Guest Post: Desai Accelerator Talks 2017 Demo Week & What’s Ahead

2017 Demo Week features a series of presentations to investors by the latest cohorts of companies that have completed an accelerator program. In this exclusive guest post, Angela Kujava, Managing Director of Desai Accelerator, talks about her new role, the addition of new mentors to program and the organization’s ultimate entrepreneurial experiment – running two cohorts… read more

MySwimPro Named Best Apple Watch App of the Year, Launches WeFunder Campaign

MySwimPro is an Ann Arbor-based information technology startup that helps swimmers and triathletes achieve their goals through custom workouts, structured training plans, and coaching.  The company grew out of the Desai Accelerator and employs 3 people in Michigan.  MySwimPro recently was named the 2016 Apple Watch App of the Year, won the grand prize at the… read more

Meet Barokas Public Relations

2017 Bronze Service Provider Member Barokas Public Relations is a collection of storytellers that believe in the power of opportunity. This core belief empowers them to push boundaries with their ‘No BS’ approach. With offices in Seattle, Denver and Detroit, Barokas PR works with entrepreneurs in emerging and high-growth industries. While they spend most of their days talking about the future,… read more

NextEnergy CEO & President, Jean Redfield

NextEnergy Launches Fourth Annual I-Corps Energy & Transportation Program!

NextEnergy’s I-Corps Energy & Transportation Program offers a customized curriculum to help teams of participating researchers discover the commercial potential of their technology, build a business model, and garner insights from leaders in the energy and transportation industries. Selected teams have a chance a being recommended to the National I-Corps program where they will work through… read more

Autobooks CEO and Co-Founder, Steve Robert Plans for Company Growth in Michigan

Earlier this month, Troy-based startup, Autobooks, closed a Series A funding round led by Draper Triangle with Baird Capital, Detroit Venture Partners, and Invest Michigan. The company expects to double its number of employees and open an office in one of the most popular cities on the rise – Detroit. To learn more about the company’s… read more

Steve Robert

Invest Detroit Ventures Announces First Capital Fund

MVCA member, Invest Detroit Ventures, is launching a new fund that will support startup companies at the earliest stages of commercialization.  MVCA Board Member and Managing Director of Invest Detroit, Patti Glaza, says, “Our team is excited to continue our work supporting early stage companies in Michigan.  The first 18 months is a critical time period for startups,… read more

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HistoSonics CEO and President, Mike Blue

HistoSonics Appoints Mike Blue as CEO and Board Member; Completes First Close of a Series B Financing

This week, HistoSonics announced that Mike Blue joined the company as President, CEO, and board member of HistoSonics. Additionally, the company closed a Series B financing round of $8.3 million led by MVCA members Venture Investors, LLC, Wolverine Venture Fund and Grand Angels. ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 13, 2017 – HistoSonics, Inc. announced today that Mike… read more

Autobooks Closes $5.5 Million Series A Financing Round

MVCA member Draper Triangle leads Series A financing round with Baird Capital, Detroit Venture Partners, and Invest Michigan. DETROIT, Mich. – Autobooks, a financial technology company that builds cash management tools to help small business owners, announced the closing of a $5.5 million Series A financing round led by Draper Triangle. This investment follows the company’s self-funded… read more

Autobooks

Michigan Angel Fund Leads $1M Investment in Shoulder Innovations

MVCA member, Michigan Angel Fund, recently led a $1 million fundraising round in Holland, Michigan-based company Shoulder Innovations. HOLLAND, Mich. –  MVCA member Michigan Angel Fund (MAF) recently led a $1 million fundraising round in Holland, Mich.-based Shoulder Innovations, an emerging developer of shoulder replacement systems. This investment is the ninth made by the MAF… read more

Plymouth Ventures_Kevin Terrasi

SkySync Secures Growth Funding Led by Plymouth Ventures

MVCA Member, Plymouth Ventures, leads Series A funding round to help SkySync expand ahead of new product launch. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – SkySync today announced that it has closed a round of Series A funding led by Plymouth Ventures of Ann Arbor, Mich. SkySync develops middleware technology within the hyper‐growth market of Enterprise File Logistics (EFL),… read more