Michigan Business Incubators and Co-Working Spaces

By Amanda Lewan on December 4th, 2012 / Comments

Being in a startup is hard work, but you don’t have to do it all on your own.

Michigan business incubators and shared workspaces offer inexpensive rent and guidance for helping the Michipreneur get started.

Often these workspaces offer access to resources including work supplies, entrepreneurial education, mentorship, and networking to help you find funding and other businesses to work with.

These are the hotbeds where the next great startups are being born.

Metro Detroit

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TechTown Detroit

Atomic Object– This Detroit software company is opening up their doors to housing one new software startup. The benefits? Working with other skilled and experienced designers and developers downtown.

Automation Alley – A technology business association in Southeastern Michigan, Automation Alley offers seed funding, entrepreneurial resources, and business mentoring to help get your business going.

Bamboo Detroit — Perfect location in downtown detroit offering shared desk space or personal desk space. A great choice for anyone who wants to join a co-working space in the city.

Blackstone Launchpad– A valuable resource for Wayne State University, this launchpad offers educational sessions, workshops, and networking to help your business grow.

Byte & Mortar – A new addition to Troy, this co-working space provides a modern design with flexible business options. Their focused on helping Michigan businesses grow and succeed.

Bizdom – A nonprofit requiring businesses to headquarter their company in the city of Detroit, this business incubator offers seed funding, mentoring, and the opportunity to receive future funding opportunities. Plus, you get to work in their very cool, collaborative working space located in the newly remolded Madison building.

Grand Circus A tech training institute with a dedicated floor for coworking. This is located in Downtown Detroit nearby many other startups.

Green Garage – The Green Garage is a symbol of urban revitalization in Detroit, from the hard wood floors and carefully designed, sustainable environment, to the businesses working together to form a thriving community in Midtown. This workspace focuses on building a startup community that grows more organically rather than pushing for business acceleration.

IncWell — An incubator/private investment firm started by Roger Penske, they provide larger amounts of funding from around $25,000-$250,000, working space, and consulting for specific needs.

Macomb-OU INCubator – Providing shared business services, incubator space, and equipment and technology support services in the areas of Defense, Homeland Security and Advanced Manufacturing.

Metro Work Space — Located off of Eight mile in Livonia, this offers all the usual perks of a shared space in an area that could use it.

NextWave – Beware this incubator. Run by “MIT nerds” NextWave is a technology incubator located in Troy. NextWave is described as an “intense experience” building businesses rooted in science and math.

Office in Detroit — Yes, the name is pretty straightforward. This shared space is large and located in the city.

OU Incubator — A  designated smartzone located on the campus of Oakland University. This incubator specialize in IT, Medical Devices as well as Clean Energy centered around their Clean Energy Research Center.

Paperstreet — In Ferndale, this co-working space offers access for as low as $45 a month.

PonyRide – A co-working space located in Corktown, Detroit. Inside this working space you’ll find socially-conscious artists and entrepreneurs that work and share knowledge and resources together.

TechPort – New coworking space opening in 2014 in Port Huron.

TechTown – Located in Midtown, TechTown partnered with Wayne State University to help Detroit startups and entrepreneurs grow in Southeastern Michigan. TechTown offers small businesses workspace and work resources, as well as access to talent and funding networks.

Ann Arbor

Michigan Business Incubators
Ann Arbor Spark

Ann Arbor Spark  Whether your small business needs to meet the right people, apply for startup grants, or receive business consulting, Ann Arbor’s Spark business accelerator program can help.

TechArb – TechArb is a startup community for University of Michigan students. Offering workspace, mentoring, and the opportunity to apply for grants, TechArb has quite the growing portfolio of tech businesses started in Michigan.

Tech Brewery – What else do you need besides good beer and great company? How about a cool place to work surrounded by other tech startups and entrepreneurs? Their workspaces start as low as $50-200 a month.

