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GM Ventures Becomes Premier Sponsor of Michigan Venture Capital Association’s 20th Anniversary

GM Ventures Becomes Premier Sponsor of Michigan Venture Capital Association’s 20th Anniversary MVCA kicks off its 20th year with new events and initiatives culminating in a celebration on September 29th, 2022  Novi, Mich. – February 22, 2022 – GM Ventures, the corporate venture capital firm of General Motors has agreed to be the premier sponsor of the… read more

NextCycle Michigan Showcase & Pitch Competition 

NextCycle Michigan Showcase & Pitch Competition  March 3, 2022 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST Palmer House, Ann Arbor, Michigan The first ever NextCycle Michigan Pitch Event is planned to be held in-person on March 3rd in Ann Arbor, Michigan. NextCycle Teams will be presenting their innovative ideas focused on technology and organics to advance… read more

Bank of Ann Arbor Announces Asset Based Lending Group

Ann Arbor, Michigan – January 31, 2022 – Bank of Ann Arbor announces a new Asset Based Lending Group, stationed in its new branch office at 260 East Brown Street, Birmingham, Michigan. As reported last week, this new branch location housing retail banking, commercial lending, and asset based lending was acquired from Nicolet National Bank… read more

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