A small commitment today can make a huge impact tomorrow

Our vision is that Michigan is the most inclusive, successful, and community-minded startup ecosystem in the country. We work to drive density amongst founders, which in turn increases access to capital and talent. In the process, we hope to help the ecosystem be reflective of our surrounding communities. Michigan Founders Fund Members have made the Michigan Pledge and committed to actively realizing this vision by practicing our values of connection, culture, and community.

Making a pledge is easy

To become a Member, founders and venture capitalists pledge 1% of equity, annual profit, or annual carry to a Michigan-focused grantmaking fund to financially support impactful organizations across the state and make our communities places where innovators want to call home. As a new fund, our entire organization and its Members are working to frame the core issues areas that will guide our community-focused education, volunteering, and philanthropy for the next three years.

To further a founders-for-founders culture, 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. 

We are looking for founders and venture capitalists who:

  • Make the MI Pledge to the MFF grantmaking fund;
  • 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.

If you are interested in becoming a Member, please complete the application below. A team member will contact you to set up 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!


A simple, yet powerful way to build community giving into your culture


Growing the community in parallel to your company


Transforming investment returns into community prosperity

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