Best Startup Stories of 2013

By Amanda Lewan on January 2nd, 2014 / Comments

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 blog, we’ve covered around 85 Michigan based businesses, 109 resources for entrepreneurs, and plenty  of news, information, and advice from Michigan leaders. We also live reported from four business and technology conferences this year.

Through all of that only a few stories make the list. Here’s a few of our most popular startup stories on Michipreneur. Good luck and cheers to 2014!

On Michipreneur

Detroit’s Vision Boards Wins Global Startup Weekend – Two Detroit Ladies who won the Detroit Startup Weekend go on to win the global startup battle for their vision board app.  It was their first time participating in a startup event, and it was great to see them rock out the global competition. Detroit was the ONLY city in the United States to have a team recognized in the top of this competition.

Eminem’s Berzerk Behavior, explained by our guest blogger Brett King, was one of our most read stories for 2013. It explains the Detroit native’s unique marketing techniques. His behavior sure caught the world’s eye.

10 Year Old Kidpreneur gets free office space from Bamboo Detroit. This inspiring little entrepreneur, Asia Newson, is called Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur. Her business pitch is heart warming. Her story made it all over local media, and even onto some national websites. You can check out her candles for sale now online at, and you can find her working downtown at Bamboo Detroit.

MSU Students Create Running App, and this one got a lot of love including a mention from Gov Rick Snyder. Love to run? Then you’ll probably enjoy their simple and successful app.

Michigan To Host Largest Hackathon Ever, and last year’s hackathon was quite the success. Their story was picked up in national media as well, with a mention in Forbes and CNN. We look forward to watching their hackathon grow, with the next one in downtown Detroit 2014.

10 Michigan Blogs and Podcasts you don’t want to miss if you’re in Michigan and in our technology world. This one was a very popular story of the year, helping better connect the tech world to media online.

TechTown’s effort to bring more retail startups to Detroit was also a popular story this year. There’s a lot of great entrepreneurial efforts in the Motor City, despite all of the negative media attention directed towards bankruptcy.

Want to Get Involved?

Want to help us in 2014? We’re always looking for story tips, writers, and those who want to help grow Michigan’s startup and creative community.

Send a note to our editor – Happy New Year and thank you for all of your inspiring work.

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.