Arts and Tech Talks Meet at Intermitten

By Amanda Lewan on April 6, 2017

Ann Arbor’s Intermitten conference is back, merging talks from the tech and arts together for a weekend of inspiration June 8th- June 9th. The goal of Intermitten is to “explore ways in which creativity has an ever-expanding rol in our increasingly-connected world.”  The team hopes to expose Ann Arbor’s local creative community to visitors, too. […]

Social Impact Startup Weekend Returns to Detroit

By Amanda Lewan on February 24, 2017

Startup Weekend, a weekend long event bringing together coders, designers and business folks, is coming back to Detroit with a focus on social entrepreneurship. The event will be March 17th-March 19th at Cleary University. The event allows anyone to come and join in on a team to build a business over the course of the […]

ACE Conference is Back for Investors and Entrepreneurs

By Amanda Lewan on January 4, 2017

ACE, the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, is back this year for another great day of networking and learning on January 26th at the Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel. ACE brings together some of the top entrepreneurs, investors, students and startups from across the Great Lakes Region to foster collaboration and growth. Past events have brought out almost […]

Applications Now Open for Conquer Accelerator

By Amanda Lewan on November 19, 2016

Startups can now apply to Michigan State University’s summer business accelerator tailored for getting through the early stages of entrepreneurship. Last summer, Conquer Accelerator worked with six teams across its 10-week program. In For Summer 2017a new cohort of five startup businesses will be accepted. The startups do not have to be studen-run. Applications are open […]

Energy Startups Compete at Detroit Venture Forum

By Amanda Lewan on November 14, 2016

Nine energy startups are flying in this week to compete for $125,000 at the Nexus of Energy & Transportation in Upcoming Detroit Venture Forum. The event hosted by Village Capital and Blackstone Charitable Foundation aims to support and reward top startups solving problems in energy. Before the startups pitch,  Jean Case, CEO of the Case […]

Meet the 36 Semi-Finalists of Accelerate Michigan

By Amanda Lewan on October 11, 2016

Accelerate Michigan is back next month and one luck startup will have the change to win the state’s largest cash prize, $500K, to fuel their companion’s growth. The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition announced 36 finalists who will be competing for the first place prize, and runner up cash prizes. Nearly 200 companies spanning nine high growth sectors […]

Call for Applications: Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium

By Amanda Lewan on September 12, 2016

This year’s Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium is looking for innovators to share ideas for for-profit business solutions in urban settings. The event, led by entrepreneur and professor David Tarver, will bring together entrepreneur and innovators to gather in flint October 19th-21st. Finalists will be chosen for two tracks, urban jobs and urban infrastructure, and will have […]

In The Wise Words of Yoda

By Michael Mefli on September 3, 2016

“Do or do not. There is no try.” ~ Yoda We all do it in our normal course of the day . . . “I will try to get it done before the end of the day.” “I am trying to build a company that does changes the world.” “I am going to try and […]

Conference for Inventors Comes Back September 7th

By Amanda Lewan on August 18, 2016

The Michigan Inventors Coalition is bringing back their 4th Annual Expo and Conference on Wednesday, September 7th. Each year the conference attracts inventors of all types, including makers and tech entrepreneurs, to learn how to refine and protect their inventions. There’s also a fun expo so you can show off your innovative products. Space is still […]

How Michigan State University Aids Entrepreneurs

By Jane Whitttington on August 17, 2016

Aspiring entrepreneurs have a difficult path to forge. But in Mid-Michigan, they have organizations and agencies that help make the journey easier and allow new business hopefuls to achieve their dreams of success. Michigan State University and the MSU Foundation play leading roles in Mid-Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, facilitating access for both startups and businesses already […]

6 Ways to Be Unstoppable

By Maureen Electa Monte on August 15, 2016

Entrepreneurs are the most energized and exciting people in the world. However, many entrepreneurs are so eager to launch that they don’t build a strong human foundation for success. Hint: the human problem is the hard problem. As a result, mistakes are made. Plans, products and partners become road kill. To prevent this crisis, I […]

Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium Heads to Flint

By Amanda Lewan on July 26, 2016

The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative, founded by entrepreneur David Tarver, is back this year and heading in October to Flint, Michigan. Flint is David Tarver’s hometown. He grew up in the city, studied engineering at the University of Michigan, and then went on to have a very successful entrepreneurial career himself. But Flint is more than his hometown. It’s the […]

Nothing is constant but change. That adage is certainly true in the world of business. In order to grow, business owners must be willing to evolve to meet changing marketplace needs and demands. That’s also true for entities that serve entrepreneurs. Now three previously separate organizations, Start Garden, Emerge and SmartZone are partnering under the […]

Accelerate Michigan Applications are Open

By Amanda Lewan on July 19, 2016

Accelerate Michigan is back for it’s 7th year in a row. The competition awards one of the largest prizes for emerging companies in Michigan. Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition will be taking place on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at the newly-renovated Cobo Convention Center in Detroit. It’s become one of the go to networking spots for […]

How MTRAC Commercializes Tech Products

By Denise Graves on July 14, 2016

If a university researcher has an idea for a product or technology in advanced materials with commercial potential, they often may not know how to get it to market. At Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech), the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program is designed to help researchers bring products or ideas to real-world use. […]