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GreenLight Business Model Competition Announces First Round of Winners

East Jordan competition kicks off $50K+ series with stops in Detroit, Flint, Port Huron, East Lansing

East Lansing, MI -- The fourth annual GreenLight Business Model Competition concluded the first leg of their statewide startup pitch series in East Jordan at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015, awarding prizes to four businesses. The GreenLight Business Model Competition is an event designed to bring entrepreneurs and small business supporters from across the State of Michigan together though a pitching contest format.

Entrants with businesses less than a year old pitch their business idea before a panel of judges to win startup support finding for their business. East Jordan finalists pitched at Castle Farms in Charlevoix, MI, vying for more than $15K in startup support and prizes. The winner of the competition, Big E’s Smoke Shack, won both $10k and an automatic entry to compete in the March 30, 2016 final competition in East Lansing, MI. 

East Jordan winners include:

·         Grand Prize: Big E's Smoke Shack, Ethan Habasco won $10k

·         Second Place: Business Center Plus, Barbara Ann Worgess won $3k

·         Third Place: Bluestem Ferments, Mary Brower won $2k

·         People’s Choice Award: EJ Catering won $500

GreenLight Michigan was co-created by Spartan Innovations in the MSU Innovation Center and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, and is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Whirlpool Corporation, Brooks Kushman PC, Foster Swift PC, and other sponsors. 

“Our partnerships allow us to support great ideas and innovators from around the state,” said Paul Jaques, director of student and community engagement at Spartan Innovations. “Michigan startups have ideas and talent that can compete on a global scale. We’re proud to offer this opportunity, in addition to the funding support, to help grow small business and entrepreneurship.”

With events held in East Jordan, Port Huron, Flint and the final contest in East Lansing, GreenLight is reaching out to entrepreneurs and investors from around the state to network and support startup businesses.

Detroit, November 5 – Westin Book Cadillac, Detroit, MI

Port Huron, December 7 - St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron, MI

Flint, January 27 – TBD, Flint, MI  

GreenLight Michigan, March 30 – Pasant Theater, Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 

Learn more at www.greenlightmichigan.com.

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The MSU Innovation Center combines innovation, technology transfer, start-up support, and a portfolio of dedicated business and community partnerships to bring cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace. Composed of Business-CONNECT, MSU Technologies and Spartan Innovations, the MSU Innovation Center stewards ideas from concept to product, launching more than 130 discoveries into patented products and start-up businesses annually. Learn more at http://innovationcenter.msu.edu.