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Meet MVCA Venture Fellow, Kayla Kavanaugh of Grand Ventures

A summer internship in Detroit led Cincinnati-native Kayla Kavanaugh to Michigan, where she saw plenty of opportunities for a new college graduate to build a career in the venture capital industry. In this Q&A, Kavanaugh talks to us about her new life in Grand Rapids, her MVCA Fellow role at Grand Ventures and the communities… read more

Arboretum Ventures Closes Fully Subscribed Fifth Fund at $250 million

Ann Arbor, MI (June 17, 2019) – Arboretum Ventures, a leading healthcare venture capital firm, today announced the closing of its fifth fund with capital commitments of $250 million, increasing the firm’s capital under management to more than $700 million. Arboretum V is believed to be the largest venture capital fund ever raised in Michigan,… read more

Intermitten 2019: Building meaningful, effective connections

Building a strong entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan hasn’t happened by accident; it’s taken the deliberate creation of meaningful, effective connection points between entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurial support organizations.  One of the best opportunities for MVCA members to connect to the vibrant community we’ve all built is on June 4, as Intermitten arrives for… read more

MGCS Features Inaugural VC University LIVE Program!

The Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance (CVP) at the Ross School of Business will co-host the inaugural VC University LIVE program in conjunction with this year’s Midwest Growth Capital Symposium in Ann Arbor! The CVP is partnering with the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the University of California, Berkeley, School of… read more

Bank of Ann Arbor Shares Benefits of a Capital Call Line of Credit for VCs

Michael Cole is part of Bank of Ann Arbor’s Technology Industry Group. In this guest blog post, he shares why a capital call line of credit can give venture firms predictable cash flow and investing agility featuring commentary from MVCA members Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Arboretum Ventures and Augment Ventures. Bank of Ann Arbor is a… read more

2019 MVCA Research Report Shows Record-Breaking Year of Investment in Michigan-Based Startup Companies

View the NEW 2019 MVCA Research Report Here! 61 Michigan-Based Startup Companies Received $385 Million in Venture Capital from Michigan Venture Capital Firms; $964 Million Needed for Continued Growth of Michigan Startup Companies Ann Arbor, MI – April 15, 2019 – Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA),  the nonprofit trade association that increases the amount of… read more

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 Executive Director, Ara Topouzian!

Earlier this month, we announced Ara Topouzian as our new executive director! Ara has deep experience in the economic development sector and was formerly the president and CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. In his own words, here’s why Ara joined MVCA, his vision for the association and what he does outside of working… 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

Ara Topouzian

Michigan Venture Capital Association Announces Ara Topouzian as New Executive Director

Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the nonprofit trade association founded in 2002 to increase the amount of capital and talent for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community, announced today that it has hired former Troy Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Ara Topouzian as its new executive director. In this position, Topouzian will work collaboratively with… read more