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Other small business support programs

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC): an international business plan competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity.

Angel Investment Group Seed Program: financial support available to angel investment groups in the state of Michigan to attract more members and enhance deal flow.

Ann Arbor SPARK: business accelerator providing a variety of services and programs including: office space, training, networking events, TechArb student incubator, and consulting.

Automation Alley: business accelerator focused on workforce and business development in a variety of ways, including: entrepreneurism, defense industry opportunities, international business services, and educational initiatives.

Battle Creek Unlimited: a virtual incubator providing investor presentation preparation, networking events, and entrepreneurial education workshops.

BBC, Etc. (BBC): provides commercialization services, including SBIR/STTR training and one-on-one proposal preparation assistance to technology entrepreneurs and early-stage technology companies throughout Michigan.

Biosciences Research & Commercialization Center (BRCC): provides startup and gap funding to promising Michigan-based life sciences and medical device ventures entering the commercialization phase of development.

Bizdom U: provides comprehensive, specialized training for early stage companies including sales and IT development training.

Business Acceleration Fund (BAF): provides specialized business acceleration services, such as funding to cover costs of consultants, lawyers, and manufacturing or engineering necessary to meet commercialization goals.

Central Michigan University Research Corp. Incubator: offers a 17,500-square-foot wet lab devoted to biotech and nanotech research.

Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3): delivers resources, services, strategic counsel and development support to those seeking to open or grow a creative business in Detroit.

Emerging Technology Fund: matches both Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR awards.

Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest (GLEQ): state-wide business plan competition. The GLEQ also matches companies with experienced coaches to guide them through the competition and holds more than 20 training and networking events.

Jackson Technology Park: certified business park offering office space and targeted services for new businesses.

Kettering University TechWorks: a business start-up and growth accelerator focused on advanced technology commercialization. It offers services to very early-stage project teams or companies to focus on business concept and technology assessment and key initial growth steps.

LSSU Prototype Development Center: provides prototype development support for early stage technologies.

Macomb INCubator: focused on defense & homeland security, alternative energy and advanced manufacturing, this incubator provides office space, networking, and business support.

Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC): provides renewable energy testing facilities to companies and universities across the state.

Michigan Angel Fund (MAF): a “group fund” in which registered angel investors may purchase investment units in increments of $25,000. Investments are made in emerging technology businesses and returns are shared by the group.

Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC): managed by Ann Arbor SPARK, MLSIC provides wet lab and office space, networking events, and more to life sciences start up and early stage companies.

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC): provides Michigan’s small- and medium-sized manufacturers with operational assessment, process improvement training, mentoring services, website technical assistance and market diversification tactics.

Michigan Pre-Seed Fundsupports high-tech start-up companies in Michigan as they near commercial viability by providing access to early-stage capital investment or micro loans to accelerate company development.

Michigan Street Incubator (WMSTI): The WMSTI Venture Center located at Grand Valley State University is a high-tech incubator for life science, medical device and high-growth start-ups or small businesses.  It provides more than 26,000 square feet to help these companies grow and succeed. With a shared lab space with over 100 pieces of high tech equipment providing these companies with the tools needed to help foster and advance the commercialization of a tenant's ideas while saving them startup costs.

Michigan University Commercialization Initiative (MUCI): supports technology transfer at Michigan academic and research institutions by supporting commercialization of Intellectual Property.

Mid-Michigan Innovation Center (MMIC): business accelerator that provides a Virtual Tenant Program, Entrepreneurial Internship Program, and is Partnered with Blue Water Angels venture capital group.

MTEC SmartZone: connects Michigan Technological University technologies and students with Fortune 500 companies and early stage tech companies.

New Enterprise Forum: links entrepreneurs to management expertise, potential joint venture partners, mentors, business services, capital, and other critical resources.

NextEnergy: for the advanced energy and renewable energy sectors, NextEnergy provides technology assessments, management and financial consulting services, access to demonstration and lab facilities, workshops, and matchmaking to alternative energy assets, suppliers and customers.

OU INC: business incubator providing clean energy development, Green T training for early stage clean technology sector companies, and more.

Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs): in concert with the Michigan Defense Center (formerly the Defense Contract Coordination Center or the DC3), the Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers prepare Michigan businesses to compete for government contracts and educate them on the opportunities, requirements and process of becoming successful government contractors.

Small Business Technology Development Center Tech Team (SBTDC): business counselors provide early stage technology companies no-cost business consulting, including: technology roadmapping, strategic planning assistance, business introductions, investor pitch coaching, business plan review, and SBIR/STTR application review.

Southwest Michigan Innovation Center: an incubator for emerging life science companies, providing: wet lab and office space, safe lab practices training, and business counseling support

Tech Transfer Talent Network: connects successful private sector business people to be mentors, technical experts, or management team members with budding companies coming out of universities to provide advice and guidance through the commercialization process.

Technology Innovation Center (TIC): business acceleratorthat is co-located with MSU Technologies and MSU Business CONNECT, providing business consulting assistance, andThe Hatch incubator for student-run companies.

TechTown: business incubator offering a variety of support services including: office space, lab space, training, and business consulting support.

The Starting Block: incubator focused on food based companies, providing kitchen space, meat and other food processing, and business consulting.

Venture Upstart Program: administered by the Michigan Venture Capital Association to provide opportunities to develop talent in the state, including CEO attraction, Entrepreneur in Residence, Venture Fellows program.

University Collaborators

  • University of Michigan -  Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Tech
  • University of Michigan