Additional Resources

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The Muskegon Innovation Hub (MAREC): a business innovation center in partnership with Grand Valley State University, that provides coaching, funding, networking and a synergistic work environment to help businesses and entrepreneurs maximize their growth potential.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation  (MEDC): aims to transform the Michigan economy by growing and attracting business, keeping talented residents here, and revitalizing our urban centers.

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 Fund: supports 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.

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.

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

Small Business Development Center (SBDC): 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.

Technology Innovation Center (TIC): business acceleratorthat is co-located with MSU Technologies and MSU Business CONNECT, providing business consulting assistance, and The 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 Fellows and ExeConnect 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.

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