Grand Valley teams make the semi-finals of Student Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Three student teams from Grand Valley State University have been selected out of 65 applicants as semi-finalists for the 7th Annual Student Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. On Nov. 3,  Grand Valley teams EZIV LLC, Stir it Up LLC, and Orindi…

Q&A with Start Garden Community Relations Officer Laurie Supinski

Since 2012, Start Garden has played a large role in Grand Rapids' entrepreneurship ecosystem by giving entrepreneurs a stage to present their ideas to the community while they compete for the opportunity to win $5,000. Neu spoke with Start Garden…

Lessons from a local coffee company

Doomed to Fail Even those who are unfamiliar with business may know the old adage that coffee shops are “doomed to fail." Trevor Corlett, owner of Madcap of Coffee Company in downtown Grand Rapids, suggests that many people who open…

Latesha Lipscomb: August 5×5 Night Winner

For Latesha Lipscomb, winning 5x5 Night last month was a long time coming. “I wasn’t going to do it,” Lipscomb said. “I had done 5x5 twice in the past, and I had come really close to being able to present, but…

Entrepreneur Zoe Bruyn stirs things up

It’s no secret that there are limited employment opportunities for individuals with special needs. In a 2015 survey conducted by the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), 57 percent of respondents with Down syndrome reported working paid…