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.
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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…
“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
“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
“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
“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
“The annual research report has been a valuable resource for the Michigan investor community. Utilizing EntryPoint for creation of this report has continued their great reputation for gathering meaningful data and providing in depth analysis which ultimately is reflected in the final product. The latest findings highlight an all-around successful year within the Michigan ecosystem, proving the relevance and vitality that Michigan has when creating innovation and a strong entrepreneurial base. Especially during our current crisis, it is more important than ever to support the growth of these entrepreneurs as well as the investors that continue to take the risk to help make business a reality.”
–Ara Topouzian, Executive Director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association (client)