Early Stage Partners was formed in 2001 with a focus on investments in early stage technology companies with the potential for high growth. Particular areas of emphasis include technologies in which Northeast Ohio and Ohio have national or international competence, including: life sciences, advanced materials and polymers, information technology, and advanced manufacturing. www.esplp.com.
Draper Triangle Ventures is the Midwestern-based Network Partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), the leader in seed and early-stage venture capital. We are a premier source of funding for high-technology start-up companies in the Pennsylvania and Ohio region www.drapertriangle.com.
The First Step Fund represents a partnership of the Invest Detroit Foundation, TechTown, Ann Arbor SPARK and Automation Alley intended to support a revolving loan pool to provide financing to emerging and newly-formed small businesses in southeast Michigan that have successfully completed a training program through a qualified regional business incubator/accelerator. Visit the First Step Fund website.
Automation Alley, since its founding in 1999, has expanded to include more than 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration. For more information, visit www.automationalley.com.