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Grand Rapids Online Coaching Startup Raises $3.5 Million Series A Round

GRAND RAPIDS—MaxOne, a Grand Rapids-based online youth coaching startup, announced it had raised $3.5 million in Series A financing. The round was led by Stadia Ventures, a St. Louis-based sports and eSports venture firm, and also included NBA star Chris Paul, the Piquet Family Office, a minority owner of the Texas Rangers, and the Grand

By |2021-07-27T07:16:19-04:00July 26th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded $2.4 Million Grant for Broadband Expansion In Washtenaw County

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Debbie Dingell announced $2.4 million in federal funding from the Economic Development Administration to Ann Arbor SPARK to build 20 miles of underground fiber optic cable, connecting downtown Ann Arbor and downtown Ypsilanti with critical broadband infrastructure. The Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Corridor Fiber Optic Backbone project, accompanied by $600,000 in local funding,

By |2021-07-25T13:33:14-04:00July 25th, 2021|Featured, IoT|

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airport Gets $1 Million Grant To Attract North Carolina Air Service

KALAMAZOO - The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport received a $1 million Small Community Air Service Development grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to be used as a revenue guarantee and marketing to recruit and support new air service to attract an air carrier for new nonstop service to Charlotte, North Carolina. “Our local airports

By |2021-07-25T12:58:53-04:00July 25th, 2021|Featured, Politics, Politics/Government|

Finalists Named For Lakeshore Innovator Of The Year Award

MUSKEGON - Five groups or individuals have been selected as finalists for the 2021 Lakeshore Innovator of the Year award, presented by Grand Valley State University’s Muskegon Innovation Hub. The award celebrates and recognizes the most innovative ideas on the Lakeshore. The winner will be announced at a ceremony July 29 from 5-7 p.m. at

By |2021-07-25T12:58:54-04:00July 25th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Renaissance Venture Capital Closes $77.5 Million Fourth Fund

ANN ARBOR -Renaissance Venture Capital has closed its fourth fund with $77.5 million of new capital.  Since it opened in 2008, Renaissance has raised over $280 million, making it the largest “fund of funds” of its kind in the United States.  Renaissance has become a role model for similar funds that have emerged in Cincinnati,

By |2021-07-20T12:21:30-04:00July 20th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Report: Ann Arbor Is Once Again The Country’s Most Educated City

ANN ARBOR - Ann Arbor - where nearly 60 percent of residents 25 and older hold a least a bachelor's degree - is the most educated city in the U.S., a new study released by WalletHub says. Released July 19, the study compares the country’s 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas across 11 metrics. Data

By |2021-07-20T12:24:20-04:00July 20th, 2021|Featured, News|

Flint Healthcare Accelerator Names Six New Startup Clients

FLINT—Officials at the Louisville, Ky.-based healthcare business accelerator XLerateHealth announced the selection of six startup companies to participate in the 2021 cohort of startups at its Flint office. This year’s program will be fully virtual following last year’s success in light of COVID adaptations. XLH Flint is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the

By |2021-07-20T12:24:33-04:00July 20th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|

Michigan Communities To Spend More Than $260 Million Over Next 5 Years Combating Coastal Damages From Climate Change

CHICAGO – A survey of 78 Michigan cities, villages and other jurisdictions along the Great Lakes shows that coastal damage from climate change will cost at least $260 million over the next five years, with shoreline communities having already spent $151 million over the past two years. These figures only represent a fraction of the

By |2021-07-20T12:23:36-04:00July 17th, 2021|Clean Update, Featured|

Study: Insights On Retaining High-Potential, Skilled Workers In Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Manufacturing Institute’s Center for Manufacturing Research partnered with the American Psychological Association to examine best practices for worker retention among manufacturers and explore the factors that affect retention. Featuring both leadership and worker perspectives, the Manufacturing Engagement and Retention Study analyzed why manufacturing workers stay with their employers and what contributes

By |2021-07-20T12:23:38-04:00July 17th, 2021|Blockchain, Featured|

Applications Open For Conquer Accelerator Grand Rapids Cohort

GRAND RAPIDS - Applications are now open!  Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the 2021 Conquer Accelerator Grand Rapids cohort. Conquer Accelerator is a 10-week program starting on September 13th, 2021, and ending on November 19th, 2021. As a member of the cohort, teams receive:  | $20,000 in funding  | Access to

By |2021-07-20T12:23:39-04:00July 17th, 2021|Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurs, Featured|