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

Jody Vanderwel

Grand Angels Recognizes Jody Vanderwel for Leadership

Grand Angels Spring Reception and Dinner celebrates Jody Vanderwel for 12 years of leadership in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community.  Grand Angels Spring Reception began with networking over cocktails followed by opening remarks from newly appointed Grand Angels President, Tim Parker. Vanderwel was recognized for her leadership and dedication that has been instrumental to the… read more

HistoSonics CEO and President, Mike Blue

HistoSonics Appoints Mike Blue as CEO and Board Member; Completes First Close of a Series B Financing

This week, HistoSonics announced that Mike Blue joined the company as President, CEO, and board member of HistoSonics. Additionally, the company closed a Series B financing round of $8.3 million led by MVCA members Venture Investors, LLC, Wolverine Venture Fund and Grand Angels. ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 13, 2017 – HistoSonics, Inc. announced today that Mike… read more

Grand Angels Gets New President Amid Growing Activity

Tim Parker to Lead Michigan’s Leading Angel Network, Organization Deploys $3.5 Million during 2016 HOLLAND, Mich., November 16, 2016,— MVCA member Grand Angels, Michigan’s leading angel investment network today announced Timothy Parker has become the organization’s second president in the 13-year history of the organization. Parker officially succeeded Jody Vanderwel, following a unanimous vote of the… read more

Legislative Alert: House Tax Policy Committee Set to Vote on Early Stage (Angel) Investment Bills This Week

House Tax Policy Committee Chairman, Jeff Farrington (R-30) wasted no time getting a hearing on two bills that make up an Angel Investment Program he introduced during the one day this summer that the House was in session.  He quickly moved to have House Bills 5786 and 5787 placed in his committee to shepherd them… read more

From Startup to Public Company: ProNAi Therapeutics is a Michigan Success Story

The road from company formation to successful exit is a tenuous one, even when the startup is well-capitalized and quickly finds a profitable niche in the marketplace. For a biotech company developing drug therapies, their survival to test the drug safety and efficacy for many years, sometimes a decade or more, is highly dependent on… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association’s statewide tour visits in Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s angel and venture investment community came together to examine the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) Annual Report on venture capital activity in Michigan. The event offered participants a deep dive into the report’s findings, with particular focus on the venture community’s impact on West Michigan. Maureen Miller Brosnan, executive director of MVCA, told… read more

ProNAi Therapeutics Raises $59.5M Series D Round for Phase II Clinical Trials

ProNAi Therapeutics Inc . has collected $59.5 million after clinical studies showed that its lead drug could help non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients who are running out of options.

Growing Forward: MVCA Programs Expand Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

A hallmark of the Michigan Venture Capital Association has long been our ability to offer members access to top-tier talent through Venture Upstart, a suite of programs designed to grow and sustain a vibrant venture capital community in Michigan.

Growing Forward: MVCA Programs Expand Michigan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

A hallmark of the Michigan Venture Capital Association has long been our ability to offer members access to top-tier talent through Venture Upstart, a suite of programs designed to grow and sustain a vibrant venture capital community in Michigan.