ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Angel Fund (MAF), a professionally managed equity fund focused on capital efficient early stage companies located in Michigan, recently closed its second fund (MAF II) with $2.05 million. MAF II will make its first investment this spring, and plans to make eight to 10 total investments within the next two years.
"There's no doubt that MAF plays an important role in our entrepreneurial economy. Angel investors are a key element to the success of the diversification and growth of the technology startup community in Michigan," said Skip Simms, MAF managing director. "Angel investors provide entrepreneurs the fuel they need to succeed, not just with their investment but with their connections and guidance."
With more than 95 members, MAF is the largest angel organization in Michigan. MAF II attracted 26 new members.
There are currently eight companies in the MAF I portfolio: Avegant, Arborlight, BioPhotonics Solutions, Eco-Fueling, Epsilon Imaging, Larky, stkr.it, and Varsity News Network. MAF investments are leveraged with direct investments from its members, and to date the leverage has been 2.6:1 (members:fund).
MAF was established by Ann Arbor SPARK, with administrative support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to help finance early stage companies in Michigan and to attract additional angel investors.
As managing member, Ann Arbor SPARK coordinates screenings of MAF applicants, conducts due diligence, and works with the New Enterprise Forum to prepare companies for their investor presentations. Ann Arbor SPARK also works with business accelerator organizations around the state to identify quality companies for potential MAF investment.
MAF funds companies that are seeking early investments from $250,000 to $2,000,000. Businesses interested in applying for MAF investment can find info about the selection process online at http://www.miangelfund.com/entrepreneurs/working-with-us/
About Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, Washtenaw County etcs/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit www.AnnArborUSA.org.
SOURCE Ann Arbor SPARK