The Mission

GRVC is looking to provide early-stage, small-to-medium technology, manufacturing and distribution companies (less than $1mm EBITDA) the resources, experience and leadership they need to scale to the next level. 

Our Story

GR Venture Capital (GRVC) was created in 2020 as the investment arm of Steven Barnes, a Grand Rapids native that has successfully launched, scaled and sold multiple companies within the technology and distribution industries. The current portfolio is home to over 220 employees and collectively brings in over $75mm in revenue, per year. GRVC focuses on buying small-to-mid market distribution and technology companies with EBITDA's under $1mm per year. The company focuses on implementing past technology, marketing, sales and leadership experience, while recruiting strong team members to scale accordingly. In addition to the venture capital arm, we have launched an internal real estate fund, called DevelopGR. 

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Investment Team

Currently, GRVC is backed by one single investor but is recruiting partners, investors, analysts and brokers to join the GRVC team. We are always looking to expand with well-connected and successful business owners in the West Michigan Area. GRVC is excited to become a dominant player in the market for years to come. Join the team now!

Steven Barnes

President & CEO

Steve Barnes created GRVC after a decade of developing, scaling and selling businesses across retail, distribution and technology industries. Steve is excited to find the next group of companies to grow to the next level. He is a Grand Rapids native, who lives in Caledonia with his two dogs, Lana and Noble. He also was a part of the GRBJ's 40 under 40 class of 2018. He excels in team development, marketing and sales, strategic leadership and an understanding of technology infrastructure. He is looking forward to growing a new venture with an awesome team!

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Ryan Kunkel

Business Development Associate

From Michigan State University, Ryan Kunkel joined GRVC as a development associate in May of 2021. Ryan is currently perusing a degree in computer engineering, and combined with his experience in automotive technology, military intelligence, and programming in Python, C++, and Javascript, he aims to remap how technology is applied to modern business. On any scale, Ryan is up for any challenge, utilizing his skills in technology to provide creative and efficient solutions to real-world problems.

Declan Kelley

Business Development Associate

Also attending Michigan State University as a rising Senior in the Broad School of Business, Declan Kelley joined GRVC as a development associate in May 2021. Declan is in the process of finishing his Bachelor of Arts in Finance, paired with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. With experience in equity markets, financial modeling, and a well-rounded understanding of operations, Declan plans to aid in the business analysis process while assisting portfolio companies with growth and helping revolutionize West Michigan businesses.

As friends and college roommates, Declan and Ryan are disrupting the industry with a new approach, using teamwork skills that date back to middle school football.