Sergio Rodriguez and Jose Romo-Puerta, two friends from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, had similar experiences in doing odd jobs around their neighborhoods to pay their ways through college, with Rodriguez pursuing a masters in biomedical engineering and Romo-Puerta seeking a bachelors in business at Wayne State University. They had found numerous challenges in keeping track of […]

Renwick Brutus: From Guyana to Grand Rapids

By Jane Whitttington on October 24, 2017

Renwick Brutus has come a long way, both literally and figuratively, from his birthplace in Guyana, a small South American country near Brazil and Venezuela, to his current role as founder of three businesses, including Achievement Resources, in Grand Rapids. Born and raised on a sugar plantation, Brutus says that he was often sick as […]

Meet Eight Startups Pitching for Rise of Rest

By Amanda Lewan on September 30, 2017

AOL Founder Steve Case is coming back to Michigan for his Rise of the Rest with Steve Case showcase. The event series aims to spur investments and awareness of talented tech startups in cities outside of Silicon Valley. The event is open for RSVP, taking place in Ann Arbor at the Michigan Theater. There will […]

Carrycott: Comfy for Baby, Easy for Mom and Dad

By Jane Whitttington on June 15, 2017

Benjamin Eu has spent time in crowded urban communities like New York City and Singapore and couldn’t help but notice the difficulties parents were having maneuvering heavy, bulky strollers through stores, streets, subways, and into taxis, buses, and cars. Thinking about this led Eu to conduct over 100 interviews and surveys with parents and caregivers. […]

How ColorHub Is Pushing Reset On The Printing Industry

By Benjamin Seidman on June 5, 2017

Every company’s journey starts with a founder or set of co-founders. ColorHub’s starts with two brothers from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Andrew Harris, now CMO, and Tim Harris, CEO. With entrepreneurial intentions, the two grew up dreaming about starting a business together. When Andrew was in college, he and Tim, who had been working in the […]

5 Things to Watch Out for at Detroit Startup Week

By Amanda Lewan on May 15, 2017

Detroit Startup Week is back next week May 22nd – May 26th with the main basecamp of activity hosted in Midtown at the Masonic Temple. The entire week is full of community led free events covering topics such as entrepreneurship, technology, mobility, art, design and so much more. Last year almost 3,000 attendees came out […]

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 […]