The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation works to facilitate access to capital by connecting entrepreneurs to local partners and investment funds that provide monetary support and funding for growing businesses and innovative ideas. Regardless of what stage the startup is in, CEI and its community partners provide a strong entrepreneurial environment for support. Listed below are partner organizations that CEI directly works with to assist in the fundraising process.
Grand Angels is the only regional investment group that offers mentoring paired with a relatively patient exit strategy, meaning invested funds may not need to be returned as quickly as would be expected by commercial or other investors.
Our priority is to assist local businesses and attract other businesses to the Muskegon area.
Early stage companies often need investments between $250,000 and
$1 million, yet this is too large for friends and family and too small for
venture capital. Existing companies, recovering from the recession, need equity capital as well. This is where we come in.
The type of idea we’re looking for is an idea that could, potentially, become a business. Each week we invest $5,000 in two ideas. One is chosen by Start Garden. The other is the one with the most endorsements from the general public. We want to invest in what you like. Each $5,000 idea has about two months to do something interesting. Then you must return in person to give an update at a public event. Your update informs the Start Garden team if your project is ready for $20,000.