Michigan’s high-growth startup and venture capital ecosystem continues to grow at a rapid pace but the talent within this community is often disproportionate to the diversity found across the state. In an effort to grow Michigan’s diverse, local talent, Michigan Founders Fund has partnered with startups, colleges, and talent leaders to launch the MFF Internship Program. Our goals are to:
- Provide an opportunity for underrepresented students in Michigan to gain exposure to high-growth entrepreneurship and professional experiences that can equip them to pursue careers as startup leaders and founders;
- Allow tech companies the opportunity to develop and strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and to reach new talent across the state.
This year’s interns are an incredible group of students from across the state who want to grow their careers in Michigan’s startup ecosystem. 79% of the cohort identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, 79% identify as women, 29% are part of the LGBTQ+ community, and 36% are PELL-eligible.
MFF interns have started working at Michigan startups and will spend the summer participating in skill-building workshops, cohort check ins, networking opportunities, and mentorship. We’re hosting a networking event for interns and startup leaders this July, which is open to all who want to grow a more equitable and welcoming startup ecosystem – learn more and RSVP here!