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Michigan Business
Incubator Association




Helping Foster State, Local and Regional Economic
Success Through Business Incubation

Incubators

Michigan Business Incubator Association is comprised of the state's best business incubators, accelerators economic partners who are focused on creating jobs and developing Michigan's local economies. The MBIA provides a supportive entrepreneurial environment that stimulates the growth of business to ensure economic vitality and encourage job creation. 

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Resources

The MBIA fosters communication and exchanges ideas among incubators, their managers, tenants, clients, entrepreneurs, new ventures, and other stakeholders. We serve as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about incubators to assist entrepreneurs with new business ideas, providing a basis for mutually supportive group efforts that promote the public image of incubators and their economic impact.

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Leadership

MBIA recognizes the incubation industry's involvement in transforming the Michigan economy, and hopes to bring together incubators, entrepreneurs and economic developers to engage with a dynamic network of organizations and individuals committed to forwarding the Michigan economy. 

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News


Entrepreneurs get boost from early-stage assistance

Varnum pledges $1 million in legal support for Michigan start-ups.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Northern Michigan Farm is an Incubator for Prospective Agriculturists

Teaching fundamental farming techniques in northern Michigan.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Apply by June 23 for the 2014 Competition at www.acceleratemichigan.org.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Last Roadblock Removed for Local Business Owner

Inaugural class at Water Works Academy opening beginning in the fall.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Runway, fashion-focused small business 'incubator,' prepares to open in Knapp's Centre

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Ann Arbor SPARK Snags $500K From MEDC to Establish New Angel Fund

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

State gives U-M Center for Entrepreneurship, Ann Arbor companies $3M for business investments

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A Kickstarter for Michigan communities? MEDC crowdfunding effort targets public spaces

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

CMU Board of Trustees funding signals continued support for CMURC


MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan, June 24, 2014 — The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees announced today a reauthorization of a $500,000 annual subsidy to Central Michigan University Research Corporation. With the continued support from the university, the subsidy will authorize an additional five years of funding through June 30, 2019.

“The inclusion of dedicated funding for CMURC reaffirms the strong support that exists between the university and the business community,” said Erin O’Brien, president and CEO of CMURC. “The ongoing relationship has allowed for growth of the entrepreneurial community in the region, including collaboration opportunities for CMU faculty, staff, students and alumni.”

“The CMURC team is fueling an energized, innovative spirit on campus and in our community,” said CMU President George E. Ross, who also chairs the CMURC board. ”Erin and her team are showing us how to be entrepreneurs and how to excel in a world that moves swiftly and that’s built on an ever-expanding web of relationships.”

CMU and CMURC began the funding agreement in September 2004 when the Board of Trustees initially authorized a $500,000 annual subsidy to CMURC for the period September 2004 through June 30, 2009. In July 2009, the subsidy was reauthorized for another five-year period through June 30, 2014.

About CMURC
CMURC is a nonprofit business incubator focused on advancing economic development in the community by leveraging the resources of Central Michigan University, the Mount Pleasant SmartZone and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Jobs Trust Fund. Local, regional and statewide partners assist to accelerate the success of entrepreneurs, growing businesses and jobs. CMURC is a single source of contact providing physical space and essential business services. CMURC encourages interaction and partnerships, which accelerates emerging organizations to develop their ideas and bring them to market quickly.


For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Elissa Richmond, at 989-774-2720 or elissa.richmond@cmich.edu

Elissa Richmond
Marketing and Public Relations Director
989-774-2720
elissa.richmond@cmich.edu

Central Michigan University Research Corporation
2625 Denison Drive
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

office 989.774.2424
www.cmurc.com

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

TurtleCell Graduates from SPARK Central Business Incubator to New Kerrytown Ann Arbor Office

Congratulations to TurtleCell!!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

MiQuest's GLEQ Business Plan Competition Results

MiQuest's GLEQ Business Plan Competition Presents $75,000 in Awards to Michigan's Technology Entrepreneurs

The spring GLEQ Business Plan Competition concluded on Tuesday, June 17, with our morning awards event at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti. MiQuest announced seven micro-loan and cash award winners and offered 20 top participants complimentary admission to the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium. Thank you to the event and innovation award sponsors that made this celebration a success.

The winners announced on Tuesday morning include:

Emerging Company
- 1st Place – Movellus Circuits, $25,000
- 2nd Place – SurClean, $15,000

New Business Idea
- 1st Place – GENOMENON, $5,000
- 2nd Place – Exo Dynamics, $2,500

Innovation Awards
- Automation Alley Advanced Manufacturing - SurClean,
$12,500
- NextEnergy Advanced Energy – Optimal Process
Technologies, $10,000
- MSU Bioeconomy Institute Green Technology – Ecovia
Renewables, $5,000

