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Organizations that help inventors

November 8, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

It’s a tripleheader at GRIN on Tuesday night.
We have multiple guests tonight, representing Start Garden, Collective Metrics and the Ag-Tech Business Incubator.

All these organizations help support inventors in a variety of ways including funding, business development and connecting to the right resources at the right time. There will be short presentations followed by Q & A.

Start Garden – Speaker; Laurie Supinski
Launched in 2012, Start Garden burst onto the scene with its $15 million seed capital fund. The thought was simple, invest $5,000 in two companies each week. Over the course of 18 months, over 200 startups received $5,000 grants. This capital infusion kick-started the growth of new companies throughout West Michigan. In the past 4 years, Start Garden has stood at the center of an emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem launching 5×5 Night, and the Seamless Accelerator in 2015. The organization continues to evolve to meet needs of area entrepreneurs including its new partnership with the GRABB 5,
Collective Metrics, and Kiva ZIP. Supported by the Grand Rapids LDFA, Start Garden is returning to its roots of providing support to entrepreneurs of all types.

Collective Metrics – Speaker; Austin Dean
Having difficulty finding the help you need to grow your business? Released in 2015, Collective Metrics is an online map of all the startup resources in the community. Learn how to navigate the interactive map and find the programs, mentors and capital available to you locally. Connect with other entrepreneurs and even add your business to the directory.
Collective Metrics is a regional initiative led by Start Garden, the City of Grand Rapids and Holland’s Lakeshore Advantage with the purpose of improving access to information for entrepreneurs across the region.

Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator: Speakers; Paul Sachs, Becky Huttenga, Doug Huesdash
A recent literature study led by AgFunder identified the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, located in West Michigan, as one of only 11 Venture Development Organizations that specifically focus on ag-technology. The study identified a total of only 77 organizations worldwide that provide startup services specifically for the ag-tech sector. Safe, efficient, and profitable food production literally benefits everyone, and our 501c6 organization strives to assist entrepreneurs in bringing ag technologies that will help achieve those goals to the marketplace. While ag-tech startups are different in some ways from startups in other industries, in many ways they are similar. Challenges that require a tech solution, like the need for automation and improving distribution methods, are not unique to the ag industry. Therefore, not all great ideas and inventions that can solve ag problems come from the ag sector. Join us November 8 to learn about our unique model, what we do, how we do it, and whether YOUR invention could benefit the ag industry.


November 8, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Grand Rapids Inventors Network
(616) 682-7042


Grand Rapids Inventors Network
2333 East Beltline Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49534 United States