s thriving tech scene, anchored by the M@dison Building. In just three years, the area has grown from one building with a handful of startups downtown to a full city block including six buildings occupied by more than 100 companies and nearly 500 tech workers. The district is recognized as one of seven cities in the Google for Entrepreneurs national Tech Hub Network.
Opportunity Detroit is both a mission and a brand that promotes downtown Detroit as a great place to live, work and play. The campaign launched as a partnership between several downtown Detroit businesses, the Detroit Regional Chamber and dozens of civic and philanthropic organizations in the city. Opportunity Detroit continues to evolve by telling Detroit’s story as an emerging high-tech hub, and the story of the city’s ongoing transformation from muscle economy to brain economy.
M-1 RAIL is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to lead the design, construction, and future operation of a circulating streetcar along Woodward Ave. M-1 RAIL is the first major transit project being led and funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations, in partnership with local, state and the federal government. Click here for a full list of funders and partners. The streetcar is a 6.6 mile loop connecting down-town Detroit to Midtown, New Center and the North End neighborhoods. The modern streetcar has recently been named QLINE.
Rehabbed & Ready is a public-private partnership to renovate homes in Detroit neighborhoods, increase occupancy and bring home pricing stability to the area. The Detroit Land Bank provides vacant homes in need of repair. Quicken Loans has provided a $5 million grant/funding, as well as discounted financing for the properties to qualified buyers, while The Home Depot, with help of local contractors, renovates the homes. The homes are owned and are sold by the Detroit Land Bank Authority.
Established in 2004, Connect America is the largest independent medical alert company in North America. The company offers a comprehensive set of products and services allowing subscribers, principally aging consumers, to communicate rapidly and reliably with highly trained monitoring personnel in emergency situations. Everyday over 250,000 seniors and their loved ones put their safety and trust in Connect America.
GSTV is a data-driven, national video network delivering targeted audiences at scale across tens of thousands of fuel retailers.
Reaching 1 in 3 American adults monthly, GSTV engages viewers with full sight, sound, and motion video at an essential waypoint on their consumer journey. Analysis of billions of consumer purchases demonstrates that GSTV viewers spend significantly more across retailers, services, consumer goods and other sectors, following a fuel transaction.
While offering consumers entertaining and informative content, GSTV drives immediate action and creates lasting brand impressions, delivering measurable results for the world’s largest advertisers.
GSTV’s convenience and fuel partners include leading retailers like 7-Eleven, Arco, BP, Circle K, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, Exxon-Mobil, Gulf, KwikTrip, Marathon, Speedway and Sunoco.
For more information, please visit GSTV.com.
Kings III Emergency Communications delivers industry-leading emergency monitoring solutions for thousands of emergency phones to customers across North America. The company provides all-inclusive turnkey emergency monitoring service for building owners and property managers by providing the proprietary hardware, installation, monitoring and maintenance services for on-site emergency phones. Its solutions are available for use in elevators, at poolside, in stairwells, in parking garages, on parking lots, at AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators), in parks, greenbelts, stadiums and arena locations.
Northcentral University (NCU) is a private, regionally accredited 100% online and graduate-focused university serving working professionals globally. It is currently serving more than 9,500 students worldwide. NCU offers doctoral, masters, and bachelors degrees designed for professionals. NCU employs a unique, highly scalable one-on-one educational model and enjoys an attractive position due to its focus on graduate education, in particular doctoral degrees.
Founded in 1992, Protect America provides wireless home security systems, fire protection and home automation solutions across North America. As one of the fastest growing alarm companies in the nation, Protect America serves all 50 states and three provinces in Canada with home security, cutting-edge home automation and life safety products. Protect America’s name is its commitment; protecting homes and families everywhere.
RapidAdvance is a leading online financial services company that offers flexible funding solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. Having provided more than $1 billion in financing to businesses nationwide, RapidAdvance helps clients obtain working capital funds quickly and seamlessly. The company has created a technology platform that underwrites small business loans and advances, providing its customers with capital quickly and efficiently, opening up the market for capital to small businesses through its unique web-enabled system.
