GLEQ Presents $219,000 to Michigan Entrepreneurs
GLEQ hosted its Statewide Business Plan Competition Award Ceremony on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the James B. Henry Center on the Michigan State University campus. GLEQ announced over $216,000 in awards and partner organization Michigan Corps over $96,000 in Social Entrepreneurship prizes.
An event highlight was the presentation of the $100,000 SmartZone Award, sponsored by the Michigan SmartZones and funded through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. The award was presented to Plymouth-based BioSavita and received by Nalini Motwani, Ph.D., President and Chief Science Officer.
Other GLEQ Awards included:
Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award Grace Hsai, Warmilu
Coach of the Year John Gills, First Light
Vision to Action Challenge Loch McCabe, Shepherd Advisors
Innovation Awards included:
Advanced Manufacturing Covaron Advanced Materials
Lean Startup Information Technology Lightmob, LLC
Michigan Medical Device Arthroptics
Green Chemistry GANTEC, Inc.
Alternative Energy Inmatech
New Business Idea Awards included:
1st Place DataSpeaks Health Solutions
2nd Place OcuSano, Inc.
3rd Place QTEK, LLC
Emerging Company Awards included:
1st Place ENT Biotech Solutions, LLC
2nd Place Inmatech
3rd Place - Ornicept
GLEQ announces Fall Business Plan Competition Dates
Entrepreneurs will again have the opportunity to participate in the Fall and engage with one-on-one coaching and get judges feedback to build a better business. The three tracks for the fall are Emerging Company, New Business Idea and Vision to Action Challenge.
Registration opens: Monday, August 26
Registration closes:: Wednesday, October 30
Documents due:: Monday, December 16
Award announcement:: ACE14, Thursday, January 30
SmartZone Award Frequently Asked Questions
GLEQ will be giving out the next $100,000 SmartZone Award in the Spring 2013 cycle of the GLEQ Business Plan Competition. The award will be presented on June 18, 2013. There are extra steps and there are other qualifications to join the SmartZone Competition.
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Entrepreneur Connect - Thank You Sponsors
Entrepreneur Connect drew over 500 to the James B. Henry Center in Lansing on Tuesday, June 18. Several of the breakout sessions were standing room only. We would sincerely like to thank our event sponsors:
MSU Innovation Center
Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione
MSU Federal Credit Union
MSU Bioeconomy Institute
MSU Broad School Entrepreneurship Institute
Bank of Ann Arbor
GLEQ Teams Celebrating
GLEQ entrepreneurs are going strong. Here are a few exciting updates from across the state. Tell us your good news and well spread the word.
SPARK Bootcamp wrapped up with Message Blocks as it's winning team. Learn more it in the Online WSJ. Go Len!
Michigan Corps Awards $96,000 in Prises at Entrepreneur Connect
Michigan Corps awarded over $96,000 in cash prizes at Entrepreneur Connect on Tuesday, June 18 at the James B. Henry Center in Lansing.
Congratulations to the following:
Spirit of Social Entrepreneurship Award Amy Petersen, Rebel Nell, L3C
Fostering Energy Affordability :
1st Place EcoIntelligent Homes
2nd Place ReSource Fund
The Millennial Social Innovation Prize Patronicity
The Community Ventures Award (MEDC sponsored) Vanguard Property Preservation Enterprise
New Enterprise Idea Awards :
1st Place Java Hope Project
2nd Place Michigan Garment District
3rd Place RNS Packaging
Emerging Organization Awards included:
1st Place Fresh Corner Cafe
2nd Place Digital Inclusion
3rd Place - DIIME