September Newsletter

Make an Empact

As you may know, Empact is dedicated to celebrating the impact of entrepreneurs and exposing individuals to entrepreneurship as a viable career path and, just as importantly, as a style of leadership needed to be successful in today’s economy. You may have heard of our Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour or Empact Connect programs (where we've held over 500 events across the country, bringing leaders & innovators to share their inspiring stories) or the Empact Showcase where we honor successful young entrepreneurs at the White House and United Nations.


What our programs do especially well is infuse serious energy into the people who experience them. We have a great track record of getting attention for the programs and resources on campus -- both among stakeholders like partners & funders and in getting more students and community members to take advantage of the resources you make available to them.

WANTED: Committee Volunteers

 Have you been itching to get involved with the Michigan Business Incubator Association?  If so, here is your chance!  The Membership Committee, chaired by MBIA vice-president Sandra Cochrane, is seeking 2-3 general members to round out the board of directors representation.  If you’d like a say in how membership matters are managed, this is your chance to get involved.  The committee meets once a month for an hour by telephone, so the time commitment is not too great.  If you are interested in serving a one-year term on the committee, please let Sandra know by emailing her at

Crowdfunding at SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK and Mid Michigan Innovation Center Sponsor the FIRST EVER Crowdfunding Weekend in MICHIGAN!
Crowdfunding via the web is turning the old business model on its head! MMIC invites you to join us for this intensive three-day Crowd Camp to bring your best idea to the crowd. With professional guidance from RocketHub, MMIC and SPARK, you'll leave with an expert-reviewed campaign ready to launch your own crowdfunded project
Camp Highlights

  • RocketHub's co-founders Brian Meece, CEO, and Alon Hillel-Tuch, CFO, outline the exciting possibilities of crowdfunding
  • Learn to build a campaign with perks that funders want, how to build your crowd and what to expect after you are funded
  • Present your winning new campaign and get inspired by what other campers have created

Friday, October 11 - Sunday, October 13th             

For more information call MMIC Marketing & Events: 989-839-2334 
There are still a few spots open, register NOW!

Now Open - New Downtown Co-Work Space 

After many months working to get things ready, our new cowork space is officially open downtown on the second floor of the Ermisch Travel building. At Inge’s Place: the Space for Innovation we provide access to a professional environment including innovative workspace, internet, utilities, conference room, and more. Join a community of creative, inspiring, hardworking, and passionate people who redefine doing work, providing services, building products, and making things happen.
We’ve got different types of memberships available for entrepreneurs and innovators with varying needs.
  • Mailbox Membership - $30/month
  • Cafe Membership- $75/month
  • Workstation Membership - $145/month
  • Enterprise Membership - Starting at $1000/year
For more details on what our members get by with each of these options, check out the website.
If you know you need space and to become a member, fill out our membership form to get started.

Get Active With ACTiVATE

ACTiVATE® is a 10-month, substantive entrepreneurial education program taught by experienced entrepreneurs and venture capital professionals.  The program provides women with the tools and resources, including access to subject matter experts, mentors, potential funders and sponsors, to help them create viable, growing companies.  ACTiVATE® 2013-2014 will begin on September 16th in Southeast Michigan and September 17th in Grand Rapids.   
The program is for women who:
• Think they might like to start a tech business, and/or
• Have technology to transfer, and/or
• Already have a business but want to accelerate its growth, and/or
• Have business experience and have a desire to become entrepreneurial

Even though applications have closed, we wanted to inform our members about this amazing program. 

Want To Get Your Business In Shape?

Ann Arbor SPARK is proud to present its Fall 2013 Entrepreneur Boot Camp. There are four available dates, September 18th, October 16th & 17th, and October 20th. 
Whether you are an early stage company, a management team or provide technology-driven products/services, boot camp is the place to be this fall. Participants will be guided by "drill-instructors" who help you with your every need. Boot Camp provides the necessary networking and connections for a successful future.
The program includes workshops, presentations, coaching and much more. This boot camp is sure to leave you in the best shape possible.
The first date is approaching fast, be sure to register soon!

Visit here for more information. 

Blackstone Foundation Offers Grants for New Business Enablers

Nonprofit organizations that “provide early-stage entrepreneurs with the targeted resources they need to succeed and grow” are eligible for grants supported by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation under its Organizational Grants Program. The foundation will award a total of $1 million to new applicants and $500,000 to previous grant recipients. Historically, the grants have averaged more than $100,000 each.
The request for proposals, containing full requirements, may be downloaded here. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 4.

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