The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s sales and marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism and economic growth. We offer a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban development. Discover Pure Michigan at www.MichiganAdvantage.org and www.Michigan.org.
Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion, retention, and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK represents all communities in the Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Michigan Works!/ETCS, Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, the Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please visit www.annarborusa.org.
Invest Michigan is a nonprofit corporation which manages the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0 under a contract with the Michigan Strategic Fund. A portion of the fund is dedicated to a “University Commercialization” to help universities transfer technology to the marketplace. Investments are made to turn innovative early stage Michigan tech companies into viable businesses, which expand and strengthen our state’s economy. We partner with other investors to co-invest jointly in early stage companies and often will participate with a company through several rounds of financing. Investments will be made only within the State of Michigan. http://investmichiganfund.com
Spartan Innovations provides the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU research technologies into successful Michigan businesses – and spur entrepreneurship in the Michigan economy. Spartan Innovations is co-located with and complements the work being done now by MSU Technologies, the university’s technology transfer office organized in 2007, and Business-CONNECT, created in 2009 as MSU’s portal for engagement with the business community. All three units are part of the MSU Innovation Center. The MSU Foundation, which serves as fiduciary and trustee for MSU’s charitable annuities, trusts, and gifts of property, provides major funding for the initiative. http://www.spartaninnovations.org/
JR Turnbull Communications is a full-service cause marketing and event production company combining experience and vision to design custom programs that build strong relationships between businesses and community organizations through brand awareness. http://www.jrturnbull.com
The Michigan SBDC provides counseling, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate. The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. http://sbdcmichigan.org/
Endeavor is the only non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Our “mentor capitalist” model breaks down economic and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship through advising from our network of world-class business leaders. With their guidance, our 1,300+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. have created 587,000 high-value jobs and in 2015, generated $8.16 billion.
Opportunity to preview the next generation of cutting-edge companies in Michigan and the Great Lakes region
Ability to gain access to an attentive tech community, consisting of:
– 500+ regional attendees
– 70+ angel & VC investors
– 200+ company applications
– 100+ collegiate entrepreneurs
Capacity to create a footprint in Michigan that spans across the entire Great Lakes region with representation from all MEDC SmartZones and the top regional Tech Accelerators
Gain Exposure through the Accelerate Michigan Digital Network:
– 1,682Twitter followers
– 1,329 Facebook likes
– 300+ LinkedIn group members
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