Member News

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

Bank of Ann Arbor Completes Purchase of Additional Branch Office in Birmingham

Ann Arbor, Michigan – January 24, 2022 – Bank of Ann Arbor today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Nicolet National Bank’s branch office at 260 East Brown Street, Birmingham, Michigan, purchasing approximately $186 million in loans and assuming approximately $55 million in deposits pursuant to a Purchase and Assumption Agreement previously made… read more

MVCA is Hiring! Marketing & Programs Manager Position

Marketing & Programs Manager Position Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) is seeking an enthusiastic and self-directed individual for a full-time position who has experience in two areas: Marketing – messaging, content development, communications, public relations/social media Program Development/Management – planning and executing programs that assist in attracting and retaining talent for the Michigan venture capital… 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

Michigan’s Venture Capital Ecosystem is Thriving

Michigan’s Venture Capital Ecosystem is Thriving by Fredrick Molnar, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Michigan Economic Development Corporation Now more than ever, our recovering economy needs entrepreneurs. And now more than ever, those entrepreneurs need supportive ecosystems to thrive. Robust entrepreneurial ecosystems were once considered to be the exclusive domain of the Coasts,… read more

Fishman Stewart Managing Partner Michael Stewart Receives Vistage Michigan’s 2021 Soaring Eagle Award

Fishman Stewart Managing Partner Michael Stewart Receives Vistage Michigan’s 2021 Soaring Eagle Award  Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications; [email protected]; 248.260.8466  Troy, Mich. —October 4, 2021—Fishman Stewart, PLLC, an intellectual property specialty law firm, is pleased to announce that Michael Stewart, co-founding member and managing partner, has received the 2021 Soaring Eagle award from Vistage… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association Celebrates State’s Entrepreneurial and Investment Successes at 2021 Annual Awards Dinner

Michigan Venture Capital Association Celebrates State’s Entrepreneurial and Investment Successes at 2021 Annual Awards Dinner The Awardees of the 2021 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner are Orbion Space Technology, LLamasoft, Facility Health and The Renaissance UnDemo Day September 30, 2021 – Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the trade association for the venture capital and angel community… read more

Governor Whitmer’s MI New Economy Plan Invests in Small Businesses / Goal: Top ten state for growth in venture capital funding over the next five years (2022-2026)

At the Mackinac Policy Conference this week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer detailed her economic agenda, including unveiling the three pillars of her $2.1 billion MI New Economy plan to support Michigan’s small businesses, grow the middle class, and invest in communities. This plan utilizes the historic influx of federal resources to make critical, long-term investments in… read more