Every city must answer the question, "Can I make it here?"

Start Here

For Ideas

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 5x5 Night monthly pitch competition. Check out some of the regional resources for new entrepreneurs.

For Startups

Our region has a 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.

For Small Businesses

In spite of how much communities desire entrepreneurship, first-time entrepreneurs often find themselves in a desert of scarce resources. Learn what we do to align our Ecosystem around new entrepreneurs.

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Startup Space

The best way to remain connected with Start Garden and the entrepreneurial ecosystem is through Startup Space, our new hub for Start Garden members, local entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and dozens of resources for startups. Startup Space is a FREE resource for the startup community. Create an account and get connected.

Get Connected


A strong web of relationships can be more essential to a startup’s success than funding. So, we built a neighborhood within a neighborhood in downtown Grand Rapids where venture investors and entrepreneurs work together.

Find your place

Michigan STEM Forward

Calling all startups and mid-sized companies looking for STEM student interns! STEM Forward is offering a $3,000 match for hiring a Michigan based intern for your company. Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) have launched Michigan STEM Forward, a statewide program that matches students attending Michigan colleges and universities with internship opportunities at the state’s leading innovative companies.

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