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Michigan Venture Capital Association Research Report Shows Upward Trend

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — MAY 5, 2014 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — The Michigan Venture Capital Association’s (MVCA) 2013 research report, an in-depth analysis of venture capital activity in the state, shows that the state’s entrepreneurial economy continues to grow. The data show that capital under management, the number of venture capital firms, and the number of deals in Michigan are all trending upward, all showing significant increases in the last five years.


“Building an entrepreneurial economy takes time, and MVCA’s data show growth in the momentum here in Michigan in both successful startups and investments,” said Carrie Jones, executive director, Michigan Venture Capital Association. “We have all of the right pieces of the puzzle in play, from capital for early stage startups through to second stage and growth stage companies as well as a robust pipeline of activity. Another solid indicator for our future: As venture capitalists continue to raise funds here, more investors and entrepreneurs will be attracted to Michigan.”


Key highlights of the 2013 MVCA research report include:

  • $120 million was invested in 40 companies in Michigan, the highest number of deals since the MVCA began tracking this information. This is an increase of 111 percent over the last five years.
  • There were 103 active venture-backed firms in Michigan in 2013, a 66 percent increase over the last five years
  • Seventeen new start-ups received venture capital funding for the first time in 2013, while an additional 23 companies received follow-on investments.
  • Michigan-based venture capital firms had $1.6 billion dollars in capital under management, an increase of 45 percent in the last 5 years.
  • Investments in life sciences companies accounted for the majority of deals in Michigan; of all investments, 45 percent were in life sciences companies. Forty percent of the companies that received investment in 2013 were in IT.
  • There were 33 venture capital firms either headquartered or with an office in Michigan, an increase of 50 percent in the last five years.
  • In 2013, Michigan had 116 active angel-backed companies, an increase of 137 percent over the last 5 years.
  • In the last 5 years, the number of venture capital investment professionals increased by 84 percent in Michigan, compared to a 13 percent decrease in investment professionals nationally.


Angel funding continues to play an increasingly important role in Michigan’s entrepreneurial economy. Data show that more angel funders are in Michigan than ever before. In 2013, 36 Michigan companies received nearly $9.9 million in angel and pre-seed funding, and raised more than five times this amount in additional funding from other sources.


“While all indications point to the long-term vitality of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan, there is still work to do to ensure that there remains a robust capital continuum for Michigan’s entrepreneurs and their growing companies,” Jones added. “MVCA is committed to working with its members and other stakeholders to ensure that Michigan’s entrepreneurial economy continues to grow, and that there is capital available to invest in companies choosing to startup and grow here.”


About The Michigan Venture Capital Association

The Michigan Venture Capital Association is a non-profit trade organization designed to bring together venture capital industry participants in the state of Michigan.  The organization’s goal is to grow and sustain a vibrant venture capital community in Michigan. Michigan Venture Capital Association members include private venture capital funds, corporate venture capital funds, private equity firms, angel investors, and entrepreneurial infrastructure participants.  More than 200 individuals are members of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, representing 70+ organizations across the state. For more information, visit

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