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Meet Essential Solutions

Essential Solutions is a premier retained executive search firm specializing in the placement of highly qualified leaders for venture capital firms and global companies in industries such as autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, sensors, virtual reality, IoT, cloud infrastructure, software defined networking, security, storage, SaaS, digital health, wireless, semiconductors, and related industries. The Essential Solutions advantage ensures fast delivery… read more

Invest Detroit, Cayse Llorens

Cayse Llorens Joins Invest Detroit Ventures as New Senior Associate

MVCA member, Invest Detroit Ventures, is thrilled to announce the addition of Cayse Llorens to its team of venture fund professionals. As senior associate, he will be supporting current portfolio companies while also identifying new investment opportunities among Michigan technology startup entrepreneurs across an array of industries. “Cayse has a strong technology background and brings… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Blake Robbins

At Ludlow Ventures, MVCA Venture Fellow Blake Robbins helps the firm identify new opportunities for investment, primarily looking at early-stage startups in the information technology, consumer, and mobility sectors (read the full profile on Ludlow Ventures in the 2017 Michigan Entrepreneurial and Investment Guide!). From his experience at the firm, he learned a unique lesson:… read more

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Meet UHY

2018 Bronze Service Provider Member In July 2000, several leading regional accounting firms with tenures dating back to the 1960’s merged to form a national professional services firm. Today, UHY serves clients in the dynamic middle market from four offices in Southeast Michigan and 17 across the US. As a member firm of UHY International,… read more

Meet Brooks Kushman

2018 Gold Service Provider Member Since its inception in 1983, and during its 30+ year growth into the largest intellectual property law firm in Michigan, Brooks Kushman has been a strong proponent and advocate for the advancement of the Michigan entrepreneurial community. Their services to the Michigan technology and entrepreneurial community includes procurement of patents… read more

Here are the Trends that will Gain Momentum in 2018

In 2017, MVCA was thrilled to present the 10th MVCA Annual Research Report, reflecting Michigan’s venture capital community in 2016. We had much to celebrate last year – as shown during the 2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner – and all indications point to the long-term vitality of the entrepreneurial community in Michigan. However, findings showed… read more

GreenLight Business Model Competition Now Accepting Applications!

Mid-Michigan pitch competition to award $100,000 in cash prizes East Lansing, MI – GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition announced that applications for its sixth annual statewide startup pitch contest are open now. GreenLight Michigan is an early-stage pitch competition bringing together entrepreneurs and small business supporters from all over Michigan. Selected finalists will pitch their ideas to… read more

Guest Post: 3 Planning Tips for Unrelated Business Taxable Income

In his previous blog post, Tom Stasi of Taft explained the importance of “unrelated business taxable income” (UBTI). To expand on this topic further, Stasi answers commonly asked questions related to UBTI and provides essential planning tips. Taft is a 2018 Silver Service Provider Member who represents both venture capital funds and venture-backed companies, providing award-winning legal… read more

Building a Stronger Entrepreneurial & Investment Community in Michigan!

As 2017 comes to a close, we want to thank the outstanding members of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community. We had the honor of celebrating MVCA’s 15-year anniversary this year, which began with only three pioneer venture firms in Michigan. Now, we proudly represent over 100 organizations from across the country who are coming together… read more

2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner Recap

Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) hosted the 2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner on November 15, 2017 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit to celebrate the organization’s 15-year anniversary.  With a record-breaking attendance of nearly 300 individuals from across the country, the event was a full-filled awards ceremony that focused on highlighting the strengths of Michigan’s… read more