Detroit Venture Partners

Saikat Dey, the founder of Detroit’s own Guardhat Technologies, got his start working in the steel industry. His last job, before founding Guardhat, was serving as the chief executive officer…

Building tech for worker safety, Guardhat Technologies is a company that could only come from Detroit

As the number of drones proliferates in cities and towns across America, government agencies are scrambling to find ways to manage the oncoming traffic that’s expected to clog up their…

Playing traffic cop for drones in cities and towns nets Airspace Link $4 million

StockX, a marketplace for sneakers, has announced that they’ve closed a $6M round from a group of high-profile investors like Mark Wahlberg, Scooter Braun, and Wale. They join existing investors like…

StockX raises $6M to grow its marketplace for limited-edition products

Five years ago, Michigan had seven early-stage companies raise money from venture capital investors in the first quarter. This year that number climbed to 31. The story behind this growth…

After Years, Michigan’s Attempts To Build A Startup Ecosystem Bear Fruit

The founders of Stik needed a change. Silicon Valley wasn’t working. Something was missing. And, as I learned during our chats, they needed access to a new pool of talent.…

From The Valley To The Motor City: Why Stik Moved Back To Detroit

Back in December, Robin wrote about a Detroit app development startup called Rock City Apps, which had just raised a seed round of funding for its stealth iPhone app, UpTo.…

UpTo: An iPhone App That Unlocks Your Calendar’s Social Potential (In The Right Way)

A new, relatively stealth startup called Rock City Apps is gearing up for the launch of a mobile application called UpTo, and has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding…

UpTo Lands Seed Funding To Go “Beyond Status Updates And Check-ins”

NBA legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson this morning announced that he is joining and investing in Detroit Venture Partners, a VC firm that invests in seed and early-stage technology companies primarily…

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Joins Detroit VC Firm To Invest In Tech Startups