Michigan Technology News and Entrepreneurs

Start Garden Pitch Competition Back After Year Off For COVID

GRAND RAPIDS - After taking a year off, Start Garden is bringing back a business pitch competition that awards $1,000 to 100 contestants and $20,000 to 10 finalists. The Start Garden 100 begins accepting pitches from entrepreneurs who are asked to submit a 90-second video describing their idea. Start Garden will accept entries through July 26. Judges

By |2021-05-09T18:30:45-04:00May 6th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Michigan Council Of Women In Technology Update With Kathleen Norton-Schock

ANN ARBOR - Kathleen Norton-Schock returns to update all things happening with the Michigan Council of Women in Technology and on her own audio podcast called Diva Tech Talk. Welcome to MCWT Every day we work toward our mission to inspire and grow women in technology. A diverse IT workforce is a vital part of

By |2021-05-09T18:00:52-04:00May 4th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, mitechtv|

Esperion Secures $50 Million To Finance Sales Expansion To Asia, Middle East

ANN ARBOR—Esperion Therapeutics, developers of a novel class of cholesterol-reducing drugs, announced that an investor group led by New York City-based Oberland Capital Management LLC agreed to provide the third and final tranche of funding under the revenue-based funding agreement totaling $50 million. The remaining funds are being released sooner than expected and in parallel

By |2021-04-30T14:14:14-04:00April 30th, 2021|Entrepreneurs, Life Sciences|

VC Capital 1st Quarter Report: Mega-Deal Values Account For Half Of Deals Done In 2020

SEATTLE - Venture capital dealmaking started strong in the first quarter of 2021 with an uptick in mega-deals and increased participation of nontraditional investors, according to a new report. The proliferation of mega-deals ($100 million+), once considered to be anomalies a few years ago, have become commonplace. In fact, mega-deal value in the first quarter

By |2021-04-27T19:39:18-04:00April 26th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Conquer Accelerator Opens Application Process For 10-Week Accelerator Program

EAST LANSING - Conquer Accelerator is a 10-week program starting on June 1st, 2021, and ending on August 6th, 2021. As a member of the cohort, teams receive:  | $20,000 in funding  | Access to mentoring and professional services | Resources, support, and startup programing  | Access to follow-on funding after program ends Conquer Accelerator takes

By |2021-04-22T19:10:00-04:00April 20th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

TechTown Detroit Kicks Off Startup Fund For Black Tech Entrepreneurs

DETROIT – TechTown Detroit announced the kickoff of its new Startup Fund. Donations to the fund are currently being accepted to provide grants of up to $10,000 to Detroit-based Black tech founders to help their companies get off the ground and grow. The TechTown Startup Fund is designed to cover the financial gap many tech

By |2021-04-19T20:01:39-04:00April 19th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Angel Investor Event To Be Held Virtually April 20

ANN ARBOR—The Michigan Angel Community will host its annual Michigan Celebrates Angels event, virtually, on April 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event, featuring early-stage investors and startups, will include: The results of the 2020 Michigan Angel report, detailing activity throughout the state New Michigan angel groups, Commune Angels, Ark Angels, and Pointe Angels A panel discussion

By |2021-04-16T16:31:02-04:00April 12th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Michigan Celebrates Small Business Names 2021 Winners

LANSING – Michigan Celebrates Small Business, has been honoring small businesses in the state of Michigan for 17 years and today they are announcing the awardees of the 2021 MCSB annual gala. The 2021 gala will take place on July 20 and will feature three award categories including Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, Michigan 50

By |2021-04-05T10:23:18-04:00April 5th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Record Year for U.S. Venture Capital Industry Despite Pandemic and Economic Downturn

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. venture ecosystem ended 2020 with more than 10,800 companies across the country receiving venture funding and approximately 1,965 VC firms managing 3,680 venture funds with $548 billion in assets under management (AUM), according to the National Venture Capital Association 2021 Yearbook, with data provided by PitchBook. The NVCA 2021 Yearbook is an

By |2021-03-25T21:19:09-04:00March 25th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs|

Ann Arbor SPARK to Manage Statewide Michigan Internship Program

ANN ARBOR - Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation are launching Michigan STEM Forward, a statewide program that matches students attending Michigan colleges and universities with internship opportunities at the state’s leading innovative companies. Michigan STEM Forward provides students with meaningful career experience and encourages them to look for opportunities to work

By |2021-03-25T21:19:11-04:00March 25th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|