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Start Garden was founded on the ethic of finding fast, inexpensive ways to turn ideas into actions. Today, we work to make accessible platforms to do just that. Learn more about the 5×5 Night monthly pitch competition. Check out some of the regional resources for new entrepreneurs.

Our region has an unusual number of global manufacturing enterprises transitioning into the age of the Internet of Things. At the center of where tech startups converge with global manufacturing is the Seamless IoT Commercialization Program.

Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) – Based in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Grand Rapids Inventors Network is a regional non-profit organization that assists its members to further their creative ideas. It also is a place where inventors, marketers, and creative people can learn and network. GRIN helps inventors help themselves via networking and experience sharing with other inventors. The organization encourages and nurtures the new inventor towards professional growth and product realization.

Thornapple Angels’ is an expansion of Birmingham Angels and its purpose is to become a premier Investment group on the west side of the state of Michigan that is committed to taking Angel investing to a new level.   Building a network of active, progressive, and innovative investors that are committed to turning the US  into a powerhouse startup ecosystem.