start-ups http://michiganradio.org en Michigan congressman from across the state, political aisle meet for “Startup America Day” http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-across-state-political-aisle-meet-startup-america-day <p>Three Michigan congressmen met with entrepreneurs in Grand Rapids for “Startup America Day” Thursday. It’s a chance for entrepreneurs to tell lawmakers how they can better support startup companies.</p><p>Congressman Gary Peters (D-Detroit) co-chairs the House Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.</p><p>“We’ve got to make sure that we’re creating an environment that entrepreneurs with a good idea have an opportunity to take that idea, capitalize on it and run as long and as hard as they can with it,” Peters said.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:00:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14198 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman from across the state, political aisle meet for “Startup America Day” 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 Silicon Valley entrepreneur says go to Ann Arbor to start your company http://michiganradio.org/post/silicon-valley-entrepreneur-says-go-ann-arbor-start-your-company <p>This photo has been making the rounds on Facebook.</p><p>The photo was pushed out on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AnnArborUSA">Ann Arbor SPARK's Facebook page</a> - a group dedicated to building business expansion in the area.</p><p>Just two years ago, Blank published an article about the venture capital climate in Ann Arbor.</p><p>In a post he wrote in 2011, "<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/one-hand-clapping--entrepreneurship-in-ann-arbor-michigan-2011-4">What's Missing For Entrepreneurs In Ann Arbor, Mich.,</a>" he described the climate as the sound of '<strong>one hand clapping</strong>.'</p><p>He felt there was plenty of talent, but money and a risk-taking culture were missing in the city (below he mentions VCs - 'venture capitalists'). Fri, 08 Mar 2013 17:42:44 +0000 Mark Brush 11601 at http://michiganradio.org Silicon Valley entrepreneur says go to Ann Arbor to start your company Stateside: From 'Mythbusters' to 'TechShop,' a place to innovate in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-mythbusters-techshop-place-innovate-detroit <p>If you want to get fit but don’t have equipment, you get a gym membership.</p><p>But what if you want to create something but don’t have a workshop or the tools to make it happen?</p><p>Well, there’s a place in Detroit called <a href="http://www.techshop.ws/ts_detroit.html">TechShop</a>, and it functions a lot like a gym for carpenters, welders, designers, engineers and the like.</p><p>TechShop is a new facility that recently opened up in Allen Park near Detroit.</p><p>Members pay about $100&nbsp; a month to access hundreds of thousands of dollars in tools and equipment. They can also take any of the 100 or so classes offered every month to teach members how to use the tools. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:52:06 +0000 Emily Fox 10285 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: From 'Mythbusters' to 'TechShop,' a place to innovate in Detroit Ann Arbor startup helps students build professional network http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-startup-helps-students-build-professional-network <p>Founders of a new startup company are trying to help teens create a professional online presence.</p><p>The website Meritful.com launched this week. It's sort of a LinkedIn for students.</p><p>Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are among the top sites where teens connect with friends and talk about their lives. But a lot of teenagers also posting embarrassing stories or pictures that can have some unplanned consequences as they apply for colleges, internships, and jobs.</p><p>Azarias Reda is one of the founders of Meritful. "In this day in age a digital presence is a very important currency, something that you have to protect and build. And high school really is the time to start," he said.</p><p>Listen to full interview above to learn more about the Ann Arbor startup.</p><p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:46:40 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 9189 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor startup helps students build professional network Your Story: Why a serial entrepreneur keeps trying http://michiganradio.org/post/your-story-why-serial-entrepreneur-keeps-trying <p>Brendan Doms has launched more than a dozen ventures. Most of these are tech websites designed to do something new and useful. By his own admission, none of the start-ups have been particularly successful. Nevertheless, he&rsquo;s getting ready to launch the next one &ldquo;within the next month.&rdquo;</p><p>Doms is a <a data-mce-="" href="http://icc.oxfordjournals.org/content/16/5/793.short">serial entrepreneur</a>. These are people who start businesses again and again, apparently impervious to outside pressures like a bad economy, tight lending environment, or failure.</p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 3920 at http://michiganradio.org Your Story: Why a serial entrepreneur keeps trying Michigan celebrates global entrepreneurship week http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-celebrates-global-entrepreneurship-week <p><span class="article-content"><span>In west Michigan several organizations are collaborating on more than a dozen events to foster the entrepreneurial spirit. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 22:26:16 +0000 Lindsey Smith 335 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan celebrates global entrepreneurship week