August 2012

Incubation In the News

Campus Incubators Are on the Rise as Colleges Encourage Student Start-ups NY Times

Scientists go through three-day business 'boot camp' at University of Michigan


Inner Cities Evolving into Entrepreneurial Hotbeds SmartPlanet


African Incubator MEST is Hoping to Ignite the Continent's Tech Scene Business Insider

New Staff Member!

Sarah Olson has recently joined the Operations Team here at MBIA. A student at the University of Michigan, she is joining a highly dedicated group of people and we wish her the best of luck!

Know an Incubator? Let Us Know!

We are expanding membership this year! If you come in contact with any incubators, incubator programs, business accelerators or any organization involved in the Michigan incubation industry, (who are not already MBIA members), let us know!

Send an e-mail to

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business competition designed to bring together later stage entrepreneurial companies with local, national and international investors.

It showcases the best and brightest new business concepts to investment capital to help foster their growth within Michigan. Targeting entrepreneurs with mid-to-late seed entrepreneurial businesses, the competition has an immediate and positive impact on Michigan’s economy.

In 2011, sixty one venture capitalists from forty five firms judged the competition – providing a great network across the country as well as constructive feedback to help the participating companies in their persistent drive for excellence. New features this year include investor speed dating and a high tech job fair.


Applications for students due September 27th, 2012

Applications for companies due August 15th, 2012


For more information visit or e-mail with questions

SPARK Boot Camp

Ann Arbor SPARK's biannual Entrepreneur Boot Camp is a two-day intensive program that teaches how to identify critical issues in business plans and is an instructive way to gain critical feedback and advice about business models, managment teams, competitive positioning, market strategies, and other key elements that determine if a start-up will succeed or fail.

Kick Off - September 12th

Boot Camp - September 27th & 28th

Celebration - October 18th


For more information visit

GLEQ Business Plan Competition

The Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest is opening their statewide Business Plan Competition on Monday, August 27th.

Sign up and be matched with a coach, meet investors, get feedback on your plan, and possibly win cash prizes.


New This Fall- Exclusive “How To” Workshops for GLEQ Participants:         

Implementing a Crowdfunding Strategy
Creating an Impactful Video Presentation
Developing Your Business Model Canvas


For more information visit

NBIA Training Institute

The National Business Incubator Association's 22nd Training Institute is scheduled for October 1-3 in Milwaukee. It is an opportunity to attend training crafted specifically for business incubation professionals by industry peers. The speakers include incubator managers, consultants, NBIA staff, and economic development professionals.

For more information and to register visit

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