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Startup Grind Kalamazoo Hosts Jack Ahrens (TGap Ventures)

Startup Grind Singapore

Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Jack Ahrens, TGap Ventures

Jack is a venture capitalist located in Kalamazoo, having co-founded TGap Ventures in 2002 with Peter Farner. Through TGap Ventures, Jack has funded various new and young firms in the high technology and medical industries. Typical investments by TGap Ventures range between $500,000 to $1 million. Of the companies that Jack and TGap Ventures have invested in, 11 of them have become publicly traded companies and 19 of them have been acquired by larger corporations. Through his tenure in the venture capital business, he (along with his venture capital partner, Peter) has been involved with more than 100 growth companies since 1979. Along with his role at TGap Ventures, Jack is also actively involved in the startup community through his role at the Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest (GLEQ), where he is currently chair of the board of directors.

Agenda   6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By

John Mueller, Director of Startup Grind Kalamazoo

John Mueller is an assistant professor at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo where he teaches entrepreneurship. Prior to working on his PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Louisville, he started and ran several businesses in the software industry, including His work experiences have allowed him to live and work in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He enjoys being involved with exciting business in the startup community.  


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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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When & Where

Maestro (2nd floor, above Food Dance)
401 E. Michigan
Kalamazoo, Michigan, MI 49007

Monday, October 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Startup Grind Singapore

Startup Grind is the world’s startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting founders in over 170 cities.

We nurture startup ecosystems in 63 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

Founded in Silicon Valley by Derek Andersen, Startup Grind has now hosted 2,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010.

To date, Startup Grind has helped 170,000 entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users.

Startup Grind Singapore was founded in May 2012, we are one of the active grass-root startup communities in Singapore.

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