Congratulations, to the New Director of U-M Tech Transfer Venture Center

After a national search, Mike Psarouthakis has been selected as the new director of the U-M Tech Transfer Venture Center.  The Venture Center is responsible for helping to identify, develop and launch new startups based on U-M technologies, and works alongside licensing, legal and marketing specialists within U-M Tech Transfer.    Psarouthakis, who has served… read more

Grand Angels Gets New President Amid Growing Activity

Tim Parker to Lead Michigan’s Leading Angel Network, Organization Deploys $3.5 Million during 2016 HOLLAND, Mich., November 16, 2016,— MVCA member Grand Angels, Michigan’s leading angel investment network today announced Timothy Parker has become the organization’s second president in the 13-year history of the organization. Parker officially succeeded Jody Vanderwel, following a unanimous vote of the… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association begins statewide tour showcasing its Annual Research Report at event in Detroit

Over 100 members of Detroit’s entrepreneurial and venture communities gathered Wednesday at Techtown to examine the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) Annual Report on venture capital activity in Michigan. The event, held in conjunction with Techweek Detroit, offered participants a deep dive into the report’s findings, with particular focus on the venture community’s impact on… read more

Angel-backed RetroSense Therapeutics Recognized as National Innovator

Angel investors might invest in one of every 100 opportunities that come before them—long odds for a startup, for sure. Ann Arbor-based RetroSense Therapeutics, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, had already beat those odds, having raised $7 million in a 2014 angel-led Series A financing round that included Midland’s Blue Water Angels Investment Network. But the… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association Research Report Shows Trend of VC Growth, Demand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — APRIL 6, 2015 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Venture capital and angel investment in Michigan continues to contribute to the state’s economic recovery, according to the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) 2015 research report. The in-depth analysis of venture capital activity in the state indicates a steady and consistent trend of success… read more

New MVCA Board Member Ryan Waddington bring Michigan into focus for national VC community

As the Michigan representative of a national venture firm, Arsenal Ventures Partner, Ryan Waddington, regularly finds and touts great Michigan companies to the rest of his nationwide team.  “I help promising Michigan-based companies find capital, both inside and outside of the state.  Nothing spreads the Michigan message better than great Michigan companies that can attract capital from the traditional… read more

MVCA Co-Hosts Michigan Investment Landscape Meeting

Amid the quickly transforming skyline of downtown Detroit, DTE Energy, Kresge Foundation, Michigan Venture Capital Association, NEPC, University of Michigan and Renaissance Venture Capital Fund of Funds welcomed Michigan institutional investors and general partners across the capital continuum for the Michigan Investment Landscape Meeting.  The meeting highlighted the dense network of Michigan organizations that work… read more

Maureen Miller Brosnan Named Executive Director of Michigan Venture Capital Association

DECEMBER 2, 2014 — ANN ARBOR, MICH. — At its annual awards dinner, the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) announced that Maureen Miller Brosnan has been hired as its new executive director. In this role, Brosnan, who has 27 years experience in the non-profit sector, will oversee the organization’s strategy and direction, and create awareness… read more

2014 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner gathers largest-ever crowd in celebration

It was an auspicious first day of work for new MVCA Executive Director Maureen Miller Brosnan.  “Not many people get a party this big thrown in their honor the first day on the job!” she joked before a record crowd of 215 at the MVCA Annual Awards Dinner on December 1, 2014 at the Inn at… read more

MVCA Executive Attraction Program helps lure tech start-up vet back from coasts

After years on the tech scenes in San Francisco and New York, and with serious start-up and customer acquisition successes to his credit, Shelby Twp. native Shane Bliemaster watched Southeast Michigan’s tech industry growth with more than just passing interest.  And, in return, the burgeoning tech start-up scene wouldn’t stop trying to connect Bliemaster to the right… read more