What does Michigan’s Startup Community Need?

By Amanda Lewan on July 29th, 2013 / Comments

Michigan’s history of innovation and technical skills is far from young, but there is a community working throughout the state to propel a new generation of Michigan entrepreneurs. It’s in our blood. It’s all around us. It’s time to apply the hard-working blue collar ethic that defines our great state and take it to a new level.

According to Brad Feld author of Startup Communities, VC, and successful entrepreneur, there are four qualities that can vastly help a startup ecosystem grow over time. This includes the following:

  1. The startup community has to be led by entrepreneurs.
  2. The startup community has to foster engaging attitudes (inclusive towards others).
  3. Members of the community must give first in order to grow, and this takes time.
  4. There must be constant entrepreneurial events.

So what’s happening across the board for Michigan, a state that has startup communities in places like Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Lansing? We have a great start to these four factors so far, but there’s always room for more growth.

Michigan’s community is being led by entrepreneurs, whether it’s Josh Linkner and Dan Gilbert’s movement through Detroit Venture Partners to attract tech entrepreneurs in Detroit, active groups like Hackers & Hustlers, Rick Devoss’ Start Garden that’s spread seed funding to over 128 startups this past year, and support from the state with the MEDC’s business resources and sponsored civic hackathons. We also have over 30 co-working spaces and business incubators popping up across the state, many started or supported by local entrepreneurs.

At Michipreneur, we believe that we can better benefit from growing together, connecting the different startup hubs and ecosystems in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and more to share resources, events, and highlight the good work Michigan entrepreneurs are doing each and every day.

There are constant events in different cities across the state, including pitch competitions, business plan competitions, casual meetups, networking events and more. This is where collaboration and inspiration happens. We will continue to tweet, link, and list these upcoming events.

We also hope to always provide an engaging attitude. Tweet us your work. Like us on Facebook. Let us know what you think your city’s startup community needs. Share with us resources that have helped you grow. We’re listening and we promise to always be responsive.

Michipreneur will be slowly rolling out features that better serve and grow our community.While we will cover tech entrepreneurs we will also cover food entrepreneurs, health startups, and other sectors that are growing Michigan’s economy.

But like everything it takes time to increase business growth, investment, and build a stronger community.

So the question goes to you, business leaders, young entrepreneurs, and everyone working in our state: What does Michigan startup community need to grow?

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.