MEDC Offers Tech Company Capital Access and Business Services Forums Across State in April

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tLANSING — 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.

tThe 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.

t“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.”

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

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  • ttMichigan Economic Development Corporation, Lansing: Access to capital and resources for high growth, early stage technology companies.
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  • ttNext Energy, Detroit: Serves to accelerate energy security, economic competitiveness and environmental responsibility through the growth of advanced-energy technologies, businesses and industries.
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  • ttGreat 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.
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  • ttAccelerate 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.
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  • ttBiotechnology Business Consultants, Ann Arbor: Statewide support for Michigan companies to secure funding through federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
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  • ttMichigan Angel Fund, Ann Arbor: Group of angel investors makes investments in emerging technology businesses and returns are shared by the group.
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  • ttMichigan 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.
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  • ttMichigan 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.
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  • ttMichigan 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.

tThe 70-minute presentations will be held at these locations:
tMonday, April 16
tAnn Arbor             10 AM                  University of Michigan Office of Tech Transfer, NCRC, 1600 Huron Pkwy.
tAnn Arbor             11:40 AM             Ann Arbor SPARK, 300 South Liberty, Ann Arbor
tKalamazoo             3:15 PM             Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, Parkview Campus

tTuesday, April 17
tYpsilanti                8:20 AM                Eastern Michigan University Business School, 300 W. Michigan Ave., 473 Gary Owen Bldg.
tDetroit                    10:15 AM             Wayne State University, Danto Engineering Development Center, 5050 Anthony Wayne
tDetroit                    12 PM                   Next Energy, 461 Burroughs St.
tSterling Heights    1:55 PM               Macomb Incubator (Velocity), 6633 18-Mile Rd.
tRochester Hills     3:30 PM               OU Incubator, 401 Sunset Ln.
tTroy                       5:20 PM                 Automation Alley, 2675 Bellingham Dr.

tMonday, April 23
tEast Lansing         10:50 AM             Technology Innovation Center, 325 E. Grand River Ave.
tMt. Pleasant         1:25 PM                 Central Michigan University, CMURC, 2625 Denison Dr.
tMidland                 3:15 PM                Mid Michigan Innovation Center, 4520 E Ashman Rd., # M 

tTuesday, April 24
tGrand Rapids       10:30 AM             Grand Valley State University, DeVos Cook Center, 301 Michigan St.
tSault Ste. Marie   5:15   PM              Lake Superior State University, Crow's Nest in the Walker Cisler Center, Circle Dr.

tWednesday, April 25
tHoughton              9:10  AM               Michigan Technological University, ATDC, Sharon Ave.

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

tFor more information the MEDC’s Entrepreneurial Services division, visit here: http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Entrepreneurs-and-Innovators/.

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