MEDC Support for Entrepreneurs and Innovation Continues with Statewide Incubator Grants

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Support for business incubators in the state

LANSING – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced that the Michigan Strategic Fund is supporting entrepreneurs’ efforts to launch and grow start-up companies throughout the state with funding for high-performance business incubators and accelerators in Michigan. 

Business incubators in Michigan represent support for thousands of jobs and more than a billion dollars in economic impact and are playing a critical role in diversifying the state’s economy. Today’s $6 million in awards builds on the MEDC’s work to spur growth of high potential technology companies by providing local and state-wide services. 

“Early-stage companies require seed capital and access to a strong network of public and private resources,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “We are confident that with the funding of these organizations and the types of services they will provide, we will continue to accelerate the growth of innovative technology start-ups in Michigan.” 

In October, the MEDC issued a Request for Proposals for grants of up to $2 million. Of the 23 proposals that were submitted, 12 were chosen for grants. 

In order to be considered for a grant, applicants were required to submit a comprehensive business plan for delivering entrepreneurial services to start-up businesses, such as marketing assistance, legal services, and training. Applicants were required to develop a dashboard of indicators to measure the effectiveness of the business incubator and accelerator programs that also ties to the state’s strategic goals. 

In June 2011, the Michigan Legislature mandated that a portion of the funds appropriated to the Michigan Strategic Fund for innovation and entrepreneurship be used for business incubators and accelerators located in the following governmental units: Houghton County, Kent County, Macomb County, Oakland County, Washtenaw County, a city with a population greater than 650,000, and a Midland County satellite site of an incubator located in Isabella County. 

The MSF also considered proposals from entities located in other governmental units provided that no governmental unit receives more than one award. 

2012 Business Incubator grants were awarded to the following organizations (funding will support up to three years of services; amounts represented are total awards): 


Governmental Unit


Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation(MTEC)



Grand Rapids Smart Zone Local Development Financing Authority






Macomb OU Incubator






Automation Alley





Ann Arbor SPARK



Wayne State University Research & Technology Park, TechTown, Bizdom U.

Detroit-a city with a population greater than  650,000



Mid Michigan Innovation Center(MMIC)

Midland County satellite site of an incubator located in Isabella County



Lansing Regional Smart Zone Local Development FinancingAuthority

Lansing, Ingham County


Kettering University

Flint, Genesee County


Central Michigan University Research Center 

Mt.Pleasant, Isabella County


West Central Michigan Collaborative
(The Starting Block  & The Stream)

Hart, Oceana County

Newaygo, Newaygo County



Southwest Michigan Innovation Center (SMIC)

Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County






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