Accelerating Entrepreneurship Through Data
EntryPoint partners with organizations to deliver comprehensive research insights and implement effective data-driven programs that promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest.
EntryPoint is a registered 501(c)(3).
Research & Analysis
EntryPoint partners with organizations to conduct comprehensive research that offers insights regarding all operational facets of entrepreneurship, including sources of capital, capital availability, demographics, sectors, stages of growth, resources, geographies, and consumer confidence. Specifically, our research activities involve: Analyzing investment trends in startups and local businesses. Conducting mixed-method research related to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. To…
EntryPoint promotes entrepreneurship by creating programs that effectively supports education, relationship-building, and community engagement for members of the entrepreneurial and investment community. We partner with organizations to implement data-driven programming that address opportunities and challenges facing the ecosystem that we have uncovered in our research. These programs vary in style and scope depending on the…
“The MVCA Annual Research Report is the cornerstone for our ability to assess the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan. The report is a fundamental piece of the Michigan Venture Capital Association that has helped us identify the needs of our investment community and develop programs that will grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The creation of the report showcases EntryPoint’s ability to work with multiple constituents with different goals and create a consistently high-quality, relevant report year after year.”
–Jeff Rinvelt, Chairman of the MVCA Research Committee and Principal of Renaissance Venture Capital
“At most pitch competitions, it’s easy to feel lost in the shuffle and show up feeling unprepared, but that wasn’t the case with Accelerate Michigan. What I liked best about working with the EntryPoint team is that they were well-organized, communicated consistently with the startup teams, and provided plenty of resources in advance of the event. Additionally, the panels were excellent – no canned answers – and were one of my favorite parts of the event (besides the awards!). Well done!”
– Kylee Guenther, Pivot Materials, finalist and awardee
“Through consistently insightful research like the annual report they develop for the Michigan Venture Capital Association, EntryPoint has proven itself to be extremely helpful to foundations in understanding the landscape of a particular community. EntryPoint partners with organizations to deliver comprehensive research reports and to implement effective data-driven programs that promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest. Data is more than abstract numbers and graphs for community-focused organizations like the Kresge Foundation; these findings help to provide us with a comprehensive picture of our communities so that we can readily determine what actions we can take to strengthen our economies and change lives for the better. EntryPoint employs a holistic approach to researching entrepreneurship and investment that is key to developing impactful programs that address larger economic trends without losing sight of the community members themselves.”
–Robert J. Manilla, Vice President & Chief Investment Officer of The Kresge Foundation
“The MVCA Annual Research Report provides critical insight into the health of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and venture capital ecosystem, and is an important tool to help guide the strategic planning of the Michigan Venture Capital Association. EntryPoint is a trusted partner to MVCA, and the Michigan venture capital community more broadly, in executing the preparation of the report and driving the deep underlying analytics that showcase venture capital activity in Michigan.”
–Michael Gross, Chairman of the MVCA Board of Directors and Managing Director of Beringea
“EntryPoint’s approach is comprehensive and offers insights across the Michigan entrepreneurial community, including sources of capital, capital availability, startup demographics, sectors, stages of growth, resources, geographies, and consumer confidence. This report is a valuable resource for investors just getting to know Michigan and those who have been active there for years, alike. As an investor in the current times of both exciting economic opportunity and market volatility, we depend on maintaining a holistic understanding of the status of entrepreneurship in the Midwest to make decisions informed by the broad trends and opportunities in the region. This annual research report is one of the key data sources that serves us in this regard.”
–Guy Turner, Partner, Hyde Park Venture Partners