PROTO Accelerator

Why mentors and innovation are a strong combination 2020 has forced nearly every industry to move beyond business as usual and, instead, innovate to better serve its consumer base. For early stage startups, access to an experienced mentor can be the compass that guides the ship...

A startup accelerator provides access to an entire ecosystem of seed investments, mentorship, networking opportunities and education that are otherwise time-consuming for startups to seek out. PROTO accelerator is investing in early-stage startups and providing the access they need to become established corporations. We’re highlighting five...

How to use the Lansing region’s existing talent to help your business thrive Not only is Lansing, along with the surrounding region, America’s best big small city, it’s also the best place for corporate innovation to happen. In recent years, the Lansing region has become a...

Q&A with Margaret Trimer, vice president of strategic partnerships Q: How has PROTO Accelerator impacted the environment, structure and pursuit of innovation for Delta Dental? A: PROTO has been a strong complement to existing internal innovation efforts at Delta Dental. Working with three startups in 2019 made...

Today, we celebrate PROTO Accelerator cohort members, mentors and partners as we recognize National Entrepreneurs’ Day.  National Entrepreneurs’ Day was established in 2010 as “a way of showing gratitude and respect to the people who achieved success, sometimes against all odds, and were able to help...

Are you interested in learning more about accelerators? Do you want more information on how the programs actually operate? Immerse yourself in some of the best of them. Follow the organizations below for insights into how they work. From concise advice to detailed videos, these...

Accelerators are a confusing topic for many people, including those in entrepreneurship, small business, corporate leadership and beyond. And yet, they’re a growing tool to help support and… accelerate… the process of getting products and services to market, and helping companies of all sizes grow...