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Tony Willis

Tony Willis

Vice President of New Economy
President of PROTO Accelerator


As the Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for LEAP, Tony establishes and extends programming to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Lansing region. With the goal of creating a culture of entrepreneurship, Tony works with local, regional and state resources to assist individuals and startups to launch products and create companies. 

Tony is also the President of PROTO Accelerator, the region’s first startup accelerator and corporate innovation platform and the only accelerator in the state of Michigan with a program focused on insurtech.

Prior to joining LEAP, Tony spent five years as a Business Services Officer at MSU Federal Credit Union. In this role, Tony specialized in business development, account management and commercial lending with a focus on startups. 

Tony is a proud Spartan, having earned a BA in Communications with specialization in PR from Michigan State University. Tony also attended Lansing Community College prior to transferring to Michigan State University.


To contact Tony:
517.702.3387 x 208

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(517) 702-3387

1000 S. Washington Ave Suite 201 Lansing, MI 48910


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