Member News

Federal Legislative Alert: International Entrepreneur Rule

By Maureen Miller Brosnan NVCA has brought to our attention an urgent policy issue on immigrant entrepreneurship. As you may know, at the end of the Obama Administration the Department of Homeland Security finalized the International Entrepreneur Rule, which is similar to a ‘startup visa.’ The rule will go into effect on July 17, but… read more

2017 MVCA Research Report Release Networking Reception

2017 MVCA Research Report Release Recap

That’s a wrap! On April 19th, MVCA announced our Annual Research Report at the 2017 MVCA Research Report Release at NextEnergy in Detroit, providing a deep dive on the research report findings, discussion, and networking reception for MVCA members. MVCA Board Member and Managing Director of Arboretum Ventures, Tom Shehab, kicked off the event with opening… read more

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Guest Post: Venture for America Talks Talent

In this exclusive guest post, Cris Landa of Venture for America provides an inside look at their fellowship program that brings young talent to the Detroit Metro Area. Companies throughout the area, including MVCA member Fontinalis Partners, have participated in the program. Share on Twitter: .@venture4america provides an inside look at their fellowship program bringing talent to… read more

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

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

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“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

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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