Grand Angels Raising $25 Million Venture Fund to Fuel Growth of High-Tech Startups

Earlier this month, MVCA Member Grand Angels announced it’s raising a $25 million venture fund to invest in emerging companies in advanced manufacturing, AgTech, life sciences, and software sectors! With the organization’s strong regional focus, university and college relationships, and dedication to growing Michigan’s startup ecosystem, the new fund will help companies connect with the… read more

Guest Post: Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Now Accepting Applications!

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC) is now accepting applications for its ninth annual pitch competition! In this exclusive guest post, Martin Dober of ID Ventures discusses the competition’s new format, which puts a focus on relationship building between entrepreneurs and investors. Read on to find out all the details about this year’s event and how… read more

Plante Moran Tax Reform Playbook: What You Can Do Now & How to Plan Ahead

Wondering how the new tax reform legislation impacts your business? Do you have a clear idea of what you need to do, how, and by when? 2018 Silver Service Provider Member Plante Moran‘s tax reform playbook can help. Summary of the article by Michael Monaghan and Kurt Piwko for the Plante Moran blog. For most… read more

Guest Post: Desai Accelerator Drives Startups to Their First $1 Million in Funding

Desai Accelerator, a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, welcomed six teams into its 2018 Summer Cohort and debuted an expanded intern program to support those startups in their development. In this guest post, Angela Kujava shares how the accelerator is addressing gaps in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community… read more

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund Closes Third Fund with $81M of New Capital

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund (Renaissance), Michigan’s ground-breaking venture capital fund-of-funds, announced the closing of its third fund, with $81 million of new capital. The innovative network fund is the largest of its kind in the United States, now with a total of $205 million raised since its inception in 2008. Renaissance Fund III leverages the… read more

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Intel Capital to Headline 37th Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

Top industry speakers and entrepreneurs are scheduled to host Michigan Growth Capital Symposium on May 15-16, including Jim Adox of Venture Investors, Jonathan Murray of Draper Triangle, Tim Peterson of Arboretum Ventures, Kelly Sexton of University of Michigan – Technology Transfer and Innovation Partnerships, Michael Psarouthakis of University of Michigan – Tech Transfer Venture Center,… read more

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund Attracts More than $1.3 Billion Dollars of Investment to Michigan Startups

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Michigan’s innovative venture capital fund-of-funds, announced the fund’s economic and social impact on the state of Michigan. Highlighting these metrics is the fund’s successful attraction of more than $1.3 billion into Michigan’s startup ecosystem. Since Renaissance launched in 2008, it has invested in 30 venture capital funds around the United States,… read more

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Guest Post from Plante Moran: Combat Disruption with a Flexible Operations Model

2018 Silver Service Provider Member Plante Moran shares six ways organizations can drive more flexible operations to stay competitive and profitable. Summary of the article by Dave Plomin for the Plante Moran blog.   Tried-and-true business models are facing obsolescence, and organizations are being pressured to make often significant changes to stay competitive and profitable. Why?… read more

Boston Scientific Acquires Arboretum Ventures’ Portfolio Company, NxThera

Exciting news! Arboretum Ventures’ portfolio company, NxThera, was acquired by Boston Scientific in a $400 million deal for its treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). According to the 2017 MVCA Research Report, while Michigan venture funds are investing in a variety of sectors, the life science sector continues to be a focus of capital deployment with 42 percent… read more

Guest Post: Sale Readiness & the Value of Seller’s Due Diligence

2018 Silver Service Provider Member, Plante Moran, shares three key steps to unlocking the value of your business. Summary of the article by Eric Wozniak and John Samulak for the Plante Moran blog. For most business owners, the sale of their company will be the single largest liquidity event that they will experience. The thought… read more