Welcome to eLab Ventures
Founded by a team of passionate entrepreneurs and investors with ties to both Silicon Valley and Ann Arbor entrepreneurial ecosystems
Venture industry veterans with demonstrated commitments to disruptive innovation in emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems
Located in both downtown Ann Arbor and the heart of Silicon Valley
eLab Ventures is an early stage technology venture capital fund created to capitalize on the growth of emerging entrepreneurial markets outside of Silicon Valley and to create bridges to those markets to seek startups with disruptive innovations, exceptional teams, and capital efficient business models that have the potential to serve large markets. eLab is strategically based both in Ann Arbor, to leverage innovation and talent in the Midwest, and in Silicon Valley, to leverage customers, business development, funding sources and a strong network of experienced advisors (our coaches). We are passionate about nurturing world-changing ideas by connecting entrepreneurs to capital and expertise needed to build great, disruptive companies!
Similar to an accelerator, eLab will make small seed investments in early stage companies (typically $25,000 – $100,000) in return for equity. Unlike an accelerator, however, eLab does not fund companies in batches but instead takes a more focused strategy of working closely with our startup companies and will invest additional capital and lead Series A and Series B investment rounds.
Additionally, we don’t restrict our involvement with startups to three months but instead we work side-by-side with startups given each of our deep operating and investment experience, as well as, leverage our customer, coaches and entrepreneurial network to bring the right connections to companies at the right time.
We believe “the team” is the most important aspect of a successful startup company and eLab partners and coaches will work with your company to help you put together the right team so you can nail product-market fit and make your first customers insanely successful (both critical for your success and for attracting additional financing).
eLab has experience in building strong investment syndicates with world class investors. We lead Series A investments either with companies that have already matured into Series A or those companies that have accelerated with eLab as part of the founding team.
LANSING — Developers of a planned test bed for driverless cars at Willow Run in Washtenaw County won up to $17 million in state funding to build and operate the project, the state said Tuesday.
The Michigan Strategic Fund, an arm of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., approved the funding for Willow Run Arsenal of Democracy Landholdings LLP, which is handling the purchase of 311 acres at Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township to create the American Center for Mobility.
The state also approved an extra $800,000 to cover short-term operations, beyond an initial $3 million award in March.
The estimated $80 million American Center for Mobility project, when completed, will feature a simulated highway loop and urban street grid to test connected and automated vehicles. The project still needs about $60 million in federal funding; the MEDC said in a March memo that the state’s $20 million total contribution could be used to leverage additional dollars.
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DETROIT – General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra on Friday called on the world’s auto industry to collaborate to develop cybersecurity standards to not only protect the physical security of vehicle owners, but also the personal data they increasingly transmit through the connected vehicle.
“Cybersecurity protects physical safety, privacy and data,” Barra said at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit at Cobo Center. “GM does not view cybersecurity as an area for business advantage.”
Barra said customers are best served by sharing best practices from all industries, including the U.S. defense industry. So far, she said, there has not been a major cyber attack against connected vehicles. But she warned hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in how they attack computer networks and smart devices, both of which are heavily used in today’s cars and trucks.
“At GM, we have made cybersecurity a top priority,” Barra said. “We have a senior executive run our cybersecurity team. He also is vice chairman of Auto-ISAC.”
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Several years ago, Praveen Singh made a bet on Detroit.
The Silicon Valley technology startup he founded decided to market the advanced wireless systems it developed to the automotive industry. As the market for the technology grew, Singh and his small team at Arada Systems Inc., found themselves spending more time on airplanes, flying from California to Detroit and Washington, D.C., for meetings with automakers and federal transportation administrators.
Those cross-country flights brought Singh to the realization that if he wanted his company to be on the radar — to really compete — it needed to be in Michigan, a state with proximity to major automotive suppliers and, he said, an aggressive approach to connected vehicle development. Not just a satellite office. The whole operation.
So in 2012, the Stanford University graduate and longtime California resident pulled up stakes and moved his firm and his family to Arada’s new headquarters in Troy. Soon, he said, the company was working more closely with automakers, tier-one suppliers, university researchers and the Michigan Department of Transportation.
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This startup that builds features and functionality onto VMware’s vRealize cloud management platform got a boost last year when the virtualization giant participated in its $4.6 million Series A round.
Around that time, Blue Medora also established its True Visibility Channel Program.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based startup was founded in 2007, but an extension of Oracle’s systems management tools to VMware environments released two years ago put Blue Medora on the enterprise map.
