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 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

Distilling Some Knowledge- July 2016 MVCAcademy Recap

School is almost back in session for most students, but MVCA Venture Fellows hit the books early at MVCAcademy in July.  The day-long workshop at Ann Arbor Distilling Co.  covered highly technical and targeted topics aimed at educating the Fellows, who are part of MVCA pairs investment professionals early in their career with a Michigan… read more

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Kathryn Gardner

MVCA Fellow Kathryn Gardner’s transition from investment banking to venture capital has been a smooth one, thanks in part of the experiences she’s had working at Michigan’s largest healthcare venture investor, Arboretum Ventures.  In the two years since Gardner joined the firm, the firm has raised $220 million to invest into healthcare companies in Michigan… read more

Exit Interview: Reda Jaber sets down roots in Michigan VC community

MVCA Venture Fellow Reda Jaber’s resume includes many impressive titles: medical doctor, MBA graduate, startup founder, investor, and children’s book author.  But he’s most surprised by another role he’s assumed, as Partner at IncWell:  cheerleader.  He says becoming emotionally vested in the companies he backs financially has been a happy by-product of finding great technologies… 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

Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Dan Ratliff

As a newcomer to the venture industry, Dan Ratliff didn’t know what to expect when he joined Detroit-based Fontinalis Partners as an MVCA Venture Fellow two years ago.  But as he ends his Fellowship period and remains with the firm, he can more fully appreciate the unique collaborative nature of the Michigan venture community and envision his… read more

Meet Daniel Ratliff, new MVCA Venture Fellow at Fontinalis Partners

We tracked down Daniel, our newest Venture Fellow, as he starts his MVCA Venture Fellowship at Fontinalis Partners in Detroit, to learn more about why he’s excited to be a Fellow, his thoughts about our venture community and the one deal his wishes he’d found first. MVCA: What advantage do you think the Fellows program… read more

MVCA NEWS: MVCA Venture Fellows Program announces new Fellow Daniel Ratliff with Fontinalis Partners

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – August 11, 2014 — The Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) Venture Fellows Program announces the placement of new Fellow Daniel Ratliff with Detroit-based Fontinalis Partners. The Venture Fellows program matches talented, highly motivated, emerging professionals with venture capital firms in order to grow the next generation of venture professionals in Michigan.  Ratliff… read more

RPM Ventures Hires Josh Lin As Part Of Michigan Venture Fellows Program

MVCA member RPM Ventures recently hired Josh Lin as part of the Michigan Venture Fellows Program. Lin is serving as an associate with the firm.