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Vice President, Capital Programs
Mike Flanagan is Director of Capital Programs at Ann Arbor SPARK, which includes the Michigan Angel Fund, Michigan Pre-Seed Fund, and Microloan programs, all designed to help early stage technology companies and entrepreneurs get the capital they need to grow and succeed. Prior to joining SPARK, Mike was Director of Equity Programs at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) responsible for the state’s venture capital, private equity, and mezzanine program investments through the 21st Century Investment Fund, Venture Michigan Funds, and Venture Development Fund. Prior to that, Mike held several other positions at MEDC including Director of Capital Markets, where he was instrumental in the design and management of multiple development finance programs across the capital continuum, including the Collateral Support, Loan Participation, Venture Development, Small Business Investment Tax Credit, and Small Business Mezzanine Fund. Mike also helped lead the application and fund raising process to secure $80 million for Michigan businesses through US Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), an evergreen fund that now supports many of the state’s development finance programs. Prior to joining the MEDC, Mike held several commercial banking roles at JP Morgan Chase Bank and Morgan Stanley for 10 years. Mike holds a BA and MPP/MPA from the University of Michigan and holds certifications from the Venture Capital Institute and Michigan Bankers Association. He is also a frequent speaker and panelist at economic development and industry events in Michigan and nationally.