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. Contact the MEDC Entrepreneurship and Innovation Team to learn more about entrepreneurial opportunities in Michigan.
A Michigan mom of two, Karen Smoots needed a solution for the wet winter gear that never seemed to dry out no matter what method she used. Through creativity, enthusiasm, a supportive network and a commitment to Michigan manufacturing, Karen invented the GreenGloveDryer — a favorite for any outdoorsy family.
Danny Ellis of SkySpecs knows it takes a village to raise a startup. His software company has the potential to impact several major industries by changing the way large infrastructure is inspected. He shares his story, lessons learned, and advice for budding entrepreneurs.
JT Weis moved back to Michigan from Paris (yes, Paris!) to lead Abcor Industries, an innovative company disrupting the building and furniture markets with its powder coating technology. The inventive products, collaborative environment and supportive nature of the region drew him in—for good.