Michigan Technology News and Entrepreneurs

Report: Fewer Deals, Larger Investments In Michigan Q3 Venture Capital Deals

GRAND RAPIDS - Venture capital investors made fewer deals in Michigan during the third quarter than the same period a year earlier, although the amount invested more than tripled. VC firms invested $169.6 million in 26 deals in Michigan from July to September, according to a quarterly report from Pitchbook.com and the National Venture Capital

By |2018-10-11T11:47:46+00:00October 11th, 2018|Entrepreneurs|

BeAlive Closes $3.5 Million Seed Round Led By KittyCat Capital

MIDLAND — BeAlive, which says it is the first digital consumer entertainment brand for millennials who are enthusiasts of outdoor sports, announced a $3.5 million seed funding round, led by Midland-based KittyCat Capital, an investment and advisory firm that focuses on bringing more women into the alternative investment market. BeAlive aims to deliver short-form video,

By |2018-10-10T16:00:29+00:00October 10th, 2018|Entrepreneurs|

Fusion Coolant Systems Raises $8 Million In Series C Round

CANTON - Fusion Coolant Systems, a University of Michigan spin off, has raised an $8 million Series C financing round led by Boston-based Material Impact and Michigan Capital Advisors, two venture capital firms. The money will be used to grow the company’s staff, operations, equipment and personnel. The round was also strongly supported by existing

By |2018-10-05T07:29:45+00:00October 4th, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

MVCA Award Winners: Duo Security, Accelerate Michigan, Jody Vanderwel, Strata Oncology

ANN ARBOR - The big winners Tuesday night at the Michigan Venture Capital Association awards dinner were Duo Security, Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, Jody Vanderwel and Strata Oncology. MVCA members voted to select the awardees for the Community Impact Award, the Exit of the Year Award, and the Up-and-Coming Company of the Year Award. Awardees

By |2018-10-03T12:23:11+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Accelerate Michigan Names 24 Semi-Finalists For $1 Million Startup Competition

DETROIT - Twenty-four semi-finalists were named Wednesday to compete in the $1 million Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition that will take place Nov. 13 at the Lexus Velodrome. The program, hosted by Detroit’s ID Ventures, culled through nearly 300 applicants. The semi-finalists were chosen based on innovation, business development and customer traction by a judging panel

By |2018-10-03T11:04:17+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Entrepreneur Corner, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Guardhat Secures $20M Series A Funding

DETROIT — Guardhat, developer of a smart hard hat that monitors worker safety and health in industrial settings, announced it had closed a $20 million Series A funding round. The round was led by RTP Ventures, a New York City-based subsidiary of a Moscow, Russia-based venture capital firm, RuNet Holdings Ltd.. The round was joined

By |2018-09-28T11:18:34+00:00September 28th, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, ESD|

Marshall Plan For Talent Gets 88 Submissions In Phase 1 Of $100 Million Challenge

LANSING - More than 800 businesses, educators and community organizations have committed to pursuing Marshall Plan for Talent grants, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday. These entities have applied to be considered for the first round of Innovation Grants under the $100 million Marshall Plan for Talent investment. The first step in the Marshall Plan for

By |2018-09-27T17:09:25+00:00September 27th, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Winning Futures Gets $150,000 Grant From Dresner Foundation For Workforce Prep

WARREN - Winning Futures announced a two-year $150,000 grant award from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation to support implementing Workforce Prep - an in-school mentoring and leadership skills program for challenged high school students. This program addresses the critical need to better prepare students for life after high school and empower them with the

By |2018-09-27T16:15:52+00:00September 27th, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, New Products / Contracts|

Airfoil Group Announces Reorganization To Meet Demands Of Project-Oriented Clients

ROYAL OAK - Lisa Vallee-Smith, the co-founder of Airfoil Communications, has reorganized her 18-year old PR agency under a holding company that she will lead. Vallee-Smith will now serve as CEO of Airfoil Group, overseeing the business strategy for both Airfoil Communications and Airfoil Digital. Twelve-year Airfoil veteran Keith Donovan, former senior vice president, steps

By |2018-09-21T17:36:48+00:00September 21st, 2018|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

INFORUM Update: Spellbound Gets Net Patent For Augmented Reality Patient Care Product

ROYAL OAK - Tember Shea, Director of Inforum’s InGAGE program,  interviews Christina York from Spellbound who announced a new patent for her Augmented Reality patient care product. SpellBound uses the mobile devices (iOS and Android tablets and smartphones) hospitals already own to create therapeutic 3D experiences. Hospital staff and patients use SpellBound's tools with a

By |2018-09-20T14:49:29+00:00September 20th, 2018|Entrepreneurs, M2 TechCast, Podcasts|