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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

Tim Damschroder, Bodman
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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

“Molly” Your Calendars!

Dear MVCA Members, It’s MVCA Events and Program Manager, Molly Theis, here to encourage you to take part in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community this year! We not only want you to attend our MVCA Events but also functions hosted by your fellow MVCA Members. See below for a preview of the exciting things going… read more

Molly Theis

Research Series Post 1: Is Lack of Seed Stage Capital Hindering Michigan’s Economy?

MVCA is excited to kick off the first post in our research report series! These posts are developed from the findings identified in the 2017 MVCA Research Report. Like last year’s series, we are turning to Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community to hear their perspective on a specific trend. This week, we explore the topic of… read more

Highlights from MGCS & “The Big House” Reception

MVCA loved celebrating Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community at Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) last week – check out some of our highlights! MGCS teamed up with Coulter Investment Forum for its 36th annual investor event that brings together over 500 angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, university technology transfer offices, and researchers from across the nation…. read more