Michigan Founders Fund eNews

Keep up to date on the latest Michigan Founders Fund news with our monthly emails! Each month features updates on startups, events, useful resources, noteworthy nonprofits, and Founder blogs. Click the “Download” button below to view the PDF versions of previous e-newsletters.

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March 2023 eNews

In this issue: Michigan has another Unicorn; MFF Members raise money, visit the White House, get accepted into Accelerator programs, and host awesome events!; Michigan Founders Fund is headed to SXSW – check out the opportunities to join us!; DEI UnDemo Day Applications are open (but they close soon!)
Events going on throughout the state in March; A great source of funding for Michigan Mobility startups; MFF welcomes Pete Martin to the team!


January 2023 eNews

In this issue: Start 2023 strong at MFF real talk event with founders and investors; Top Detroit and Ann Arbor startups to watch in 2023; TechLab at Mcity selects two MI-based companies for advanced mobility cohort; Jan & Feb tech events happening from Kalamazoo to Lansing to Marquette; Eligible startups can get $1000 grants from MFF for summer interns; Venture capital funds can apply for SSBCI funding – $75 Million available in MI


December 2022 eNews

In this issue: MFF 2022 Year In Review; MFF Award Winners; How you can support your community before year-end; Develop diverse talent – Startups can sign-up for the 2023 Internship Program; A look back on 2022 tech successes across the state; Kick-off 2023 by joining MFF events in January and February


October 2022 eNews

In this issue: Nutshell acquired by WebFX – Members give 1% of exit proceeds to MI!; Multiple startups raise venture capital since September; Tech events all November starting with MedHealth Summit Nov 1; Apply to pitch at SXSW by Nov 13; Meet the 2022 Community Trailblazer Awardees Nov 17; MFF Internship Program recruiting begins next month; Michigan Tech Week highlights; JustAir, EvenScore and Life Magnetics win Venture Competition presented by MFF


September 2022 eNews

In this issue: Song Foundation and MFF sponsor NEW Venture Competition; Lt. Gov. Gilchrist will recognize Google Black Founders Fund Award Winners
TechCrunch’s Matt Burns joins to moderate ClimateTech/Energy Panel; Entrepreneur and Author, Pete Wilkins of Hyde Park Angels will keynote; Startup founders close multi-million $ funding rounds and join global accelerators; UM Football – Founders Tailgate this weekend with eLab Ventures; ToDooly Founder Sergio Rodriguez shares the “Rules of Fundraising”; Community Trailblazer Award – $15,000 in grants to leaders advancing Racial Justice; MFF Discount Code to attend Bamboo Business Bash


August 2022 eNews

In this issue: For this issue of our eNews, we want to take time to celebrate the amazing work of the Michigan Founders Fund network and what these company-builders are doing to positively impact the future.


June 2022 eNews

In this issue: Roundtable discussion on taking early startup funding with David Corcoran of Censys; Remora raises $5.5 Million and begins production this summer; SkySpecs and CertifID close multi-million dollar funding rounds; 2022 Desai Accelerator Cohort; Deadline extended for Black Ambition Prize for startups; Remote workers boomerang back to Michigan; Learn more about Detroit-based Ruth Ellis Center’s work for LGBTQ+; PRIDE events happening across the state; Juneteenth Celebrations from Lansing to Detroit


May 2022 eNews

In this issue: Nominate a founder for Crain’s Detroit 40 Under 40; AgTech entrepreneurs – Apply for the 2023 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge and pitch in Puerto Rico; Black Ambition Prize application open; Northern MI Startup Week begins next week; New startup incubator in downtown Holland; Red Cedar Ventures funds UV Angel; Local events for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month


March 2022 eNews

In this issue: Founder Fellowship – upcoming MFF events and programs for 2022; Josh and Ethan Linkner launch Mudita Venture Partners; Nominate your company to be featured as one of Crain’s Cool Places to Work!; Northern Michigan Startup Week happening in May; Plinquit closes $5M Series A; Genomenon closes $20M Series B; Women executives to know in 2022; 8 local organizations to support for Women’s History Month


February 2022 eNews

In this issue: Startups from Traverse City, to Novi to Ann Arbor hit new milestones; Diverse founders – apply for your chance to meet with VCs from all over the country at the first Renaissance VC DEI UnDemo Day; New model of supporting underrepresented founders comes to Grand Rapids; Nominate an EY Entrepreneur of the Year; Midwest House premiers at SXSW; Michigan Angels bullish on 2022; Google signs on with Ford as founding member of Michigan Central Station; ID Ventures raises new fund with Bank of America; OSF Ventures launches third fund focused on digital health; Ways to celebrate Black History Month


