Guest Post: Attention Startups – Apply Now for Michigan’s Largest Pitch Competition!

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is Michigan’s premier business plan competition featuring the best and brightest seed-stage businesses to regional investors while awarding up to $1,000,000 in prizes. In this exclusive guest post, Seun Oyewole of Invest Detroit Ventures highlights the success stories of past winners, including Workit Health, SPLT, and Autobooks, and shares more information on how to apply…. read more

Silicon Valley Veteran Sarah Kunst Joins Michigan State University Foundation Board of Directors

MSU Foundation, a member of MVCA, recently announced that Sarah Kunst, CEO and Founder of Proday, is joining its Board of Directors. Kunst is an entrepreneur and alumnus who brings a fresh take and Silicon Valley credentials to the table. The appointment of Kunst highlights MSU Foundation’s commitment to growing and attracting top-tier talent to help… read more

“Molly” Your Calendars!

Dear MVCA Members, It’s MVCA Events and Program Manager, Molly Theis, here to encourage you to stay involved in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community in 2017! We not only want you to attend our MVCA Events but also functions hosted by your fellow MVCA Members. See below for a preview of the exciting things going on… read more

Molly Theis
Dr. David Brophy, Professor University of Michigan

Work with Prof. David Brophy to Grow Your High-Tech Startup!

Are you an entrepreneur with a high-potential, technology-based company in Michigan seeking growth equity capital? University of Michigan (UM) Ross School of Business is accepting applications to participate in its “Financing Technology Commercialization” program – free of charge – during Fall 2017. The deadline to apply is August 7, 2017. Share on Twitter: Are you an #entrepreneur… read more

Bodman

Guest Post: How Michigan Can Offer Capital Gains to Early-Stage Investors

In the second post of this exclusive guest series, Timothy R. Damschroder of Bodman PLC, a 2017 Silver Service Provider Member, outlines ways Michigan can support angel and venture investors. If you haven’t yet, check out the first post of the series on preventing tax burdens for high-growth companies! Share on Twitter: .@Bodmanlaw explains how #Michigan… read more

Guest Post: The Hardest Part of Investing Everywhere Else

Paul Singh is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and Aistreamer who is traveling across the country to find, explore, and uncover the best startups throughout the United States. In this exclusive guest post, Paul shares why the hardest part of investing across the country is trust and deal terms. If you’re interested in hearing more about his… read more

Guest Post: Two Ways to Prevent Tax Burdens for High-Growth Companies

In this exclusive guest series, Timothy R. Damschroder of Bodman PLC, a 2017 Silver Service Provider Member, shares his perspective on current tax laws that hinder emerging growth companies from obtaining capital gains treatment. In this post, he proposes solutions to eliminate barriers associated with equity grants. Share on Twitter: .@bodmanlaw shares two ways to prevent #tax… read more

Tim Damschroder, Bodman
Chris Rizik_Renaissance Venture Fund

Congratulations, Chris Rizik! Winner of EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

EY announced that Chris Rizik, CEO of Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, has received the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award! The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Chris won the award for the… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow John Bonhard

At Beringea, MVCA Venture Fellow John Bonhard helps the firm invest in startup companies at the growth/expansion stage, long after their days of incubator space and initial round of seed funding.  But he quickly realized these companies required a different skill set to find, invest in, and manage than the early-stage tech startups he once… read more

Guest Post: 4 Things to Mention When Counseling Your Portfolio Companies on Public Relations

With offices in Seattle, Denver, and Detroit, 2017 Bronze Service Provider Member, Barokas PR works with entrepreneurs in emerging and high-growth industries. In this exclusive guest post, Director of Barokas PR’s Detroit office, Rachel Fukaya shares her insights on how startups in the community can jump-start their PR programs and share the great activity happening in… read more