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Guest Post: How Michigan Can Offer Capital Gains to Early-Stage Investors

In the second post of this exclusive guest series, Timothy R. Damschroder of Bodman PLC, a 2017 Silver Service Provider Member, outlines ways Michigan can support angel and venture investors. If you haven’t yet, check out the first post of the series on preventing tax burdens for high-growth companies! Share on Twitter: .@Bodmanlaw explains how #Michigan… read more

Guest Post: The Hardest Part of Investing Everywhere Else

Paul Singh is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and Aistreamer who is traveling across the country to find, explore, and uncover the best startups throughout the United States. In this exclusive guest post, Paul shares why the hardest part of investing across the country is trust and deal terms. If you’re interested in hearing more about his… read more

2017 Detroit Entrepreneurial Study Reveals Rapid Growth of City’s Entrepreneurial and Investment Community

Findings from Michigan Venture Capital Association Show 50 Percent Increase in Number of Startups in Detroit View the 2017 Detroit Entrepreneurial Study Here! For Immediate Release July 10, 2017 – Ann Arbor, MICH. – The Michigan Venture Capital Association today unveiled the findings of its 2017 Detroit Entrepreneurial Study, a comprehensive analysis of Detroit’s entrepreneurial and investment community. Results… read more

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Guest Post: Two Ways to Prevent Tax Burdens for High-Growth Companies

In this exclusive guest series, Timothy R. Damschroder of Bodman PLC, a 2017 Silver Service Provider Member, shares his perspective on current tax laws that hinder emerging growth companies from obtaining capital gains treatment. In this post, he proposes solutions to eliminate barriers associated with equity grants. Share on Twitter: .@bodmanlaw shares two ways to prevent #tax… read more

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Congratulations, Chris Rizik! Winner of EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

EY announced that Chris Rizik, CEO of Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, has received the Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award! The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Chris won the award for the… read more

Building a stronger entrepreneurial community

Research Series Post 2: Building a Strong Entrepreneurial & Investment Community

This is the second post in our research report series!  Read our first post about capital attraction here.  The research series is based on findings from the 2017 MVCA Research Report. Like last year’s series, we are hearing the perspective of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community. This week, we explore the topic of building a stronger entrepreneurial… read more

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 MVCA Venture Fellow Jake Simon, Fontinalis Partners

The incredible innovation happening in Michigan, especially Detroit, attracted Jake Simon to a career in the venture capital industry. As he embarks on his career with Fontinalis Partners as a senior analyst, Jake spoke with MVCA about his new role at the firm, his plans to help build great businesses in Michigan (and some day open an Italian… read more

2017 Mackinac Policy Conference Recap

by Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director, MVCA Mackinac Island may not have had the best weather this year, but this didn’t stop the change-makers attending Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference. This year was one of our most productive years yet at the Mackinac Policy Conference. MVCA had the opportunity to meet extensively with almost… read more