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September 24 Spartan Innovations celebrates two years of mid-Michigan entrepreneur support and engagement

Spartan Innovations, part of the Spartan Innovation Center at Michigan State, is nearing its second anniversary of providing the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU research technologies into successful Michigan businesses.  So we thought we’d check in with Director of Student & Community Engagement Paul Jaques and ask: What are you excited about, and […]

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October 01 Hellooooo Washington, D.C.! Part 1: Emily takes the MVCA message to our nation’s capital

By Emily Heintz, Associate Director, MVCA I just arrived in Washington, D.C. and already I can tell it’s going to be a great trip! I am in DC for the National Venture Capital Association “Big Tent” event.  MVCA was on the steering committee for this event that will gather VC associations from across the country […]

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October 02 Hellooooo Washington, D.C.! Part 2: So Many Smart People, So Little Time!

By Emily Heintz, Associate Director, MVCA Today was the National Venture Capital Association “Big Tent” event.  MVCA was on the steering committee for this event so I have been so excited for this day to arrive.  Things started off rainy, with no umbrella – but I was still in awe of everything as I walked […]

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October 03 Hellooooo Washington, D.C.! Part 3: Vote YES on MVCA!

By Emily Heintz, Associate Director, MVCA Today I am writing from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court!  Today is the legislative day of my trip and my last day in D.C. so I thought it would be a good idea to write from a landmark.  Be sure to read the first two posts from […]

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October 09 New Richmond Ventures principal Andy Stefanovich offers ex-pat view of Detroit

For Andy Stefanovich, Creative Principal at New Richmond Ventures in Virginia, any reason he could find to return to the city he grew up exploring was good enough to jump on a plane.  “I was a Grosse Pointe kid who spent most of my time running around downtown Detroit, hitting every Tiger game I could.  […]

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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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November 12 West Michigan MVCA Venture Fellow Sam Hogg sees green in the changing face of agriculture

Graduating MVCA Venture Fellow Sam Hogg has become immersed in the world of early-stage agribusiness, with ag-tech venture investor Open Prairie Ventures.  Sam recapped his two years in the MVCA Fellowship Program for us, and how he became an expert on spider venom’s most useful properties: Tell us about your Fellow position–where are you, what […]

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November 20 MVCA Honors VCs, Companies at 2014 Annual Awards Dinner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — NOVEMBER 17, 2014 – Ann Arbor, Mich. — At its annual awards dinner on December 1, 2014, the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) will honor ForeSee Results with the Best Exit Award, ProNAi Therapeutics with the Financing of the Year Award, Detroit Labs with the “100” Award and Michael Finney with the […]

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December 02 2014 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner gathers largest-ever crowd in celebration

It was an auspicious first day of work for new MVCA Executive Director Maureen Miller Brosnan.  “Not many people get a party this big thrown in their honor the first day on the job!” she joked before a record crowd of 215 at the MVCA Annual Awards Dinner on December 1, 2014 at the Inn at […]

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December 03 Maureen Miller Brosnan Named Executive Director of Michigan Venture Capital Association

DECEMBER 2, 2014 — ANN ARBOR, MICH. — At its annual awards dinner, the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) announced that Maureen Miller Brosnan has been hired as its new executive director. In this role, Brosnan, who has 27 years experience in the non-profit sector, will oversee the organization’s strategy and direction, and create awareness […]

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