Our Sponsors

 

New Economy Initiative

The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan (NEI) is an innovative philanthropic effort to accelerate the transition of metro Detroit to an innovation-based economy that expands opportunity for all. Ten national, regional and local foundations have committed $100 million to this unprecedented eight-year initiative, including the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (Detroit), the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation (Southfield, Michigan), the Ford Foundation (New York), the Hudson-Webber Foundation (Detroit), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, Michigan), the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (Miami), The Kresge Foundation (Troy, Michigan), the McGregor Fund (Detroit), the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Flint, Michigan), and the Skillman Foundation (Detroit). The participating foundations are leading the implementation and governance of the Initiative. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, which initiated the collaborative, is serving as its administrative home. For more information, please visit www.neweconomyinitiative.org.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation

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.

Spark

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

Invest Michigan is a nonprofit corporation which manages the $9 million Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0 under a contract with the Michigan Strategic Fund. $1 million is dedicated to a “University Commercialization Fund” 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


 

Michigan Venture Capital Association

The Michigan Venture Capital Association is a catalyst for building a strong, diverse, and entrepreneurial Michigan business ecosystem. MVCA represents venture capitalists, angel investors, industry service providers, economic development organization, and high-education institutions – all working together to create new business opportunities and foster Michigan’s growing role as a center of innovation, entrepreneurship, and company creation. To that end, MVCA facilitates communication, builds relationships, promotes advocacy, and sponsors program and other events that support the interests of its members – and everyone else who lives, works, or invests in Michigan. michiganvca.org

Spartan Innovations

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

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

Michigan Small Business Development Center

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 Detroit

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.


Xconomy

Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy. We are the authoritative voice on the exponential economy, the realm of business and innovation characterized by exponential technological growth and responsible for an increasing share of productivity and overall economic growth. We deliver this valuable content through a unique global network of localized news sites, events, conferences, and other initiatives designed to better connect people and ideas. http://www.xconomy.com/


 

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