Accelerate Michigan’s first major initiative, a statewide innovation competition, launched last month. The new competition was created by the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan with seed funding from the New Economy Initiative. The Accelerate Michigan partnership, for which the competition is named, is the lead sponsor providing underwriting support, sponsorships of sector competitions, judges and other in-kind support.
The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is one of the nation’s largest innovation competitions, targeting early-stage businesses with proven technology and potential to generate an immediate impact on Michigan’s economy as well as student concepts with longer-term business viability. The deadline for the company competition is October 6, 2010.