EntryPoint was excited to partner with Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), the nonprofit trade association designed to increase the amount of capital and talent for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community, to host the 2018 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner.
The event attracted nearly 300 attendees from across the country to celebrate the companies, talent, and capital emerging from the region. This year, Governor Rick Snyder co-hosted the MVCA Annual Awards Dinner to kick off a multi-day networking event called Start MI UP: Michigan Ventures Forward presented by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Designed to showcase the state’s growing investment opportunities in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Start MI Up is being held in conjunction with the MVCA Annual Awards Dinner and Renaissance Venture Capital Fund’s UnDemo Day.
The MVCA Annual Awards Dinner brings together in-state and out-of-state investors to shine a light on the achievements of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community! EntryPoint developed the program for the event and connected the organization with notable members of the community, including Gabe Karp of Detroit Venture Partners, Jeff Mason of Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Monica Wheat of Venture Catalysts, Chris Rizik of Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and more! EntryPoint Managing Director, Emily Heintz, was also there to manage the run of show and ensure all speakers were equipped with talking points and timeline. As a result of EntryPoint’s press strategy, the event was featured in Crain’s Detroit Business as well other local publications including MITechNews, Benzinga, Michigan Business Network.
Huge congratulations to all of the nominees of this year’s dinner – Duo Security, nuTonomy, SPLT, Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, TechTown, Blue Medora, Clinc, May Mobility, and Strata Oncology. Special congratulations to this years awardees – Duo Security, Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, Strata Oncology, and Jody Vanderwel! We love that MVCA continues to give us the opportunity to work with amazing leaders in Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The MVCA Annual Awards Dinner shines a light on the incredible talent, research and ideas in the state and we were honored to be a part of it!