2018 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner

Michigan Venture Capital Association, the nonprofit trade association founded in 2002 to increase the amount of capital and talent for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community, hosted the 2018 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner with Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Eastern Market in Detroit. The MVCA Annual Awards Dinner was proud to be part of Start MI Up: Michigan Ventures Forward presented by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Awardees for the 2018 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner are Duo Security for the Exit of the Year Award, Accelerate Michigan for the Community Impact Award, and Strata Oncology for the Up-and-Coming Company of the Year Award. The MVCA Board of Directors recognized Jody Vanderwel with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations to the awardees!

Community Impact

  • Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
    Community Impact Award

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Exit of the Year

Lifetime Achievement

  • Jody Vanderwel
    Lifetime Achievement Award

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Up-and-Coming Company of the Year

  • Strata Oncology
    Up-and-Coming Company of the Year Award

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About Start MI Up: Michigan Ventures Forward

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is bringing together a select group of leading local, national and international founders, investors, and entrepreneurs to experience firsthand Michigan’s historic comeback and meet the people and companies on the forefront of that change. Over the course of two-days, guests will take part in a series of curated conversations and experiences with key Michigan policymakers, private developers, investors, entrepreneurs and cultural influencers designed to inspire, catalyze new relationships and unlock opportunities that will drive the next phase of transformative development and innovation across the State.

Register here for Start MI Up: Michigan Ventures Forward. For additional questions, please contact MEDC Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fred Molnar at molnarf@michigan.org.

About Renaissance Venture Capital Fund UnDemo Day

Renaissance is a venture capital fund of funds that invests in top-tier venture funds around the country and uses this network to help bring capital to the state of Michigan (over $1.3 billion to date) and also connects innovation to major corporations.  Launched in 2008 and now at over $200 million in size, Renaissance provides strong financial returns to its investors, connects those investors to innovation around the nation, and helps attract venture capital to Michigan.  On October 3rd, Renaissance will be hosting in Ann Arbor its fourth “Un-Demo Day.”  This event will bring together Michigan’s top startups and technologies for an informal get together with investors from around the country.   The event is a great opportunity to connect with Michigan’s best innovative early-stage companies.

For more information about UnDemo Day, please contact Renaissance Venture Capital Fund Vice President of Business Development Vince Nystrom at vincen@renvcf.com or 734-255-7167.

Thank you to our sponsors!