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Five Greater Lansing Communities Recognized through eCities Report

LANSING, MI – The Lansing region has done it again with five local communities earning eCities nods. Each year, the University of Michigan Dearborn eCities program designates cities and townships as Four- and Five-star Communities based on their entrepreneurial and economic development efforts and activities. This year’s Four-Star Comm...

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Art takes center stage at The Hatching

EAST LANSING, MI – The fifth winner of The Hatching pitch competition held last night was Folyo, an “Etsy”-like marketplace for the online sale of artwork. An all-female team made up of Michigan State University students, Folyo has been garnering support having taken home the top award at the most recent Lansing Startup Weekend.&n...

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Startup Weekend Lansing Launches 7 New Companies

LANSING, MI – After 54 hours of intensive collaboration and creativity, seven new companies have been formed in hopes of becoming successful businesses in the Lansing region, after Lansing Startup Weekend took place this past weekend. The weekend featured the strongest turnout in Lansing Startup Weekend history. This year’s event welcom...

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Lansing Regional Stakeholders take on Diversity

LANSING, MI – As the Lansing regional economy continues to trend upward and employers continue to add jobs and investment, the strategy of putting together a coalition to address workplace diversity has garnered support from many organizations and local companies throughout our region. Through a regional partnership between LEAP and Lansing C...

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The Hatching shines new light on microbrewing

EAST LANSING, MI – This month’s Hatching pitch competition winner was an innovative mechanical engineering undergraduate from Michigan State University. Theodore Linabury of Southern Exposure Solar Brewing is developing a micro brewing system that harnesses the power of solar thermal energy to heat the water required to brew beer. Linab...

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Youth Entrepreneurship goes Region-wide

LANSING, MI - The topic of youth entrepreneurship programming is on everyone's mind recently as school begins for the new year. In yesterday's Lansing State Journal Outlook section, (Next Generation: Entrepreneurs) the topic was highlighted. In case you missed it, LEAP worked with the Lansing State Journal to put together a section that would speak...

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LEAP Travels to Site Selector Event

LANSING, MI – LEAP’s Senior Vice President of Global Business Development, Ray De Winkle, continues his year of travel on behalf of the region as he attends the Momentum 2013 Site Selector event in Atlanta, GA. Site selectors are consultants hired by firms to identify the best locations for firms to consider when expanding or relocating...

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Niowave, Neighbors Reach Accord on Facade Improvements to New Building

LANSING, MI  - A successful conclusion of negotiations between Niowave, Inc., the Walnut Neighborhood Organization (WNO) and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), has resulted in an agreement to enhance the appearance of a new structure on Niowave’s property.  The new 14,000 SF structure serves as a research facility adjacen...

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Transformation was the theme for The Hatching Round 3

EAST LANSING, MI – Wednesday night marked the third installation of The Hatching pitch competition at Beggar’s Banquet in East Lansing. The winner this month was a chair-table hybrid known simply as Chaible. The product transforms from a chair to a table and back in the blink of an eye. Perfect for small apartments and dorm rooms, Chaib...

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Crowd Funding to Support Local Startups

LANSING, MI –Would you like to support local startup businesses in your community? Today, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) launched a new program called Fund Lansing which is aimed to assist companies and individuals in greater Lansing who are raising investment through web-based crowd funding platforms. The web service is free to...

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