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MVCA Networking Reception Draws Investors From Around Country

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Midwestern congeniality and a collaborative spirit permeated the MVCA-hosted networking reception Tuesday night, which MVCA Executive Director Maureen Miller Brosnan called “our version of a venture capital homecoming.”  The annual evening in downtown Ann Arbor, which coincides with Zell Lurie Institute’sMichigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS), brings MVCA members andinvestors together to forge new connections and build relationships with venturefirms from around the country.  The event was sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

MGCS draws investors and entrepreneurs from around the country for two days of topical discussions and pitch presentations, making this evening after a long day at the conference a relaxing, “family reunion” of sorts for venture capital investors.  “We’re gathering people who may have strong roots in Michigan but no longer live here to make connections with MVCA members they can sustain through the year,” Brosnan said.

Kathleen Tune, partner at Thomas, McNerney & Partners in Minneapolis and chairperson of the MidAmerica Healthcare Investor Network, called MGCS and the MVCA networking after-party “key” for meeting Michigan-based investors and for offering “a good first look at Michigan companies I might not otherwise see in my dealflow pipeline.”

Even in-state investors, like Mike Johnson, an associate at Flagship Ventures, look forward to the chance to connect in person with colleagues throughout the Midwest venture community.  “Michigan and the Midwest has a great atmosphere of collaboration. This event is a fantastic opportunity to network with many in-state and out-of-state investors,” he said.