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May 20 Bills Creating Innovation Fund Discussed By House Committee (Reprinted from Gongwer News Service, 5/14/24)

The following story is a reprint from Gongwer News Service, an online news outlet for Michigan policy and political stories.  Legislation creating an economic development fund designed to attract and retain younger companies, first floated by Governor Gretchen Whitmer during her State of the State earlier this year, was brought before a House panel on […]

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April 22 Bipartisan Bills Creating Michigan Innovation Fund Introduced in Lansing

Funding would provide crucial support for entrepreneurs and startups by helping to create self-sustaining nonprofit early-stage evergreen funds and leverage existing fund infrastructure Lansing, Michigan – A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Lansing has introduced new bills to create the Michigan Innovation Fund, providing critical funding support to Michigan’s existing early-stage evergreen venture funds and […]

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February 22 Advocacy Day for MVCA in Lansing, MI!

On February 21, 2024, the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) made a significant impact at the state capital in #LansingMI. Together Adrian Fortino (MVCA Board member and Advocacy Chair) and Ara Topouzian (MVCA Executive Director) engaged with key legislators and their teams to emphasize the critical role of #venturecapital in driving our statewide economy forward. […]

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April 25 Legislative Alert: 2018 Michigan Venture Capital and Angel Investment Week Resolution

This morning, Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall introduced the resolution for the state’s third Michigan Venture Capital and Angel Investment Week from April 22 – April 28, 2018. State Representative Adam Zemke will introduce the resolution in the House. Brosnan was invited by Senator Kowall to be present at the Senate Chambers and by Representative […]

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Rich Sheridan
August 01 Guest Post: A Plea for Transit from Menlo Innovations Rich Sheridan

Entrepreneurs and investors across the country frequently discuss issues related to building capital, community, talent, and research.  However, one element left out of the conversation regarding building a stronger entrepreneurial and investment community is infrastructure.  MVCA guest blogger, Rich Sheridan, CEO of Ann Arbor-based software company Menlo Innovations, would like the State of Michigan to consider investing […]

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June 14 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference Recap

by Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director, MVCA Mackinac Island may not have had the best weather this year, but this didn’t stop the change-makers attending Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference. This year was one of our most productive years yet at the Mackinac Policy Conference. MVCA had the opportunity to meet extensively with almost […]

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May 03 Federal Legislative Alert: International Entrepreneur Rule

By Maureen Miller Brosnan NVCA has brought to our attention an urgent policy issue on immigrant entrepreneurship. As you may know, at the end of the Obama Administration the Department of Homeland Security finalized the International Entrepreneur Rule, which is similar to a ‘startup visa.’ The rule will go into effect on July 17, but […]

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April 27 Federal Legislative Alert: NVCA Submits Proposals to Increase Economic Growth

By Maureen Miller Brosnan, Executive Director, MVCA As we gear up for the Mackinac Policy Conference, we would like to take this opportunity to shine a light on legislative activity supporting the entrepreneurial and investment community in Michigan and across the nation. The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is heavily involved in national policy issues facing […]

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April 17 Legislative Alert: 2017 Michigan Venture Capital and Angel Investment Week

This week begins the State’s second Michigan Venture Capital & Angel Investment Week (April 16-22, 2017). Sen. Rebekah Warren introduced the resolution on the Senate floor, where it passed March 28. The legislative community plays a key role in ensuring venture and angel investor’s voices are heard in order to build stronger capital momentum in […]

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March 02 2017 State and National Policy Update

The 2016 presidential election may have given Michigan an instant starring role in the national political conversation, but its position in the national venture capital community has been steadily growing for years.  That esteem, along with its growing influence in national industry trends, brought NVCA Vice President of Government Affairs Justin Field to Michigan in […]

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