Fall Newsletter 2021

Across the Country

Congratulations to MBIA's own Bonnie Dawdy, the newest member of the InBIA team. In July 2021 she became the Grants Program Manager responsible for the successful execution of InBIA’s grant-funded programs resulting in the successful implementation, compliance, and reporting for current and future grant-funded programs. Way to go, Bonnie! https://inbia.org/team/

GLIn2 Summit in October

Registration is now open for the Great Lakes International Innovation Summit taking place in Toledo, Ohio on October 20-22. Because MBIA is a sponsor, all MBIA members are entitled to a 25% discount to the event. When registering, enter the promo code MBIA2021 to receive a price of $149.

To register, go to https://www.glin2.com/ and click on "PURCHASE TICKETS." That will open a new window. Click the green bar that says "Tickets." The next page that opens will ask you to enter the promo code at the top, then click "apply." Your discount will appear and you can proceed with registration.

While you're on the GLIn2 website, consider making your hotel reservation, too. There is a block of rooms being held at the event venue, the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. For more information on the venue hotel, go to https://www.glin2.com/conference-venue.

I do hope you'll consider attending. It will be so good to see peers from across the Midwest at a live, in-person event. Check out the agenda online--there are some wonderful topics and fun receptions in store.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the GLIn2 Summit, check out the sponsorship opportunities.

2022 Virtual Member Meetings

The last virtual member meeting of 2021 will take place on November 8th at 2:00 PM. The host is Ann Arbor SPARK. Register for this free Zoom event at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYofumtqTkuHdaHAr8HeukpaFkpeO4xofwD.

If your organization would like to host one of the 2022 virtual member meetings, simply email us at michigan.incubation@gmail.com. The available dates are February 14, August 8, and November 7.


The MBIA Annual Member Meeting and Workshops in 2022 will take place on May 16. The location is yet to be determined, but please mark the date on your calendar now to join us. The full-day, in-person event will contain lots of networking, best practices, and roundtable conversation.

Member News

Lakeshore Innovator of the Year 2021

The creator of an online network for women veterans to connect and lower the rate of military suicide won the 2021 Lakeshore Innovator of the Year Award, presented by Grand Valley's Muskegon Innovation Hub. Zaneta Adams, president and founder of WINC: For All Women Veterans, was named the winner from five finalists during a ceremony July 29 at The Hub.

Zaneta Adams holding award.

MTEC SmartZone Has a New CEO
The MTEC SmartZone Board of Directors has announced the appointment of David Rowe as Chief Executive Officer effective August 1, 2021.Mr. Rowe is a multi-disciplinary professional with an extensive background in business and product development, management, finance and market research. He has a long and successful track record of developing community relationships and strategic partnerships. Read the full press release here.

Take the Entrepreneurial Leap! with Gino Wickman
September 23rd @ 12pm via Webinar
Lakeshore Advantage is offering a free webinar this fall. The Entrepreneurial Leap! is designed to help entrepreneurs understand their genetic makeup and give them a clear, simple path to fully realize their potential. Gino Wickman, founder of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) and author of Entrepreneurial Leap, will share what he has learned through working with thousands of successful entrepreneurs in this one-hour webinar. https://www.lakeshoreadvantage.com/surge/event/take-the-entrepreneurial-leap!

Verizon launches Robotics Business Technology
Verizon recently announced the formation of Robotics Business Technology to expand enterprise solutions for aerial (drones) and ground robotics. Robotics Business Technology includes Skyward, Verizon’s drone management company, incubed IT, a leading developer of software for autonomous mobile robots recently acquired by Verizon, and a team focused on automating command and control of robots on Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.
As a part of New Business Incubation at Verizon, this new business unit will focus on creating integrated solutions that incorporate Verizon’s 5G and mobile edge compute (MEC) capabilities to help enterprise customers efficiently deploy, manage and scale mixed fleets of aerial and ground robotics.

Boundless Women Confab

You're invited to a celebration of female entrepreneurship in Kalamazoo on November 3, 2021. The Boundless Women Confab is provided by the WMed Innovation Center with support from the Small Business Administration. More information at https://med.wmich.edu/node/456?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D141180809
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