On April 20, Biotechnology Business Consultants (BBCetc) will be hosting an information panel and networking event at Blue 35 in downtown Grand Rapids that will address recent changes made to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.
The SBIR/STTR program is a competitive program that provides funding for small businesses engaged in research and development (R&D) from the excess funds of federal agencies whose R&D budgets exceed $100 million.
On March 26, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will host Unstoppable! A Day of Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs & Makers. The event is a collaboration between the GRAM, Local First, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), Avenue for the Arts and Creative Many, and will feature an all women artisan market, along with workshops and panels geared towards the business end of creativity.
“We really wanted the opportunity to showcase innovation in both design and in entrepreneurialism,” GRAM Communications Manager Cia Segerlind said.
On Thursday evening, designers, entrepreneurs and community members will gather at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) to connect, share ideas and explore what it means for industries to be diverse for Design Breifs: Diversity in Tech. Kimberly Wolting heads the American Institute of Graphics Arts West Michigan Design for Good initiative and collaborated in part with the GRAM’s Director of Learning and Audience engagement John Carfagno to coordinate the event.
“We have always been trying to do good for the community, but we were maybe not reaching out to the community in as many places as we could have, ” Wolting said. “We are really making an effort this year to make a wider reach … to make sure that we are including everyone in these conversations.”
The Werth Rack was the winner of 5×5 Night in November 2015.
“The worst thing is that you could look back and say, ‘oh, I wish I had tried, at least I could know if it would have been successful or not.’” Melanie Koops said.
Koops is a third year physical therapy student at GVSU and the co-founder of Werth Wrack, an innovative walker storage system that reduces rehab storage space by 50% and cuts cost to both hospitals and patients.
Kathryn Christopher, Brittany Taylor and Briauna Taylor presented on behalf of Platform for Progress at GVSU’s first annual Hult Prize competition on Thursday, Dec. 10. The team won the campus competition by unanimous vote with their idea to utilize existing GSM networks to expand communication and facilitate economic growth in underdeveloped, overpopulated areas. They will be going on to pitch at the Hult Prize regional competition in March for a chance to advance to the final round and compete for the $1 million prize.
November’s 5×5 Night featured proposals from five entrepreneurs forging innovative businesses and products in West Michigan, from a game system designed to teach children the basics of arithmetic, to a vertical, hydroponic greenhouse that would source food to West Michigan restaurants.
Fathom was the winner of 5×5 Night in October 2015
Danny Vessells is a senior at Hope College and heads up customer discovery for Fathom, a West Michigan based start-up that is designing the world’s first consumer underwater drone.
Ben Logan was the winner of 5×5 Night in September 2015
It is no secret that the fate of the honey bee is tied closely with our own. One third of all the world’s food is dependent on pollination by the the honey bee.
“Honey bees are the pillars of our food system,”said Anna Marie Fauvel, a representative of the Michigan Beekeepers Association and faculty adviser for the GVSU Beekeeping Student Organization.
The honey bee population is currently in crisis, with hive populations declining at an average annual rate of 33% since 2006.
Liz Bartlett was the winner of 5×5 Night in July 2015
“I believe that when I get to the next level and am vertically integrated and manufacturing,” says Liz Bartlett. “I can bring a lot of jobs, not just to Michigan, not just to Grand Rapids, but to downtown.”
Bartlett has big plans for her company, KNITit, which specializes in 3D weft knit product and was awarded $5,000 in investment capital at 5×5 Night in July.
This month’s 5×5 Night took place on October 27 and featured proposals from entrepreneurs developing a wide range of products and services, from apps designed to connect local businesses with complementary needs, a beer education program for aspiring cicerones and a streamlined local delivery program.