Invest In Cultures

No matter where you are on your journey—whether you’re an entrepreneur, a startup or simply a dreamer with a great idea—the ecosystem provides a strong community of support to help you get your idea off the ground or move your business to the next level.

Startups grow from communities friendly to entrepreneurs

Create a culture that helps ideas become businesses

Start Garden has always embodied the principal that to learn anything, you have to do something. We continue to try new things, learn from them and adapt the organization. The goal always is to establish a culture of entrepreneurship and invest whatever we can into that culture.


Start Garden launches a $15,000,000 fund to rapidly accelerate experimentation, risk-taking and investment into very early stage startups. The “stairstep” approach is to invest $5,000 into ideas every week, $20,000 each month to further incubate some of those ideas, and up to $500,000 available to invest any single startup.

In the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Start Garden takes up residence in a storefront to be an accessible destination for entrepreneurs and idea people.


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The pipeline of potential startups incubating between $5,000-$50,000 is perpetually full even as many projects churn out. Start Garden makes its first $500,000 investment into Blue Medora.

Launched with the belief that every startup needs at least three forms of capital—financial, intellectual and social—Start Garden continues to discover how our region’s capital is differentiated from others.

Become a part of the Ecosystem

Get familiar with the resources in West Michigan by joining the Start Garden hub on the Startup Space App