“Yoopers” who live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) have built a legacy around Lake Superior; their culture rich in mining, great fishing, pasties and even flannel. The tough, “can-do” spirit that it takes to bear the U.P.’s long winters is what now drives innovation throughout the region. Through the start and growth of high-tech companies, the U.P. is quickly transforming into “innovation shore.”

MTEC SmartZone start-up, QTEK draws international attention at trade show New mineral technology could greatly reduce spread of germs

HOUGHTON, Michigan (May 5, 2015) – MTEC SmartStart graduate, QTEK, is drawing international attention for its newly developed Surfion technology, an antimicrobial agent that can be added to plastics, paints and coatings. QTEK’s cost-effective, all-natural, mineral-based additive will last the product’s lifetime, ultimately improving the health environment. QTEK’s Surfion technology utilizes ionic copper as an active agent and a natural mineral to efficiently store and deliver ionic copper to common touch surfaces.

ProNav Marine Ushers In New Era

Houghton, MI – April 22, 2015 - MTEC is proud to share that ProNav Marine has just released their new product, the ProNav Angler. The ProNav Angler is a patent-pending GPS autopilot system that connects to your bow-mounted trolling motor and is controlled from your smartphone or tablet.

Lasalletech graduates from MTEC SmartZone; continues growth at new office in downtown Hancock

HANCOCK, Michigan (April 8, 2015) – MTEC SmartZone announced today that Lasalletech has officially graduated from the business incubator, and continues to provide high tech jobs in the Keweenaw. Co-founder and managing partner, Jacob Northey started Lasalletech eight years ago with the goal of providing quality, high tech jobs while raising the integrity of the international electronic trading technology industry. During Lasalletech’s growth, they positively impacted the local community with job creation.

MTEC SmartZone fills local human resources services gap by partnering with Stang Decision Systems

HOUGHTON, Michigan (March 30, 2015) – MTEC SmartZone announced today a strategic partnership with Stang Decision Systems (SDS) headquartered in Marquette, Michigan. SDS provides assistance with HR services such as hiring, employee development, new hire onboarding, and strategic planning. They have a wide variety of online platforms and hundreds of job-specific assessments to assist with these activities. Along with many U.P.

MTEC SmartZone sets more new companies in motion with SmartStart entrepreneurial coaching program

HOUGHTON, Michigan (March 25, 2015) – SmartStart, MTEC SmartZone’s entrepreneurial coaching program, continues to create local jobs by launching high-tech startups. Life Cycle Solutions, LLC, and are the most recent graduates of SmartStart. They join other growing companies enjoying the benefits of MTEC SmartZone, which provides access to affordable office space, business counseling, networking, and funding opportunities to help them thrive locally.

New U.P. angel investment network provides opportunities for local start-ups

Houghton, MI – March 17, 2015 – Marilyn Clark, MTEC SmartZone CEO, recently announced the official development of a local angel network, Innovation Shores Angel Network LLC, designed to provide start-ups and high-tech U.P. companies in the early stages of development access to capital funds. Clark made the announcement March 16 at the Marquette Economic Club’s monthly meeting.

Systems Control to open office in MTEC SmartZone

Systems Control, headquartered in Iron Mountain, MI, announces the establishment of an engineering office in Houghton, MI. The office is located in the Michigan Tech’s Lakeshore Center (home of the MTEC SmartZone) on the Houghton waterfront. Systems Control is a market leader in the engineered solutions for the manufacturing of electrical relay and control panels, sub-station control centers, outdoor walk-in electrical system enclosures and engineering services for the electrical utility, oil and gas industry.