Internship Program

Michigan’s tech startup and venture capital ecosystems continue to grow at a rapid pace but the talent within this community is often disproportionate to the diversity found across the state. About 40% of Michigan’s population identifies a racial or ethnic minority and half of the population is women. But according to a recent Michigan Venture Capital Association report, of the $2.8 billion invested into Michigan startups last year, only 15% of Michigan venture-backed startups were led by a person of color, 12% were led by women.

In an effort to change this trajectory, the Michigan Founders Fund has partnered with leaders in tech, startups, and education to launch the MFF internship program. Our goals are to: 

  • Provide an opportunity for underrepresented students in Michigan to gain exposure to tech 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.
Meet the 2022 Interns, Companies & Collaborators

DEI Definitions


The representation of our varied identities and differences (race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic status, religious commitments, political perspectives, etc.)


Seeking fair equality of opportunity and actively challenging and responding to bias, harassment, and discrimination


Inviting the contribution and participation of all people, welcoming different perspectives, and ensuring every individual is respectfully heard

2022 Program Sponsors

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