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Renaissance Venture Capital Fund

Renaissance Expands Network with Investment in Venture Capital Fund Next Coast Ventures

MVCA Member, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund (RVCF), Michigan’s venture capital fund-of-funds, announced its investment in Austin-based Next Coast Ventures. Next Coast Ventures is a highly-regarded venture capital fund that backs early-stage technology businesses around the U.S. and is a new member of MVCA! This is the 25th investment made by the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund. Share on… read more

Federal Legislative Alert: NVCA Submits Proposals to Increase Economic Growth

By Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director, MVCA As we gear up for the Mackinac Policy Conference, we would like to take this opportunity to shine a light on legislative activity supporting the entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan and across the nation. The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is heavily involved in national policy issues facing… read more

Guest Post: Desai Accelerator Talks 2017 Demo Week & What’s Ahead

2017 Demo Week features a series of presentations to investors by the latest cohorts of companies that have completed an accelerator program. In this exclusive guest post, Angela Kujava, Managing Director of Desai Accelerator, talks about her new role, the addition of new mentors to program and the organization’s ultimate entrepreneurial experiment – running two cohorts… read more

MySwimPro Named Best Apple Watch App of the Year, Launches WeFunder Campaign

MySwimPro is an Ann Arbor-based information technology startup that helps swimmers and triathletes achieve their goals through custom workouts, structured training plans, and coaching.  The company grew out of the Desai Accelerator and employs 3 people in Michigan.  MySwimPro recently was named the 2016 Apple Watch App of the Year, won the grand prize at the… read more

MVCAlert

Legislative Alert: 2017 Michigan Venture Capital and Angel Investment Week

This week begins the State’s second Michigan Venture Capital & Angel Investment Week (April 16-22, 2017). Sen. Rebekah Warren introduced the resolution on the Senate floor, where it passed March 28. The legislative community plays a key role in ensuring venture and angel investor’s voices are heard in order to build stronger capital momentum in… read more

“Molly” Your Calendars!

Dear MVCA Members, It’s MVCA Events and Program Manager, Molly Theis, touching base with a reminder to stay involved with MVCA in 2017! MVCA would like to keep you “in the know” regarding the various events going on in the entrepreneurial and investment community. We not only want you to attend our MVCA Events, but also… read more

MVCA member events

Meet Barokas Public Relations

2017 Bronze Service Provider Member Barokas Public Relations is a collection of storytellers that believe in the power of opportunity. This core belief empowers them to push boundaries with their ‘No BS’ approach. With offices in Seattle, Denver and Detroit, Barokas PR works with entrepreneurs in emerging and high-growth industries. While they spend most of their days talking about the future,… read more

10th Annual Michigan Venture Capital Association Research Report Shows Importance of Michigan’s Entrepreneurial and Investment Community to Economy

View the NEW 2017 MVCA Research Report Here! For Immediate Release April 11, 2017 – Ann Arbor, MICH. – The Michigan Venture Capital Association has released its 10th Annual Research Report, reflecting the state of Michigan’s venture capital community in 2016.  The report shows that Michigan venture firms are critical to the success of Michigan’s entrepreneurial… read more

2017 MVCA Research Report

MGCS Hosting Evening Reception at “The Big House”

Mark Your Calendars! ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Organizers of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) announced it will hold its evening dinner reception at “The Big House,” the University of Michigan’s historic and beloved football stadium. The Symposium has long been regarded as the premier, must-attend event for venture capitalists, technology transfer… read more

MGCS After Party
NextEnergy CEO & President, Jean Redfield

NextEnergy Launches Fourth Annual I-Corps Energy & Transportation Program!

NextEnergy’s I-Corps Energy & Transportation Program offers a customized curriculum to help teams of participating researchers discover the commercial potential of their technology, build a business model, and garner insights from leaders in the energy and transportation industries. Selected teams have a chance a being recommended to the National I-Corps program where they will work through… read more