CARRIE JONES: Executive Director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association in Ann Arbor. Jones works with the more than 115 member organizations on educational, networking, and advocacy activities. She has been especially focused on marketing Michigan’s growing role as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship. The association recently reported that $120 million in venture capital was invested in 40 companies in Michigan last year, the most deals since the association began tracking the data. In addition, the state had 103 venture-backed firms in 2014, up 66 percent in the past five years. The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) recently received nearly $1 million in grant funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for its Venture Upstart programs to support talent attraction efforts at venture capital firms and their portfolio companies.

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