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The Chris Rizik papers document the lifespan of the Ann Arbor, Michigan based venture capital fund Ardesta. This collection includes legal documents, strategic planning notes, and materials presenting the company to various stakeholder groups. Prominent topics include Ardesta's interest in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and the creation of a campus to house Ardesta-funded start-ups.
The Formation Documents subseries covers the creation of Ardesta and its trademarks and includes documents filed with federal and state government entities.
The Summaries and Description subseries includes summaries and presentations about Ardesta and its mission that were written and shared with stakeholders.
The Operations and Strategy subseries contains a board meeting agenda, a private placement memorandum on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and various forms of internal notes describing Ardesta's portfolio, specifically the company's focus on communications nanotechnology.
The External Communications subseries includes clippings, advertisements, and communications strategy notes for Ardesta, as well as descriptions of Ardesta's portfolio companies.
The Facilities subseries includes internal documentation and drawings relating to Ardesta's creation of a campus for companies in its portfolio.
The Dissolution Documents subseries provides legal documents pertaining to the closing of Ardesta in 2015.