As one of the few venture funds located in Detroit, we are one of the most active early stage investors in the state, managing over 100 companies across multiple sectors such as life sciences and healthcare, information technology, fintech, mobility, advanced manufacturing and materials, among others. We support Michigan-based startups at a variety of stages to prepare them for growth and additional investment.
A tech-enabled subscription service for restaurants that saves time and money by managing equipment repair service requests and preventative maintenance.
Improving the effectiveness of vegetation management through safe, efficient planning, scheduling and reporting services.
Developing an Internet of Medical Treatment device specifically for the 15M Americans that endure food allergies.
A direct-to-consumer houseplant delivery service providing a convenient mode of houseplant shipping for the 5M Americans new to gardening.
A biomaterial manufacturing company that produces a dental mouth product, LumiCare, a rinse or a gel that can identify active dental lesions, the precursor to cavities.
Breaking through the traditional barriers of single-cell analysis and delivering novel technology designed to support the life sciences revolution and its translation into routine clinical use.
Creating next-generation threat detection & response across infrastructure, networks, application, and the cloud.
Providing a collaboration environment where business users can share and apply their data knowledge into clean, usable data sets.
Cancer immunotherapy company developing a breakthrough cancer vaccine technology to help patients defeat cancer.
Empowering personalized medicine by simplifying genome interpretation.
HT Mobile Apps
Providing banks with smart savings tools.
A B2B technology company focused on the commercialization of portable inductive heating units with single-serve, heatable consumables that utilize smart packaging.
The Lip Bar
An affordable, all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand for the 22M Women of Color (WoC) in America.
Enables easy event planning for the Hispanic community.
A space technology company focused on commercializing Hall-effect plasma thrusters for small satellites.
A SaaS product that speeds up next-generation sequencing (NGS) of whole genomes by making the secondary analysis process 48x faster and, thus cheaper, by saving on computing and cloud storage costs for companies and research organizations.
Building an easy to use online platform that allows current and new pawnshop customers easy access to America’s leading local pawnshops, and pawnshops easy access to an entirely new customer base.
Providing ICU doctors with actionable patient immune function data.
A mobility company providing an alternative to short, regional commuter flights of <300 miles through door-to-door van service offering connected mobile offices for business professionals.
A web-based software for CROs, Principal Investigators and Project Coordinators.
Selling a B2B SaaS platform that uses AI to help physical and online retailers increase AOV.
Selling a B2B SaaS product to universities that identifies at-risk students through advanced predictive analytics techniques to improve student retention rates.
A therapeutic tool that uses AR technology to help children cope with medical treatment.
An online addiction treatment and therapy platform.
Bringing administrators, athletes, parents, fans, and brands together around high school sports.
Workit Health Announces Series A Investment Round
On November 13th we led our 9th annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition which attracted 400 attendees to the newly iconic Lexus Velodrome. After receiving over 300 applicants and selecting 24 semi-finalists, ten companies were collectively awarded nearly $1 million in cash and investment thanks to generous sponsors, including Ann Arbor SPARK, William Davidson Foundation, New Economy Initiative, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Invest Michigan, Belle Impact Fund and more. Huge congratulations to the awardees of this year’s competition – Derq, GreenMark Biomedical Inc., MyNurse, S3D Precision Dispensing, Shoptelligence, Spellbound and Vertecore.
For a full list of sponsors and more about the event’s impact, read our
Moving into its fourth year, Hacker Fellows continued to serve as a go-to source for software developers looking to work for Michigan startups. With the continued support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, our fellows and interns boosted their careers with companies actively raising capital, growing their teams, and within industries ranging from Ed-Tech, IoT, Mobility and Medical Device. 2018 brought us positive feedback to the overall strength of the community of developers and companies we work with, talent/recruiting pipelines and 100% job placement.