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

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

Hacker Fellows

Congratulations, to the New Director of U-M Tech Transfer Venture Center

After a national search, Mike Psarouthakis has been selected as the new director of the U-M Tech Transfer Venture Center.  The Venture Center is responsible for helping to identify, develop and launch new startups based on U-M technologies, and works alongside licensing, legal and marketing specialists within U-M Tech Transfer.    Psarouthakis, who has served… read more

MVCA’s 2016 Landscape Guide Profiles Entrepreneurial and Investment Community in Michigan

MVCA tools are most current and complete resources available. ANN ARBOR, Michigan (August 31, 2016)—The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) is launching its 2016 Michigan Entrepreneurial & Investment Landscape Guide. The guide is the state’s most comprehensive tool for navigating the Michigan entrepreneurial and investment community.  Useful to both in-state and out-of-state investors who are active… read more

State of Michigan a crucial part of the growth of entrepreneurial and investment community success in Michigan

“Over the last decade Michigan has experienced tremendous growth in the entrepreneurial community. The number of new companies receiving investment has grown by 34% nationally, but in Michigan we’ve grown by more than four times that number – 143%.   The State of Michigan is an investor in many of the funds managed by the 36… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota, RPM Ventures

A lifelong interest in exploration and navigating new paths led MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota to a career in venture capital, where he’s scouting startups as a member of RPM Ventures’ investment team.  Brad tells us about his new role at RPM, his future as a Michigan job creator, and using the MVCA Venture Fellows… read more

2016 Follow On Recap

MVCA Executive Director Maureen Miller Brosnan opened the 2016 Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) with a startling statistic from the 2016 MVCA Research Report: for every dollar invested by a Michigan venture firm, $4.31 is attracted from a venture firm outside of Michigan.  That important out-of-state investment activity is supported by events like MGCS, where “MVCA members… read more

MVCA Networking Reception Draws Investors From Around Country

Midwestern congeniality and a collaborative spirit permeated the MVCA-hosted networking reception Tuesday night, which MVCA Executive Director Maureen Miller Brosnan called “our version of a venture capital homecoming.”  The annual evening in downtown Ann Arbor, which coincides with Zell Lurie Institute’sMichigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS), brings MVCA members andinvestors together to forge new connections and build relationships with venturefirms from around the country…. read more

Leaving our hearts (and the Michigan VC story) in San Francisco

By Emily Heintz, Associate Director, MVCA Maureen and I just returned from San Francisco, where we were in town for NVCA’s VentureScape conference, an annual meeting of the nation’s venture capital community. The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) has been a valuable partner to us in spreading the story of Michigan entrepreneurial and investment success… read more

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.