Rockbridge Growth Equity is a private equity firm that invests in financial and business services, consumer-direct marketing, and sports, media & entertainment industries. Rockbridge owns equity stakes in ABUV Media, Connect America, Gas Station TV, Kings III Emergency Communications, Northcentral University, Protect America, RapidAdvance and Robb Report. Since its inception, Rockbridge Growth Equity has managed more than $500 million of equity in its portfolio of companies.
Detroit-based Bedrock acquires, develops, leases, finances, and manages commercial and residential buildings primarily in Detroit and Cleveland. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock and its affiliates have invested more than $5.6 billion in acquiring and developing more than 100 properties in Detroit and Cleveland totaling more than 16 million square feet. Bedrock’s real estate portfolio consists of more than 330 office and retail tenants in Detroit’s technology-centric downtown. For more information, visit BedrockDetroit.com.
100 Thieves is a professional American esports team founded in April 2016 by veteran Call of Duty (CoD) champion, Matt “Nadeshot” Haag. Originally established as a lifestyle, streetwear and professional gaming brand, 100 Thieves first competed in the 2016 Call of Duty World League Season 2. In November 2017, 100 Thieves announced its entrance into the League of Legends (LoL) North American franchise after receiving investment from Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and the 2016 NBA Champion team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. As the newest entrant into the LoL franchise, 100 Thieves is fully committed to dethroning the best and have developed a world-class roster, including pr0lly, Aphromoo, Ryu, Ssumday, Meteos and Cody Sun. For more information, visit www.100thieves.com.
AXS provides innovative ticketing, data, and marketing solutions for more than 300 clients in live entertainment, from arenas and theaters to teams and universities. With its industry-leading technology, AXS helps clients reach more fans, gain better insights, and maximize the value of their events. The AXS platform serves millions of fans across the globe and makes it easier for them to discover events, get the perfect tickets, and share unforgettable live experiences with artists and teams. Headquartered in Los Angeles, AXS employs more than 500 professionals in multiple locations worldwide: Cleveland, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, London, and Stockholm. Learn more at solutions.axs.com.
On July 7, 2011 the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they would own and operate a new NBA Development League franchise in Canton, Ohio known as the Canton Charge. The move illustrated Cavaliers ownership’s commitment to create a culture of success by putting the team in the strategic position to take an active part in the player development process. Now the NBA G League after partnering with Gatorade to become the first U.S. pro sports league with an entitlement sponsor, the Charge are one of 27 teams fostering young basketball talent. A record 265 of the 500 players (53%) on 2017-18 NBA end-of-regular-season rosters had NBA G League experience.
The Canton Charge is owned by a group led by Cavaliers Chairman and majority owner Dan Gilbert. Leading business operations for the Charge is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Levy. Overseeing basketball operations is Director of G League Operations Brendon Yu, and the team is led by Head Coach Nate Reinking. The Charge play all of their home games at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in downtown Canton.
The Cleveland Cavaliers organization is committed to delivering a championship-caliber experience both on and off the court that will positively impact and elevate the Cleveland community, the region and fans everywhere. The Cavaliers organization is led by Chairman Dan Gilbert, CEO Len Komoroski, President Business Operations Nic Barlage and GM Koby Altman. The organization continues to make record-level investments in their player roster and has also served a catalytic role in the continued growth and vitality of downtown Cleveland as it becomes a place to live, work and play 24/7. The Cavs organization is also deeply committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children and families in Northeast Ohio with a full slate of community outreach initiatives, including a deep level of engagement and investments to eliminate blight in Cleveland and its neighborhoods.
The team is led by Head Coach Tyronn Lue and a roster that includes five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love and NBA Champions Tristan Thompson, JR Smith and Channing Frye. The team also features the eighth pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Collin Sexton. In 2016, the Cavaliers delivered Cleveland its first championship in 52 years and became the only team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to become NBA Champions.
