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Houston Launches First Fund of Funds Based on Michigan Model

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund announced during its annual meeting in October that Houston has launched its first fund of funds based on the best practices model developed by Renaissance CEO and Fund Manager, Chris Rizik. Renaissance has set the standard for success with its model that has outperformed national benchmarks for the rate of return… read more

Building a stronger entrepreneurial community

Research Series Post 2: Building a Strong Entrepreneurial & Investment Community

This is the second post in our research report series!  Read our first post about capital attraction here.  The research series is based on findings from the 2017 MVCA Research Report. Like last year’s series, we are hearing the perspective of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community. This week, we explore the topic of building a stronger entrepreneurial… read more

Nokia to acquire Deepfield to power network and service automation with real-time, big data analytics

A global communications company looked to a Michigan venture-backed startup for a world-class solution to a 21st century problem, as Nokia announced plans to buy Ann Arbor-based Deepfield, a provider of real-time analytics for IP network performance management and security. The acquisition of Deepfield will extend Nokia’s leadership in real-time, analytics-driven network and service automation,… read more

Research Series Post 2: What does it mean when an entrepreneurial community starts seeing more follow-on investments than initial investments?

Bam!  Post 2 in our research series (post 1 can be found here)!!  After 3 months of collecting, verifying, and analyzing data for the 2016 MVCA Research Report – there are a few trends that have me scratching my head.  So this year, we’re turning to the community – every quarter I’ll walk you through my line of… read more