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Mission Statement

The mission of the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) is to generate and advance the culture of entrepreneurship in the community and to expand the technology based economy in the market.


Located in the heart of downtown East Lansing, the Technology Innovation Center (TIC) facilitates the development of a technology-based economy in mid-Michigan and bolsters the area’s professional workforce. The TIC acts as a business accelerator for technology start-ups. It provides space and resources to start-up businesses, helping them to grow and prosper during their first three years, when statistically, business are most vulnerable and prone to failure.

The primary purpose of a low-rent shared office space is to cut down on the overhead costs of a small company, allowing early entrepreneurs to invest more of their money into their business. Tenants have a total of three years to graduate from the program. At the time of graduation, business tenants are encouraged to expand their business in the Lansing region. During their three years in the program, tenants formally set goals and objectives and meet regularly with TIC staff to evaluate their overall business development. Tenants are also required to create an action plan and show continued efforts to meet milestones within the plan.

The TIC also offers a Virtual Tenant Program. Launched in 2010, the Virtual Tenant Program offers virtual tenants all the perks of a traditional TIC membership with the exception of office space. Membership amenities include access to the TIC conference rooms, printing and faxing services, and a business mailing address. Virtual tenants are also invited to attend training sessions, workshops, and monthly tenant meetings led by TIC staff.


  • Identify and support high technology business opportunities;
  • Promote long-term and sustainable economic development in East Lansing and the region;
  • Support the business community by providing affordable office space and services, training, funding sources, mentoring and a network of professional advisers.

    Amenities: The TIC features 18 standard offices and two conference rooms. The space and office amenities available to business tenants include conference rooms, reduced-cost telephone and internet service, mail, fax and basic copier services, kitchenette amenities, parking and basic reception services. In addition, business resources, workshops, and training are provided by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and the Michigan Small Business and Development Center (SBDC).

    Types of businesses supported at the TIC include homeland security, media arts, biosciences, engineering, healthcare technology, cloud services, e-accounting services, e-commerce, bacterial data basing, background check software, creative marketing, engineering arts (medical devices), genetics testing and web-based learning tools.

History of the TIC

2013 January: Balance Concierge awarded start garden recognition, national marketing firm in-kind support.
February: Loudpixel testified before congress regarding technology based incubators that are locally and state funded.
June: The Technology Innovation Center, Balance Concierge and TempoRun featured in the June issue of the Greater Lansing Business Monthly.
September: Loudpixel graduated and moved in the State News Tech Center, following fellow TIC graduates.
2012 May: Phenometrics Inc., a former TIC tenant, won the designation of Incubator Client of the Year from the Michigan Business Incubator Association
August: LEAP offers 3D printing services at the Technology Innovation Center.
October: Spartan Innovations, part of the MSU Innovation Center, was established adjacent to the Technology Innovation Center.
December: MSU Spartan Innovation begins to manage The Hatch.
2011 September: The inaugural TIC tenants (Enliven Software, HTS Express, CEMA, Active Office, Nicholas Creative, Live Concepts, Synthesys, ISCI and Names for Life) graduated after three year. Several of these tenants – CEMA, Live Concepts, Nicholas Creative and Active Office relocated to newly developed office space on the second floor of The State News building in downtown East Lansing.
November: East Lansing Technology Innovation Center celebrated the graduation of the inaugural incubator tenants.
2010 February: Virtual Tenant Program was launched.
March: MSU Technologies and MSU Business-CONNECT celebrated their opening in the SmartZone space adjacent to the Technology Innovation Center.
June: The Innovation Center won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 2 Community Excellence Award.
August: The MSU Entrepreneurship Network and the Hatch, a student incubator, were formally unveiled at a celebration at the Innovation Center.
2009 March: The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University announced MSU Technologies as the anchor tenant in the City’s SmartZone space adjacent to the Technology Innovation Center.
May: The Innovation Center hosted the public opening for its inaugural art exhibit, “Visual Stimulus”, which features work by a number of local artists.
October: The Entrepreneur Magazine listed East Lansing as one of the top 10 college towns to start a business in its October 2009 issue.
December: The Technology Innovation Center was one of seven organizations honored at the 2009 Celebration of Regional Growth Luncheon, hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
December: The 1st Launched event celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Innovation Center and entrepreneurship in East Lansing.
2008 October: The City held the grand opening for the new East Lansing Technology Innovation Center. Speakers at the event included Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, East Lansing Mayor, and Downtown Development Authority Chairperson
October: TIC opened its doors close to full capacity.
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