New businesses are helping push Michigan’s economic recovery into a future that’s as bright and beautiful as a #puremichigan sunrise.
But in order for new businesses to get their feet off the ground, they need access to the right tools and resources to get started.
Helping small businesses network and grow, the following are 10 Michigan Incubators helping Local Startups:
1. TechTown – Located in Midtown, TechTown partnered with Wayne State University to help Detroit startups and entrepreneurs grow in Southeastern Michigan. TechTown offers small businesses workspace and work resources, as well as access to talent and funding networks.
2. Ann Arbor Spark – Whether your small business needs to meet the right people, apply for startup grants, or receive business consulting, Ann Arbor’s Spark business accelerator program can help.
3. Automation Alley – Having invested in 33 local tech startups in Southeastern Michigan, Automation Alley offers seed funding, entrepreneurial resources, and business mentoring to help get your business going. Check out their impressive list of local startups.
4. Green Garage – Recently recognized by the New York Times, the Green Garage is a symbol of urban revitalization in Detroit. Offering low-cost community work spaces in an eco-friendly, sustainable environment, this business incubator focuses on building a startup community that grows more organically rather than pushing for business acceleration.
5. The Hatch – Michigan State University along with the MSU Entrepreneurship Network, the City of East Lansing, and LEAP, came together to form this awesome program. Located right on campus, the Hatch offers a creative co-working environment. Local entrepreneurs can help one another and learn how to get their business started.
6. Start Garden – This 12 week program is focused on the lean startup method. Michigan businesses who participate receive $20,000 in seed capital, the chance to work with 18 mentors, and a great place to work . Think of it as a chance to participate in a startup bootcamp.
7. TechArb – TechArb is a startup community for University of Michigan students. Offering workspace, mentoring, and the opportunity to apply for grants, TechArb has quite the growing portfolio of tech businesses started in Michigan.
8. Tech Brewery – What else do you need besides good beer and great company? How about a cool place to work surrounded by other tech startups and entrepreneurs? Their workspaces start as low as $50-200 a month.
9. Bizdom – A nonprofit requiring businesses to headquarter their company in Detroit, this business incubator offers seed funding, mentoring, and the opportunity to receive future funding opportunities. Plus you get to work in their very cool, collaborative space, located in the newly remolded Madison building.
10. Compuware Ventures – Have you been the Compuware building downtown yet? Inside you’ll find Compuware, Quicken Loans, and Compuware Ventures. Compuware Ventures invests in local startup companies offering work space, funding, and business mentoring, as well as the help to create the technology you need for your startup.
Starting a company isn’t the easiest path, but any new Michigan startup can benefit greatly by opening up your network to new resources.
Then, you’re only quite a few #puremichigan sunsets away from getting your business from startup to success. With the Detroit grit Michigan is famous for, we won’t be surprised as we watch many of these companies flourish.
Has your startup or small business been through any of these programs? eDetroit recently moved into the Green Garage. Let’s hear your story.