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Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:15

Initiative drives diversity for Grand Rapids tech community

GRAND RAPIDS — Despite the many accolades for West Michigan’s economy in recent years, prosperity hasn’t necessarily reached all people in the broader community to the same extent.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 March 2017 16:15

As Betsy DeVos takes cabinet post, family to continue community engagement

GRAND RAPIDS — Betsy DeVos’ new role as U.S. Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump will require her to step away from some of her vast business interests to comply with federal ethics laws.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 19 February 2017 13:30

New program to help Latinos start businesses in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Citing concerns over widespread inequality, economic development stakeholders want to improve their outreach to the growing Latino population in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:36

Start Garden adds execs to reach out to ‘marginalized’ groups

GRAND RAPIDS — By hiring two economic development professionals who work with the minority community, Start Garden LLC looks to broaden its outreach to more entrepreneurs.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:07

New Lansing seed capital fund to invest in startups

LANSING — A group of Lansing-area investors wants to provide seed capital to one new company annually that’s just getting off the ground.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:35

Investors offer tips for startups seeking capital

The first time Jason Mejeur pitched to a prospective venture capital investor, armed with his “crappy” PowerPoint presentation to explain his concept, he failed to secure any money.

Published in Finance


Sunday, 25 December 2016 16:47

Diversity, uncertainty top of mind for West Michigan small biz executives

From craft distilling to artisan food to retailing to niche publishing firms, West Michigan’s small business executives are genuinely upbeat as they look to 2017. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:34

RespondWell marks Michigan Accelerator Fund’s first exit

GRAND RAPIDS — The sale of RespondWell LLC last summer for an undisclosed sum was the first exit recorded by venture capital firm Michigan Accelerator Fund.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 13 November 2016 13:20

Sale to Zimmer Biomet positions RespondWell for growth

GRAND RAPIDS — After closing last spring on a $2 million venture capital investment, Ted Spooner began seeking another $8 million for his company, RespondWell LLC, a Grand Rapids-based telehealth provider.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 18 September 2016 13:42

Blue Medora raises nearly $7.5M amid ‘tough’ climate

GRAND RAPIDS — Software development firm Blue Medora LLC raised nearly $7.5 million in capital in what one expert calls a “tough” but “good” environment for companies seeking investors.

Published in Finance
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 10:07

Start Garden creates new VC arm Wakestream Ventures

Coming off its merger with eMerge West Michigan earlier this year, Grand Rapids-based Start Garden LLC  has spun off its venture capital arm into a new entity.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 24 June 2016 11:07

Varnum offers another $1 million in legal services to Michigan startups

Grand Rapids law firm Varnum LLP has pledged another $1 million in free legal services to startups in Michigan.

Published in Breaking News


Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:19

Lawmaker wants to restore angel investment tax credit

state lawmaker wants to restore an angel investment tax credit in Michigan as a way to create a larger pool of prospective investors in startup companies.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:25

Start Garden execs aim to accelerate ‘virtuous cycle’ for area startups

The build-out of West Michigan’s nascent startup and entrepreneurial support network will be a marathon, not a sprint. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 01 May 2016 12:48

GVSU considers new ways to foster entrepreneurial growth

GRAND RAPIDS — The formation of a new support system to foster entrepreneurship in West Michigan severs what had been a direct link between higher education and the venture capital community. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 20 March 2016 17:08

Startup uses gaming tech for virtual health care

GRAND RAPIDS — Backed by a recent $2 million capital raise, a startup Grand Rapids-based digital health company plans to expand its sales force and further develop its software that allows patients to receive virtual care at home. 

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 06 March 2016 22:00

Holland-area biotech firm raises $1M ahead of preclinical trials

PORT SHELDON — A biotech startup will use $1 million in capital to pay for preclinical trials on an innovation it has developed for use in orthopedic surgeries.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 06 March 2016 22:00

GVSU to stop operating Grand Rapids SmartZone on March 31

GRAND RAPIDS — A key economic development program aimed at bolstering entrepreneurial activity in the Grand Rapids area will have a new administrator at the start of April.

Published in Health Care

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