Student Teams Tee Up Investor Pitches for Dec. 12 Financing Research Commercialization Competition!

University of Michigan students are teeing up their venture capital investment proposals in anticipation of the upcoming 2018 Financing Research Commercialization Pitch Competition on Wednesday, Dec. 12! This year, 14 highly competitive teams of graduate and undergraduate students in Professor David J. Brophy’s Financing Research Commercialization practicum will go before a panel of 24 judges… read more

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Work with Prof. David Brophy to Grow Your High-Tech Startup!

Are you an entrepreneur with a high-potential, technology-based company in Michigan seeking growth equity capital? University of Michigan (UM) Ross School of Business is accepting applications to participate in its “Financing Technology Commercialization” program – free of charge – during Fall 2017. The deadline to apply is August 7, 2017. Share on Twitter: Are you an #entrepreneur… read more

David Brophy, Above & Beyond Award!

Thirty-five years ago, Dr. David Brophy saw the need for an event where entrepreneurs could showcase ideas and connect with early-stage investors.  The event he founded, the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, grew into the Midwest’s premier gathering of high-growth companies in new and emerging technologies. Dr. Brophy, now professor of finance at The Ross School… read more

Jim Adox and Venture Investors Charge Full Steam Ahead

Jim Adox and Venture Investors are charging full steam ahead in a challenging economy, and in doing so, are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in Michigan.

Detroit Free Press: GM’s venture capital fund invests millions in high-tech entrepreneurs

http://www.freep.com/article/20110826/BUSINESS0101/108260458/GM-s-venture-capital-fund-invests-millions-in-high-tech-entrepreneurs?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE GM Ventures’ Jon Lauckner promises that the venture-capital fund he runs isn’t a “ZIP code investor.” Still, four of the six firms in which General Motors has invested now have ties to the company’s home state of Michigan. Sakti3, an electric-vehicle battery maker, is based in Ann Arbor and run by a University of… read more

Detroit Free Press: GM's venture capital fund invests millions in high-tech entrepreneurs

http://www.freep.com/article/20110826/BUSINESS0101/108260458/GM-s-venture-capital-fund-invests-millions-in-high-tech-entrepreneurs?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE GM Ventures’ Jon Lauckner promises that the venture-capital fund he runs isn’t a “ZIP code investor.” Still, four of the six firms in which General Motors has invested now have ties to the company’s home state of Michigan. Sakti3, an electric-vehicle battery maker, is based in Ann Arbor and run by a University of… read more

MGCS celebrates 30 years of bringing together entrepreneurs and investors

MVCA members helped Prof. David Brophy and the U-M Zell Lurie Institute celebrates the 30th anniversary of their annual event, the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium. Highlights included a retrospective of the conference’s three decades with remarks by founder Brophy as well as a lunchtime keynote by Silicon Valley VC and U-M alum Jay Hoag. Forty… read more

PRESS RELEASE: With Support of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, In-State Investment Activity Is Burgeoning, According to Michigan Venture Capital Association Report

Combined capital under management has grown 206 percent in just five years Ann Arbor, Mich. – April 12, 2011 – As the state of Michigan—and more generally, the Midwest—continues to transition from its rust belt roots of auto and manufacturing into an innovation economy driven by clean tech, life sciences, and entrepreneurship, the soon-to-be released… read more