Rick DeVos http://michiganradio.org en Rick DeVos on 'Start Garden': Is it working? http://michiganradio.org/post/rick-devos-start-garden-it-working <p></p><p>Whenever there's a conversation about looking for ways to generate ideas, business buzz and jobs, that conversation includes Grand Rapids.</p><p>Yesterday on Stateside, we noted that Grand Rapids was number four on a <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/04/22/the-10-best-cities-for-finding-employment-right-now/">Forbes Magazine list</a> of Best Cities in America to find a job.</p><p>In April 2012, Grand Rapids was in the news when ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos launched an "idea incubator" called Start Garden. The $15 million seed accelerator fund based in Grand Rapids was created to help launch more than 100 new business ideas each year.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:05:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 12295 at http://michiganradio.org Rick DeVos on 'Start Garden': Is it working? DeVos investment fund puts $2.3 million into more than 100 ideas http://michiganradio.org/post/devos-investment-fund-puts-23-million-more-100-ideas <p>A venture capital fund backed by the DeVos family has invested $2.3 million dollars in start-up companies in the past year. The money went to 106 different ideas or projects.</p><p>The fund is called Start Garden. It was <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/start-garden-use-15-million-grow-ideas-businesses">created nearly a year ago</a> by Amway co-founder Richard DeVos’ grandson <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/5000-good-ideas-grand-rapids">Rick DeVos, who’s also an entrepreneur </a>(and founder of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/artprize">ArtPrize</a>). He gave an update on the fund this morning.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:44:53 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12199 at http://michiganradio.org DeVos investment fund puts $2.3 million into more than 100 ideas ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos announces top ten for 2012 contest http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-founder-rick-devos-announces-top-ten-2012-contest <p>Voters in ArtPrize have narrowed more than 1,500 works of art down to the top ten. One of the top ten artists will take home the $200,000 top prize later this week.</p><p>This year more than 40,000 people voted (more than 400,000 votes in total so far) for their favorites. Thousands gathered Sunday afternoon to hear ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos list off the ten works of art that got the most votes.</p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:50:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9303 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos announces top ten for 2012 contest Stateside: Rick DeVos talks about ArtPrize http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-rick-devos-talks-about-artprize <p>ArtPrize 2012 has opened in Grand Rapids.</p><p>It's the fourth time round for the huge art exhibition and contest. This year, more than 1,500 artists are competing for $560,000 in prize money. And it's all there--from art that inspires to art that could outrage--and it does get folks talking.</p><p>Cyndy spoke with ArtPrize founder Rick DeVos.</p><p>She wanted to know how ArtPrize differs from shows like the Ann Arbor Art Fairs?</p><p>The main difference, he said, was that it’s not specifically a marketplace.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:42:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 9174 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Rick DeVos talks about ArtPrize "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 ArtPrize 2011 winners; thrilled, controversial, bittersweet http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-2011-winners-thrilled-controversial-bittersweet <p>(This article was altered to fix two grammatical errors.)</p><p>More than 1,500 artists from across the United States and 39 other countries competed in ArtPrize this year. More than 382,000 votes were cast by those who visited the event in Grand Rapids. Organizers estimate around 500,000 people came to the event, which runs through Sunday.</p><p><strong>The winner &ndash; &ldquo;Crucifixion&rdquo; Mia Tavonatti</strong></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 07:30:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4483 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize 2011 winners; thrilled, controversial, bittersweet $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