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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Venture Capital Association

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 10:28

MVCA honors former Grand Angels exec Vanderwel for lifetime achievement

The Michigan Venture Capital Association presented Jody Vanderwel, the former president of Grand Angels, with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Published in Finance
Saturday, 21 July 2018 15:07

All-woman $20M VC fund seeks investors, prospects in West Michigan

A new $20 million venture capital fund aims not only to generate returns for investors but also address a wide gender gap in the investing industry.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 29 April 2018 15:20

Despite growth, more angel investors needed in state

Michigan has more angel investors than ever who invest in startup companies, but Skip Simms believes that’s still not nearly enough.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 29 April 2018 13:57

READY TO RUN Michigan VC industry must prioritize bringing more capital to market

Michigan’s venture capital industry needs to accelerate its growth even after the steady progress it has made in the last decade.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:33

Report: Maturing VC-backed firms in Michigan required larger investments in 2017

Venture capital investors put more money into a similar numbers of deals in 2017 compared to the prior year, a sign that target companies are maturing and securing larger capital rounds.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:36

Entrepreneurial support takes different routes across West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS –– Partners in West Michigan’s startup ecosystem continue to explore how best to allocate resources to the region’s entrepreneurs.

Published in Small Business


Sunday, 26 November 2017 15:31

Funding gap: Despite gains, early-stage startups in Michigan still struggle to find capital

More than 130 startups sought capital this year from a state-backed fund, far exceeding expectations and serving as another example of the need for funding at the earliest stages of the capital continuum.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Proposed $10 million VC fund would target health care startups

HOLLAND — Partners in a firm that invests in medical device innovations are considering forming a new $10 million venture capital fund to back early-stage health care startups, MiBiz has learned.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 03 September 2017 15:57

Grand Angels launches Kalamazoo-based affiliate

With the formation of an affiliate angel investment group in Kalamazoo, Grand Angels has taken the first step toward possibly creating a handful of similar arrangements statewide.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 20 August 2017 10:13

Primed for investment: New study benchmarks VC activity in West Michigan

The number of venture capital-backed startup companies based in West Michigan grew 20 percent over the last three years.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:21

Michigan VC ‘very healthy’ despite decline in out-of-state capital

In securing a $40 million investment, Cirius Therapeutics Inc. illustrates a fundamental change that occurred in Michigan’s venture capital sector over the last decade.

Published in Finance
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:15

Annual report: VC keeps growing in Michigan but with fewer out-of-state firms

Michigan’s venture capital industry maintained steady growth in the last year, although fewer out-of-state venture firms have an office in the state.

Published in Breaking News


Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:00

Spectrum Health commits $100 million to innovation investments

GRAND RAPIDS — By creating a $100 million venture capital arm, Spectrum Health joins the ranks of U.S. health systems that invest money in companies developing new ways to treat patients and maintain health.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:52

Grand Ventures seeks up to $50M for new GR-based VC fund

GRAND RAPIDS — In seeking to raise up to $50 million for its first fund, Grand Ventures I LP could soon add to the availability and accessibility of venture capital in Michigan. 

Published in Finance
Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:36

Start Garden adds execs to reach out to ‘marginalized’ groups

GRAND RAPIDS — By hiring two economic development professionals who work with the minority community, Start Garden LLC looks to broaden its outreach to more entrepreneurs.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 22 January 2017 11:03

Early research shows dip in Michigan VC activity

Venture capital investors say work over more than a decade to spur greater innovation and build a better entrepreneurial climate in Michigan has provided them with better investment prospects.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 02 October 2016 13:41

Prospects dim for proposed angel investor tax credit

The restoration of an angel tax credit in Michigan looks doubtful before the present legislative term expires at the end of the year.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:42

State-backed program aims to grow Michigan’s VC talent pool

Reda Jaber could have gone in a few directions after graduating in 2014 from the University of Michigan with a trio of graduate degrees.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 24 July 2016 13:40

Proposed $100 million public-private partnership would seed new Michigan VC funds

The trade group for venture capitalists in Michigan wants to form a $100 million fund to match millions in private capital with public investment. 

Published in Finance
Sunday, 17 July 2016 20:20

State lawmaker introduces 20-percent angel investment tax credit

New legislation aims to encourage more investors to get involved in supporting Michigan-based startup companies.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:19

Lawmaker wants to restore angel investment tax credit

state lawmaker wants to restore an angel investment tax credit in Michigan as a way to create a larger pool of prospective investors in startup companies.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 15 May 2016 10:27

Michigan Accelerator Fund seeks $5 million raise for tack-on fund

GRAND RAPIDS — The managers of Michigan Accelerator Fund I are seeking to raise up to $5 million from investors to provide further financial backing to portfolio companies.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 01 May 2016 12:16

VC firms seek to boost diversity within industry, through investments

Venture capital firms in Michigan do better than their counterparts nationally, but women and minorities still account for a small number of investment professionals who work in the industry and the entrepreneurs it supports.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 17 April 2016 15:50

VC investing remains strong in Michigan despite fundraising shortfall, dip in number of firms

Venture capital investing in Michigan maintained a steady growth trajectory in 2015, but industry executives see some potential headwinds beginning to emerge for the sector. 

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 24 January 2016 22:06

Record $62 million raise signals maturing of Michigan VC industry

The $62 million investment in an Ann Arbor drug developer, the largest-ever venture capital investment in Michigan, has the potential to drive momentum in the state’s investment capital industry going forward.

Published in Finance
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