Three Key Takeaways from the MVCA Outreach Tour

This month, MVCA kicked off a multi-city outreach tour starting in Grand Rapids, then Chicago, and as the last stop, Boston. Each year, the team travels to different locations across the country to meet with venture firms to share the exciting activity happening in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community and help coordinate Immersion Days for… read more

2017 West Michigan Entrepreneurial Study Highlights Regional Growth of its Entrepreneurial and Investment Community

Research from Michigan Venture Capital Association Shows Strong Pipeline of Venture-Backed Startups in West Michigan View the 2017 West Michigan Entrepreneurial Study Here! For Immediate Release – August 21 – Ann Arbor, MICH. – The Michigan Venture Capital Association today announced the findings from its 2017 West Michigan Entrepreneurial Study, a comprehensive analysis of the entrepreneurial and investment… 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

Keep Michigan Moving Forward!

The momentum in our entrepreneurial and investment community has been building for several years now, and in 2016 we made significant strides to keep Michigan moving in the right direction–forward. The number of venture capital firms headquartered in Michigan, their total capital under management, and number of venture capital investments made in Michigan has doubled… read more

“Molly” Your Calendar!

Dear MVCA Members, It’s MVCA Events & Program Manager, Molly Theis, here to encourage you to stay involved in the community in 2016!  MVCA would like to keep you “in the know” regarding the various events going on in the Entrepreneurial & Investment Community.  We not only want you to attend our MVCA Events, but also events… read more

MVCA events and program manager

“Molly” Your Calendars!

It’s MVCA Events & Program Manager, Molly Theis, here to encourage you to stay involved in the community in 2016!  MVCA would like to keep you “in the know” regarding the various events going on in the Entrepreneurial & Investment Community.  We not only want you to attend our MVCA Events, but also events hosted by your… read more

MVCA Investor-Only Networking Reception Recap

Last week, our MVCA board of directors gathered for our quarterly meeting on the west side of the state, in Zeeland, known for its blueberries, beaches, and business. There’s no doubt that the west side of the state is beautiful, but it’s quickly becoming a destination for work as well as play. West Michigan’s lakeshore… read more

MEMBER NEWS: Start Garden Launches Seamless Accelerator in Grand Rapids, MI

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 26, 2015 — Steelcase, Amway, Faurecia, Meijer, Spectrum Health and Priority Health have joined Start Garden, the unconventional, early-stage, venture capital fund, to announce the Seamless Coalition and Accelerator, a first-of-its kind collaboration which will bring the enterprises together with startups and entrepreneurs to create the next generation of connected devices. Dubbed… read more

MEMBER NEWS: Start Garden Expands Venture Capital Fund, Accepting Applications to the Start Garden Space

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   START GARDEN EXPANDS VENTURE CAPITAL FUND,  ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO THE START GARDEN SPACE GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., February 9, 2015—In fewer than three years, Start Garden, the unconventional, early-stage, venture capital fund, has transformed Michigan’s startup ecosystem. Today the organization announced it has increased the amount of its cumulative investment limit from $500,000… read more

MEMBER NEWS: Start Garden Announces Move to Trust Building in 2015

START GARDEN ANNOUNCES MOVE TO TRUST BUILDING IN 2015 New Space to Triple Footprint and Provide “Startup Village” for Grand Rapids GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 20, 2014 — Start Garden, the $15,000,000 seed fund that selects an individual idea each week to receive a $5,000 investment, based on endorsements from the public and the Start Garden… read more