Michigan is renowned for its entrepreneurial spirit and world-class innovation. No other state in the nation provides the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial support to emerging high-tech companies like Michigan.
SmartZones provide distinct geographical locations where technology-based companies, entrepreneurs and researchers can locate in close proximity to community assets that assist in their endeavors. SmartZones include technology business accelerators that provide resources and various services to Michigan entrepreneurs. Use the interactive map to find a SmartZone near you.
MEDC Entrepreneurial Resources
Early Stage Funding
Early stage funding is critical to the success of startup companies and entrepreneurs. Through a number of partnerships, MEDC is here to help you achieve the early stage funding needed.
The MEDC Entrepreneur & Innovation team assists high-tech startups and entrepreneurs find the programs, services and expert counsel to accelerate research, license intellectual property, form companies, create jobs, support early stage growth and engage with other Michigan businesses.
Michigan's excellent educational system incorporates several entrepreneurial programs, research groups and innovation hubs — working together to foster the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in the state.
MEDC supports a number of additional resources and programs that strengthen the state's entrepreneurial ecosystem and allows entrepreneurial talent to grow and succeed.
Entrepreneurs in Elevators
Serial entrepreneur and innovator, David Ollila from SkyPoint Ventures, has teamed up with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to connect with some of the most passionate entrepreneurs and innovative companies across the state. Follow along to hear their stories of trials and triumphs, and learn about the ecosystem that allowed them to bring their ideas to life.Watch Series