The Cavs play their home games at Quicken Loans Arena – aka The Q. The Q is currently undergoing a major renovation to update the nearly 24-year old arena, home to over 200 diverse events that draw over two million people downtown each year. The project is a partnership between the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Cavaliers that will modernize the venue to maintain its world-class status, enhance the fan experience, and continue to provide a positive impact for the city of Cleveland, the community and neighborhoods and the region over the long-term. The transformation of Quicken Loans Arena will be completed for the start of the Cavaliers 2019-2020 NBA season. To learn more and view renderings of the project, visit TheQTransformation.com.
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The Cleveland Monsters - previously known as the Lake Erie Monsters - are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The team began play in 2007 and since 2015 has served as the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Monsters play home games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland and have one Calder Cup championship, after winning their first title in 2016.
Fans have come to expect fun, affordable, family entertainment from the Monsters, enjoying such promotions at The Q as Dollar Dog Fridays and Kids Days, plus other favorites like “Cleveland Rocks” Night and Pucks & Paws. As the top affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets, fans are also able to watch the future stars of the NHL competing in Cleveland. The Monsters are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League playing in nearby Canton, Ohio at the Canton Civic Center.
Fathead is the industry leader of graphics products for large & small spaces – led by authentic, officially licensed sports & entertainment graphics. Fathead gives fans the opportunity to feel passion For Real by bringing their favorite inspiration to life. Based in Detroit, Michigan, Fathead manufactures all products in the USA and Canada for purchase worldwide. Fathead carries thousands of images and maintains over 500 license agreements with leading consumer brands across many industries and professional sports leagues. For more information, visit www.Fathead.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Fathead. FOR REAL.™
Genius is a massive online knowledge project that allows users to provide annotations and interpretation of song lyrics, news stories, primary source documents, poetry, and other forms of texts. The annotations are powered by a worldwide community as well as famous and notable figures. Some annotations are deeply informative, while others are more playful and inventive; the best annotations include a little bit of everything.
Dan Gilbert is the operator of Quicken Loans Arena—also known as “The Q”—home to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters, Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators and host to the best entertainment in the region. Celebrating its 20 year anniversary as the primary destination for premier sports and entertainment in downtown Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena has hosted more than 4,000 events for over 40 million visitors, including Cavaliers basketball, Monsters hockey, Gladiators football, world class concerts, family shows and signature sporting events. In Pollstar magazine’s 2014 Mid-Year Report of Top 100 Arena Venues Worldwide for Entertainment Ticket Sales, The Q ranks as one of the Top 20 in the country in ticket sales for top touring attractions. On July 8th, 2014, the City of Cleveland and Quicken Loans Arena were selected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Widely regarded as the global authority on the luxury lifestyle, Robb Report features directional content from the world’s foremost luxury experts. Synonymous around the world with affluence, luxury, and the best of the best, Robb Report attracts a discerning audience with a shared appreciation and desire for quality, artisanship, heritage, fine design, and exclusivity – core elements that define true luxury.
Sportsrocket (f/k/a Bedrocket Media Ventures) was founded in 2011 by Brian Bedol as an early stage investor and digital media incubator. Today, the company is building the leading global network of digital sports channels on a proprietary technology backbone. Sportsrocket offers channel partners a unique combination of sophisticated technology, strategy, and programming & creative expertise.
The Company’s portfolio of digital media properties includes:
Network A: the most successful extreme sports MCN and destination;
Skratch: Just announced partnership with PGA Tour to create the leading social video property in golf.
Flama: leading Hispanic millennial YT channel and video destination, launched in partnership with Univision;
NowThis News: the fastest growing social video news channel, launched by the original Huffington Post team, and now in partnership with Comcast/NBCU.
Sportsrocket’s video platform offers a best-in-class experience for leagues, teams, publishers, and fans. In addition to Network A, Skratch and Flama, current platform partners include Scout Video, MLG, Big Balls, and World Soccer Talk. Our platform enables rights holders to create low cost, high quality OTT channels with multiple revenue streams. Key features include universal distribution, social & mobile optimization, live streaming, out-of-the-box and fully-customizable templates, and a proprietary, embeddable video player.
WSC Sports' AI driven platform analyzes live sports broadcasts, identifies each and every event that occurs in the game, creates customized short-form video content and published to any digital destination.
