Meet MVCA Executive Director, Ara Topouzian!
Earlier this month, we announced Ara Topouzian as our new executive director! Ara has deep experience in the economic development sector and was formerly the president and CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. In his own words, here’s why Ara joined MVCA, his vision for the association and what he does outside of working… read more
Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow John Bonhard
At Beringea, MVCA Venture Fellow John Bonhard helps the firm invest in startup companies at the growth/expansion stage, long after their days of incubator space and initial round of seed funding. But he quickly realized these companies required a different skill set to find, invest in, and manage than the early-stage tech startups he once… read more
Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Jake Simon, Fontinalis Partners
The incredible innovation happening in Michigan, especially Detroit, attracted Jake Simon to a career in the venture capital industry. As he embarks on his career with Fontinalis Partners as a senior analyst, Jake spoke with MVCA about his new role at the firm, his plans to help build great businesses in Michigan (and some day open an Italian… read more
Highlights from MGCS & “The Big House” Reception
MVCA loved celebrating Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community at Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) last week – check out some of our highlights! MGCS teamed up with Coulter Investment Forum for its 36th annual investor event that brings together over 500 angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, university technology transfer offices, and researchers from across the nation…. read more
Meet the MVCA Staff: Scarlett Ong
This week, Scarlett Ong joined MVCA as our 2017 summer intern! Ong is a sophomore at University of Michigan who is passionate about learning more about the entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan. Driving this enthusiasm is her experience in research, communication, project management and entrepreneurship. In 2016, she was a Project Manager at Apex… read more
2017 MVCA Research Report in the News!
The 2017 MVCA Research Report was released on Tuesday, April 11. Check out some of the press we’ve seen so far! Bridge Magazine – “Attracting Out-of-State Capital is Critical for Michigan’s Economy” Crain’s Detroit Business – “Michigan Outpaces the Nation in Venture Capital Growth” Crain’s Detroit Business – “Venture Capital Growth: Michigan Hits Record with… read more
3 Ways to Share Your Success Stories at MGCS
MVCA is thrilled to be a long-time supporter of an event that brings together so many of our in-state and out-of-state investor members. As part of this year’s conference, we’re especially pleased to present the findings from the 2017 MVCA Research Report! Today, Michigan is in a unique position regarding its economic landscape. Activity from… read more