Fall Newsletter 2020

Across the Country

MBIA member elected to InBIA Board of Directors

Congratulations to MBIA member Amanda Chocko, Director of SURGE at Lakeshore Advantage in Holland, MI, on her election to the Board of Directors of the International Business Innovation Association. Amanda joins fellow MBIA member Paul Riser, Jr. of Detroit TechTown Detroit on he board, as well as former TechTown Detroit leader and MBIA member Leslie Lynn Smith (who is now president and CEO of Epicenter in Memphis, TN).

Amanda says, "With over a decade of experience in incubator/accelerator management, program development and working with startups, I feel I can make a significant contribution to the InBIA.  I am also excited to be on the forefront of business innovation learning from my fellow board members and the many members of the InBIA."

Congratulations, Amanda! We are happy that the voice of Michigan will be heard at the international level. We know you'll be a stelar addition to the InBIA board.

The Post-Pandemic Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO): Creating a Model for the Economic Recovery
by Carol Lauffer

The pandemic and its economic impact will require that your Entrepreneurial Support Organization (ESO) recalibrate. To prepare for the upcoming recovery, your ESO (e.g. accelerator, incubator, coworking space, hub or other type of entrepreneurial support program) must start to plot the path forward.

If you’d like to view the companion webinar and presentation by Carol Lauffer, click here.

Member News

Smart brick inventor wins GVSU Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award.

Pete Hoffswell, the inventor of a "smart brick" temperature sensor that works in the City of Holland's downtown snowmelt system, won the second annual Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award, presented by Grand Valley State University's Muskegon Innovation Hub, at a ceremony on July 30. Read the complete story at https://www.gvsu.edu/gvnext/2020/smart-brick-inventor-wins-gvsu-lakeshore-innovator-of-the-year-award.htm.

Virtual Market Validation Boot Camp

aMDI / MediSurge 3D Webinar

This webinar is FREE, but registration is required. https://amdi3dwebinar091620.eventbrite.com/

Around the State

MSU Foundation and MEDC announce Michigan Rise Pre-Seed Fund III

The fund will align with the MEDC’s key investment areas including advanced automotive and mobility, advanced manufacturing and materials, alternative energy, agricultural processing technology, information technology, homeland security and defense technology, agriculture, life sciences and other innovative technologies Investments will be tranched ranging between $50,000 to $150,000 each – up to $250,000 total – for Michigan-based startup companies. Michigan Rise will invest in high growth and high impact technology startups that have a majority of their employees living in Michigan, with an emphasis on startups aligned with MEDC’s core focus areas.
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