MTEC SmartZone helps local professional women unleash their entrepreneurial spirit

HOUGHTON, Michigan (May 20, 2013) – Four local professional women who share a strong drive for starting their own technology ventures are close to turning those aspirations into reality.

Michigan Technological University Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Megan Frost is among the group of women participating in a nationally renowned program designed to guide women through the process of starting their own technology companies.

MTEC SmartZone entrepreneur training program, SmartStart, turns technology ideas into viable businesses

HOUGHTON, Michigan (March 12, 2013) – Commercializing a new technology can cost more time and money than entrepreneurs can afford. Along with the fear of failing, these issues are often cited as reasons many great ideas never make it to market. To help beginning-stage inventors determine early if their idea will turn into a successful business opportunity, MTEC SmartZone created SmartStart.

New MTEC SmartZone Tenant Hires Michigan Tech Students to Support IT Division

Lansing-based retirement solutions firm, Jackson®, opens satellite office in Lakeshore Center

HOUGHTON, Michigan (March 5, 2013) – Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®) is a growing retirement solutions provider headquartered in Lansing, Michigan. Their information technology (IT) department helps manage Jackson’s growth, which makes hiring talented IT professionals crucial to the company’s success.

Talon Research, a former MTEC SmartZone Company, Receives Keweenaw Spark Plug Award for ‘Innovation’

HOUGHTON, Michigan (February 28, 2013) – Talon Research, a graduate company of the MTEC SmartZone Lakeshore Center, has been given the 2012 Keweenaw “Spark Plug Award” for Innovation.

Each year, the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), and co-host MTEC SmartZone sponsor the Keweenaw Spark Plug Awards.

The Innovation award recognizes companies that pursue commercialization of new, innovative products or services that have significant promise for local economic growth and employment.

MTEC SmartZone Earns Keweenaw Spark Plug Award for 'Growth'

HOUGHTON, Michigan (February 25, 2013) -- MTEC SmartZone, a high-tech business incubator in Houghton, Michigan, contributed significantly to the economic vibrancy of the local business community in 2012, creating over 50 jobs. For that reason, they received a Keweenaw Spark Plug Award for "Growth."


Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), and co-host MTEC SmartZone, sponsored the annual Keweenaw Spark Plug Awards to recognize area businesses for extraordinary successes in 2012. Businesses were nominated by Chamber and KEDA members.

MTEC SmartZone Hires New Start-Up Business Consultant

HOUGHTON, Michigan (January 16, 2013) – Entrepreneurs are faced with many unique challenges when starting a new technology company, from formulating successful business plans to securing start-up funds. The process can be emotional and discouraging, yet exciting and invigorating. To help early stage firms overcome these challenges, MTEC SmartZone has hired experienced startup business consultant Jeff Banker.