“The ability to edit our own page without going through an intermediary is significant because things are changing all the time,” Chris Rizik, CEO and fund manager of Ann Arbor-based Renaissance Venture Capital, said in a press release. “We often work with investors from outside the state and try to introduce them to Michigan startup companies. But there has never before been a single resource that included the relevant startup business and fundraising information that StartupMichigan.tech has.”
The nonprofit website is now the third licensee from Start-Up Nation Central, joining New Zealand and Thailand.
The board of StartupMichigan.tech consists of business and government leaders from around the state, including: Beth Chappell, executive chair at RediMinds Inc.; Gahl Berkooz, vice president of data, analytics and monetization at ZF Group; Matt Elliott, Michigan market leader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Faye Nelson, director of Michigan programs at W.K. Kellogg Foundation; John Walsh, president of the Detroit Downtown Partnership; Jeff Mason, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.; among others.
The site is funded by the MEDC, William Davidson Foundation and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the Paul E. Singer Foundation and the New Economy Initiative and will be operated by the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator. The Israel accelerator recently expanded itself, rebranding from the Michigan Israel Business Bridge in 2017 with funding from the MEDC.
The organization will host an invitation-only kickoff event at the Shinola Hotel in Detroit on May 20.