SURGE, boosting entrepreneurs to the next level
SURGE, boosting entrepreneurs to the next level
SURGE Boostcamp blasts off
SURGE has officially launched its 12-week customer validation Boostcamp. Twelve startups will use tools and strategies from this program to launch their businesses and reach new milestones. Follow along on the SURGE Union platform for updates on the companies and their progress. 
Email Amanda Chocko at to be added to the SURGE Union community or to express your interest in being part of the next Boostcamp cohort.  
Join us for our October meetup at the historic Holland Museum 
Join us for our October meetup at the historic Holland Museum. Network with the greater SURGE community, learn all about Sparklab and tour the fabulous exhibits. 
Let us know you're coming!
Co-work together with startups in the ecosystem on SURGE Days
Come join SURGE every second Wednesday of the month and co-work together with other startups in the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the Treehuis. Learn about opportunities available to you in the ecosystem, hear updates from fellow startups and get your own work done all in the same place.
The FounderCo team has recently partnered with Wefunder, and will be joining us at the October 9th SURGE Day. Through Wefunder you can raise capital from fellow founders, customers, family and friends with investments as little as $100. Come meet with them to learn more.
Pizza lunch will be provided so be sure to RSVP to let us know you're coming.
Holland SmartZone featured in MEDC video series
The Holland SmartZone was recently featured in Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) "In The Zone" video series. Thank you to all of the SURGE startups who came out to be a part of the video production and for helping us to showcase the thriving entrepreneurial community of West Michigan. 
Watch now
Tune in to FounderCo's new podcast on Spotify
FounderCo's new podcast features guest speakers from different industries to talk about the tools and resources available to Founders. Each podcast delivers quick tips and energetic conversations between the host, Matt Gira, and his featured guest speaker. 
Listen now
Nominate an outstanding small business 
Nominations for the Michigan Small Business Award are open, with the deadline to nominate being November 4th. 
Nominate here
SURGE Startup Spotlight: Competitive Wedge
Competitive Wedge, a Holland-based SURGE startup, has secured a major partnership that will introduce its product to over 5,000 small to medium-sized businesses. SURGE recently worked with Competitive Wedge to secure a Business Accelerator Fund (BAF) grant to pay for services for a $15,000 digital marketing project that helped them to finalize their partnership with JazzHR.
Read more
Upcoming Local Meetups 
Tuesday, October 8th, 6:00pm @ Start Garden
Goal: Learn about the different types of crowdfunding and the best practices of launching your campaign.
Thursday, October 10th, 12:00pm @ Muskegon Innovation Hub
Goal: This free class introduces participants to the many programs and services that GROW offers to entrepreneurs at every stage of their business.
Thursday, October 10th, 12:00pm @ Symposia Labs Webinar
Goal: Free webinar that details how to utilize LinkedIn's advertising tools to leverage your company's advertising strategy.
Tuesday, November 5th, 6:00pm @ Collective Idea
Goal: Tinker with technology and learn how to program with fellow tech makers in the area. 
This news and events update was sent to you as a service of Lakeshore Advantage. We send communications on a regular basis to keep you up-to-date on information that may be helpful to you and your interest in entrepreneurship and the Holland SmartZone. Please direct questions, comments and future submissions to Haley Abbas at 
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