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Michael Godwin and Jason Townshend of Resonant Ventrue Partners
If innovation is the engine, investment is the fuel. For Michigan to transform its economy and nurture homegrown high-tech companies, it must develop a robust venture capital community. Ann Arbor understands this better than most.
In conjunction with the University Of Michigan, SPARK, the MEDC and the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (held in Ypsilanti every year), entrepreneurs are starting to see a change in attitude about local investment. Ardesta, EDF, Arboretum Ventures, Plymouth Venture Partners and the University's Wolverine Fund are just some of the firms trying to change Michigan's economic landscape.
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Seeding the Ground for Next-Gen Entrepreneurs
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The risks to startup culture are a two-way street. Not only must you convince investors to make a calculated leap of faith, you also need talent that's willing to commit sweat equity to an uncertain future. The Adams Entrepreneur Fellowship Program is looking to make the second half of that equation a little easier while applying a slow-food strategy toward fostering local entrepreneurship.
Student Powered Investments
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
What happens when you give 24 college students a few million dollars to invest in start-ups? They double their investment value within a few years. The Wolverine Fund is one of three venture capital programs created by the University of Michigan to give students an insider's view of investment and entrepreneurship.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
With the successful exits of Esperion and Accuri, CEO's Roger Newton and Jen Baird could have taken the money and run. Instead, they're establishing new local ventures, reinvesting in Michigan's future, and helping to grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Venture Partners: A Q&A with Michael Godwin and Jason Townsend
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The small scale of Michigan's venture capital community means many ground-floor opportunities for investment. Bay Area émigrés Michael Godwin and Jason Townsend of Resonant Venture Partners wax on the need for a new generation of VC investors and peek into the realm of "dirty tech".
Here, There, Then Back Again
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Born and schooled in Michigan, Greg Schwartz did what most ambitious U-M graduates do: He moved to New York City to find success. But then the digital biz director for Warner Music Group did something few Big Apple bigwigs would ever consider: He moved back to Michigan to run a start-up.
Venture Capital Blogs
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Back in 2001 Larry Eiler, CEO of Eiler Communications and director of the Small Business Association of Michigan, wrote an essay comparing our entrepreneurial landscape with Silicon Valley. Needless to say Michigan came up lacking. Boy, what a difference 10 years makes. In this week's guest blog Larry updates his assessment and finds more than a few encouraging trends.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Thomas Meloche has been an entrepreneur for as long as he can remember. A native Detroiter and U-M grad, he co-founded, managed, and sold nine different start-ups in Michigan over 20 years, including the professional service firm, Menlo Innovations LLC. He is currently President of Procuit (
will be writing about untapped Michigan potential, and more importantly, how to tap it!
Venture Capital Videos
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
From laboratory to marketplace, U-M's Tech Transfer Office plays matchmaker, introducing local venture capitalists to promising new technologies. And with $850 million in research and over 300 discoveries each year at the university the potential for crossover is tremendous.
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Source: Business Insider
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Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Source: Crain's Business Detroit
Steve Blank reviews Ann Arbor's entrepreneurial ecosystem
Source: Business Insider
Xconomy takes a close look at U-M's Wolverine Venture Fund
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Amplifinity grows staff by 8, preps to raise a Series B round
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