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July 21 Meet John Bonhard, MVCA Venture Fellow at Beringea

Michigan native John Bonhard took a conventional route into his new career in venture capital, with a start in investment banking.  Less conventional is his ardent belief that he didn’t need to leave Michigan to pursue his next professional step.  Bonhard found the MVCA Venture Fellowship program and a position at Beringea, where he reported back […]


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July 14 Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Josh Lin

Josh Lin may be concluding his MVCA Venture Fellowship, but the familiar face on the Michigan venture scene won’t be leaving anytime soon.  In addition to his continued role at RPM Ventures, Josh will still serve as a mentor for Desai Accelerator and Coolhouse Labs and work with Nexecon Consulting Group, a student-run, not-for-profit that he co-founded […]


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June 15 Meet Seema Chennamsetty, MVCA’s newest Venture Fellow

Meet Seema Chennamsetty, MVCA’s newest Venture Fellow! Seema moved to Michigan from Los Angeles, where she was at Pathway Capital Management, a fund-of-funds focused solely on venture capital and private equity. As she settles in at Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), and we asked her to introduce herself to our MVCA community: Tell us about your background? […]


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May 12 Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Brett deMarrais

As Ludlow Ventures’ Brett deMarrais finishes his two-year MVCA Fellowship, we asked him to reflect on his time as a Fellow, including how he was able to help tell the Michigan VC story outside the state and the grisly career ending he hopes to avoid.  Tell us about your Fellow position – where are you, […]


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December 10 Beringea MVCA Fellow Bill Blake reflects on becoming part of the Michigan venture community

Beringea’s Bill Blake completed his two-year MVCA Fellowship last month, but he’s not leaving the Farmington Hills growth capital investor.  We asked Bill to reflect on his time as a Fellow, including his experience investing alongside other notable Michigan venture firms, even as he continues on as a Senior Associate at Beringea. Tell us about […]


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October 15 Meet Kathryn Gardner, new MVCA Venture Fellow at Arboretum Ventures

Welcome back to Michigan, Kathryn Gardner, MVCA’s newest Fellow!  Kathryn starts her Fellowship at Arboreum Ventures, and we asked her to introduce herself to our MVCA community: How did you find out about the Fellows program?  What advantage do you think the Fellows program gives younger professionals and venture firms when trying to make a […]


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September 04 MVCA Venture Fellow Linda Chamberlain sees possibility in every deal

When Linda Chamberlain became a MVCA Venture Fellow at Grand Rapid’s Michigan Accelerator Fund-1 in 2012, she assumed her previous experiences leading corporate innovation business units, a high tech start-up, a life sciences incubator and a university center for entrepreneurship made her experienced enough to remain objective, even skeptical, of investment opportunities.  As she nears […]


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