Entrepreneur Spotlight: How Detroit Startup Quikly Found Fast Success in Michigan

Quikly is a Detroit-based information technology startup that offers a digital marketing platform for retailers that provides limited time deals and discounts. This startup company secured investment from Detroit Venture Partners and went on to receive additional support from Plymouth Growth Partners. “The investment and expertise from our Michigan investors were pivotal to our company’s… read more

Quikly

Guest Post: Conquer Accelerator Gears Up for its Second Year

In this exclusive guest post, Paul Jaques, Conquer Accelerator’s Program Director, talks about the accelerator’s upcoming season and entrepreneurship at Michigan State University. Share on Twitter: .@MSU_Conquer gears up for its second year, talks about upcoming season & #entrepreneurship https://ctt.ec/BHE0u+ The Conquer Accelerator kicks off its second season on June 5th, and over the last few… read more

Conquer Accelerator Summer Cohort

Why You Should Attend Detroit Startup Week

Detroit Startup Week, a Techstars Program, is a free conference that celebrates entrepreneurship in Detroit. The five day conference kicks off on Monday, May 22 and includes a series of roundtables, panels, and networking throughout the week. Find out more about this year’s exciting event from its organizers in this exclusive guest post! Share on Twitter: #DETSW17… read more

Detroit Startup Week

Augment Ventures Looks to Future & Finds Success Investing in Ann Arbor

Venture capital firm and MVCA member, Augment Ventures, announced today that their team still proudly supports LLamasoft and has maintained their investment in the Ann Arbor-based startup company following the news that TPG Capital, the global private equity fund of leading alternative asset firm TPG, partnered with LLamasoft. With over 700 customers around the world, LLamasoft provides innovative… read more

Llamasoft
Jody Vanderwel

Grand Angels Recognizes Jody Vanderwel for Leadership

Grand Angels Spring Reception and Dinner celebrates Jody Vanderwel for 12 years of leadership in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community.  Grand Angels Spring Reception began with networking over cocktails followed by opening remarks from newly appointed Grand Angels President, Tim Parker. Vanderwel was recognized for her leadership and dedication that has been instrumental to the… read more

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund

Renaissance Expands Network with Investment in Venture Capital Fund Next Coast Ventures

MVCA Member, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund (RVCF), Michigan’s venture capital fund-of-funds, announced its investment in Austin-based Next Coast Ventures. Next Coast Ventures is a highly-regarded venture capital fund that backs early-stage technology businesses around the U.S. and is a new member of MVCA! This is the 25th investment made by the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund. Share on… read more

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