5 Innovative Michigan Made Products From 2015

By Amanda Lewan on December 31, 2015

Michigan has always been a state of makers. Whether it’s technical innovation, auto manufacturing, or the recent shift to a more mini maker culture, we’re still here creating. In 2014, we saw some really innovative product inventions and some from that previous year’s list have continued to grow. This year, we saw everything from the quirky ideas you […]

7 Tech Startups to Watch Out For 2016

By Amanda Lewan on December 30, 2015

While we cover all industries starting up and inventing new products, it’s hard to ignore a growth this past year in Michigan’s tech community. Whether it’s a digital marketing company, or a new software launched, there is a lot of tech companies seeing traction. This year, we kept an eye out for tech companies taking a product […]

5 Unique Michigan Made Gift Ideas

By Mayra Monroy on December 17, 2015

The holiday season brings forth not only time for family, friends, and reflection, but the opportunity to give back to the community. Whether that’s donating your time to volunteering for your local organizations, or giving back to small businesses and the local economy, the possibilities are endless. The holiday season is a time to choose […]

The Top 12 Michigan Innovation Stories from 2014

By Amanda Lewan on December 30, 2014

Michigan is for makers, makers who aren’t afraid of pushing the boundaries while they create. At Michipreneur, we uncover many of these makers and their new products developed.  Last year we covered hundreds of businesses, events large and small, and watched over 143 startups populate our growing Michigan Startup Directory. All of this business growth […]

Your Last Minute Michigan Made Gift Guide

By Noelle Sciarini on December 19, 2014

It’s not too late to find the perfect gift for someone special in your life. Why not try something unique with a bit of local, Michigan-based aesthetic? Here is just a sample of options: For The Bibliophile How about a nice book? If you’re in the Ann Arbor, check out their many independently-owned bookstores. You […]

10 Michigan Made Gifts for the Foodie in Your Family

By Mitten Crate on December 12, 2014

Mitten Crate has curated a special list of ten food items you can tuck away in a stocking or under the tree this Holiday season. These food items are made in Michigan and cover everything you might want from a salty or a sweet snack and specialty drinks. Check out their recommendations  below. Lush Gourmet […]

6 Michigan Companies Making the World Warmer

By Amanda Lewan on December 1, 2014

You have to love a Pure Michigan summer followed by a Pure Michigan winter. While there’s beauty in a snowy winter season, one can’t really enjoy it without the right clothing to stay warm and safe. Before you hit the stores in preparation for the next polar vortex, there are quite a few Michigan made […]

Top Michigan Conferences & Competitions

By Amanda Lewan on November 10, 2014

Working on a startup? Interested in getting involved in Michigan’s growing business community? Below are a list of ongoing events that many entrepreneurs look forward to each year in Michigan. We aren’t including meetups on this list, only competitions and conferences geared towards innovation and entrepreneurship. Please let us know if you’re event fits this description. […]

Michigan Funding Resources

By Amanda Lewan on October 8, 2014

Whether you’re a brick and mortar business or a fast growing corporation, this list can help you. Michigan is brimming with venture capital, angel investors, micro loans for your business, and alternative funding options. Please comment below and will add on to the list. We’ll continue to curate these open source lists of resources on […]

The Ultimate Guide for Female Tech Entrepreneurs

By Amanda Lewan on February 10, 2014

Calling all female entrepreneurs.  Though you may get to call your own shots as a boss, there is a different type of glass ceiling you will face. Women frequently receive less investments working on a tech startup, and still have to work harder to stand out. Below is our guide of resources, information, advice, funding […]

Best Startup Stories of 2013

By Amanda Lewan on January 2, 2014

Michigan is quite the interesting state, with a growing love for buying and making local, and startup technology on the rise. With startup communities in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, there’s never a boring year for business in Michigan. There’s also been quite a few startup stories that peaked national interest. On our […]

Your Last Minute Michigan Made Gift Guide

By Lauren Ebelt on December 21, 2013

‘Tis is the season of giving — and what better way to give than to give from local stores? While everyone is scrambling around online to get the best deals, you easily can find some unique gifts with that Michigan flair we all know and love. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Michigan […]

10 Startup Events to Watch Out For in 2014

By Amanda Lewan on December 12, 2013

Working on a startup? Interested in getting involved in Michigan’s startup community? Below are a list of ongoing events that many entrepreneurs look forward to each year in Michigan. We aren’t including meetups on this list, 0nly recurring events and a couple new ones we’ve heard great things about. Feel free to comment below with […]

5 Small Business Resources in Grand Rapids

By Adrienne Asselmeier on September 20, 2013

Grand Rapids, MI has been recognized for some wonderful achievements lately. We’ve been named Beer City USA because of our affinity for craft beer and wide support of our incredible breweries. We were named most sustainable midsize city in the U.S. Our bus system, The Rapid, has been named best in its class by a […]

18 Ideas From Techonomy Detroit

By Amanda Lewan on September 18, 2013

Yesterday was the big Techonomy Detroit conference, bringing names like Jack Dorsey, Dan Gilbert, Governor Rick Snyder and more to Wayne State University in Detroit. The goal of the conference was to discuss how technology can impact job creation and the future of cities, and it covered different angles including local makers, manufacturing, and disrupting […]