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

Come Intern at MVCA!

Summer 2019 Internship Available Location: Ann Arbor, MI Are you passionate about Michigan’s growing entrepreneurial and investment community? MVCA is seeking a detail-oriented and self-directed individual to work with Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community.  This is a full-time 12-week position starting in May 2019. This position will give the candidate the opportunity to network with… read more

MVCA Outreach Trip: Connecting with the growing investment community in Indianapolis!

Each year, the MVCA team travels to emerging entrepreneurial communities across the country to meet with venture firms to share the exciting activity happening in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community and help coordinate Immersion Days for those who are interested in investing and working in Michigan. Because every dollar invested in a Michigan startup by a… 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

2017 MVCA Summer Intern, Scarlett Ong

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

MVCA Live at MGCS!

Today at MGCS, we are interviewing Michigan’s entrepreneurs and investors to hear their thoughts on the exciting activity happening in our community. Looking ahead, many investors that work in Michigan have seen an uptick in high-potential, high-growth companies, particularly in the technology and mobility sectors. The investment community credits this growth to Michigan’s unique combination of research,… read more

LIVE at MGCS

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

“Molly” Your Calendars!

Dear MVCA Members, It’s MVCA Events and Program Manager, Molly Theis, here to encourage you to stay involved in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community in 2017! Share on Twitter: “Molly” your calendars! Check out #MichiganVCA member #events happening in May – June https://ctt.ec/674kf+ We not only want you to attend our MVCA Events but also functions… read more

Molly Theis, MVCA Events & Program Manager