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New Lansing seed capital fund to invest in startups

Written by | Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:07 |

LANSING — A group of Lansing-area investors wants to provide seed capital to one new company annually that’s just getting off the ground.

Early research shows dip in Michigan VC activity

Written by | Sunday, 22 January 2017 11:03 |

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.

Investors offer tips for startups seeking capital

Written by | Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:35 |

The first time Jason Mejeur pitched to a prospective venture capital investor, armed with his “crappy” PowerPoint presentation to explain his concept, he failed to secure any money.

HOLLAND — A $555,000 investment gives a Holland-based sports-related mobile application developer the seed capital it needs to pursue additional clients and grow the business.

ADetroit-based nonprofit will manage a new statewide fund created to provide needed early-stage capital to startups in Michigan.

Professionals working in mergers and acquisitions in West Michigan expect strong deal flow to continue in 2017, maintaining a seller’s market.

Mergers and acquisitions within the banking industry are expected to maintain a steady pace in the new year.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Central Michigan University may launch a new graduate program later this year that would add to entrepreneurial education in the state. 

Tim Parker wasn’t actively looking for a new opportunity when he came across a LinkedIn posting that intrigued him.

Horizon Bank to open downtown Grand Rapids branch

Written by | Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:13 |

GRAND RAPIDS — Three years after opening a local lending office, Horizon Bank plans to begin developing a branch network in the Grand Rapids market.

EAST LANSING — A new venture capital firm formed by Michigan State University’s research foundation targets a critical need for early-stage capital for startups in the state.

Fifth Third Bank’s $30 billion corporate commitment over the next four years for community development offers a massive pool of money for West Michigan organizations to potentially tap to fund projects and initiatives.

M&A professionals in Michigan feel a little more optimistic than their counterparts nationally about the prospects for stronger deal flow over the next year.

Of all the issues Greg Carmichael deals with each day, trust and reputation are the ones that concern him the most.

Kalamazoo-based First National Bank of Michigan plans to open a Holland office five years after moving into the Grand Rapids market.

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