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New platform will showcase Michigan start-ups to investors and innovation hubs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 15th, 2019

A new platform will showcase Michigan start-ups and connect them with potential investors and innovation hubs across the country.

StartupMichigan.tech currently features pages on more than 335 start-ups, 25 investors, 27 innovation hubs and more. A search option lets users filter start-ups by business model, funding stage, location, technology stage, and other factors.

“To have a central repository that contains this information speeds the process and lets these funds continue to monitor our start-ups,” says Chris Rizik, CEO and fund manager at Renaissance Venture Capital in Ann Arbor. “It will make it much easier for funds around the country to track what’s happening in Michigan.”

The platform was developed at Israel’s Startup-Nation Central, an independent non-profit that builds contacts in the Israeli entrepreneurial network, which also has created and licensed similar platforms for New Zealand and Thailand. StartupMichigan.tech has received funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), the William Davidson Foundation, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Paul E. Singer Foundation, and the New Economy Initiative.

“Michigan has a long history of entrepreneurial innovation, whether through early stage funding, mentorships or university programs that foster the next generation of entrepreneurial

talent,” says Jeff Mason, CEO of MEDC. “We are committed to supporting emerging high-tech start-ups in the state. StartupMichigan.tech is an opportunity to extend our start-up ecosystem and foster both the spirit of innovation and economic development opportunities.”

Source: MITechNews

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