MBIA Newsletter, Fall 2022

Upcoming Events

The November 7th MBIA Member Meeting will explore the the topic of "Using Podcasts to Improve Marketing Efforts." Our guest speaker will be Richard Piet of LiveMic Communications.Click HERE to register for the free webinar. Please invite anyone you'd like--it is free to the public.

The 2022 Great Lakes International Innovation (GLIn2) Summit will take place on October 2-4 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) serves as this year’s host for the annual, multi-day event, which offers educational and networking opportunities for entrepreneurial support professionals.The conference fee is $150 per person. More information on the agenda and the hotel accommodations will be posted to the website soon.

Member News

Tamara Davis has taken over management of the WMU Starting Gate program. Former Starting Gate director Laurel Ofstein has left WMU for a position at Michigan State University's Broad School of Business. Congratulations, Laurel, and welcome, Tamara.

The WMed Innovation Center is proud to announce that client company Vestaron has raised an $82M in a Series C venture round. Read the press release HERE. In addition, client company IONTOX has successfully been acquired by LifeNet Health. IONTOX will remain in the Innovation Center while the management team develops a new facility in the Kalamazoo area.

Velocity Innovation Center is pleased to announce that Rachele Downs has joined the team as Entrepreneur in Residence, “EIR”. Downs will be available to meet 1:1 with aspiring, growing, and mature business owners to support their access to local and statewide entrepreneurial programs, resources, and access to capital. Starting June 9th, 2022 Downs will be available to meet via Zoom, or in person at Velocity Innovation Center on Thursdays between 1-4pm, or Fridays by appointment. Macomb County business owners and residents can book up to three 45-minute EIR coaching/support sessions at no charge via EIR Meeting Schedule.

Across the Country

InBIA’s 2022 Entrepreneur Support Organization of the Year, Specialty and Prestigious Awards were announced at the ICBI36 conference in Atlanta at the end of June. These awards celebrate the achievements of innovative entrepreneur support organizations around the world. Head more HERE.

MBIA Member Verizon is working to accelerate growth in the financial services space, Verizon Business has joined Charlotte, NC-based Truist to support the launch of their new Innovation and Technology Center (ITC). The 100,000-square-foot facility features separate workspaces, a collaboration center, customer research labs, a variety of open and enclosed meeting rooms, and areas to “recharge and rejuvenate”—complete with gaming and lounge furniture.Read more about this story HERE.

Board Updates

The board of directors has taken on some strategic activities this year to boost new member enrollment and to enhance existing member satisfaction. The first major initiative will start this fall with a website refresh. We will work with our existing IT provider, Vieth, to redesign the MBIA website and make it more user-friendly and useful. Stay tuned for more details as the project progresses.

Welcome, New Members

We have had three new members join MBIA in the past few months;

Joe Thiel from the Innovate Marquette SmartZone joined in May. Innovate Marquette offers valuable and accessible resources to innovators, entrepreneurs, and business owners in the Marquette area. We support technology-based innovations, new business ventures, new job creation and existing business expansion by leveraging our local and state-wide network to bring funding, workforce talent and a collaborative mindset to the Marquette ecosystem and beyond…

Also joining in May was Kanchan Wankhede from The Underground in Port Huron. The Underground is a designated SmartZone operated by the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County. They work with start-ups and small businesses to help them gain the resources and know-how to start and grow their business. Entrepreneurs and Underground clients can take advantage of various support services, events, and incubator and co-working spaces.
Lastly, John Swiatek from Launch 734 joined in July. A program in Monroe County, Michigan, Launch734 is a group of agencies and individuals who want entrepreneurs to succeed. One goal is to connect Monroe County entrepreneurs with a variety of resources available locally, statewide and nationally.

Please make all our new members feel welcome and appreciated.

MBIA Member Meetings in 2023

The MBIA Events and Training Committee is gearing up for an exciting series of member meetings in 2023. They are looking for host members for the following dates: :
  • Monday February 6th, 2023 – Virtual Member Meeting
  • Monday, May 8th, 2023 – Annual Meeting
  • Monday, August 7th, 2023 – Virtual Member Meeting
  • Monday, November 6th, 2023 – Virtual Member Meeting
 Hosting a virtual member meeting entails having a rep from your organization on the Zoom meeting to talk about your program for 5-10 minutes, perhaps even providing a recorded or walk-about tour. The training topics for each meeting are arranged ahead of time, so there is no expectation that the host locate a speaker.

The host for the annual meeting is asked to provide the physical venue for the meeting, ideally a room that can hold up to 50 people. During the annual meeting the host will be able to provide a more in-depth introduction of their building and programs. Again, all content is arranged by the Events and Training Committee, so there is no pressure to locate speakers (unless you want to).

Any MBIA member who wants to host a member meeting should simply send an email to the MBIA general email address, michigan.incubation@gmail.com. In the email indicate the date you prefer.

Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator: Health Equity

Leveraging next-generation technology to break down barriers to quality care.

Applications Open: September 6 - November 11
Cohort Launches: February 2023

The Verizon Forward for Good Accelerator is an ongoing initiative to support start-ups that use leading-edge technology like 5G & MEC to advance early-stage solutions across Big Data, AI, XR, and any other disruptive technologies that have the power to address pressing societal challenges.


What to expect: 

  • $50,000 in non-dilutive funding to help you scale
  • Guidance from Verizon technical experts
  • 16 weeks of workshops with subject matter experts
  • Connections to launch your business forward
  • 1:1 mentorship & professional guidance
  • Showcase to pitch your product to industry leaders


Areas of opportunity include, but are not limited to, the following:

Cybersecurity, Data Capture, Sharing & Analytics, Telemedicine, Streamlined Virtual Care, Medical Transportation, Chronic Disease Management 
& Monitoring, Care Coordination & Collaboration, Population Health Management, Digital Marketplace Enablement, and Health e-Learning / Education

Learn More.
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