State Awards Pre-Seed Fund III to Michigan State University Foundation

Michigan State University Foundation has been approved to be the administrator of Pre-Seed Fund III granted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). MSU Foundation will administer $3 million in Pre-Seed III funds to better support entrepreneurs and technology startups across Michigan. Approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund on April 14th, the MSU Foundation and… read more

Guest Post: The Hardest Part of Investing Everywhere Else

Paul Singh is an entrepreneur, speaker, investor, and Aistreamer who is traveling across the country to find, explore, and uncover the best startups throughout the United States. In this exclusive guest post, Paul shares why the hardest part of investing across the country is trust and deal terms. If you’re interested in hearing more about his… 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

Grand Angels Gets New President Amid Growing Activity

Tim Parker to Lead Michigan’s Leading Angel Network, Organization Deploys $3.5 Million during 2016 HOLLAND, Mich., November 16, 2016,— MVCA member Grand Angels, Michigan’s leading angel investment network today announced Timothy Parker has become the organization’s second president in the 13-year history of the organization. Parker officially succeeded Jody Vanderwel, following a unanimous vote of the… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association begins statewide tour showcasing its Annual Research Report at event in Detroit

Over 100 members of Detroit’s entrepreneurial and venture communities gathered Wednesday at Techtown to examine the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) Annual Report on venture capital activity in Michigan. The event, held in conjunction with Techweek Detroit, offered participants a deep dive into the report’s findings, with particular focus on the venture community’s impact on… read more

Angel-backed RetroSense Therapeutics Recognized as National Innovator

Angel investors might invest in one of every 100 opportunities that come before them—long odds for a startup, for sure. Ann Arbor-based RetroSense Therapeutics, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company, had already beat those odds, having raised $7 million in a 2014 angel-led Series A financing round that included Midland’s Blue Water Angels Investment Network. But the… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association Research Report Shows Trend of VC Growth, Demand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — APRIL 6, 2015 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Venture capital and angel investment in Michigan continues to contribute to the state’s economic recovery, according to the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) 2015 research report. The in-depth analysis of venture capital activity in the state indicates a steady and consistent trend of success… read more

Congratulations Carrie Jones and Ted Serbinski, Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 winners!

Two members of the MVCA community were honored this week with Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 awards, recognizing young business high achievers.  Congratulations to the immediate past executive director of the MVCA Carrie Jones and Detroit Venture Partners partner Ted Serbinski for this great honor!  In addition, Crain’s is sponsoring a 40s Facebook contest… read more

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… read more

Growing Forward: MVCA Programs Expand Michigan's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

A hallmark of the Michigan Venture Capital Association has long been our ability to offer members access to top-tier talent through Venture Upstart, a suite of programs designed to grow and sustain a vibrant venture capital community in Michigan.