Washtenaw County Tech Ecosystem Starts Pilot Program for Entrepreneurs

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor has launched the Tech Ecosystem Development Pilot Project, which seeks to foster innovation and empower local entrepreneurs.
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The Tech Ecosystem Development Pilot Project is aimed at fostering innovation and empowering Washtenaw County entrepreneurs. // Stock photo

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in Ann Arbor has launched the Tech Ecosystem Development Pilot Project, which seeks to foster innovation and empower local entrepreneurs.

The collaborative initiative is funded and supported by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA), Ann Arbor SPARK, and WCC’s Entrepreneurship Center.

The project is designed to provide essential resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities to early-stage tech founders in the community. By offering access to experienced mentors, strategic support for technical development, and financial planning and opportunities to connect with academic and business leaders, the project seeks to equip entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed.

Participants will embark on a 12-week boot camp beginning the week of July 15, featuring a blend of evening in-person and online sessions. The immersive program offers $10,000 in funding for each participating business, facilitate provide insights from industry experts, and create a supportive entrepreneurial network.

City of Ann Arbor- and Ypsilanti-based entrepreneurs with tech business ideas that demonstrate the potential to improve the quality of life in the community are encouraged to apply online. Applications are open until June 30.

“Our goal is to foster a culture of innovation and economic growth while addressing critical community challenges through technology,” says Michelle Julet, director of the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC. “By empowering diverse founders and encouraging collaboration, we aim to create lasting impact and drive positive change in Washtenaw County.”