GRAND RAPIDS — A West Michigan venture initially launched to connect college entrepreneurs across the U.S. with prospective alumni investors has merged with a U.K.-based crowdfunding platform for the education sector.

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BENTON HARBOR — Whirlpool Corp. may have operated with a $579 million research and development budget last year, but the global appliance maker decided to tap into crowdfunding when it came time to launch a new product. 

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GRAND RAPIDS — A new crowdfunding platform aims to connect student entrepreneurs at colleges and universities with people willing to invest money and time in their ideas.

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