MTEC SmartZone start-up company, QTEK, LLC receives ‘New Business Idea’ award in state competition

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.

QTEK was among 300 entrepreneurs who entered the competition. They placed third in the New Business Idea category, winning $1,000.

Their award-winning business plan was the result of a team effort. The writing process was overseen by Jim Baker, executive director of Innovation and Industry at Michigan Technological University, with additional support provided by Julie Melchiori and Scott Mouw, business coaches for MTEC SmartZone’s SmartStart entrepreneurial training program.

“I have a strong personal and professional commitment to supporting the establishment of local technology companies. Bowen and Amy have put together a strong, well-rounded team and have worked very hard to make their technology a success,” Baker said. “It’s a pleasure helping them move forward.”

Chassell-based QTEK provides a product solution for the plastics and coatings industries. Their antimicrobial additive technology, when incorporated into raw materials, creates self-cleaning surfaces by restricting growth of bacteria.

QTEK is currently working with customers in the U.S. and abroad.

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