Real stakes. Real return.

The Michigan Ross Real Estate Fund provides graduate and undergraduate students a unique, hands-on opportunity to make direct investments in real estate projects through a student-run venture fund.

Participation in the fund offers invaluable real-world experience to accelerate student careers. It exposes students to the complex market of real estate private equity investing and the science and art of making sound and profitable investment decisions.

How It Works

Through enrollment in a three-credit course, graduate and undergraduate students make investment decisions for real funds and steer the buy-sell decisions for real estate investments. They are guided by Michigan Ross faculty with extensive experience in the field. Students learn the challenges, excitement, and potential disappointment of investment decisions while improving their ability to make profitable investment decisions.

The fund makes direct financial investments in stable, cash-flow-positive commercial real estate properties in the U.S. The fund invests only as a minority, limited liability, equity partner. The fund will make two to three individual investments annually, in the amounts of $50,000-$150,000 each.

To learn more about participating, contact Mitchell Gormley


The fund is managed by 35-40 MBA and BBA students, working in four distinct teams called “silos.” Each silo is led by a second-year MBA student, and its members choose their specific focus. The silos work closely with experienced mentors and alumni partners, giving students valuable networking opportunities as well as professional guidance.


Chateau Nederland

In 2016, the fund made its first investment: The Chateau Nederland apartments in Nederland, Texas. The fund partnered with ROCO Real Estate in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to invest in the project, a 178-unit apartment complex with a total purchase price of $7.9 million.

Knoxville Pointe

In 2017, the fund partnered again with ROCO Real Estate to invest in Knoxville Pointe, a 218-bed multifamily apartment community located in Dunlap, Illinois.



In 2018, the fund partnered with M Group and Coastal Ridge Real Estate to invest in The Flats at Douglas, a 504 unit garden-style apartment community in Toledo, Ohio.


Watch for details on future investments.

Advisory Board

Members of the advisory board provide advice and guidance to the students, who make final decisions on investments.

Sam Beznos
CEO and Partner, Beztak​

Jeff Blau
CEO and Partner, The Related Companies

John Boyd
Executive Vice President and Principal, Signature Associates

Aaron Desatnik
Vice President, Ceres Partners

Rick Friedland
Principal, Friedland Properties

Jason Kaufman
Vice President, Silverstein Properties

Devin Murphy
Principal and Chief Financial Officer,  Phillips Edison & Co.

Ray Owens
Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President, Piedmont Office Realty (Retired) 

Ross Partrich
CEO, RHP Properties

Laurie Romanak
Business Consultant, Romanak Real Estate Investment Services

Gabe Schuchman
Managing Director, Alrig USA

Bill Stein
Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group

Scott Stewart
Managing Partner, Capitol Seniors Housing

Greg Wright
Managing Director, BoA Merrill Lynch

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