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The country’s economy seems to be entering a slowdown and the impact on the markets will, undoubtedly, impact Michigan startups. We’ve invited two leaders in the startup ecosystem to help the MFF network prepare for what’s to come.

This virtual program is an informative and conversational session for the startup ecosystem to learn about what’s happening in the economy, how it’s impacting investing, and what Michigan startups can do to prepare.  By the end of the program, participants should feel: 

  • More informed on the current state of VC investing
  • More prepared to take action at their companies
  • More connected to founders and investors across the state’s ecosystem 

Come with questions, experiences, and best practices as we all navigate this ever-changing economy.

About our speakers:

Adrian Fortino is a Board Member of the Michigan Founders Fund and  Managing Director at Mercury Fund. He has over a decade of experience investing in and advising high-growth companies and co-founded three software companies in the early 2010s. Adrian will bring his experiences, insights from the national VC ecosystem, and share recommendations for founders as they change the way they grow and operate within this new economy.

Kurt Skifstad is the Executive Director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship and has more than 25 years of experience leading successful early- and growth-stage companies. Kurt led companies through multiple economic cycles and will share his experiences and best practices to help founders today to navigate the economic environment.

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