Distilling Some Knowledge- July 2016 MVCAcademy Recap

School is almost back in session for most students, but MVCA Venture Fellows hit the books early at MVCAcademy in July.  The day-long workshop at Ann Arbor Distilling Co.  covered highly technical and targeted topics aimed at educating the Fellows, who are part of MVCA pairs investment professionals early in their career with a Michigan… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Kathryn Gardner

MVCA Fellow Kathryn Gardner’s transition from investment banking to venture capital has been a smooth one, thanks in part of the experiences she’s had working at Michigan’s largest healthcare venture investor, Arboretum Ventures.  In the two years since Gardner joined the firm, the firm has raised $220 million to invest into healthcare companies in Michigan… read more

Exit Interview: Reda Jaber sets down roots in Michigan VC community

MVCA Venture Fellow Reda Jaber’s resume includes many impressive titles: medical doctor, MBA graduate, startup founder, investor, and children’s book author.  But he’s most surprised by another role he’s assumed, as Partner at IncWell:  cheerleader.  He says becoming emotionally vested in the companies he backs financially has been a happy by-product of finding great technologies… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota, RPM Ventures

A lifelong interest in exploration and navigating new paths led MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota to a career in venture capital, where he’s scouting startups as a member of RPM Ventures’ investment team.  Brad tells us about his new role at RPM, his future as a Michigan job creator, and using the MVCA Venture Fellows… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Dan Ratliff

As a newcomer to the venture industry, Dan Ratliff didn’t know what to expect when he joined Detroit-based Fontinalis Partners as an MVCA Venture Fellow two years ago.  But as he ends his Fellowship period and remains with the firm, he can more fully appreciate the unique collaborative nature of the Michigan venture community and envision his… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Blake Robbins, Ludlow Ventures

Blake Robbins is only 22, but some of the world’s leading technology firms are on his resume, including stints at SpaceX, Nest, and Google. Now, he’s back in Michigan and tackling early-stage investing as an Associate and MVCA Venture Fellow at Ludlow Ventures.  Blake talked to MVCA about why he loves early-stage venture capital, if… read more

Keep Building on the Momentum!

As we wrap up 2015 the Michigan Venture Capital Association would like to thank you for your active support of the programs, events and publications that make the association a major contributor to the growth of the entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan.  Because of your success the Great Lakes Region is one of the… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Sabrina Hadinoto, Venture Investors

Sabrina Hadinoto relishes the “incredible variety and continual learning” a career in venture capital offers.  So when the MVCA Venture Fellows Program made it possible for her to join Ann Arbor-based Venture Investors full time, she didn’t hesitate.  Sabrina tells us why she’s choosing Michigan to build her career and the legacy she hopes to leave… read more

Meet John Bonhard, MVCA Venture Fellow at Beringea

Michigan native John Bonhard took a conventional route into his new career in venture capital, with a start in investment banking.  Less conventional is his ardent belief that he didn’t need to leave Michigan to pursue his next professional step.  Bonhard found the MVCA Venture Fellowship program and a position at Beringea, where he reported back… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Josh Lin

Josh Lin may be concluding his MVCA Venture Fellowship, but the familiar face on the Michigan venture scene won’t be leaving anytime soon.  In addition to his continued role at RPM Ventures, Josh will still serve as a mentor for Desai Accelerator and Coolhouse Labs and work with Nexecon Consulting Group, a student-run, not-for-profit that he co-founded… read more