Invest Detroit, Cayse Llorens

Cayse Llorens Joins Invest Detroit Ventures as New Senior Associate

MVCA member, Invest Detroit Ventures, is thrilled to announce the addition of Cayse Llorens to its team of venture fund professionals. As senior associate, he will be supporting current portfolio companies while also identifying new investment opportunities among Michigan technology startup entrepreneurs across an array of industries. “Cayse has a strong technology background and brings… read more

Hacker Fellows Kicks Off Third Year – Let the Matchmaking Begin!

Hacker Fellows is kicking off its third year of supporting the Michigan tech ecosystem by providing vetted junior development talent to the state’s most promising startups! Hacker Fellows, managed by Invest Detroit Ventures, is a tech talent retention program incentivizing recent computer science graduates from top-tier universities to work for Michigan tech companies. Our 15… read more

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2016 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner Recap

MVCA closed its year with their signature event, the 2016 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner, celebrating the successes of the entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan.  Chief amongst those successes: more Michigan startups have received more venture backing than ever before.  In 2015, there were 74 companies that received $282 million from Michigan venture capital firms,… read more

2016 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner

Local Orbit Moves Into LLamasoft’s New Office

Established and emerging supply chain technologies in Ann Arbor collaborate to further field ANN ARBOR, Mich. (September 9, 2016) – LLamasoft,  a global leader in supply chain optimization and software solutions is happy to welcome Local Orbit, the supply chain platform for the new food economy, into its new office space in the McKinley Towne… read more

Hacker Fellows Offers Talent to Startups by Recruiting and Training Top Developers

By Seun Oyewole, Analyst, Invest Detroit The Michigan entrepreneurial and investment climate has certainly found its beat over the last few years with $328.4M invested into 54 deals in 2015. Despite such investment growth, Michigan tech companies face a huge hurdle: finding strong tech talent to grow their companies. Hacker Fellows, an Invest Detroit program, offers… read more

ICYMI: 2015 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner

With record attendance, the 2015 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner focused on the tremendous growth of the entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan and the broader Great Lakes Region. Our Executive Director Maureen Miller Brosnan welcomed our members and guests to an evening of celebration and reflection, and took a moment to recognize some special guests in… read more

Michigan-based LLamasoft Raises $50 Million in Venture Funding

Supply chain technology company continues to push innovation in the marketplace ANN ARBOR, Mich. (September29, 2015). LLamasoft, a supply chain software innovator, announced that it has closed a $50 million Series B financing round with affiliates of Goldman, Sachs & Co.  The minority investment will be used to fund numerous technology development and growth initiatives. … read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association’s statewide tour continues in Ann Arbor

Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) continued its statewide tour, presenting its Annual Report on venture capital activity in Michigan, at a reception hosted by ArborMetrix in Ann Arbor. The event offered over 100 attendees a deep dive into the report’s findings, with particular focus on the venture community’s impact on Ann Arbor. Maureen Miller Brosnan,… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association begins statewide tour showcasing its Annual Research Report at event in Detroit

Over 100 members of Detroit’s entrepreneurial and venture communities gathered Wednesday at Techtown to examine the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) Annual Report on venture capital activity in Michigan. The event, held in conjunction with Techweek Detroit, offered participants a deep dive into the report’s findings, with particular focus on the venture community’s impact on… read more

Venture Fellowship prepares Adrian Fortino for career on other side of table

Former entrepreneur Adrian Fortino is nearing the end of his MVCA Venture Fellowship, but after leading the venture capital funds at Invest Detroit, First Step Fund (FSF) and Detroit Innovate (DI), he says there’s one challenge he’s found common to both VCs and entrepreneurs: fundraising.  “I spent several years as a venture backed entrepreneur prior… read more