Exit Interview: MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota, RPM Ventures

At RPM Ventures, MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota has a front-row seat to the innovation happening across various sectors, including B2B enterprise solutions, marketplaces, and mobility. As his fellowship comes to an end, we asked him to share with us what he’s learned about venture capital, companies he’s taking note of, and what’s next for him,… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Nic Wetzler, Augment Ventures

Nic Wetzler has been a long-standing member of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community with previous leadership roles at Detroit Materials and Wayne State University. Now as a Venture Fellow, Wetzler will be in charge of deal sourcing and due diligence at Augment Ventures. The Venture Fellows Program, supported by Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), is… read more

Michigan Venture Capital Association Launches 2018 Venture Fellows Program

Venture Fellows Program Incorporates MVCA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative to Advance Venture Capital Industry in Michigan Ann Arbor, MICH. – February 5, 2018 – Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the nonprofit trade association designed to increase the capital and talent available for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community,  today announced the launch of its 2018 Venture… read more

GreenLight Business Model Competition Now Accepting Applications!

Mid-Michigan pitch competition to award $100,000 in cash prizes East Lansing, MI – GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition announced that applications for its sixth annual statewide startup pitch contest are open now. GreenLight Michigan is an early-stage pitch competition bringing together entrepreneurs and small business supporters from all over Michigan. Selected finalists will pitch their ideas to… read more

Michigan Angel Fund Leads $1M Investment in Shoulder Innovations

MVCA member, Michigan Angel Fund, recently led a $1 million fundraising round in Holland, Michigan-based company Shoulder Innovations. HOLLAND, Mich. –  MVCA member Michigan Angel Fund (MAF) recently led a $1 million fundraising round in Holland, Mich.-based Shoulder Innovations, an emerging developer of shoulder replacement systems. This investment is the ninth made by the MAF… read more

Hacker Fellows Kicks Off Third Year – Let the Matchmaking Begin!

Hacker Fellows is kicking off its third year of supporting the Michigan tech ecosystem by providing vetted junior development talent to the state’s most promising startups! Hacker Fellows, managed by Invest Detroit Ventures, is a tech talent retention program incentivizing recent computer science graduates from top-tier universities to work for Michigan tech companies. Our 15… read more

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Congratulations, to the New Director of U-M Tech Transfer Venture Center

After a national search, Mike Psarouthakis has been selected as the new director of the U-M Tech Transfer Venture Center.  The Venture Center is responsible for helping to identify, develop and launch new startups based on U-M technologies, and works alongside licensing, legal and marketing specialists within U-M Tech Transfer.    Psarouthakis, who has served… read more

MVCA’s 2016 Landscape Guide Profiles Entrepreneurial and Investment Community in Michigan

MVCA tools are most current and complete resources available. ANN ARBOR, Michigan (August 31, 2016)—The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) is launching its 2016 Michigan Entrepreneurial & Investment Landscape Guide. The guide is the state’s most comprehensive tool for navigating the Michigan entrepreneurial and investment community.  Useful to both in-state and out-of-state investors who are active… read more

State of Michigan a crucial part of the growth of entrepreneurial and investment community success in Michigan

“Over the last decade Michigan has experienced tremendous growth in the entrepreneurial community. The number of new companies receiving investment has grown by 34% nationally, but in Michigan we’ve grown by more than four times that number – 143%.   The State of Michigan is an investor in many of the funds managed by the 36… read more

Meet MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota, RPM Ventures

A lifelong interest in exploration and navigating new paths led MVCA Venture Fellow Brad Lichota to a career in venture capital, where he’s scouting startups as a member of RPM Ventures’ investment team.  Brad tells us about his new role at RPM, his future as a Michigan job creator, and using the MVCA Venture Fellows… read more