This seamless and frictionless workflow enables partners to instantly generate and distribute professionally edited videos on a large scale, to maximize exposure and create innovative monetization opportunities.
Xenith was founded on a mission to put athletes first and improve football safety. Their progressive approach to helmet technology disrupted a long-complacent industry for the better – and season after season, Xenith keeps raising the bar. Designed for the committed athlete, Xenith products enable the athlete’s pursuit with advanced fit, feel, style, and an innovative approach to safety & technology. Every Xenith helmet achieves top safety ratings, which enables every athlete to take the field with the confidence to play at their best.
For more information, please visit www.xenith.com or engage with us on Twitter and (Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/xenith/).
Autobooks is a fintech company located in Detroit, MI - providing integrated invoicing, payment and accounting software for online banking platforms. Through Autobooks, financial institutions can provide essential tools to small business owners to help them grow. Visit www.autobooks.co to learn more or inquire with your banking core technology provider.
BoostUp is a first of its kind social savings platform that helps people save for a down payment on their next car or home purchase. Consumers have the ability to receive a dollar-for-dollar match on their savings from brand partners, family, and friends. Users create a free BoostUp account, set a savings goal, and then can automate deposits to reach that goal through responsible savings. Brand partners such as Quicken Loans and Hyundai offer customers a dollar-for-dollar matching incentive (“Boost”), which rewards their savings and helps them buy their next car or home faster.
Courtside Ventures is an early-stage venture capital fund, investing across media and gaming, with a particular strategic focus on sports. Built by a team of notable entrepreneurs and investors, they provide strategic support by leveraging industry relationships and domain expertise to help companies gain a competitive advantage.
Backed by investor Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Rock Ventures, Quicken Loans and majority owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers; WPP, the world's leading advertising firm; and Bruin Sports Capital, Courtside Ventures invests in companies across the US and internationally. Courtside Ventures' main headquarters in Detroit are based in the Madison Building, which has been the epicenter of Detroit's growing technology and entrepreneur scene. Courtside also has members of their investment team based in New York City.
For more information, visit www.CourtsideVC.com.
Detroit Venture Partners is a Detroit-based venture capital firm on a crazed mission. We back and seed early-stage technology companies that have a purpose. Our purpose is to help rebuild the Detroit area through entrepreneurial fire. We view business building as a palette for creative expression and an opportunity to make a difference and change the world. If not, why bother? We are creative business builders, not money managers. We are entrepreneurs helping other entrepreneurs build and grow meaningful companies.
Grand Circus is a technology training institute located in the heart of downtown Detroit. It delivers training that produces world-class technologists. Grand Circus offers courses in web and mobile development, digital marketing, design and entrepreneurship. Grand Circus pinpoints the most acute technological skill gaps and delivers outcomes that matter. It provides an inspiring and collaborative work environment for a hand-selected group of the region's most exciting companies and facilitates events where startups, established companies, students, investors, and like-minded individuals can meet to share passion, exchange ideas, enjoy a beverage, and perhaps exchange a business card or two.
Detroit-based Guardhat is a leading Industrial IoT technology company specialized in developing wearables, infrastructure and software platforms to provide a safer and more productive work environment for frontline industrial workers in heavy manufacturing industries. Founded in October 2014 by industry veterans and former steel & mining CEO Saikat Dey, Guardhat’s mission is to modernize safety and enhance last mile connectivity in the industrial workplace. By combining cutting-edge, wearable technology with advanced proprietary software, Guardhat is able to proactively monitor a user’s location, health and work environment. The software platform collects and analyzes on-the-job data which is used to enhance industrial worker safety and productivity programs. Based out of its headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, Guardhat operates globally with offices in Boulder, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Bangalore, India; and Paris, France. Guardhat holds 8 patents across areas of Connected Worker, Real Time Location Systems and Wearable Solutions. For more information, visit: www.guardhat.com.
LevelEleven is a performance optimization platform, primarily used by VP’s of Sales and Marketing to motivate the behaviors that will drive your business. We help to identify the key behaviors or initiative you want your team focused on and then create real-time visibility, leaderboards and collaboration around those behaviors and initiatives. It’s like flipping on a full-blown marketing campaign within the walls of your own company.
