MEDC brings tech company capital access and business services forums to communities across state in April

Michael Shore

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is sponsoring a series of entrepreneurial services presentations at 15 locations around the state April 16-17 and April 23-25.

LANSING -- The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is sponsoring a series of entrepreneurial services presentations at 15 locations around the state April 16-17 and April 23-25.   

The presentations are designed to help owners and executives of high growth, early stage technology companies find growth opportunities through the business services and financial support that are available through MEDC-supported business incubators and accelerators around the state.   

“No other state does what Michigan does to fund an entire entrepreneurial ecosystem that supports innovative early stage companies,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “This is a golden opportunity for Michigan’s entrepreneurs to see first-hand the types of services available.  These strategic services are vital to accelerating the growth of innovative technology start-ups in Michigan that will diversify our economy and create new wealth in our state.”   

Attendees will hear about business and technology assistance, training, financial support and access to talent from the following organizations:   

Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Lansing: Access to capital and resources forhigh growth, early stage technology companies. 

Next Energy, Detroit:Serves to accelerate energy security, economic competitiveness and environmental responsibility through the growth of advanced-energy technologies, businesses and industries. 

Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest (GLEQ), Lansing: Statewide annual business plan competition that provides a network of volunteer coaching, investor talent, and entrepreneurial support programs for early stage companies. 

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, Ann Arbor: An inter­na­tional busi­ness plan com­pe­ti­tion designed to high­light Michi­gan as a robust and vibrant venue for inno­va­tion and busi­ness opportunity. 

Biotechnology Business Consultants, Ann Arbor: Statewide support for Michigan companies to secure funding through federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. 

Michigan Angel Fund, Ann Arbor: Group of angel investors makes investments in emerging technology businesses and returns are shared by the group. 

Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, Ann Arbor: Supports high-tech start-up companies as they near commercial viability by providing access to early-stage capital investment or micro loans to accelerate company development. 

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Grand Rapids: Business Accelerator Fund, a fund that can be accessed by participating business accelerators statewide to provide specialized business acceleration services and resources regardless of their client’s geography. 

Michigan Venture Capital Association, Ann Arbor: Entrepreneur-in-Residence and CEO placement programs, to improve talent in entrepreneurial companies; the Michigan Venture Fellows program, to develop talent for Michigan venture capital firms; and the Angel Network Growth program, to strengthen angel investment networks across the state.   

The 70-minute presentations will be held at these locations:   

Monday, April 16 

Ann Arbor        

10 AM                    

 University of Michigan Office of Tech Transfer, NCRC, 1600 Huron Pkwy. 

Ann Arbor       

 11:40 AM                  

Ann Arbor SPARK, 300 South Liberty, Ann Arbor  


3:15 PM                 

 Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, Parkview Campus  

Tuesday, April 17 


8:20 AM             

Eastern Michigan University Business School, 300 W. Michigan Ave., 473 Gary Owen Bldg. 


10:15 AM             

Wayne State University, Danto Engineering Development Center, 5050 Anthony Wayne 


12 PM                 

 Next Energy, 461 Burroughs St. 

Sterling Heights    

1:55 PM              

 Macomb Incubator (Velocity), 6633 18-Mile Rd. 

Rochester Hills     

3:30 PM                

OU Incubator, 401 Sunset Ln. 


5:20 PM             

Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr. 


Monday, April 23  

East Lansing         

10:50 AM             

Technology Innovation Center, 325 E. Grand River Ave. 

Mt. Pleasant         

1:25 PM                 

Central Michigan University, CMURC, 2625 Denison Dr. 


3:15 PM                

Mid Michigan Innovation Center, 4520 E Ashman Rd., # M   


Tuesday, April 24 

Grand Rapids       

10:30 AM             

Grand Valley State University, DeVos Cook Center, 301 Michigan St. 

Sault Ste. Marie   

5:15   PM              

Lake Superior State University, Crow's Nest in the Walker Cisler Center, Circle Dr. 


Wednesday, April 25 


 9:10  AM              

 Michigan Technological University, ATDC, Sharon Ave.   

The workshops are open to high tech entrepreneurs, investors and university representatives. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. 

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