Once again West Michigan is taking steps to become a hot bed for startups. The Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center is a partnership between multiple entities to help develop alternative energy technology. While MAREC has roots in alternative and renewable energy startups, they do not shy away from assisting any technology based startups.
MAREC recently added 3 new programs to help entrepreneurs get their ideas to the market place. These programs include a virtual tenant program, walk-in Wednesdays and the incubator tenant referral program. The virtual tenant program allows entrepreneurs to have access to the MAREC facilities, provide a work space and be more active in day-to-day networking that takes place at MAREC. The walk-in Wednesday program is set up to provide a friendly open door policy for those interested in MAREC to drop in and see what MAREC does. The incubator tenant referral program is set up to entice tenants of MAREC to refer incubator groups to MAREC in order to fill the nearly 3000 square feet of open space.
These types of cooperative entrepreneurial groups are gaining momentum in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. The statistics show that West Michigan has a young, highly educated and energetic workforce. As opposed to hindering the ideas and innovations that this workforce is producing by forcing these entrepreneurs to seek out their own resources, these types of groups put a plethora of resources at their fingertips. So the question becomes who has the next big idea?
Source: “MAREC adds programs to fuel startup activity” by Elijah Brumback of MiBiz