LEAP Celebrates Growth of Entrepreneurship Across Lansing Region

Five entrepreneurial resources organizations awarded RING grants at ‘Hatched’

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) awarded a total of $15,000 in RING (Regional Innovation Network Group) grants to five organizations that support local entrepreneurship across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties at “Hatched,” the Hatching finale, on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the University Club of MSU in Lansing.

“We at LEAP believe that in order to support local entrepreneurs, we have to have a diverse range of resources that can assist with the multitude of business ideas that our community generates,” said Tony Willis, director of New Economy at LEAP. “The RING grants are a good way to support some of our great organizations that then assist local innovators and entrepreneurs.”

LEAP has awarded RING grants annually over the past three years to help support local entrepreneurial resources organizations in Clinton, Ingham and Eaton counties. This year, LEAP is awarding a total of $15,000 to five organizations. The RING Grants are completely funded by LEAP and its membership.

The following organizations received RING grant funding to support their ongoing commitment to being a resource for entrepreneurs in the Lansing region. Grantees are planning to use the funding on a wide range of items, services and programs including a new website, virtual reality equipment and software, launching a new startup scholarship program and much more.

  • Technology Innovation Center (TIC), East Lansing- $5,000
  • Grand Ledge Fledge, Grand Ledge- $2,000
  • Allen Neighborhood Center, Lansing- $3,000
  • The Lansing Runway, Lansing- $3,000
  • Lansing Maker’s Network, Lansing- $2,000

“The Fledge is honored to be given this grant. We are very grateful for the RING’s support of our efforts to create an entrepreneurial culture in mid-Michigan. We will be using the funds to expand our virtual reality programming efforts, adding equipment to our music studio and adding laser cutting to our CNC capabilities,” said Jerry Norris, co-founder of the Grand Ledge Fledge.

“We are excited to continue to develop and promote the Technology Innovation Center and are using these funds to expand the programming offered to TIC tenants. The support and promotion of entrepreneurship and business development is exceptional in the Lansing market, and the RING grant funding is a testament to that effort,” said Jeff Smith, managing director of the TIC.


About LEAP

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all—working every day to grow, retain and attract business.