Founders Blog

  • 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 [...]

  • Why I moved my startup from California to Michigan

    August 26, 2021

    An interview with Prateek Sachdeva, Co-Founder and COO of Invisible AI Tell us more about and why you decided to found a tech company? After college, my now-cofounder Eric Danziger and I were part [...]

  • Reality Needs Joy: Lessons learned from failure and starting over

    July 21, 2021

    By Guy Suter, Founder & CEO, Ampll Founder: Guy Suter Company: Ampll Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2020 Headcount: 8 Industry: Wellness Last year I wrote about some good advice I got when my last startup [...]

  • Communicating with Investors at the Right Frequency

    June 8, 2021

    For more from Jen Baird, see her blog: Startup CEO Reflections Founder: Jen Baird, Founder & CEO Company: Fifth Eye Stage: Series A Date Founded: 2014 Headcount: 9 Industry: Healthcare The more frequently you communicate, [...]

  • Focusing on the right problems

    May 11, 2021

    Founder: Trevor Hough, Co-Founder CEO Company: Yottled Stage: Pre-Seed Date Founded: 2020 Headcount: 5 Industry: E-Commerce and Content Management It’s incredibly challenging to be part of a start-up. There’s pressure from everywhere: meeting customer deadlines, [...]

  • Building purpose into the bottom line

    April 20, 2021

    Interview with WorkIt Health and Atomic Object on their Certified B Corp status The tech ecosystem is becoming an increasingly important engine for growth and talent throughout the state of Michigan. Many startups are successfully [...]

  • The 4 Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned as a Student Founder

    April 13, 2021

    Founder: Bennett Hilkert, Co-Founder CEO Company: Honesti Stage: Seed Date Founded: 2020 Headcount: 3 Industry: Mental Health & Tech The student founder experience is incredibly unique and challenging. Below I have outlined the 4 biggest [...]