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
Here are the Trends that will Gain Momentum in 2018
In 2017, MVCA was thrilled to present the 10th MVCA Annual Research Report, reflecting Michigan’s venture capital community in 2016. We had much to celebrate last year – as shown during the 2017 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner – and all indications point to the long-term vitality of the entrepreneurial community in Michigan. However, findings showed… read more
Work with Prof. David Brophy to Grow Your High-Tech Startup!
Are you an entrepreneur with a high-potential, technology-based company in Michigan seeking growth equity capital? University of Michigan (UM) Ross School of Business is accepting applications to participate in its “Financing Technology Commercialization” program – free of charge – during Fall 2017. The deadline to apply is August 7, 2017. Share on Twitter: Are you an #entrepreneur… read more
Research Series Post 1: Is Lack of Seed Stage Capital Hindering Michigan’s Economy?
MVCA is excited to kick off the first post in our research report series! These posts are developed from the findings identified in the 2017 MVCA Research Report. Like last year’s series, we are turning to Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community to hear their perspective on a specific trend. This week, we explore the topic of… read more
Highlights from MGCS & “The Big House” Reception
MVCA loved celebrating Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community at Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS) last week – check out some of our highlights! MGCS teamed up with Coulter Investment Forum for its 36th annual investor event that brings together over 500 angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, university technology transfer offices, and researchers from across the nation…. read more
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
David Brophy, Above & Beyond Award!
Thirty-five years ago, Dr. David Brophy saw the need for an event where entrepreneurs could showcase ideas and connect with early-stage investors. The event he founded, the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, grew into the Midwest’s premier gathering of high-growth companies in new and emerging technologies. Dr. Brophy, now professor of finance at The Ross School… read more
Akadeum Life Sciences Closes $1M in Venture Funding
Ann Arbor, Michigan – October 09, 2015 From blood to food to medicine, cells are all around us. However, the current methods of separating those cells from their surroundings for research, diagnostics, and cell therapy–also known as cell sorting–can be time-consuming, costly, and damaging to the cells. To address this, Ann Arbor-based startup Akadeum Life Sciences… read more
Baird Capital Opens Ann Arbor Office, Sees Michigan as Ripe with Potential
Global investment firm Baird Capital announced it was opening a Michigan office, in Ann Arbor. It’s being headed up by David Gregorka, whose entrepreneurial roots grow deep in the state.
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures Closes $68M Fund, Dominates Agriculture Investing
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures recently closed on $68 million for its second fund, following its successful $34 million Fund I.