AMAZING SUCCESS: Entrepreneur Support Center Assists 33 Entrepreneurs in 6 Months

HANCOCK, Michigan (November 7, 2011) – The Entrepreneur Support Center (ESC) opened last spring to provide local entrepreneurs with an office and mentors to guide them. The ESC, located on the sixth floor of the Jutila Center, was made possible through a Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) grant and collaboration between MTEC SmartZone and Finlandia University business incubators.

GreenSand Advances to Accelerate Michigan Competition Finals

LAKE LINDEN, Michigan (November 2, 2011) – GreenSand Corporation is a semi-finalist in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. The competition will take place November 16 – 17, 2011, in Ypsilanti. GreenSand is in contention to win the grand prize of $500,000.

Michigan Tech Students Advance to Accelerate Michigan Competition

HOUGHTON, Michigan (November 2, 2011) – Michigan Technological University students Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek are semi-finalists in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Beaulieu and Florek will compete in Ypsilanti, Michigan, beginning November 16 for the $25,000 grand prize. The team will present with their business idea, AsfalisMed.

Michigan Tech Students Create Businesses and Compete for $30,000: MTEC SmartZone’s Entrepreneur Support Center Provides Mentoring and Office Space

HOUGHTON, Michigan (October 31, 2011) – Michigan Technological University’s School of Business and Economics and Central Michigan University are partnering in the 2012 New Venture Competition – one of the nation’s top business plan competitions. The competition will culminate on March 30, 2012, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan when business plans are presented and judged. Cash prizes of $30,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place will be awarded toward business start-up and launch.

Michigan Technological University Students Win iPad and iPod in MTEC SmartZone Social Media Drawing

HOUGHTON, Michigan (October 27, 2011) – MTEC SmartZone gave away a new iPad2 and iPod Touch to two Michigan Technological University students last week. With an increasing focus on developing student relationships, MTEC SmartZone was pleased to present students Allison Kay Strome and Trent Sturos with their new Apple products. Following MTEC SmartZone’s participation in a series of Michigan Tech student-oriented events – including Taste of Houghton, Community Expo, New Venture Kick-off and Career Fair – the giveaway was another way to capture students’ attention.

MTEC SmartZone Companies Create Over 500 Local Jobs – 750 to go

HOUGHTON, Michigan (October 24, 2011) – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) held three ‘think’ sessions in 1999, aimed to prevent the state from becoming part of the ‘rust belt.’ One of the meetings was held in Houghton.The eventual result would be the creation of 15 SmartZones throughout Michigan, including MTEC SmartZone.

Securing a Solid Future: MTEC SmartZone Companies File 15 Patents

HANCOCK, Michigan (October 20, 2011) – MTEC SmartZone company Consistacom recently received a patent for their method and system for automatically generating flow charts for calls to a call center. This patent is a competitive step forward for Consistacom. As an MTEC SmartZone Company, Consistacom received resources and support throughout the patent process.