Collaboration is Key
Marquette has a rich entrepreneurial support ecosystem that we are excited to play a part in growing. We partner with many other local economic development organizations and nonprofits to host and co-promote entrepreneurial and small business events and support client endeavors.
Invent@NMU, a program of Northern Michigan University (NMU), helps students and community members U.P.-wide take their product and business ideas from a napkin sketched concept to market launch. In July 2017, Innovate Marquette SmartZone partnered with NMU to manage and run the day to day operations of the Invent@NMU program and student staff, following the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) grant of $1.15 million to expand the reach of the program U.P.-wide.
InvestUP is a newly developed private sector-led economic development organization keenly focused on driving economic growth across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Founded by the region’s leading private sector businesses and the region’s universities, its mission is to deliver business and job growth across the peninsula.
The mission of the Innovation Shore Angel Network is two-fold: to help grow the economic base of the Upper Peninsula through the growth of early to mid-stage companies and to provide members an above market financial return on their invested capital and time commitment.