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Houston Launches First Fund of Funds Based on Michigan Model

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund announced during its annual meeting in October that Houston has launched its first fund of funds based on the best practices model developed by Renaissance CEO and Fund Manager, Chris Rizik. Renaissance has set the standard for success with its model that has outperformed national benchmarks for the rate of return… read more

MVCAcademy Recap: Strengthening Michigan’s VC Community through Mentorship & Education

School is back in session! Earlier this month, MVCA Venture Fellows and partners hit the books for MVCAcademy, a one-day deep dive on venture capital covering everything from book recommendations to fundraising. This program is supported by MEDC and is essential to fostering a strong entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan. Share on Twitter: School is back in session!… read more

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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

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

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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

Remembering Bob Clone

The Michigan entrepreneurial and investment community lost a friend and colleague last week as Bob Clone, the former head of private equity for Indiana and a long-time private markets investor with the State of Michigan Retirement System, passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. A long-time Mid-Michigan resident, Bob is survived by his wife,… read more

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Member News: Renaissance Venture Capital Fund earns prestigious recognition, adds staff

The Renaissance Venture Capital Fund (RVCF), Michigan’s innovative venture capital fund-of-funds, today announced the prestigious recognition of its founder and CEO in the area of entrepreneurship, as well as the addition of two new team members. Ernst & Young has named RVCF Chief Executive Officer Chris Rizik as a finalist for its Entrepreneur of the… read more

MVCA introduces ExeConnect, a new program connecting startups to seasoned leaders in their space

Rounding out a board of directors or an advisory panel can be one of a startups most vexing challenges, as founders struggle to find a blend of personalities and expertise that can best serve the growing company.   MVCA, with funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is pleased to offer MVCA members’ portfolio companies a new solution:  the MVCA… read more

MEMBER NEWS: Renaissance Venture Capital Fund adds investors, closes second fund-of-funds

From Tom Henderson, at Crain’s Detroit Business: The Ann Arbor-based Renaissance Venture Capital Fund has received almost $14 million in commitments from three new corporate and institutional investors and has closed its second fund at $79 million. The new investors are Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp., the East Lansing-based MSU Foundation and Livonia-based Roush Industries Inc., according to fund manager and CEO Chris… read more

ArborMetrix Receives Additional $1.3 Million in Series B Financing From Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and Detroit Innovate Fund

ArborMetrix announced that it has increased its Series B financing by $1.3 million to allow Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and Detroit Innovate to participate.