NextCycle Michigan Showcase & Pitch Competition 

NextCycle Michigan Showcase & Pitch Competition  March 3, 2022 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST Palmer House, Ann Arbor, Michigan The first ever NextCycle Michigan Pitch Event is planned to be held in-person on March 3rd in Ann Arbor, Michigan. NextCycle Teams will be presenting their innovative ideas focused on technology and organics to advance… read more

Renaissance Venture Capital – DE&I UnDemo Day Event on April 27th

Renaissance Venture Capital DEI UnDemo Day® will bring together some of the region’s top early-stage companies and technologies for a virtual event with venture capital investors from around the country. This is the first UnDemo Day® designed exclusively to attract national venture capital to diverse founders. The virtual event will highlight companies from the Midwest… read more

Venture Investors Health Fund announces that Shelly Lanning has joined the firm as a Venture Partner

Venture Investors Health Fund, a leading early-stage health care investment firm, announced that Shelly Lanning has joined the investment team as a Venture Partner. See her bio here: Shelly Lanning – Venture Investors Shelly brings over 25 years of investing and operating experience, primarily within the healthcare, medical devices, and health & wellness industries.  She… read more

Helping Michigan Entrepreneurs Put Their Bright Ideas to Work (Varnum)

MiSpringboard is Varnum’s statewide initiative designed to remove some of the barriers associated with starting a business by providing free legal services to Michigan startups. Varnum launched the MiSpringboard program in 2011 as a way of helping Michigan’s then-struggling economy with a commitment of $1 million in free legal services. MiSpringboard was our way of… read more

Deck Commerce Announces $7.8MM in Series A Funding from Plymouth Growth

St. Louis, Oct. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Deck Commerce, the St. Louis-based software company announced today that it closed $7.8MM in Series A funding led by Plymouth Growth, a growth equity firm based in Ann Arbor, MI. This new partnership will allow Deck Commerce to enhance its product offering to feature even more robust direct-to-consumer capabilities for leading brands. The company intends to use the funds to expand its strategic alliances, amplify sales and marketing… read more

Nathan Owen joins Grand Ventures as a Partner

Nathan Owen is now a Partner at Grand Ventures. He has collaborated closely as a trusted advisor with the fund for several years, and we are thrilled to welcome him onboard as full-time team member! He will focus on deals in the DevOps, cybersecurity, and open source software industries. Nathan brings 20 years of operational… read more

Ann Arbor-based Arboretum Ventures leads $60M financing round for Allay Therapeutics

Allay Therapeutics Completes Oversubscribed $60M Financing to Advance Ultra-Sustained Pain Platform Financing led by Arboretum Ventures. Managing Partner Nicole J. Walker to join Allay Therapeutics Board of Directors ATX-101 to advance to Phase 2b development in total knee replacement surgeries in 2021 Financing will also support broader development of ATX platform for ultra-sustained pain relief … read more

Bank of Ann Arbor Expands footprint in Birmingham, MI

Ann Arbor, Michigan – September 7, 2021 – Bank of Ann Arbor (“Arbor”), and Nicolet National Bank (“Nicolet”), today announced that Arbor has entered into an agreement to buy the Birmingham, Michigan Branch of Nicolet located at 260 East Brown Street, Birmingham, Michigan. This was a branch of the former mBank, recently acquired by Nicolet…. read more

Fontinalis Partners Announces Closing of $104 Million Fund III to Invest in the Next Wave of Mobility Innovation

DETROIT, MI and BOSTON, MA – August 19, 2021 – Fontinalis Partners (, a mobility focused venture firm with offices in Detroit and Boston, today announces the closing of its $104 million third fund, Fontinalis III. Fontinalis Partners was founded in 2009 by an experienced team of operators and investors with a thesis that continued… read more

Arboretum Ventures Promotes Dan Kidle to Managing Partner

ANN ARBOR, MI (August 11, 2021) – Arboretum Ventures, a leading healthcare venture capital firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, today announced that Dan Kidle has been promoted to Managing Partner. Dan joined Arboretum in 2011 as an Analyst, and after successive promotions, was made Partner in 2020. Before joining Arboretum, he held a corporate… read more