Sources: Michigan sees nearly $150 million increase in venture capital activity in 2012
While venture capital funding decreased nationwide last year, funding for Michigan startups increased from $84.7 million in 2011 to $232.31 million in 2012. The investment level was the highest Michigan has seen since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, according to a report from MiBiz.
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
Experts in the MiBiz article said that Michigan’s venture capital community is growing thanks to increased entrepreneurial activity, but it still is in its early stages and small compared to the money available on the coasts.
One coastal fund, Massachusetts based Flagship Ventures, will soon be opening an office in Ann Arbor, according to a story from Concentrate Media. University of Michigan Ross School of Business graduate Dr. Michael Johnson will run the new office.
The fund specializes in early stage investments and has invested in Ann Arbor companies Accuri Cytometers and Tangent Medical Technologies. Flagship expects to open its doors at a soon-to-be leased office in downtown Ann Arbor before the end of February.