Last month our very own Joe Thiel, CEO of Innovate Marquette SmartZone, was one of 5 judges in Northern Michigan University's Big Pitch Competition. The Big Pitch encompasses what it means to be a young entrepreneur, giving students the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of some of Michigan's expert business mentors. We're thankful that our Michigan Economic Development Corporation partners were able to judge the Big Pitch alongside Joe!
Our mission is to position Marquette as a premier city for innovation and business development through our process to identify, nurture, and cultivate the growth and success of technology-based innovators, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups throughout our community. We aim to uplift Marquette’s unique business ecosystem by offering access to important resources, funding, workforce talent, and network collaboration. Through this collaboration, the Marquette region will continue to be recognized for its ability to draw businesses of all sizes and backgrounds......
Our mission is to position Marquette as a premier city for innovation and business development through our process to identify, nurture, and cultivate the growth and success of technology-based innovators, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups throughout our community. We aim to uplift Marquette’s unique business ecosystem by offering access to important resources, funding, workforce talent, and network collaboration. Through this collaboration, the Marquette region will continue to be recognized for its ability to draw businesses of all sizes and backgrounds to the shores of Lake Superior in the years to come. What types of business ideas do we work with? SmartZones work primarily with technology-enabled start-ups, innovators, and new businesses that fall within the accessibility, sustainability, and creative sectors. Through our partnerships, we are able to expand our service reach into product development with the management of Northern Michigan University’s [email protected] program and to local, small businesses through our partnerships with organizations such as Accelerate UP. From creating a more accessible outdoor lifestyle for people of all abilities, to sustainable ways of keeping our natural resource industries thriving, and providing access to creative technologies to our local community we’re here for you. Though we may not carry you entirely through your journey, like the North Star we’ll certainly guide you home.more
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Invent at NMU is powered by students, led by professionals. Our students won't brag about themselves, so we'll brag for them! We have a pretty incredible team of Northern Michigan University students to work with. Marketing Assistants Vaughn, Lewis and Sarah are breaking in our new space in the Kaufman block.
Innovate Marquette SmartZone had the honor of welcoming visitors the Michigan Economic Development Corporation(MEDC) for a tour of the newly renovated Kaufman block building in Downtown Marquette.nnInnovate Marquette is a direct service provider to the MEDC, who is dedicated to job creation in Michigan and have been an integral part of the SmartZone’s success in bringing an innovation hub to entrepreneurs in the rural Upper Peninsula.
Innovate Marquette has been humbled to bring a few incredible opportunities home to the Marquette area.nnThe first, being selected to join the highly competitive 2020 cohort of the Rural Innovation Initiative, connecting our community to innovative rural partners all over the country.nnThe second, becoming one of just 7 rural communities nationwide to receive the a Capital Challenge grant via the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the Build to Scale (B2S) program. The grant, called Capital Challenge, will infuse $611,911 into local economic development efforts over the next three years.nnAnd lastly, Innovate Marquette has been hard at work, collaborating with our local economic development partners to create a new and exciting innovation hub that will bolster and expand our existing entrepreneurial ecosystem.nnFor all of these reasons, we decided it was time to shine all of the hard work our incredible team has done from the inside out. This refresh is a both reflection of and a promise to the community that we serve. Keep a lookout for our newly developed website coming soon!nnWhile a lot of work has been done, there is also much to do to preserve what is here and take it into the future. Thank you to TV6 & FOX UP for taking the time to explore our new location!nhttps://www.uppermichiganssource.com/2022/04/19/seven-economic-organizations-moving-into-kaufman-block/nn Lake Superior Community Partnership Invest UP Northern Initiatives Accelerate UP Invent at NMU Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Don't forget to check out tonight's Big Pitch Competition at Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University. Student entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas in a "Shark Tank" style competition with the addition of the first Mini Pitch Competition, presented in partnership with Invent at NMU and the Lake Superior Community Partnership. Let the world's next generation of innovators show you that all ideas are worth exploring.
Though Women's History Month has passed we believe in celebrating our local women leaders all year round.nnMeet Brooke Quinn. Local entrepreneur and business development representative for Lake Superior Community Partnership . Brooke sat alongside Range Bank CEO, Roxanne Daust, on the Financing Your Business Panel in our February Women in Entrepreneurship event to give attendees education on resources for funding options locally.nnTo watch a full event recap, including the Marketing 101 Panel, or to download business resources from the event visit: https://www.innovatemarquette.org/women-in-entrepreneurship
Marquette County has a plethora of economic development resources to assist entrepreneurs, creating a thriving business community. But what exactly is economic development?nnTomorrow you can learn about how it impacts our community during a one-hour webinar with our partners at the Lake Superior Community Partnership . You'll walk away with a better understanding of business attraction, entrepreneurship in our area, retention and expansion of businesses and the resources available to any size business in Marquette County.nnClick the link below to register.
🎤 It’s back! Northern Michigan University's Pitch Competition, and this year with an additional component… The Mini Pitch, sponsored by our Invent at NMU team.nnLike its Big Pitch counterpart, this “Shark Tank" style competition gives five student teams a chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win TWO cash prizes of $500 to get their business ideas off the ground. The difference? No business plan. No numbers. Just be smart, convincing, and entertaining.nnThe deadline to apply is April, 4th, to learn more click the link below.
Did you know that we work with various economic development partners around Marquette and the greater U.P. to steward innovative business practices and support local entrepreneurs?nnCongratulations to the Upper Peninsula Brewing Company! Thank you for trusting us to be a part of your story 🍻