Historically, venture capital investing teams look like the portfolios they build. This dynamic leads to founders from underrepresented communities struggling to raise the capital needed to scale their businesses.
We believe that a more diverse pool of investors will lead to a more diverse pool of funded founders. Increasing awareness of diversity and inclusion will have a deep impact on member organizations and the communities we are looking to support.
There is a significant demand in Michigan for young professionals with career aspirations in venture capital. Providing the necessary educational programs (i.e. internships, fellowships) and resources is a need in order to provide the next generation of investors the right tools for success.
Michigan’s burgeoning community of entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, and angel networks have created an environment ripe with demand for the programs and services. Establishing educational investor programming, startup entrepreneurial workshops and other resources for the entrepreneurial community.
Venture Capital research is a critical source of quantitative and qualitative information for stakeholders, who utilize it for building messaging and materials that effectively communicate opportunities for the continued support of early-stage companies in Michigan.