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

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

Congratulations Chris Stallman, newly named partner at Fontinalis Partners!

On a winding path from teen entrepreneur to partner at Detroit’s largest venture capital firm (and winner of the 2016 MVCA “100” Award!), Fontinalis Partners’ Chris Stallman rarely strayed too far from his true calling: building and investing in valuable businesses.   After starting several tech companies as a high schooler in suburban Chicago, Stallman headed to… read more

Chris Stallman, Fontinalis

Meet Cendrowski Corporate Advisors

2017 Gold Service Provider Member Bringing a “different perspective” to entrepreneurs and venture investors, Cendrowski Corporate Advisors (CCA) provides full service financial consulting to private equity and venture capital general partners, fund principals, and portfolio company management teams in Michigan.  CCA has been part of the MVCA membership since 2012 and its experience serving both… read more

Cendrowski Corporate Advisors

Meet Clark Hill

2017 Bronze Service Provider Member An entrepreneurial, full service law firm that provides strategic legal services to high-growth and innovative businesses and investors in technology, advanced manufacturing, and food product industries, among others, Clark Hill has more than 350 attorneys and professionals nationwide.  The firm’s innovative E2 program is designed to help early stage and… read more

Clark Hill
Taft

Meet Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

2017 Silver Service Provider Member Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP (Taft) represents both venture capital funds and venture-backed companies, providing award winning legal counsel and cost-efficient, practical solutions that high-growth companies and their investors need. Taft’s investment fund clients range from family offices and angel groups to institutional seed and late-stage venture funds; their team… read more

Meet Applied Licensing

2017 Gold Service Provider Member Combining backgrounds in patent law, engineering, and public policy, the attorneys who founded Applied Licensing bring value to startup companies through a combination of angel level investment, intellectual property portfolio development, and intellectual property monetization.  “We work with startup companies and inventors to construct a cost effective intellectual property portfolio… read more

Applied Licensing

Meet Honigman

2017 Bronze Service Provider Member As Detroit’s largest law firm, Honigman has been part of the formation and on-going operation of many of Michigan’s most-established venture capital funds and fund-of-funds devoted to investing in venture capital.  Honigman attorneys assist fund investors in making portfolio investments and advising in the sale of venture-backed companies. The firm’s… read more

Pepper Hamilton

Meet Pepper Hamilton

2017 Gold Service Provider Member An MVCA member since 2009, Pepper Hamilton’s connection to the Michigan venture and entrepreneurial community goes much further back than that, when Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) law experts at Pepper Hamilton advised Michigan’s earliest venture funds and helped usher the state’s venture capital industry into existence.  Decades later, Pepper… read more