Ludlow operates differently because we’re a different kind of VC. We believe in VC without ego. We wear our hearts on our sleeves, avoiding the puffery and posturing that has given venture capital a bad name. We fund the dreams of entrepreneurs and startups, becoming close friends with the teams we invest in. We invest with insane conviction and love backing the right teams when others think it's too early.
Truly great companies are built on trust and friendship (and rainbows and luck). VC is a customer service business. Whether it's testing product, leveraging our network, or forcing people to download your app, we're here to help. You make our dream jobs possible and we're forever thankful for that.
Marxent is disrupting furniture and DIY retail with 3D Cloud™, the full-service omnichannel 3D content and visual design platform powers Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D Room Designer experiences for Macy's, Ashley Furniture, American Woodmark and other major retailers. Marxent is the first company to record Virtual Reality sales of real world objects in a physical retail environment - including the first kitchen remodel and the first living room furniture set sold using VR.
May Mobility brings communities closer together, with fleets of self-driving vehicles that make short distance travel safe, personal, and effortless. From business districts to educational campuses to residential areas, May provides a fully-managed, right-sized microtransit service that helps people engage more fully in the places where they live and work, while helping make the streets safer and supporting healthier local economies. Its pilot in downtown Detroit was the first successful self-driving vehicle to replace an existing transportation solution on city streets. May’s founders bring unparalleled expertise in academia, innovation and the auto industry, counting University of Michigan’s APRIL lab, MIT, the DARPA Urban Challenge, Ford, GM, GM Ventures, and Toyota among recent experience. Their goal is to realize a world where self-driving cars will reduce the need for individual car ownership, encourage better land use and foster more vibrant, livable communities. The company is backed by BMW i Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, Maven Ventures, SV Angel, Tandem Ventures, Trucks Ventures, and YCombinator.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, PriorAuthNow’s powerful, secure software works with EHR systems and connects directly with insurance carriers, making it the fastest, most economical way to submit, monitor and complete prior authorizations. The company’s platform eliminates the need for lengthy phone calls, going to many different payer sites, and filling out the many different authorization forms – saving providers and their staff countless administrative hours.
Quikly is a fresh innovation on the popular flash sale model seen today. By incorporating variable pricing and timely releases, Quikly has created a much more effective means of building a viral frenzy around branded products and services. Utilizing a stair-step price model (escalating pricing as more users claim), Quikly plays on the underlying concept of ‘the quicker someone acts, the bigger the deal.’ To add fuel to the fire, the platform is seamlessly social, meaning each time a user claims an offer, it’s shared over Facebook, allowing deeper brand engagement.
Rockbot provides social music for restaurants, bars and other venues by offering highly customized streaming and a social jukebox app experience for customers. Rockbot music is fully licensed for commercial use with a library of more than eight million songs. Rockbot was named Best Music Tech Company at South by Southwest 2011 and is currently expanding its services to venues across the country.
Skillo is a content sharing platform corporations can use for teaching and learning. It is more flexible than the typical training tools on the market. Not only can you learn and teach on Skillo, companies have used us for everything from sales to HR/compliance training, board presentations, competitive research, and financial auditing. We try to make Skillo as easy to use as possible. How you use it is up to you.
UpTo Life goes beyond meetings and appointments, your calendar should too. UpTo is redefining the calendar, offering an all-encompassing view of what's coming up based on your own schedule, likes, and interests. UpTo offers businesses and organizations a modern calendar that transforms static lists of events into beautiful, social and engaging calendar experiences. Visit upto.com for more information.
Waymark builds easy-to-use tools for creating and managing digital advertising, empowering business owners and marketers as Executive Producers of their own marketing campaigns. Driven by the belief that businesses must leverage the latest digital marketing opportunities to thrive, Waymark has simplified and streamlined digital advertising for business owners who don’t have the time to become digital marketing experts. Waymark is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, and is online at waymark.com
Founded in 2010 by Jay Gierak and Nathan Labenz, Social Proof is based in Detroit, MI and funded by top venture capitalists.