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State Creates Second 'Pre-Seed' Investment Fund

LANSING (WWJ) — There will soon be another $6.8 million available to help get very early-stage Michigan companies off the ground.

State officials Thursday announced a designation of $6.8 million for Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0, a statewide investment fund aimed at supporting high-tech early stage companies. 344 more words


Event Notices From Nov. 21

MEDC To Talk Financing, Talent In Ann Arbor Breakfast: Please join the Michigan Venture Capital Association for breakfast to learn more about the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s entrepreneurial, early stage financing, and talent programs. 380 more words


Crowdsourcing Early-Stage VC

The social, consumer-facing web created by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and hundreds of other companies that sprang up in the Silicon Valley would not exist today if not for the money and expertise of the individual angel investors and venture capital funds. 28 more words

Personal Responsibility, Civic Duty and the US Entrepreneurship Model

By Lauren A. Burnhill, @LaurenOPV

Bootstrap your start-up business! Max out your credit cards, cash in the 401-k, tap your friends and family. If you’re still alive at break-even, maybe you can find enough of the right capital to grow sustainably. 983 more words

Social Impact Investment

Five not-so-glamorous roles of the Start-up CEO

Tech company founders are typically product centric visionaries. Saddling a founder with the real-world duties of a growth company CEO is actually a good way to slow a company down. 977 more words


Build a Board You Don't Deserve - For Entrepreneurs

Recently, while sitting in a board meeting, I realized the answer to a question I often get:  “If you could tell a founder only one thing, what would it be?”  It’s rolled around in my head the last few weeks, but the board meeting clarified the answer for me:  Build a board of directors that is so good that you are embarrassed to have them spending time with you rather than solving bigger problems.   868 more words


What "great team" really means (Part III - Intangibles)

The book Island of the Lost describes the trials of different groups shipwrecked on Auckland Island in 1864.  Auckland Island lies in the Southern Ocean, more than 250 miles south of New Zealand.  783 more words