Mike Flanagan is Vice President of Capital Programs at Ann Arbor SPARK and Managing Director at the Michigan Angel Fund (“MAF”). Mike manages SPARK’s portfolio of early-stage technology investments and evaluates new opportunities to invest in and grow the Ann Arbor tech sector. He also helps manage the Michigan Angel Community, a new statewide partnership designed to accelerate angel investment in Michigan. At MAF — now on its third fund — Mike sources, evaluates, and invests in early-stage Michigan technology companies, and helps manage a growing portfolio.
Prior to joining SPARK, Mike held various roles at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (“MEDC”) including Director of Capital Markets and Director of Equity Programs. In those roles, he helped create and oversee the state’s private equity and loan programs, which included the state’s private equity fund of funds, angel tax credit, mezzanine funds, as well as loan participation and collateral support programs. As part of these efforts, Mike also helped lead the creation, fundraising, and administration of an $80 million evergreen fund from US Treasury to help fund the growth of Michigan businesses.
Prior to joining the MEDC, Mike held several commercial banking roles at JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley for 10 years. Mike holds a BA and MPA from the University of Michigan and has certifications from the Venture Capital Institute and Michigan Bankers Association. He is also a frequent speaker, panelist, and judge at economic development and industry events.