MBIA Newsletter, Spring 2023

MBIA Board Election

It will be time to vote for the MBIA board of directors in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye out for an email regarding the election. Make your voice heard, and vote when it is time.

2023 Member Meetings

The MBIA Events and Training Committee is looking for presentation topics and host members for August 7th and November 6th.

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 can send an email to the MBIA general email address, michigan.incubation@gmail.com. In the email indicate the date you prefer.

Similarly, if you'd like to suggest a topic and speaker for a member meeting, we'd love to hear about it. Simply send the topic, the name of the presenter, and contact information for the presenter to michigan.incubation@gmail.com.


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InBIA ICBI37 in Detroit

 MBIA is pleased to extend an exclusive offer to attend InBIA’s 37th annual International Conference of Business Incubation (ICBI37), April 23-26 in Detroit, Michigan. ICBI37 will be one the largest gatherings of entrepreneur support and entrepreneurship ecosystem building practitioners and promises to deliver many benefits, to include:

  • Access to best practices to help startups launch, scale and thrive
  • Insights from the latest trends in entrepreneur support 
  • New relationships with global leaders dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs

You can learn more about ICBI37 here. To receive a 10% discount on your ICBI37 registration, use code MBIA10.

MBIA Annual Member Meeting

MBIA will hold its annual member meeting as a networking event at ICBI37 on Tuesday, April 25th from 4:30-5:30 PM. This is a great opportunity for people from Michigan to connect with their peers. We also welcome people from other states or countries who want to network and learn about how a state association operates. Everyone, including non-members and even people who are not attending ICBI37, are invited to participate.

MI-CAN Spring Cohort

Michigan's Catalyst Advantage Network (MI-CAN) is seeking applicants for the Spring 2023 program. MI-CAN is an 8-week entrepreneurial cohort with a $5,000 Pitch Prize. The application deadline for the Spring 2023 cohort is April 14, 2023

Learn more and apply


The program is designed to help traditionally underserved business owners and entrepreneurs prepare their technology for SBIR/STTR funding.It is currently seeking female entrepreneurs, people of color, or people located in rural and underserved locations.
Participants receive one-on-one assistance, tailored coaching, and customized referrals and mentoring.
Training courses include:
  • Entrepreneurial readiness
  • Customer discovery
  • Value proposition and messaging
  • Successfully navigating bias, barriers and bureaucracy
  • Early strategic partnerships
  • Perfecting your pitch
MI-CAN is specifically, for:
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