Top 20 Competition Participants and Presenters

AQUAterra System, Edward Kim
ArborWind, LLC, Dilip Nigam
Blaze Medical Devices, LLC, Michael Tarasev
LogiCoul Solutions, David Stout
DataSpeaks Health Solutions, Inc., Dennis Nash
Exo Dynamics, Mushir Khwaja
Functional Fluidics, Patrick Hines
GENOMENON, Mark Kiel
Micro-LAM Technologies, LLC, Deepak Ravindra, PhD
Monarch Antenna, Inc., Randall Dence
Movellus Circuits, Muhammad Faisal
New Aegis Corporation, Paul Bruno
PHASIQ, Inc., Sachin Shah
Renditus, Chad Forester
Shock EngineWorks, Inc., Pablo Parraga-Ramirez
SkySpecs, LLC, Danny Ellis
SurClean, Inc., Susan Sprentall
VisionBoards.co, Natalia Petraszczuk
Warmilu, LLC, Grace Hsia
Wave Aircraft, Inc., Perry DiClemente
Our sponsors

Brinks Gilson & Lione
New Economy Initiative
Traction
NextEnergy
Automation Alley
MSU Bioeconomy Institute
Biggby Coffee
Online Tech
Capitol National Bank
Key Bank
MidMichigan Innovation Center
BlueWater Angels
Rehmann
MSU Innovation Center
Zell Lurie Institute
Goldman Sachs
Howard & Howard
LEAP
Logic Solutions
MBIA
MSU REI
Start Garden
TechTown
M-CRN

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Company applications are open!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Statewide Partners Accelerate Manufacturer

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., June 19, 2014 — The Small Business and Development Center and Pure Michigan Mount Pleasant SmartZone business accelerator, Central Michigan University Research Corporation, joined forces to accelerate the launch of a local machine manufacturing business. Bork Machine & Repair opened their doors in Mount Pleasant on June 9, 2014 for appointments.

Beyond the SBDC and CMURC, Bork utilized the Pure Michigan Business Connect, a network of service providers which provide discounted services to eligible businesses. Through this partnership, Bork was able to utilize hours of free accounting services.

“These examples of statewide partnerships are in place to accelerate businesses and create jobs in Michigan,” said CMURC President and CEO, Erin O’Brien. “This is a perfect example of a business utilizing resources to quickly enter the market.”

The statewide partners recognized the potential of Bork Machine & Repair to be a valuable asset through its ability to bridge the gap from prototype to full production manufacturing. Bork bridges the gap by offering custom manufacturing for products and providing small-scale production runs. Entrepreneurs can utilize these services to get their product created, test their product with potential customers and to get their product into stores faster.

About CMURC
CMURC is a nonprofit business incubator focused on advancing economic development in the community by leveraging the resources of Central Michigan University, the Mount Pleasant SmartZone, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Jobs Trust Fund. Local, regional and statewide partners assist to accelerate the success of entrepreneurs, growing businesses and jobs. CMURC is a single source of contact providing physical space and essential business services. CMURC encourages interaction and partnerships, which accelerates emerging organizations to develop their ideas and bring them to market quickly.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Elissa Richmond, Marketing and Public Relations Director at 989-774-2720 or elissa.richmond@cmich.edu.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Tech Start-Ups Invited to Engage in $6.8 Million Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0

Invest Michigan announced today that entrepreneurs can now seek an investment through the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0, a statewide investment fund of $6.8 million aimed at supporting high-tech early stage companies. The organization held an open house for its partners and co-investors to celebrate the launch.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Macomb-OU Incubator steers next-level dollars to two start-ups

An advanced technology developer working to improve fuel efficiency and emissions and a biotech start-up that's designed a natural supplement to treat diabetes and pre-diabetes are receiving grants to help bring their products to market.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

A New Breed: Tilian Farm Development Center

"We live in a world where we want people to have choice. We want the sons and daughters of farmers to grow up and be doctors and teachers and contractors and whatever they want to be, but if we live in that world, then we also need to live in a world where the sons and daughters of doctors and teachers and contractors can choose to be farmers, can choose farming as a vocation, as a career path."

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MEDC Announces LiveWorkLaunch!, Connecting Entrepreneurial College Grads With the Resources Needed to Build Successful Michigan Start-ups

LiveWorkLaunch! will feature a pitch competition for innovation-based entrepreneurs looking for capital. Competitors will have the opportunity to present their business ideas in front of a panel of investors and venture capitalists. The team or individual with the winning pitch will receive $10,000 to help start their Detroit-based business. Finalists will receive a variety of business-building resources and services such as free incubator space, mentoring from a successful entrepreneur, and consulting services.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ann Arbor SPARK Hands Out Fast Track Awards For Economic Development

To qualify for a 2012 FastTrack award, companies had to show $100,000 gross revenue in 2008 and then consistent improvement until this year. Three companies won the award for the first time on Friday; The Whole Brain Group, Arbormoon Software, and Estrakon. Beal Inc. won the award for the second year, and Beal Properties received the award for the third time.

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Ex-psychiatric Hospital Could Become a Nerve Center For Traverse City's Local-Food Movement

Discussions continue about developing The Village at Grand Traverse Commons into a regional food hub, with a year-round indoor farmer's market, processing centers, and even a restaurant incubator with test kitchens - all housed in a building that used to prepare food for hospital patients and staff.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Amy Cell's Priorities For MEDC in 2013: Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs

Since joining MEDC in 2011, Cell has helped run programs aimed at keeping graduating college entrepreneurs in state by providing access to venture capital, mentors, and incubator space. "We want to make sure that young people that graduate from our colleges and high schools have the opportunity to get a good job here in Michigan."

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

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