Investment activity in Michigan is evolving. Hear from the experts April 14. We invite you to join Ann Arbor SPARK and Bodman for this new series as we take a close look at Michigan’s entrepreneurial investing trends.
In our April event, we will address:
- How tech entrepreneurs should prepare to raise capital and who to ask without wasting time
- Various pitch mechanics including pitch types and what to include
- The ladder of investor types — from state programs with easy terms to VC’s looking for IPO candidates
- Raising capital between rounds of funding and in challenging times
- Best practices and lessons learned from real life stories raising capital
About our Panelists:
Ara Topouzian, Michigan Venture Capital Association
Ara serves as executive director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association. In this role, he advocates for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and venture investor community with legislative and government officials and promotes Michigan venture investment opportunities to regional and national markets. A strategic leader in both private and public industry sectors, Ara is accomplished in the field of economic development for municipalities.
Joseph Morrison, Bodman Law
Joe represents high-growth companies in an outside general counsel capacity. He focuses on emerging companies that leverage technology to build their business and brand. He also represents venture capital firms and high net worth individuals that invest in high-growth companies. His business and technology background gives him the ability to advise ambitious entrepreneurs facing legal and business challenges.
Prem Bodagala, Red Cedar Ventures
Prem leverages over ten years of experience in venture capital, investment banking, valuation, and economic development to fulfill his responsibilities as director at Red Cedar Ventures and Michigan Rise. He brings a broad knowledge of the innovation ecosystem in the Midwest and has invested in over a hundred tech startups that went on to cumulatively raise over $500 million.