Tech Transfer – Focused on transferring technology to the marketplace, Tech Transfer works with researchers, entrepreneurs, and University of Michigan students to provide services needed to develop and market a product.

Lansing Area

Hatch East Lansing Incubator
The Hatch

The Center for New Enterprise Opportunity – Also known as the NEO center, this incubator was formed to support small businesses and foster creativity in Lansing. They offer shared workspaces, networking opportunities, workshops, and more.

The Hatch – Michigan State University along with the MSU Entrepreneurship Network, the City of East Lansing, and LEAP, came together to form this awesome program. Located right on campus, the Hatch offers a creative co-working environment. Local entrepreneurs can help one another and learn how to get their business started.

Incu-BaKe – Since opening in July, 2011, Incu-BaKe has helped almost 40 small businesses either get started or transfer to our facility. A 2,000 square foot kitchen located in Holt, Michigan, this space provides commercial kitchen equipment and workspace for food entrepreneurs.

Michigan State University Product Center – The MSU Product Center helps entrepreneurs develop and commercialize products and businesses in agriculture, natural resources, and the bioeconomy sectors. If your idea is food related, you’ll want to make sure you contact this center.

Mid Michigan Innovation Center – Accelerator for startus in Midland, Michigan.

Technology Innovation Center of Lansing –– This is a business accelerator for technology startups that provides $7,000 square feet in office space for startups.

Grand Rapids

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Start Garden

The Factor – A co-working space in downtown Grand Rapids with all the benefits of an office, without the office feel. This space is about creating, but isn’t your traditional factory.

The Starting Block – Located a little ways from Grand Rapids, this incubator is a non-profit, regional development dedicated to helping small businesses in the food or natural resources sector.

LINC Community Revitalization Incubator – LINC’s mission is to connect community-organizing efforts with real estate development. Their business incubator is a 3 year business training program for existing startups in need of business management guidance.

Uptown Kitchen – For affordable commercial kitchen space, Uptown Kitchen has plenty of space. First opened in 2012, the kitchen in Eastown, in the Uptown Business District of Grand Rapids.

Start Garden – Start Garden offers seed funding of $5,000 for two ideas every week. Connecting business and resources in one place, they are focused on building an innovative ecosystem in Grand Rapids.

Warehaus Business Center — A co-working space in Holland, with a flat free and all access to shared resources.

West Michigan Science & Technology Initiatives – This group provides two incubators in Grand Rapids both focused on commercializing new products. The incubators are located on Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue, and house high-tech incubators for life science, medical device, high-growth startups and small businesses.

Kalamazoo

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Southwest Michigan Innovation Center

Southwest Michigan Innovation Center – For bioscience businesses, this is a great resource. Offering laboratories and office space, business and marketing plan development, common scientific and business equipment, it’s ideal for anyone interested in this scientific entrepreneurial endeavors.

Muskegon

Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center
Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center

Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center  – On Grand Valley State University’s Campus, this incubator is focused on supporting renewable and alternative energy. MAREC houses many new energy companies but also offers a wide range of educational programs.

Traverse City

CoWharf – Right in downtown Traverse City, this co-working space can accommodate multiple work styles. Memberships are very flexible from daily passes to tiered monthly memberships.

Harbor Springs

CoolHouse Labs — For a beautiful summer camp on Lake Michigan, or a longer one year accelerator program, this incubator provides seed funding, space, and mentors in a beautiful spot.

Business Growth Across Michigan

What’s important is that we’re seeing a rise in resources and workspaces focused on supporting startups and small businesses. The Michigan Economic Department Corporation has labeled some of these business incubators as SmartZones, areas focusing on developing innovation and technology business acceleration.

Starting a company isn’t the easiest path, but any new Michigan startup can benefit greatly by opening up their network to new resources.

Please let us know if there are more great places we can add to our Michigan Business Incubator list by commenting below.

About the Author

Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Editor @michipreneur. Co-founder Bamboo Detroit. Follow me @Amanda_Jenn. I love telling the story of entrepreneurs and innovators.