SURGE, boosting entrepreneurs to the next level
SURGE, boosting entrepreneurs to the next level
Apply for the Fall 2019 SURGE Boostcamp 
The SURGE Boostcamp is a mentor-driven, 12-week "Proof of Concept" program that will help product and high technology startups further develop their idea, de-risk their business and establish a repeatable business model. Apply now through August 23rd if you want to participate. 
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SURGE Startups receive discounted West Coast Chamber memberships
SURGE has partnered with the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce to offer discounted chamber memberships to startups. The chamber connects its members to resources and provides networking and other opportunities that lead to success. 
Email Amanda Chocko at if you are interested in becoming a member. 
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Mindset Meals receives $5,000 at 5x5 Night
At 5x5 Night hosted by Gentex Corporation, we heard from five innovative companies who received helpful feedback from our five judges and celebrated the ideas of the future. The winning company, Mindset Meals, won the $5,000 prize to move their startup forward. Thank you for those who came out to support our region's startups. 
Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition calls for startup applications
The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition application for startups is now open. Startups are encouraged to register to compete by August 16th and submit their applications by August 31st. This pitch competition offers entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their companies to investors and build connections with business acceleration resources and experts in their industry. 
Learn to write a winning business plan with the SBDC
The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) is holding a free webinar tomorrow that teaches you how to write a successful business plan. 
Overcoming adversity as a Founder
The founder of Canva, Melanie Perkins, was turned down over 100 times by investors but used their feedback to build her idea into a one-billion-dollar business. 
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SURGE Startup Spotlight: Next Door Photos
Next Door Photos offers realtors the opportunity to capture listings with industry-leading photography, videography, aerials, 3-D models & floor plans. The company provides a quick turn around time by developing and delivering these images to realtors the very next day. They have a unique franchising model that allows their fellow entrepreneurs and partners to have a positive social impact on the world.  
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Upcoming Local Meetups 
Wednesday, July 17th, 11:00am @ Michigan SBDC Webinar
Goal: Learn to write a successful business plan with Michigan SBDC resources.
Tuesday, July 23rd, 6:00pm @ Start Garden
Goal: Founders have the opportunity to grow and develop their skills through education, mentorship and community. 
Wednesday, July 24th, 12:00pm @ Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids
Goal: Join Symposia Labs for a lunch and learn on how to use Snapchat's ad platform. 
Thursday, July 25th, 12:00pm @ Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women
Goal: This free class introduces participants to the many programs and services that GROW offers to entrepreneurs at every stage of their business.
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