Update on Events for Inventors-Entrepreneur + Free Tour MCC Fab LAB!

Grand Rapids

February 27, 2018

Happy Tuesday !

The sun is out and the events are bountiful! Here are a few highlights coming up this week…

February 5×5 Night

Tuesday5-8PM at LINC up

100 Ideas Pitch Event
Wednesday4-7PM at Start Garden

IoT Air-Quality Monitors
Wednesday6-8PM at The Right Place

Entrepreneur YOU Conference
Friday8:30AM – 3:30PM at Davenport University Lettinga Campus

We hope to see you out this week at one or a few of these great events! Have a great week, everyone!

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5×5 Night at LINC UP (FREE )

February 27th 5:00pm

On Tuesday, February 27th, 5 creators will pitch their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 – no strings attached. Join us at LINC UP for February 5×5 Night. Got a great idea you’d like to pitch? Visit 5x5night.com to submit your idea or to vote for your top five picks. The top five ideas with the most votes will then be selected to give a five minute pitch before a panel of 5 judges. The winning idea wins $5,000! The public is welcome to attend. 5 Votes! 5 Ideas! 5 Minutes! 5 Judges! 5,000 to the winning pitch! Link: http://www.5x5night.com
1167 Madison Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | View in Calendar

100 Ideas Pitch Event at Start Garden (Free)

February 28th 4:00pm

Join Start Garden our 100 Ideas pitch event! In January, Start Garden announced the launch of the 100 Ideas program with a consortium of banks as a no-strings-attached way to fund people to take a shot at new endeavors each year. It’s a community-wide investment in the businesses and organizations of tomorrow. Come and pitch your idea at this live event! Don’t hold back. Take a chance on yourself. Until April 10, anyone can submit a 100-second pitch from anywhere, in any language.
Start Garden, | View in Calendar

Pitch Club Lansing (Free)

February 28th 5:00pm

Agenda: 5:10pm – 5:25pm: Registration 5:25pm – 5:30pm: Opening Remarks 5:30pm-6:30pm: Company Presentations 6:30pm-6:35pm: 2 minute restroom break, and introduction of Keynote 6:35pm-6:55pm: Keynote 6:55pm – 7:10pm: Q&A with Audience7:10pm – 7:30pm: Networking Judges: Jerry Hollister, Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting Michael Terhorst, Vice President, Antares Capital, L.P. Reuben Levinsohn, Partner, Financial Advisor, Washington Avenue Advisors
MSU Innovation Center 325 East Grand River Avenue. #300. East Lansing, MI 48823 · Detroit, MI | View in Calendar

IoT Air-Quality Monitors (Free)

February 28th 6:00pm

At 6PM, Allen Derusha will present air-sensor devices and systems. Mr. Derusha is working with Grand Rapids’ Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) to deploy air-quality monitors that will be internet-connected when Grand Rapids’ LoRA network is fully deployed and activated. Two detectors are currently mounted at the local EPA air-quality monitoring station. These are recording data to a cloud-hosted analytics platform open to the public. This project started with a LoRA dev kit distributed at an IoT WM meeting in March, 2017!
The Right Place 125 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 450 · Grand Rapids, mi | View in Calendar

Muskegon Inventors Network Meeting (Free)

February 28th 6:00pm

Join the Muskegon Inventor community as we tour the new Lakeshore Fab Lab as part of our Monthly meeting schedule. Learn more about becoming a MINVENTOR.www.minventors.com
MCC -Sturus Technology Center Muskegon, MI | View in Calendar

Entrepreneur YOU Conference ($50)

March 2nd 8:30am

The Entrepreneur YOU conference is designed to educate women with a passion for owning their own business about the challenges and opportunities inherent to the endeavor — from planning through launch to growth. The conference provides a broad overview of topics such as marketing, finance, legal issues, business funding and more. In addition to sharpening skills, you will gain powerful contacts and learn new information to drive successful business results.
Davenport University Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids | View in Calendar

Upcoming Events:


Hack Night

March 6th 6:00pm
38 Fulton St. West, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


100 Ideas Pitch Event at Baxter Community Center (Free)

March 8th 4:00pm
Baxter Community Center, 935 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506


Marketing Your Business (No cost)

March 13th 8:00am
Muskegon Innovation Hub


Score Workshop: Simple Steps for Starting Your Business ($0)

March 16th 9:00am
GR Chamber – NEW LOCATION – 250 Monroe NW, Suite 150


Marketing Mondays ($10.00)

March 19th 12:00pm
Muskegon Innovation Hub, 200 Viridian Drive, Muskegon, MI 49440


100 Ideas Pitch Event at Start Garden (Free)

March 22nd 4:00pm
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Pitch Club Grand Rapids (Free)

March 29th 5:00pm
Start Garden 40 Pearl NW #200 Cafe area Grand Rapids, MI 49503


AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup (Free)

April 3rd 6:00pm


IoT Pitch Competition

April 4th 4:00pm
Troy Marriott Conference Center 200 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084


Starting a Business (No cost)

April 11th 6:00pm
1325 Yellow Jacket Dr. Greenville, MI


Business Legal Issues (No cost)

April 17th 8:00am
Muskegon Innovation Hub


Start Garden – 100 Ideas Announcement (Free)

April 24th 7:00pm
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Writing a Business Plan (No cost)

April 25th 6:00pm
1325 Yellow Jacket Dr. Greenville, MI


Market Research I: Industry Information (No cost)

May 8th 7:00pm
111 Library St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Market Research II: Business-to-Customer Market Research (No cost)

May 15th 7:00pm
111 Library St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Market Research III: Business-to-Business Market Research (No cost)

May 22nd 7:00pm
111 Library St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503


100 Ideas Demo Day at 20 Monroe Live (Free)

July 10th 5:30pm
20 Monroe Live

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