5x5 http://michiganradio.org en "Start Garden" to use $15 million to grow ideas into businesses http://michiganradio.org/post/start-garden-use-15-million-grow-ideas-businesses <p>A Grand Rapids entrepreneur is launching a $15 million venture capital fund to turn people&rsquo;s ideas into successful businesses.</p><p>The DeVos family is backing the fund, called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.startgarden.com/">Start Garden</a>. Richard DeVos started Amway, now the world&rsquo;s largest direct selling company.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:59:12 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7217 at http://michiganradio.org "Start Garden" to use $15 million to grow ideas into businesses Which contender deserves the “Grandwich” title? http://michiganradio.org/post/which-contender-deserves-%E2%80%9Cgrandwich%E2%80%9D-title <p>48 restaurants in Grand Rapids are competing to be the home of the first-ever &ldquo;<a href="http://downtowngr.org/grandwich/home">Grandwich</a>&rdquo;. The idea for the sandwich competition came out of a competition for the best ideas.</p><p>Nicole Infante wanted Grand Rapids to have a signature sandwich &ndash; like the Philly cheese steak sandwich. The idea got a lot of traction but the judges at the idea competition didn&rsquo;t award her any money. The next day promoters of the downtown area offered to help make her idea reality.</p> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3345 at http://michiganradio.org Which contender deserves the “Grandwich” title? $5,000 for good ideas in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/5000-good-ideas-grand-rapids <p>Tonight two Michigan entrepreneurs will <a href="http://www.5x5night.com/">give away $5,000 in a competition</a> devoted to creating buzz around good ideas. Rick DeVos and Bill Holsinger-Robinson are trying to help make the best ideas a reality.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-960213.mp3</p><p>On the last Tuesday of each month, <a href="http://pomstudios.tumblr.com/">Pomegranate Studios</a> (a business incubator DeVos and Holsinger-Robinson founded in Grand Rapids two years ago) offers 5 people 5 minutes to pitch their idea for a business, an organization, art project, anything really.</p><p>A panel of 5 judges then awards up to five thousand dollars to those with the best ideas.</p><p>Bill Holsinger-Robinson says they want to give people a platform for their ideas to grow.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The event is really less about the grant making and is more about people sharing ideas and then getting people to act on those ideas within a community.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Ba_CRlVi8</p><p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1823 at http://michiganradio.org $5,000 for good ideas in Grand Rapids Unemployed chef awarded $2,000 to start “underground supper club” http://michiganradio.org/post/unemployed-chef-awarded-2000-start-%E2%80%9Cunderground-supper-club%E2%80%9D <p>Grand Rapids chef&nbsp; Brian Gerrity with an idea for an underground supper club called <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fire-Knife/124132097638735?sk=wall">&ldquo;Fire &amp; Knife&rdquo;</a> got $2,000 towards that goal.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a mercenary chef right now, chef for hire. It&rsquo;s a fancy way of saying I&rsquo;m unemployed.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>He wants to offer a temporary venue where chefs don&rsquo;t have to worry about normal constraints like food costs holding back their creativity.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 04:09:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1384 at http://michiganradio.org Unemployed chef awarded $2,000 to start “underground supper club” New event offering $5,000 a month to put good ideas to work http://michiganradio.org/post/new-event-offering-5000-month-put-good-ideas-work <p>Entrepreneurs will get a unique opportunity to get their business idea off the ground in Grand Rapids. During <a href="http://5x5night.com/blog/">“5x5”</a> 5 people will have 5 minutes to present their ideas on anything from art to education to business. 5 judges will decide which of the ideas should be awarded up to $5,000.</p> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:39:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1082 at http://michiganradio.org New event offering $5,000 a month to put good ideas to work