NLEA launches Innovation Alliance | Small business

BOYNE Metropolis — The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance has recognized the Innovation Alliance, a new action to increase and establish company strategies in northern Michigan.

The NLEA and Traverse Town-dependent Arrowhead Incubator, Inc. are partnering on the new program’s first celebration to supply “Indigenous entrepreneurs with the area to improve their enterprise strategies and entry cash,” according to a launch.

Labeled as ‘Indigepreneurs,’ NLEA and Arrowhead Incubator, Inc. will maintain an invitation-only event Sept. 8 from 3-6 p.m. The function will be held at the NLEA workplaces, in the Charlevoix-Emmet (Char-Em) Intermediate College District at 1313 Boyne Ave.

These intrigued in the occasion need to finish an online fascination type by Sept. 1. The on the internet type is readily available at

The Northern Lakes Rendezvous Alliance is an celebration for Indigenous business people “to pitch their goods, companies, and enterprise programs without the phase and the lights,” in accordance to a launch. The target is to “bolster Native business owners’ specialist connections, give obtain to early-stage funding, and foster interactions amongst other progressive inventors and traders,” according to the launch.

The Rendezvous Alliance event is looking for corporations included in:

  • Value-included agriculture
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Technological innovation
  • Recycle/upcycle
  • Study and advancement
  • Production

Indigenous-owned companies who stay or get the job done in the NLEA assistance region (Antrim, Charlevoix and Cheboygan) are welcome to implement. NLEA and Arrowhead are also encouraging apps from Emmet County.

Much more facts on the community/private nonprofit NLEA is available at northernlakes.web. More information and facts on the 501©(3) Arrowhead Incubator is available at

The Sept. 8 celebration is the 1st for the new Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance.

“That’s what we’re contacting our new software,” said Angie Ross, NLEA Business Attraction and Growth Expert. “Because of COVID and just life challenges, we’re placing a new spin on our Pitch Nights.”

Ross claimed every single county has held yearly Pitch Night occasions in the earlier, but a lot of have been postponed the very last two years. The Innovation Alliance will end up helping much more commence-ups in the extended run, Ross explained.

“We’re heading to test to enable a lot more corporations,” Ross mentioned. “There will be more compact venues and lesser awards, but more companies will get awards.”

The NLEA will host several more invitation-only occasions right after the Sept. 8 occasion. Innovation Alliance activities will be much more than pitch displays.

“It also supplies connections in the NLEA small business, resource and funding networks as nicely as entry to early-phase funding and the possible to meet other inventors and buyers,” the release claimed. “The Innovation Alliance application is designed to cultivate a society of innovation and challenge-resolving in the course of northern Michigan.”

NLEA will host invitation-only occasions to listen to more about every single business’ strategies. Sign up for the method to meet up with with like-minded persons who are focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Firms or men and women in Antrim, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties can register on line at northernlakes.web/innovation-alliance. Registrants will be invited to be a part of the new method and timetable a date to meet and focus on their small business tips.

Monetary support for Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance will come from the DTE Basis and Consumers Electrical power.

The NLEA was founded in 1984.