Stakeholder Sponsors

Detroit Development Fund

Detroit Development Fund is a non-profit organization and a certified community development financial institution formed with a mission to assist in the revitalization of economically distressed areas in the city of Detroit. Detroit Development provides loans and technical assistance to small business owners, developers, building owners, contractors, and subcontractors who are unable to acquire certain levels of capital necessary from traditional financing sources. We deliver our products and services with the goals of revitalizing businesses and neighborhoods in Detroit, Michigan, creating economic equity, and promoting a healthy environment.

Dykema Gossett PLLC

Dykema is distinguished by our cost-effective and collaborative partnerships with our clients. We deliver practical, results-oriented counsel earning accolades from clients nationwide for our efforts on their behalf in the courtroom and in the boardroom.  

We are focused on delivering outstanding results and we strive, at every level, to develop relationships with our clients built on trust and mutual respect. Unparalleled client service is at the heart of our approach to the practice of law. That focus has been a cornerstone of our success for the past 85 years. We hire the best and the brightest talents and instill in all a commitment to our clients’ satisfaction and the achievement of their business and legal goals. 

Eastern Michigan University Center for Entrepreneurship

Established in 1986, in the College of Business, EMU's Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) strives to enhance a culture of entrepreneurship in the EMU community by supporting a strong entrepreneurship curriculum and offering a variety of co-curricular programs. The CFE also encourages local entrepreneurship by engaging EMU students and faculty in innovation, business creation and growth in southeast Michigan.

Academic Curriculum

This includes a major in entrepreneurship for College of Business (COB) students pursuing a bachelor's in business administration (B.B.A) program, a minor in entrepreneurship for students outside the COB, graduate certificate (both face-to-face and online) in entrepreneurship for anyone with a bachelor's degree and finally, a specialization in entrepreneurship for master's in business administration students.

Skandalaris Business Plan Competition

University (and high school) students compete in separate categories for a chance at thousands in prize money, with the top three placers presenting their plans at the Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference in February. All EMU students are eligible to compete and we happily accept plans that are part of a group project for class. 

 

EMU Center For Entrepreneurship
Hooper Hathaway

Local law firm - business set up, advice, employment issues, immigration issues, contracts, sales and distribution agreements, shareholder/member issues, taxation, estate planning, start-ups. We want to help you succeed. Call us at 734-662-4426

MI SBDC

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) enhances Michigan's economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies. With offices statewide, the MI-SBTDC positively impacts the economy by strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success.

Michigan Angel Fund

The Michigan Angel Fund is the largest angel group in our state. We invest in Michigan only tech start-ups that are capital efficient and have sales revenue or near revenue.

MRPR CPAs & Advisors

MRPR is a certified public accounting and business advisory firm with offices in Southfield and Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a part of the SE Michigan business community since 1974 and leader among Michigan CPA firms, they service closely-held middle-market companies in various industries, including manufacturing, transportation, construction, technology, as well as engineering and professional service firms. MRPR also performs audits of employee benefit plans and not-for-profit organizations. Team members at MRPR are dedicated and trained to deliver Five Star Client Service. MRPR’s mission is to strive to be valuable to clients by providing proactive, relationship driven service, while being a great place to work and grow for their people.

PNC Bank

PNC offers a wide range of services for all our customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, we're sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for financial success.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Taft's Start-up and Venture Capital practices advise high-growth, early-stage businesses seeking VC funding, those utilizing private equity and/or venture-backing, and institutional investors. Taft combines deep market knowledge with strong industry relationships to provide practical, business-oriented counsel. With more than 400 attorneys, Taft's collaborative approach, advanced technological resources and depth of services can transform what you expect from your legal team.



Taft’s Venture Capital practice has been ranked in the Top Tier by U.S. News - Best Lawyers for four straight years.

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