Register Now for the 2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner

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Michigan Venture Capital Association, the trade association for the venture capital and angel community in Michigan, will host the 2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner on November 15, 2017 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit to celebrate its 15-year anniversary and the successes of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community.

The awards ceremony recognizes entrepreneurs who are taking risks and driving innovation in high-tech industries, capital events that are fueling the growth of Michigan’s companies, and the lifetime achievements of notable investors from the state. This year, the organization added a new award – the Community Impact Award – to recognize organizations, events, or individuals that create the meaningful, effective connections necessary to build Michigan’s entrepreneurial economy.

Read the full press release here!

And the nominees are…

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Dan Gilbert
    Entrepreneur of the Year

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  • Kaylan Handique
    Entrepreneur of the Year

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  • Dug Song & Jon Oberheide
    Entrepreneur of the Year

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Capital Event of the Year

Community Impact

  • Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
    Community Impact Award

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  • Michigan Growth Capital Symposium
    Community Impact Award

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  • Techstars Mobility
    Community Impact Award

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Lifetime Achievement

Media Registration

Michigan Venture Capital Association welcomes select members of the media to attend the event at no charge. Please contact MVCA marketing and communications manager, Amber Pineda, at [email protected] to register.  Please bring your credentials to the event; you will be asked to present them at check-in and display them during the event.

Featured Attendees

  • Aaron Foley, City of Detroit
    Chief Storyteller

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  • Cynthia Wilbanks, The University of Michigan
    Vice President for Government Relations

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  • Anya Babbitt, SPLT
    Founder & CEO

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  • John Barker, The Kresge Foundation
    Managing Director

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  • Matt Burns, TechCrunch
    Senior Editor

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  • Richard W. Chylla, Michigan State University
    Executive Director, MSU Technologies

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  • Jan Garfinkle, Arboretum Ventures
    Founder & Managing Director

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  • Craig T. Hall, Lee Shore Equities
    Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor & Investor

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  • Lisa Baragar Katz, William Davidson Foundation
    Senior Program Officer for Economic Vitality and Entrepreneurship

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  • Pamela Lewis, New Economy Initiative
    Director

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  • Antonio Luck, Endeavor Detroit
    Managing Director

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  • Erik Lundberg, University of Michigan Endowment
    Chief Investment Officer

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  • Jeff Mason, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    CEO

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  • John McIlwraith, Allos Ventures
    Co-Founder & Managing Director

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  • Roger Newton, Esperion Therapeutics
    Founder and Scientific Advisor

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  • Kenneth J. Nisbet, The University of Michigan
    Associate Vice President for Research, U-M Tech Transfer (retired)

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  • Jason Okrasinski, Cribspot
    CEO & Co-Founder

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  • Parag Rathi, River Cities Capital Funds
    Vice President

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  • Damien Rocchi, Grand Circus
    CEO & Co-Founder

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  • Ted Serbinski, Techstars Detroit
    Executive Director

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  • Guy Turner, Hyde Park Venture Partners
    Partner

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Thank you to the sponsors of the 2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner!