Congratulations Emily Heintz, 40 under 40 Awardee!

Emily Heintz joined MVCA three years ago with a mandate to help support Michigan’s vibrant entrepreneurial and venture capital community.  A natural networker and people person, Emily expanded the educational and networking events the organization offers and grew the popular talent programs.   And perhaps most significantly, Emily, a data guru at heart, transformed the MVCA… read more

Tumor Ablation Expert Dr. Fred Lee, Jr. Joins HistoSonics as Board Member, Senior Medical Advisor

Will Help Advance HistoSonics’ Non-Invasive Therapy Technology in Liver Tumors, Other High-Value Applications    Ann Arbor, MI – September 13, 2016 – HistoSonics, Inc. announced today that noted radiologist and tumor ablation expert Fred Lee, Jr., MD, has joined the company as Senior Medical Advisor and Board member to advance HistoSonics’ innovative tissue-destruction technology in liver… read more

Legislative Alert: House Tax Policy Committee Set to Vote on Early Stage (Angel) Investment Bills This Week

House Tax Policy Committee Chairman, Jeff Farrington (R-30) wasted no time getting a hearing on two bills that make up an Angel Investment Program he introduced during the one day this summer that the House was in session.  He quickly moved to have House Bills 5786 and 5787 placed in his committee to shepherd them… read more

Local Orbit Moves Into LLamasoft’s New Office

Established and emerging supply chain technologies in Ann Arbor collaborate to further field ANN ARBOR, Mich. (September 9, 2016) – LLamasoft,  a global leader in supply chain optimization and software solutions is happy to welcome Local Orbit, the supply chain platform for the new food economy, into its new office space in the McKinley Towne… read more

RetroSense Therapeutics’ investors see exit, bright future ahead

An investment made by several groups of early-stage Michigan investors could pay off in a big way following the recent news that Allergan acquired Ann Arbor-based RetroSense Therapeutics LLC, a Michigan angel-backed gene therapy company, for $60 million plus additional funding if the company reaches future milestones. Terry Cross, MVCA member, and director of RetroSense… read more

Allergan Acquires Gene Therapy Company RetroSense Therapeutics Adding First-In-Class Technology to Company’s Innovative Eye Care Pipeline

DUBLIN and ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 6, 2016,– Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, and RetroSense Therapeutics LLC, a Michigan Angel-backed, clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on novel gene therapy approaches to restore vision in patients suffering from blindness, today announced that Allergan has acquired substantially all of the assets of RetroSense in an all-cash transaction. Under the terms of the transaction, Allergan has… read more

MVCA’s 2016 Landscape Guide Profiles Entrepreneurial and Investment Community in Michigan

MVCA tools are most current and complete resources available. ANN ARBOR, Michigan (August 31, 2016)—The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) is launching its 2016 Michigan Entrepreneurial & Investment Landscape Guide. The guide is the state’s most comprehensive tool for navigating the Michigan entrepreneurial and investment community.  Useful to both in-state and out-of-state investors who are active… read more

Research Series Post 2: What does it mean when an entrepreneurial community starts seeing more follow-on investments than initial investments?

Bam!  Post 2 in our research series (post 1 can be found here)!!  After 3 months of collecting, verifying, and analyzing data for the 2016 MVCA Research Report – there are a few trends that have me scratching my head.  So this year, we’re turning to the community – every quarter I’ll walk you through my line of… read more

Research Series Post 1: Symptom of maturity or red flag?

I’m so excited for post 1 in our research series!!  After 3 months of collecting, verifying, and analyzing data for the 2016 MVCA Research Report – there are a few trends that have me scratching my head.  So this year, we’re turning to the community – every other week I’ll walk you through my line of thinking and… read more

2016 MVCA Research Report shows venture capital, angel investors are driving economic growth in Michigan

View the NEW 2016 MVCA Research Report Here! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 11, 2016 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Venture capital firms and angel investors in Michigan have firmly established their role in jump-starting and sustaining Michigan’s economic recovery and they continue to build on the momentum needed to create more companies and new jobs in… read more