Guest Post: Attention Startups – Apply Now for Michigan’s Largest Pitch Competition!

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is Michigan’s premier business plan competition featuring the best and brightest seed-stage businesses to regional investors while awarding up to $1,000,000 in prizes. In this exclusive guest post, Seun Oyewole of Invest Detroit Ventures highlights the success stories of past winners, including Workit Health, SPLT, and Autobooks, and shares more information on how to apply…. 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

New VP of Product Lucian Taylor predicts big things for Varsity News Network

Lucian Taylor, new VP of Product at Grand Rapids’ Varsity News Network (VNN), admits his long-time passion for fiction writing seems unlikely for a high-tech software guy. But he insists it’s a skill that actually lends itself well to his day job. Indeed, telling the story of VNN’s chief offering—a nation-leading digital communication platform for high… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association’s statewide tour visits in Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s angel and venture investment community came together to examine the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) Annual Report on venture capital activity in Michigan. The event offered participants a deep dive into the report’s findings, with particular focus on the venture community’s impact on West Michigan. Maureen Miller Brosnan, executive director of MVCA, told… read more