Founders Blog

  • Exciting News: 2024 MFF Emerging Talent Program Application Now Open!

    December 20, 2023

    By Emily Samar, Emerging Talent & Ecosystem Engagement Program Lead  Before we dive into our end-of-year rituals, traditions, and celebrations, we are excited to announce that the 2024 Emerging Talent Program Application is open! Formerly [...]

  • Meet the Recipients of MFF’s 2023 Member Awards

    December 19, 2023

    By Pete Martin, Director of Connection for Michigan Founders Fund MFF members are founders and investors dedicated to building great startups here in Michigan while leading in their communities. Each year, our members [...]

  • What does a patent, STEM talent & a community center have in common?

    September 18, 2023

    By Dan Champoux, Founder of GEKOT Inc, FIRST Robotics Coach, and MFF Member  Dan Champoux speaking during an August 2023 celebration at the U.S. Patent Office honoring the GEKOT FIRST LEGO League team [...]

  • Rebuilding Flint One Maroon Porch at a Time

    September 6, 2023

    Transitional homes rehabbed by MADE Institute in Flint, all with the porches painted maroon. Article by Sarah Craft and photos provided by Leon El-Alamin East Parkway Avenue is a quiet street these [...]

  • Your Guide to Fall 2023’s Major Startup Events

    September 6, 2023

    We hope you've been saving some time on your calendar, because September and October are going to be a CELEBRATION of startups in Michigan. There are so many major events coming up that it [...]

  • The Future is Bright, The Future is Us!

    June 28, 2023

    By Johnnie Turnage, Co-founder of EvenScore, MFF Advisory Council Member, and Co-founder of Black Tech Saturdays Attendees of a June 2023 Black Tech Saturdays at NewLab inside of Michigan Central's Book Depository Building [...]

  • Growing Food & Black Land Ownership in Detroit

    May 15, 2023

    Article and photos by Sarah Craft I visited Candius Elliott’s farm, Workin’ Roots, the first week of May. It was finally sunny and warm after days of rain - we couldn’t have picked a [...]

  • Great Mentors Change Lives (And You Can Too!)

    April 12, 2023

    Become a mentor with the MFF Internship Program. Learn more & sign up here by April 28. Article by Sarah Craft Last year, Caylinn Higgins saw a listing through her school, University of Michigan Dearborn, [...]

  • Black History is M.A.D.E. Every Day

    February 22, 2023

    Article by Sarah Craft, photos provided by Leon El-Alamin Eight years ago, formerly incarcerated Flint citizens started getting better access to housing, education, and employment opportunities, thanks to the leadership of Leon El-Alamin, founder [...]

  • Recognizing the MFF Member Community

    December 12, 2022

    As we look at 2022, we couldn't be more proud of all that we've done as a statewide network of founders and investors. Our vision is that Michigan is the most successful, inclusive, and [...]

  • Make an impact by the end of the year

    December 9, 2022

    One of our goals at Michigan Founders Fund is to help startup leaders become community leaders. We are doing this by building real, long-term relationships with community leaders and impact-focused organizations while helping Members both [...]

  • Fundraising is a ‘game’ these are the rules

    September 21, 2022

    Founder: Sergio Rodriguez-Valenzuela Company: ToDooly Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2019 Industry: Marketplace I didn’t have a safety cushion or the ability to do a family and friends round, so a meaningful capital injection into the company [...]

  • The Value of Team Service Days

    July 25, 2022

    Founder: Andy Fowler Company: Nutshell Stage: Growth Founded: 2010 Industry: SaaS Nutshell’s volunteerism and charitable giving have really only begun in the past two years. As a 12-year-old elder startup, that’s pretty deep into “better [...]

  • Transiency and the road less travelled

    May 3, 2022

    Founder: Phil Bak Company: atNav Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2022 Industry: Fintech, Capital Markets The coolest thing I ever saw as a kid was a dual VCR player. It was the height of technology, and it was awesome. So what [...]

  • The Importance of Founder Fellowship

    March 28, 2022

    Founder: Bhushan Kulkarni Company: InfoReady Stage: Growth Date Founded: 2010 Industry: Software, EdTech During the journey of starting, growing, and sustaining a start-up, we all face many challenges. You can’t find solutions to these challenges [...]

  • Startups: Build Resilient Teams through Honest Expectation Settings

    October 26, 2021

    Founder: David Corcoran Company: Digital Cowboy; Formerly Founder of Censys and TrustBearer Stage: Self-Funded Date Founded: 2013 Headcount: 1 Industry: Venture Development William Shatner is one of my favorite actors. My wife and I had [...]

  • Q&A With Two Michigan ClimateTech Founders

    October 5, 2021

    Darren Riley, Co-Founder & CEO, JustAir Kai Cui, Founder & CEO, CarbonTag Why did you decide to build a venture ClimateTech? What core problem are you hoping to solve? JustAir: Launching JustAir was rooted in [...]

  • Spotlight: Founder’s Retreat 2021 – Reignition

    August 31, 2021

    Back Row Left to Right: Dug Song, Marianna Poisera, Kathleen Craig, Rich Chang, Guy Suter, Kabir Maiga, Bhushan Kulkarni; Front Row Left to Right: Ashley M. Williams, Dr. Susan Shore, Kai Cui, Nydia Cardenas, Jen [...]