December 2021 eNews

In this issue: New year, new organization; Deepen relationships at the Real Talk Founder Meetup in January; Holiday donation drive supports families in need; Develop diverse talent by hiring an intern; A look back at 2021 Michigan Tech Successes


November 2021 eNews

In this issue: Startup Holiday Drive – how you can help public school kids experiencing poverty; Ann Arbor and Detroit high-growth tech startups to watch in 2022; A2EF Founders Event: New Year, New Connections; From Seed to Scale; Two Detroit startups close funding and make acquisition; 40 under 40 includes local tech leaders and VCs; Learn more about the 100 most influential women in Michigan; Native American owned businesses in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor


October 2021 eNews

In this issue: October was quite a month for Michigan Tech Fundraises & Exits; How do you build resilient teams? By setting honest expectations; New InsurTech startup launches; UMich launches new ClimateTech venture fund; Come ride around in some autonomous vehicles at Perrone Robotics’ Open House; “Do You Even Need to Impress Investors…?” – panel discussion hosted by NEF


September 2021 eNews

In this issue: Building ClimateTech in Michigan Renaissance VC Fall 2021; Hotlist company submissions due next Monday; UnDemo Day happens Oct 13th; Nutshell CEO, Andy Fowler, makes the Michigan pledge; A2GO, May Mobility free autonomous shuttle to launch next month! DeepHow and Algo close significant funding rounds; Fall Mobility Show & Tell next week


August 2021 eNews

In this issue: Founders with companies based in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Detroit pledge to give back to Michigan! A2EF welcomes new Members: Invisible AI’s Prateek Sachdeva, Kai Cui of Unbuyist, and JustAir’s Darren Riley; Checkout the photos from our inaugural Founder’s Retreat that took place last week! Why he moved his startup from California to Michigan; Apply Now to pitch at SXSW 2022!


July 2021 eNews

In this issue: Actionable advice on learning from failure and starting over; Hiring? WomenHack brings opportunity to meet 80 talented females in tech; Funding for Cleantech startups! Voxel51 announces partnership with Google; Ann Arbor mobility startups making moves; Detroit startup wins $1 million from Pharrell Williams-backed initiative; Urban air quality mapping deploys in Grand Rapids


June 2021 eNews

In this issue: Back in-person, finally! A2EF Founder Breakfast: July 22; PassiveBolt joins 27 founders and tech leaders in pledging back to Michigan; How to communicate at the right frequency for investors; Conquer Accelerator announces its sixth startup cohort; LynxDx started as prostate cancer testing, but turned to COVID testing; Protecting the environment with the Legacy Land Conservancy; Grants & scholarships for Black female entrepreneurs


May 2021 eNews

In this issue: Are you focusing on the right problems as you build your startup; New UMich spinoff closes seed round; EMU Alum launches new mobility investment division; Apple is now accepting applications for its Developer Academy in Detroit; Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month events (did you know, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in Michigan?); Arts & Culture at the Kerrytown Concert House


April 2021 eNews

In this issue: Advice for student founders; 2021 product launches from Nutshell and PassiveBolt; Venture For America Detroit Job Board Now Open! Spotlight: Interview with the only two tech companies in MI to achieve Certified B status; VCs talk fundraising and building startups in Michigan; Revisiting our A2EF Solidarity Statement & Founder Community Values


March 2021 eNews

In this issue: A2EF welcomes new members, realLINGUA and RIZZARR! Spring Hotlist + Funding: Connect with investors through Renaissance VC UnDemo Day; eLab’s Doug Neal on trends in AI and autonomy; Get some support and win some prizes for your startup pitch; Venture for America Detroit 2021 Job Board Opens in April; Check out the remaining events happening in celebration of Women’s History Month


February 2021 eNews

In this issue: How to build a strong advisory team and who to invite to your startup leadership table; Want to showcase your startup at this year’s SXSW Festival? New VC launches, committed to funding Midwest startups, includes Ted Serbinski as GP; Check out the remaining events happening in celebration of Black History Month; Venture Summit and TechStars accepting applications; A2EF + 734 Brewing team up for Tech Connections + Hops


January 2021 eNews

We’ve completed a full month post-2020, so first, lets celebrate that milestone! It’s all about the series of small wins in entrepreneurship. To kick-off A2EF eNews this year, we are introducing a new format and ongoing feature sections that you can expect to see in each newsletter. The following is a brief overview of each section – scroll down to read the features and check-out the links!


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