“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.