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Michigan Business
Incubator Association

Helping Foster State, Local and Regional Economic
Success Through Business Incubation


Michigan Business Innovation Association is comprised of the state's most innovative business incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, maker spaces, economic development partners, and entrepreneurial support organizations who are focused on innovation, creating jobs and developing Michigan's local economies. The MBIA provides a supportive entrepreneurial environment that stimulates the growth of business to ensure economic vitality and encourage job creation.


The MBIA fosters communication and exchanges ideas among ESOs - Entrepreneurial Support Organizations, their leadership teams, clients, entrepreneurs, new ventures, and other stakeholders. We serve as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, maker spaces to assist entrepreneurs with new business ideas, providing a basis for mutually supportive group efforts that promote the public image of ESOs and their economic impact.


MBIA recognizes the incubation industry's involvement in transforming the Michigan economy, and hopes to bring together incubators, entrepreneurs and economic developers to engage with a dynamic network of organizations and individuals committed to forwarding the Michigan economy.


2017 Great Lakes Summit September 26-28

MBIA, along with the GLIn2 Planning Committee, is hosting the 2nd Great Lakes International Innovation Summit September 26-28, 2017

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Michigan State selects startups for incubator program

Michigan State University's Conquer Accelerator has selected a new group of startups for the school's second Innovation Celebration, according to an MSU news release.

Hosted by Spartan Innovations, which is an incubator for startup companies funded by the MSU Foundation, the program aims to help entrepreneurs plan for growth and overcome business hurdles.

Five Michigan-based startup teams have been selected for the cohort. Each will receive $20,000 in funding and participate in a 10-week program that includes mentorship, a creative working space, support and resources.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

CMURC to open 3rd location in Saginaw's SVRC Marketplace


Central Michigan University Research Corporation announces expansion in Saginaw Business incubator and accelerator will open its third location in the SVRC Marketplace

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., Apr. 20, 2017 – What was once filled with the buzz of local information and updates soon will be humming with a different type of news: new product ideas and businesses. Today, Central Michigan University Research Corporation announced it will open its third location inside the SVRC Marketplace — the iconic former home of The Saginaw News — next year.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Release of MichiganVCA Annual Research Report

Strong Michigan venture firms are a critical factor in the success of Michigan startups. With Michigan venture investors backing nearly every Michigan venture-funded startup, the health of our state’s entrepreneurial economy hinges on our ability to provide capital to our high-growth, high-potential companies.

Key Findings:

- There were 141 active venture-backed startups in Michigan in 2016, which is a 48% increase in the last five years.

- 54 startups in Michigan received more than $222 million from Michigan venture capital firms in 2016, a 42% increase from the previous five years.

- Every $1 invested in a Michigan startup by a Michigan venture capital firm attracts $4.61 of investment from outside of Michigan.

- There are 33 venture firms headquartered or with an office in Michigan.

- Total venture capital under management in Michigan in 2016 was $4 billion

- In the last five years, the number of venture capital investment professionals living, working and investing in Michigan has increased by 41%.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

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MBIA 2017

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