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Entrepeneurial Resources
Through the various partnerships that have been developed with Automation Alley, we are pleased to provide members and non-members alike with a variety of resources, including:

Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE)
The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) is an event that celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship in the Great Lakes region. The event serves as a forum and mixer for entrepreneurs and innovators from around Michigan and all the states that border the Great Lakes. More here.

Bizdom U
Bizdom U is an entrepreneurship accelerator that trains, mentors and funds entrepreneurs to launch businesses in the city of Detroit. Entrepreneurs that are accepted into the four month, full-time program are provided with all training at no-cost, including a living stipend, laptops, personal data devices and books. Entrepreneurs that complete the program and prepare a viable business plan for a Detroit-based business can also receive start-up funding of up to $100,000 from the non-profit Bizdom U Fund. More here.

First Step Fund
The First Step Fund represents a partnership of the Invest Detroit Foundation, TechTown and Ann Arbor SPARK intended to support a revolving loan pool to provide financing to emerging and newly-formed small businesses in Southeast Michigan that have successfully completed a training program through a qualified regional business incubator/accelerator. The First Step Fund provides emerging companies with access to capital, focused mentoring in areas consistent with growing the business and a network that will work to foster demand and create opportunities. First Step Fund support is meant to address the deficit of financing in the marketplace and to promote economic development by identifying, nurturing and fostering demand for early stage, commercially viable businesses resulting in job creation and increased tax revenue for the region. More here.

Great Lakes Entpreneur's Quest (GLEQ)
The mission of the Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest is to continually encourage and educate entrepreneurs on the creation, start-up and early growth stages of high-growth businesses in Michigan. This is accomplished by linking entrepreneurs pursuing high-growth opportunities with access to a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high quality education, management talent and capital at every stage of development. More here.

You don’t need to know what you’re looking for. If you know you want to move your idea or your business to the next level, InsYght can help. InsYght is the ultimate “matchmaker” for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial resources. This free service uses unique differential diagnosis technology to help you identify exactly what your business needs and where to find it. No matter where you are or what stage of business you have, InsYght gives you access to resources to help your business today. More here.

Michigan Business One Stop
Serves as an online service that guides users who want to start, operate or expand a business in Michigan. Business owners can apply for or renew permits and licenses, file annual reports and pay unemployment taxes, or any other fees they are subject to under state law. Information is shared across state departments with one, easy e-payment system, and the site provides businesses information about transaction status in a new, paperless environment. More here.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The MEDC supplies customized economic development services to help companies and communities – both large and small – find success in a very competitive global economy. The MEDC brings together supply and demand and matches up resources and services with the needs of our business customers. More here.

New Enterprise Forum (NEF)
The NEF is a not-for-profit corporation that helps entrepreneurs prosper and grow. The organization link entrepreneurs to management expertise, potential joint venture partners, mentors, business services, capital, and other critical resources. More here.

OnInnovation captures the stories of today's innovators and links those stories to iconic innovators of the past. The OnInnovation educational initiative aims to advance a culture of innovation by exciting people to discover what thinking and working like an innovator really means - and by connecting them with the ultimate resource: innovators themselves. More here.

PeerSpectives Roundtables
The roundtables are an innovative peer-to-peer learning tool using a format that focuses on sharing experiences instead of giving advice. Each PeerSpectives Roundtable is typically comprised of 10 to 12 individuals from non-competing companies. More here.

SmartZones provide distinct geographical locations where technology-based firms, entrepreneurs and researchers locate in close proximity to all of the community assets that assist in their endeavors. SmartZone technology clusters promote resource
collaborations between universities, industry, research organizations, government and other community institutions, growing technology-based businesses and jobs. More here.

SPARK works to advance the economic development of innovation-based businesses in the Ann Arbor region by offering programs, resources, and proactive support to business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations looking for expansion opportunities. More here.

TechTown stimulates job growth and small-business creation by cultivating entrepreneurship and supporting innovative startup companies in many industries. More here.