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 [...]

18 11, 2020

MSU Conquer Accelerator launches first Grand Rapids cohort 

By |2020-11-18T13:03:04+00:00November 18th, 2020|Accelerator/incubator, Michigan|0 Comments

A Michigan State University Foundation accelerator program that provides funding, mentorship and network opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs launched a Grand Rapids cohort. East Lansing-based Conquer Accelerator last month launched its first Grand Rapids season and fall 2020 cohort. The 10-week accelerator welcomed five selected teams to its Grand Rapids program, which began virtually Sept. 14 [...]

29 10, 2020

MSU Conquer Accelerator selects five Grand Rapids startups for seed funding

By |2020-10-29T10:24:22+00:00October 29th, 2020|Accelerator/incubator, Michigan|0 Comments

Conquer Accelerator, a business accelerator run by the Michigan State University Foundation, has selected its first five cohort companies in Grand Rapids. Each of the five received $20,000 in seed funding and will go through a 10-week virtual business accelerator course this fall. The program also provides entrepreneurship training, mentorship, access to follow-on funding and other [...]

15 10, 2020

MSU Accelerator Starts Fifth Summer Cohort With Five Tech Startups 

By |2020-10-15T09:41:55+00:00October 15th, 2020|Michigan, Startup Fund|0 Comments

The Michigan State University Foundation’s Conquer Accelerator announced the launch of its fifth season and summer 2020 cohort. The 10-week accelerator welcomes five selected teams to its East Lansing program: ARUtility, Lucypop, MenuBubble, PhenoLogic, and StarForged Studios. “It’s hard to believe that we’re already moving into our fifth year for Conquer Accelerator, but when I [...]

12 08, 2020

MSU Foundation and MEDC announce Michigan Rise Pre-Seed Fund III 

By |2020-08-12T13:05:25+00:00August 12th, 2020|Michigan, State or Government|0 Comments

EAST LANSING, Mich., Aug. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As the newly named administrator of the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund III (MPSF III) by the Michigan Strategic Fund, Michigan State University Foundation (MSU Foundation) announced Michigan Rise. MSU Foundation was awarded the MPSF III on April 14, 2020 and will work closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)'s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative to [...]

25 06, 2020

Amazon makes corporate gift to U-M philanthropic venture fund 

By |2020-06-25T10:23:13+00:00June 25th, 2020|Corporate, Michigan, Venture Fund|0 Comments

Amazon is contributing $200,000 to the Accelerate Blue Fund, a University of Michigan philanthropic venture fund—representing the first corporate gift received by the fund that aims to help develop and commercialize promising U-M technologies. The donation brings Accelerate Blue nearly to the halfway point of its initial goal of $2 million. By the end of the [...]