KALAMAZOO – If so, 2020 is your year. The WMed Innovation Center is launching a series of programs that can help you take your game-changing idea to the next level.

Fund your innovative idea with government SBIR/STTR grants.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are United States government programs, coordinated by the Small Business Administration, intended to help certain small businesses conduct research and development. Over the course of this series you will learn everything you need to know about finding a grant topic that is right for your company and writing a compelling proposal. Come to one session or come to them all. https://med.wmich.edu/node/456

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Learn more about who cares about your innovation and why.

Introduction to Customer Discovery training provides entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn about the customer discovery interview process. The interview process is one of the first steps in commercialization of any product or technology. This 4-week intensive course will encompass the two main concepts of NSF I-Corps, namely value proposition and customer segmentation. There is no registration cost for a team to attend this program. There will be several dates and locations for ICD programs in 2020. Request information by emailing [email protected], or simply keep an eye on the WMed Innovation Center calendar: https://med.wmich.edu/node/456.

Get one-on-one help from people who have been in your shoes

The Innovation Center’s 2020 Mentoring Program is designed to transform

entrepreneurs at all levels by pairing them with insightful mentors for eleven months. During this time the mentors and mentees will meet at least once a month on their own schedule to discuss specific issues. In addition, there will be a Mentor Meet-Up lunch at the Innovation Center on the 3rd Friday of each month. Each Mentor Meet-Up will feature a topic of relevance as well as time for networking with other mentors and mentees over a delicious meal.

If you wish to participate in the 2020 Mentor Cohort, please submit an application by February 1, 2020. Request an application or more information by emailing [email protected].  (Space is limited.)

Celebrate being a woman who makes things happen.

The Boundless Women Confab will take place on November 18, 2020 at the WMU Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo. The morning will feature intriguing workshops by women, for women. The evening will celebrate successful female entrepreneurs at a gala event. Hold the date now for a full day of learning, inspiration, and fun. More details will be provided soon at http://bit.ly/36nqgvb.

Whether you are a scientist, a coder, an engineer, an entrepreneur, or all of these things rolled into one, you are also a woman making a difference. And sometimes women need to level the playing field a little bit. Join the WMed Innovation Center in 2020 and make it your most productive, life-changing year ever.

If you have any questions or just want to talk to another woman in tech (The WMed Innovation Center is run by women), contact us at [email protected] or 269-353-1823. We look forward to meeting you!