Join Michigan Founders Fund

Help make Michigan the most successful, inclusive, and community-minded startup ecosystem in the country.

Early founders

Get connected to a network of founders and resources to help you grow your business.

Experienced founders

Gain access to advisory and board positions as you help new founders build successful businesses.

Venture capitalists

Invest in high-growth Michigan startups and transform investment returns into community prosperity.

Ready to join?

How the Michigan Pledge Works

To become a member, founders and venture capitalists pledge 1% of equity or annual carry to a Michigan-focused grantmaking fund to financially support impactful organizations across the state and make our communities places innovators are proud to call home. Members have access to specialized programming to build and strengthen relationships across Michigan’s high-growth startup network and to access tools and resources that can advance their business. Our members help frame the core issues areas that will guide our community-focused education, volunteering, and philanthropy in Michigan.

We are looking for founders and venture capitalists who:

  • Believe in and practice our organizational values;
  • Are active contributors and beneficiaries to the statewide founder network;
  • And believe in the power of collective impact to achieve our vision.

As part of the application process, we schedule a 30-minute conversation to learn more about you, your organization, and your interests. If the opportunity feels right, we’ll connect with our current Members to approve your application.

Once approved, we’ll welcome you into the Michigan Founders Fund, share our programming opportunities and resources, and publicize the work of your company and your commitment to Michigan!