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Beyond angel funds and venture capital, entrepreneurs behind startup companies today have an assortment of business plan and pitch competitions to test their ideas and win funding.

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

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HOLLAND — A $555,000 investment gives a Holland-based sports-related mobile application developer the seed capital it needs to pursue additional clients and grow the business.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Early-stage venture capital firm Start Garden LLC and Emerge West Michigan, a public-private partnership focused on services for entrepreneurs in 13 counties, are exploring a merger, MiBiz has learned.

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5x5 Night returns this week, offering $5,000 each month to anyone with a great idea. The monthly pitch competition, which is set for a 10-month run, follows the same format created by founder Rick DeVos. Anyone can submit an idea to the 5x5 Night website. A public vote determines the five ideas for a five-minute pitch each month to a five-judge panel that selects the winner of the $5,000. The difference this time is that 5x5 Night — scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 23 at the Start Garden office — is now run by Emerge West Michigan, a web portal launched last fall that serves as a clearinghouse for services to support entrepreneurs and startup companies. 5x5 Night is the latest program for Emerge West Michigan, which will soon add a mentorship initiative. MiBiz spoke with Emerge Director Laurie Supinski about why the nonprofit organization decided to take over and resurrect 5x5 Night.

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Sunday, 01 March 2015 22:00

Reporter's Notebook: New Math

Rick DeVos formed Start Garden and its predecessors, 5x5 Night and Momentum, to change the entrepreneurial and investment culture in West Michigan.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015 10:04

Start Garden revives 5x5 Night concept

Start Garden plans to resurrect 5x5 Night, the precursor to the $15 million venture fund that invested $5,000 weekly to individuals with ideas that had the potential to become a business.

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