Michigan

14 10, 2021

Student-run investment fund targets early-stage climate tech firms 

By |2021-10-14T10:07:35+00:00October 14th, 2021|Michigan, Student Funds|0 Comments

University of Michigan students and faculty have launched a student-run investment fund targeting early-stage climate tech companies that aim to make a real difference on climate change. The fund is the centerpiece of the Michigan Climate Venture, a first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary program at the intersection of climate technology and venture capital at U-M. The program is [...]

14 10, 2021

Reorganized unit to lead commercialization of U-M research 

By |2021-10-14T10:04:39+00:00October 14th, 2021|Michigan|0 Comments

The University of Michigan has announced the launch of Innovation Partnerships, a reorganized unit that will serve as a central hub to lead research commercialization efforts, support startup company launch and growth, and create and foster corporate research alliances. The newly named Innovation Partnerships, based in the Office of the Vice President for Research, consolidates, [...]

1 09, 2021

$6.5M state investment in Michigan Rise to fuel more startup funding

By |2021-09-01T07:58:44+00:00September 1st, 2021|Michigan, State or Government|0 Comments

An additional $6.5 million state investment gives pre-seed fund Michigan Rise more capital to back a strong pipeline of startup companies. Created a year ago and administered by the Michigan State University Foundation, Michigan Rise has at least 10 startups awaiting investments. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. expects Michigan Rise to invest $2.5 million in 15 startups in [...]

18 08, 2021

Michigan MEDC Strategic Fund Approves $6.5M for High-tech Startups 

By |2021-08-18T13:38:43+00:00August 18th, 2021|Michigan, Startup Fund, State or Government|0 Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) in Lansing announced the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved a grant amendment for $6.5 million for the Michigan State University Foundation to support high-tech startup companies and innovative technologies in Michigan at the university level through the Pre-Seed III fund. The Pre-Seed Fund was created to provide early-stage [...]

18 08, 2021

U Michigan Zell Founders Fund Announces $100,000 Investment in Just Enough Wines

By |2021-08-18T13:37:22+00:00August 18th, 2021|Michigan, Student Funds|0 Comments

The Zell Founders Fund, in collaboration with the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, announced today that it has contributed $100,000 to a recent funding round for Just Enough Wines, a premium quality canned wine company founded by University of Michigan alumna Kaitlyn Lo (MBA '21) with her [...]

14 07, 2021

MSU Conquer Accelerator’s newest group focuses on financial technology businesses

By |2021-07-14T13:14:02+00:00July 14th, 2021|Accelerator/incubator, Michigan|0 Comments

Six businesses focused on financial technology are part of Conquer Accelerator's sixth cohort that runs through Aug. 6. The businesses will receive $20,000 and mentorship over the course of 10 weeks. The selected companies are CrossBraining, Frizzmo, Nickels, Rebound AI, Safety Sit and Tandem. "The goal is to help a company go from product solution fit to product market fit," said Tom Stewart, Conquer Accelerator [...]

9 06, 2021

Conquer Accelerator Selects Six Startups for 2021 Cohort

By |2021-06-09T12:40:58+00:00June 9th, 2021|Accelerator/incubator, Michigan, State or Government|0 Comments

EAST LANSING, Mich., June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Conquer Accelerator announces its sixth season and summer 2021 cohort. The 10-week accelerator welcomes six selected teams to its East Lansing program: CrossBraining, Frizzmo, Nickels, Rebound AI, SafetySit, and Tandem. "We're proud of what we've built over the last five years at Conquer Accelerator and we're only getting better," said Thomas Stewart, Conquer Accelerator Program Manager, [...]

19 05, 2021

University of Michigan’s Desai Accelerator Invests in Four Startups to Launch 2021 Cohort

By |2021-05-19T17:39:00+00:00May 19th, 2021|Accelerator/incubator, Michigan|0 Comments

The Desai Accelerator, a University of Michigan accelerator open to early-stage alumni startups, announced the four companies accepted into its 2021 cohort. As part of the accelerator program, the ventures will be provided with funding, tailored mentorship opportunities, national visibility and other resources to achieve successful sustainability. The Desai Accelerator, managed by the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie [...]

22 04, 2021

U-M venture fund makes first investment after reaching $2M first-close fundraising milestone

By |2021-04-22T09:38:03+00:00April 22nd, 2021|Michigan, Startup Fund|0 Comments

The Accelerate Blue Fund, a University of Michigan early-stage venture fund raised through philanthropy, has reached its first fundraising milestone and made its first investment in a U-M tech startup. The recipient of the fund’s first investment is Movellus Inc., which provides technology to boost semiconductor chip design for cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other [...]

24 03, 2021

New  U Mich OVPR funding program aims to support, catalyze research 

By |2021-03-24T15:37:06+00:00March 24th, 2021|Michigan, Translational Research|0 Comments

The Office of the Vice President for Research has developed a new funding program that aims to catalyze research and spur innovation across the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint campuses. The Research Catalyst and Innovation Program features four new funding mechanisms that total more than $1.5 million in annual research support to [...]