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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lawmaker wants to restore angel investment tax credit
A 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.