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 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

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Ashwin Puri, ID Ventures

New to Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community, MVCA Venture Fellow Ashwin Puri is excited to learn as much as he can in his new role as an analyst for ID Ventures. Puri graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor of arts in government where he focused on public policy in economic development and international relations. The Venture… read more

Beringea Promotes Former and Current MVCA Venture Fellows!

This week, MVCA member Beringea announced the promotions of Jeremy Werner, William Blake III and John Bonhard! All are part of the venture capital firm’s Michigan-based investment team and are, currently or formerly, a part of the MVCA Venture Fellows Program. Supported by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the MVCA Venture Fellows Program helps increase the amount of venture… read more

MVCAcademy Recap: Michigan’s VC Community Gathers for Education & Mentoring

MVCAcademy is back in session! Last month, MVCA Venture Fellows hit the books for a one-day deep dive on venture capital covering working with portfolio companies, fundraising, and strategies for creating a more inclusive investment community. This program is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and is essential to fostering a strong entrepreneurial and investment… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota, RPM Ventures

At RPM Ventures, MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota has a front-row seat to the innovation happening across various sectors, including B2B enterprise solutions, marketplaces, and mobility. As his fellowship comes to an end, we asked him to share with us what he’s learned about venture capital, companies he’s taking note of, and what’s next for him,… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Nic Wetzler, Augment Ventures

Nic Wetzler has been a long-standing member of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community with previous leadership roles at Detroit Materials and Wayne State University. Now as a Venture Fellow, Wetzler will be in charge of deal sourcing and due diligence at Augment Ventures. The Venture Fellows Program, supported by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), is… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Jeremy Werner, Beringea

Jeremy Werner is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and growing companies, which led to his career in venture capital. As a new MVCA Venture Fellow, Werner shares why he’s excited to be back in Michigan working at venture firm, Beringea. The Venture Fellows Program, supported by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), is designed to increase the number… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association Launches 2018 Venture Fellows Program

Venture Fellows Program Incorporates MVCA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative to Advance Venture Capital Industry in Michigan Ann Arbor, MICH. – February 5, 2018 – Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the nonprofit trade association designed to increase the capital and talent available for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community,  today announced the launch of its 2018 Venture… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Blake Robbins

At Ludlow Ventures, MVCA Venture Fellow Blake Robbins helps the firm identify new opportunities for investment, primarily looking at early-stage startups in the information technology, consumer, and mobility sectors (read the full profile on Ludlow Ventures in the 2017 Michigan Entrepreneurial and Investment Guide!). From his experience at the firm, he learned a unique lesson:… read more

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