Exclusive Q&A: MSU Foundation Shares Why Capital is Essential for Entrepreneurs

It’s been a busy year for MSU Foundation since the formal launch of Red Cedar Ventures in 2016! The fund deployed over $1M in seed and follow-on funding in 20 separate transactions to entities involved in commercializing technologies created at Michigan State. Michigan Venture Capital Association spoke with MSU Foundation Executive Director, Dave Washburn, to… read more

2017 Detroit Entrepreneurial Study Reveals Rapid Growth of City’s Entrepreneurial and Investment Community

Findings from Michigan Venture Capital Association Show 50 Percent Increase in Number of Startups in Detroit View the 2017 Detroit Entrepreneurial Study Here! For Immediate Release July 10, 2017 – Ann Arbor, MICH. – The Michigan Venture Capital Association today unveiled the findings of its 2017 Detroit Entrepreneurial Study, a comprehensive analysis of Detroit’s entrepreneurial and investment community. Results… read more

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SkySync Secures Growth Funding Led by Plymouth Ventures

MVCA Member, Plymouth Ventures, leads Series A funding round to help SkySync expand ahead of new product launch. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – SkySync today announced that it has closed a round of Series A funding led by Plymouth Ventures of Ann Arbor, Mich. SkySync develops middleware technology within the hyper‐growth market of Enterprise File Logistics (EFL),… read more

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

Keep Michigan Moving Forward!

The momentum in our entrepreneurial and investment community has been building for several years now, and in 2016 we made significant strides to keep Michigan moving in the right direction–forward. The number of venture capital firms headquartered in Michigan, their total capital under management, and number of venture capital investments made in Michigan has doubled… read more

Remembering Bob Clone

The Michigan entrepreneurial and investment community lost a friend and colleague last week as Bob Clone, the former head of private equity for Indiana and a long-time private markets investor with the State of Michigan Retirement System, passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. A long-time Mid-Michigan resident, Bob is survived by his wife,… read more

Michigan State University Foundation Launches $5M Venture Fund, Red Cedar Ventures LLC

Newest subsidiary dedicates pre-seed and follow-on funding to MSU-based startups, technology commercialization Lansing, MI — The Michigan State University Foundation (MSUF) announced today the formation of its new, $5M venture investing subsidiary, Red Cedar Ventures. Its newest program features both a pre-seed fund and an opportunity fund focused on helping Michigan State University-based startups and… read more

“Molly” Your Calendar!

Dear MVCA Members, It’s MVCA Events & Program Manager, Molly Theis, here to encourage you to stay involved in the community in 2016!  MVCA would like to keep you “in the know” regarding the various events going on in the Entrepreneurial & Investment Community.  We not only want you to attend our MVCA Events, but also events… read more

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BERINGEA CO-LEADS $15.2 MILLION SERIES F ROUND IN PORTFOLIO COMPANY INCONTEXT SOLUTIONS

Intel’s strategic investment and M&A group Intel Capital is new investor in company FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. (October 26, 2016)— Beringea, Michigan VC firm and MVCA member, and Intel Capital co-led a $15.2 million funding round for portfolio company InContext Solutions, a global leader in virtual reality (VR) solutions for retailers and manufacturers.  The capital will help… read more

2016 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner

Investors and Entrepreneurs Moving Michigan Forward ANN ARBOR (October 12, 2016)—Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) will host its 2016 Annual Awards Dinner, the largest gathering of venture investors and entrepreneurs in Michigan, on November 2 at the Rattlesnake Club in Detroit.  Honorees include Millendo Therapeutics with the Capital Event of the Year Award, Fontinalis Partners with the… read more