Idea Phase

Idea Phase

You come to an AH-HA moment in your life. You are passionate and you know you have a great idea that solves a real problem and/or fills a gap in the market. But where do you start?

Idea Phase Resource Grid

Resources and Organizations

Allen Neighborhood Center

The Allen Marketplace (AMP), a facility operated by the Allen Neighborhood Center, offers entry level food entrepreneurs access to affordable rental of fully-equipped, licensed kitchens and storage options. AMP incubators also have access to business development workshops, marketing assistance and a community of practitioners.

1611 E Kalamazoo St Lansing MI 48912†

Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan

The Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan provides entrepreneurs with services and resources in the startup or growth stages.

105 W. Allegan Suite 10, Lansing, MI 48933

The Fledge

The Fledge is a private and for-profit ideation space, maker space, incubator and accelerator. There are no restrictions on business type and no restrictions on any demographic of the team.

1300 Eureka St, Lansing, MI 48912

The Hatch

325 E. Grand River, Suite 345, East Lansing, MI 48823

Ingham County Economic Development Council

121 E. Maple Mason, MI 48854

Invest Detroit

Invest Detroit Ventures is committed to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem with capital, on-going mentorship, and community engagement. We implement targeted venture development programs to help build and promote scalable businesses in the region.

600 Renaissance Center, Suite 1710, Detroit, Michigan 48243-1802

Lansing Economic Area Partnership

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where businesses can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region.

1000 S. Washington Ave Lansing MI 48910

Lansing Mosaic

Lansing Mosaic is an online publication of video series and article content that showcase Lansing’s diverse perspective on business and entrepreneurship.

325 S Clinton St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

MSU Foundation

The MSU Foundation serves as a flexible and ongoing resource, responsive to the University’s strategic needs. At its core is an extensive program supporting research, teaching, and commercialization of technologies.

MSU Gast Business Library

The Gast Business Library of Michigan State University provides free consulting for community entrepreneurs on market and industry research. Terence O’Neill, our Entrepreneurship Librarian, can help you navigate free resources to assess new business and growth opportunities.

648 N. Shaw Ln., Rm. 50, East Lansing, MI 48824

Michigan Women’s Foundation

The Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF) works to eliminate barriers to economic and social equality by developing a scalable model across Michigan, which provides access to capital and a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem for women starting and growing businesses.

615 Griswold St. Suite 1020, Detroit, MI 48226

Detroit Contact: 313.962.1920

535 Cascade West Parkway, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Grand Rapids Contact: 616.765.4230

Michigan State Medical Society

Quantum Medical Concepts, founded by the Michigan State Medical Society, provides early-stage investment funding to Michigan companies in the medical sector. It is made up of several health care organizations driving medical innovation in Michigan.

120 West Saginaw Street, East Lansing, MI 48823

Small Business Association of Michigan

120 N. Washington Sq. Suite 1000 Lansing, MI 48933

Small Business Development Center

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no-cost, confidential business consulting services for existing businesses and to startups. We assist in areas such as business planning, financial projections, legal, tax and regulatory issues, marketing, and bank financing. Over 50 seminars and workshops offered on many business topics.

309 N Washington Sq., Suite 115 Lansing, MI 48933

Spartan Innovations

Spartan Innovations provides the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU research technologies into successful Michigan businesses – and spur entrepreneurship in the Michigan economy.

325 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 355, East Lansing, MI 48823

State of Michigan eLibrary

Technology Innovation Center

325 E Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

As a mechanism that protects new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity, the USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement.

300 River Place South, Suite 2900, Detroit, MI 48207
Local: 571.272.1000 • Toll-Free: 800.786.9199

University Corporate Research Park

The mission of the University Corporate Research Park is to mutually benefit Michigan State University and tenants of the Research Park through the advancement of research, technology, development of new knowledge, and commercialization of intellectual property.

2727 Alliance Dr., Suite C Lansing, MI 48910

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), hosted at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, teaches middle and high school go-getters how to start and run their own, REAL businesses with a hands-on approach.

600 S Walnut St, Lansing, MI 48933

Pitch Competitions and Events

5×5 Night

5×5 Night is a monthly pitch competition for West Michigan entrepreneurs. Each month one winner takes home $5,000 to help make their startup idea a reality. No strings attached.

5 Minutes Tops

5 Minutes Tops is a Shark Tank-esque competition in which students will prepare and present business ideas to local business owners for a chance to win cash prizes and assistance in your endeavor. You have 5 minutes to convince our panel to buy into your idea. There are no other requirements to fill.

GreenLight Michigan

The GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition is an early-stage pitch competition that brings together entrepreneurs and small business supporters from all over Michigan. Competition finalists will pitch ideas to a panel of seasoned judges, while also networking with angel and venture capital investors from across the state.

The Hatching

The Hatching is part of a community-wide effort to support local entrepreneurs and make the Lansing region a great place to start a business. This event helps move new, local business ideas from concept to reality, and provides winners with funding, legal support, market research, office space and more.

1000 S. Washington Ave., Suite 201, Lansing, MI 48910

Lansing Tech Demo Night

Lansing Youth Startup Expo

1000 S. Washington Ave Suite 201 Lansing, MI 48910

SoupGrant Lansing

Our concept is simple: Fund micro-grants (SoupGrants) in our city and gather members of the community for a delicious, homemade, and healthy soup and bread meal.

Startup Grind Lansing

//Tech Thursday

At //Tech Thursday, we concentrate on bringing together entrepreneurs, technologists, researchers, and area partners. Our team is about connecting people. Need talent? Resources? Looking to access the Michigan State University powerhouse network? We can help.