MVCAcademy Recap: Michigan’s VC Community Gathers for Education & Mentoring

MVCAcademy is back in session! Last month, MVCA Venture Fellows hit the books for a one-day deep dive on venture capital covering working with portfolio companies, fundraising, and strategies for creating a more inclusive investment community. This program is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and is essential to fostering a strong entrepreneurial and investment… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota, RPM Ventures

At RPM Ventures, MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota has a front-row seat to the innovation happening across various sectors, including B2B enterprise solutions, marketplaces, and mobility. As his fellowship comes to an end, we asked him to share with us what he’s learned about venture capital, companies he’s taking note of, and what’s next for him,… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Nic Wetzler, Augment Ventures

Nic Wetzler has been a long-standing member of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community with previous leadership roles at Detroit Materials and Wayne State University. Now as a Venture Fellow, Wetzler will be in charge of deal sourcing and due diligence at Augment Ventures. The Venture Fellows Program, supported by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), is… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association Launches 2018 Venture Fellows Program

Venture Fellows Program Incorporates MVCA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative to Advance Venture Capital Industry in Michigan Ann Arbor, MICH. – February 5, 2018 – Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the nonprofit trade association designed to increase the capital and talent available for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community,  today announced the launch of its 2018 Venture… read more

Meet Your Match at the North American International Auto Show!

In anticipation of the upcoming North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), The State of Michigan’s PlanetM program and NAIAS are proud to announce the new platform of matchmaking to take place at the show for startup companies looking to meet and connect with corporate OEM, tier ones, and venture capital firms. The deadline to submit… read more

New MEDC CEO, Jeff Mason Talks Attracting Talent to Michigan

In July, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Jeff Mason as CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Michigan Venture Capital Association had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Mason about how his experience with the University Research Corridor will help him in his new role, his plans for attracting and supporting entrepreneurship in the… read more

Michigan Angel Fund Leads $1M Investment in Shoulder Innovations

MVCA member, Michigan Angel Fund, recently led a $1 million fundraising round in Holland, Michigan-based company Shoulder Innovations. HOLLAND, Mich. –  MVCA member Michigan Angel Fund (MAF) recently led a $1 million fundraising round in Holland, Mich.-based Shoulder Innovations, an emerging developer of shoulder replacement systems. This investment is the ninth made by the MAF… 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

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

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