Houghton, Michigan (October 31, 2013) – Four local companies are semi-finalists in North America’s largest business plan contest, Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. BridgeGuard, LiteBrake Tech LLC, REL, Inc. and Upland Nanotech are among 50 companies chosen to vie for cash prizes in Detroit on November 14.
HANCOCK, Michigan (October 15, 2013) – MTEC SmartZone tenant company LiteBrake Tech, LLC, was one of eight Michigan-based auto parts companies selected to accompany Governor Rick Snyder on a mid-September trade mission to China. The trip was organized by Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Pure Michigan Export Program to strengthen overseas trade relationships, attract job- creating business investments, and promote Michigan as a tourist destination.
HOUGHTON, Michigan (September 27, 2013) – The number one reason companies open satellite offices at MTEC SmartZone is the top-notch technical student talent. Michigan Technological University student engineers are in high demand by technology companies that visit campus during Career Fair every year. MTEC SmartZone tenant companies have ready access to all of Michigan Tech's facilities. This proximity to campus gives them a strategic recruiting advantage and makes student-company connections possible.
HOUGHTON, Michigan (August 26, 2013) – ControlTec, a vehicle data acquisition and analysis software start-up headquartered in Allen Park, Mich., is expanding its satellite office at MTEC SmartZone to help it meet their growing market demand.
MTEC SmartZone’s high-tech office space and access to Michigan Technological University student talent is a great complement to ControlTec’s resource needs. Student employees benefit by gaining hands-on experience performing real project work.
HOUGHTON, Michigan (July 15, 2013) – MTEC SmartZone was recently awarded a $36,000 grant from the Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) to assist their tenant company, Endres Machining Innovations (EMI), a company that develops innovative tooling products for the metal cutting industry. The BAF grant is going to help EMI launch their first product line.
HOUGHTON, Michigan (June 25, 2013) – A growing MTEC SmartZone start-up company that developed an antimicrobial technology, earned an award in a business plan competition in East Lansing.
QTEK, LLC founders Bowen Li and Amy Zhi received the “New Business Idea” award during the Statewide Business Plan Competition Award Ceremony, held on June 18 at Michigan State University. The event was hosted by Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest (GLEQ), a support organization that assists entrepreneurs in starting, developing or accelerating high-growth businesses.