The Michigan Israel Business Accelerator in Detroit has launched a free web platform, startupMICHIGAN.tech, that features more than 335 startups, including hubs and funders.
The startupMICHIGAN.tech database is continuing to develop and features information on the startups, 25 investors, 27 hubs, and more. Users can filter startups by business model, funding stage, location, product stage, and more, and save to their personal collections. They can also contact companies they are interested in through the platform and request introductions.
startupMICHIGAN.tech is the third licensee in the world to apply the platform, which was created by Israel’s Start-Up National Central, a nonprofit that works to build bridges to the country’s innovation ecosystem. New Zealand and Thailand also use the platform.
Through the Start-Up Nation Central’s finder, the organization maps the Israeli innovation ecosystem in real time, tracking more than 6,000 innovation companies, tagged into sectors. Each has its own profile page, as do hundreds of investors, hubs, accelerators, universities, research centers, tech communities, and multinational corporations active in Israel.
“Startups are key to driving Michigan’s new economy,” says Mark Davidoff, Michigan managing partner at Deloitte LLP and chairman of the accelerator board. “The launch of the startupMICHIGAN.tech database will be a game-changer for Michigan, and MIBA is proud to be the power fueling the effort.”
The Michigan Economic Development Corp., William Davidson Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, The Paul E. Singer Foundation, and the New Economy Initiative have given funding to the platform.
“Michigan has a long history of entrepreneurial innovation – whether through early stage funding, mentorships, or university programs that foster the next generation of entrepreneurial talent, we are committed to supporting emerging high-tech startups in the state,” says Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “startupMICHIGAN.tech is an opportunity to extend our startup ecosystem and foster both the spirit of innovation and economic development opportunities throughout the state.”
The platform will officially launch on Monday, May 20 at a private event at The Shinola Hotel in Detroit. More information is available here.