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GreenLight Business Model Competition Begins in East Jordan

The fifth annual GreenLight Business Model Competition kicks off another statewide startup pitch contest in East Jordan at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. 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 two years old pitch their business idea before a panel of judges to win startup support funding for their business. East Jordan finalists will pitch at Castle Farms in Charlevoix, MI, vying for more than $15K in startup support and prizes. The winner of the competition will include an automatic entry to compete in the March 29, 2017 final competition in East Lansing, MI.

East Jordan finalists include:

  • Malt House, Andrew Boyer
  • My Farm Market, Scotty Bruce
  • Northern MI Custom Image, Kari Vrondran
  • Not Too Shabby, Alissa Huckle
  • Save the East Jordan COOP Building, Kenneth Doctor
  • Shaken Not Stirred, Stephanie McGill
  • Suite Rolls, Kelly Newell
  • The Blooming Floweret, Lynn Gibson
  • The House Next Door, Karen Brennan
  • Tiny Home Community Development, Kristen Spears

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, 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, Detroit, 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.

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