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Strata Oncology has raised $12 million and teamed up with Thermo Fisher Scientific ($TMO) to embark on a campaign to sequence the tumors of 100,000 cancer patients for free. The large-scale, no-cost tumor sequencing initiative is seen by Strata as a way to increase the number of cancer patients who are molecularly matched to clinical trials.
Currently, many cancer patients never have their tumors sequenced, leaving them unaware of their eligibility for trials of precision medicines. For developers of drugs designed for patients with specific mutations, this lack of knowledge shrinks the pool of potential participants their studies can tap into and, in doing so, lengthens the time it takes to fully enroll trials. Given the intense competition for cancer patients in certain indications and the value of shaving even weeks off development times, a system that can address the bottleneck is potentially attractive to drug developers.
That is the idea underpinning the founding of Strata, an Ann Arbor, MI-based startup that has set up shop to bridge the gap between patients and clinical research sponsors. The concept and the team behind it have persuaded Arboretum Ventures and Baird Capital to co-lead a $12 million Series A round with support from existing investor Michigan eLab. And Strata has gained access to the tools it will need to carry out its sequencing campaign through a deal with Thermo Fisher, which is providing the startup with Ion S5 XL NGS systems, AmpliSeq technology and Oncomine assays. Read more here…
eLab Ventures was founded by a team of passionate entrepreneurs and investors with successful track records in venture capital and creating disruptive startups. Located strategically in both Ann Arbor and Silicon Valley, eLab’s mission is to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem by bridging valuable but scarce resources from the Valley to local entrepreneurs in the Midwest and other emerging ecosystems.
Unlike an incubator or accelerator, eLab is a full venture capital fund that can support a startup beyond the seed round and all the way through to final liquidity. eLab also provides formal training in entrepreneurship and shared resources to improve capital efficiency for young companies. In addition to its experienced partners and staff, eLab has a committed network of
technology commercialization experts who have agreed to be coaches for aspiring new eLab startup companies. eLab is built on the basic premise that expanding the reach to customers, capital, and liquidity through this network can increase the pace of growth and greatly improve the chances of success for new companies.
The Partners of eLab are venture industry veterans with demonstrated commitments to emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems. Rick and Bob are University of Michigan alums with active involvement in the Schools of Engineering and Law. Doug was previously the Executive Director of the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship from 2009 to 2013. Scott has successfully spent the last 12 years in venture capital focused on spinning innovations out of university research and is a Michigan I-Corps instructor and Paul Brown was previously Vice President of CAPITAL MARKETS at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), where he managed the bulk of the State’s $2 billion 21st Century Jobs Fund.
The eLab Advisory Board is comprised of leaders committed to building leading companies leveraging the talent, innovation and customers in Michigan and Silicon Valley. The eLab Advisory board members, Ira Jaffe – Attorney and founder of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss Law Firm, Dave Munson – Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and Dan Rhodes – VP Oncology at Thermo Fisher Scientific, provide guidance and insights to the partner team to build the next generation of innovative business leaders.
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The coaches working with the eLab are a world-class group of successful technologists and business people dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in Silicon Valley and the Midwest.
Former CEO, Napster; Former VC, Hummer Winblad; Partner, Sidley Austin;
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Is the eLab a venture fund or an incubator? Can companies that did not incubate with the eLab receive funding from the eLab? Is the eLab only open to graduates of the University of Michigan? How do I apply to get resources and funding from the eLab?
Q. Is the eLab a venture fund or an incubator?
A. eLab is primarily a venture capital fund although it does have shared office and mentorship resources like incubators. Most incubators are essentially real estate or consulting businesses that only provide a small amount of seed capital and/or in kind services. In contrast, eLab can provide capital funding through all rounds of growth for a startup company and does not charge for rent or business advice.
Q. Is the eLab only open to graduates of the University of Michigan?
A. No, the eLab is open to any startup company.
Q. How do I apply to get resources and funding from the eLab?
A. You can start by emailing us a business proposal. PowerPoint is the preferred format. If there is interest in your proposal, we will contact you for a meeting and take the rest from there.
eLab Ventures is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor just two blocks West of the University of Michigan campus. Being within walking distance of public transportation, amazing restaurants and that largest public research university in the country, this location represents an ideal place to work and network.
Our facility can provide temporary office space for multiple startup companies at a time with high speed Internet, conference rooms, and a fun and energetic atmosphere.
We also maintain a business development office in the heart of Silicon Valley that maintains relationships with strategic partners and venture capital resources. eLab companies are welcome to leverage either facility for their business needs.