2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner

Michigan Venture Capital Association, the trade association for the venture capital and angel community in Michigan, hosted 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 recognized capital events that are fueling the growth of Michigan’s companies, entrepreneurs who are taking risks and driving innovation in high-tech industries, 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.

Awardees included LLamasoft for Capital Event of the Year, Michigan Growth Capital Symposium for the Community Impact Award, Dug Song and Jon Oberheide of Duo Security for Entrepreneur of the Year, and Ian Bund of Plymouth Growth Partners for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here are the 2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner Awardees!

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Capital Event of the Year

Community Impact Award

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Lifetime Achievement Award

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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  • John Barker, The Kresge Foundation
    Managing Director

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

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  • Dan Fleming, River Cities Capital Funds
    Managing Director

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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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  • 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!