The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation prides itself on its relationship with organizations that offer support for the entrepreneurial community in West Michigan. The services provided by our partner organizations range from consulting and market research to incubation space and funding. We encourage you to reach out, learn more, and take advantage of the resources available to you.
LINC is a community development corporation that provides services to Kent County, and is involved in a host of projects and services that reach families, houses, businesses and neighborhoods at large. LINC’s mission is revitalizing neighborhoods through authentic engagement, stimulating economic development, expanding housing opportunities, creating affordable housing, and developing leadership and capacity of residents and grass-roots organizations."
MAREC is an economic development initiative of the City of Muskegon, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Grand Valley State University. MAREC provides renewable energy testing facilities to companies and universities across the state.
The SBDC provides a full range of services to growing businesses that includes strategic needs assessment market analysis, ongoing strategy development, financial analysis and access to capital.
GROW offers entrepreneurial training, counseling, and networking opportunities provide you with the tools you need to start, run, sustain, and expand your business.
GR Current supports the creation of real solutions for high-growth industries such as health and life science, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, agricultural processing, and defense by providing state-of-the-art wet labs and office incubator space; Laboratory Access; funding, and mentoring
At first glance, emerge is a regional web portal – a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs to access resources that will help them grow and succeed in West Michigan. The portal is a tool to search for the specific type of help you need to launch your business or grow your company. The "soul" of emerge is its growing network of partner organizations. They are committed to guiding you in the right direction and will link you with other vital resources to help ensure long-term success. Emerge is here to guide you to success!
The Center for Leadership offers practical, effective, and flexible programs that build leadership and teamwork and prepare organizations in West Michigan for success in the global economy. We’re affiliated with and located at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.
The Goei Center provides a modern facility, focusing on women and minorities, and a networking platform for small businesses to be successful. The Goei Center and the I.C.E.E. aims to help create new jobs and grow the local economy by acting as a communal hub for businesses, networking and innovation.
The Family Business Alliance is a unique cross-sector cooperation that draws the best from local and national research, expertise, and practice for the benefit of the West Michigan family-owned business community.
The creation of the Family Owned Business Institute at Grand Valley State University is borne out of the collective belief that family businesses ( large and small ) are the cornerstone of a community's prosperity and a vital ingredient in its quality of life.
Indiegogo empowers people to activate the global community to make ideas happen. Then, we help you spread the word.
Start Garden is turning Michigan into an ecosystem where a thousand ideas can get started. Start Garden is a Grand Rapids based seed venture firm that invests financial, intellectual and social capital into very early stage ideas & startups.
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.
We’re a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, 7.2 million people have pledged $1 billion, funding 71,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.
Sprout Lab is a resource for innovators working in the Agriculture or Natural Resource sectors in Michigan. We assist entrepreneurially-oriented people of any age and background.
Assisting Veterans, Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Members in the formation and expansion of their businesses.
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