Meet MVCA Venture Fellow, Kayla Kavanaugh of Grand Ventures

A summer internship in Detroit led Cincinnati-native Kayla Kavanaugh to Michigan, where she saw plenty of opportunities for a new college graduate to build a career in the venture capital industry. In this Q&A, Kavanaugh talks to us about her new life in Grand Rapids, her MVCA Fellow role at Grand Ventures and the communities… read more

2019 MVCA Research Report Shows Record-Breaking Year of Investment in Michigan-Based Startup Companies

View the NEW 2019 MVCA Research Report Here! 61 Michigan-Based Startup Companies Received $385 Million in Venture Capital from Michigan Venture Capital Firms; $964 Million Needed for Continued Growth of Michigan Startup Companies Ann Arbor, MI – April 15, 2019 – Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA),  the nonprofit trade association that increases the amount of… read more

What I Learned from Axios, Uber & Airbnb on Brand Equity at SXSW

MVCA Venture Fellow, Brandon Epstein, a senior associate at Detroit Venture Partners, attended SXSW 2019 for the first time. In this guest blog post, he shares three branding trends he learned from the conference with Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community. I was lucky enough to attend SXSW for the first time this year. The festival… read more

Meet MVCA Executive Director, Ara Topouzian!

Earlier this month, we announced Ara Topouzian as our new executive director! Ara has deep experience in the economic development sector and was formerly the president and CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. In his own words, here’s why Ara joined MVCA, his vision for the association and what he does outside of working… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow, Hirak Parikh of Augment Ventures

Hirak Parikh has been a long-standing member of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community as an entrepreneur and investor. Since 2016, Hirak has been the fund manager of University of Michigan’s Monroe-Brown Seed Fund, an early stage fund that makes investments in life-science spinouts from the University of Michigan. Now, he’s embarking on a new role as a… read more

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Michigan Venture Capital Association Announces Ara Topouzian as New Executive Director

Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the nonprofit trade association founded in 2002 to increase the amount of capital and talent for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community, announced today that it has hired former Troy Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Ara Topouzian as its new executive director. In this position, Topouzian will work collaboratively with… read more

Save the Date for the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium!

2019 Event to Focus on the Tech Transfer Successes out of the Region’s Big 10 Research Universities The Midwest Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS), the premier platform for Midwest emerging growth companies seeking funding to connect with investors, announced that its 2019 event will take place May 14-15 at the Marriott Resort in Ypsilanti, Mich. More… read more

Come Intern at MVCA!

Summer 2019 Internship Available Location: Ann Arbor, MI Are you passionate about Michigan’s growing entrepreneurial and investment community? MVCA is seeking a detail-oriented and self-directed individual to work with Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community.  This is a full-time 12-week position starting in May 2019. This position will give the candidate the opportunity to network with… read more

Meet LSG Insurance Partners

2019 Bronze Service Provider Member Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, LSG Insurance Partners is Michigan’s largest, independent insurance, benefit administration and consulting services agency. The company offers in-depth expertise and exceptional service across all lines of risk management, including commercial property and casualty, employee benefit programs, mergers and acquisitions, and private client services. Its experiences… read more

Meet Fishman Stewart PLLC

2019 Bronze Service Provider Member Fishman Stewart is a premier specialty law firm that identifies, secures, and advances the creativity of its clients to accomplish their business goals.  In addition to the firm’s decades of legal expertise, many of its attorneys also have advanced technical degrees and associated practical work experience.  As strategic advisers to… read more