Leverage experienced business minds ready to share their knowledge.

The Grand Rapids SmartZone network provides you with access to one-on-one business coaching, incubators and accelerators to help you navigate both your business strategy and all the resources available to you.

Business Coaching

  • Tech Week GR: Events like Tech Week GR celebrate our tech industry and facilitate conversations between founders and funders.
  • Accelerate Equity: A program to bring visibility to the systems that prevent people of color from scaling businesses and to help them overcome those systems through mentorship and a community of CEOs and investors.
  • Entrepreneur in Residence Program: Residents receive guidance from experienced professionals to develop business plans, navigate funding and bring startups to market.
  • Conquer Accelerator Program: This ten-week intensive program focuses on completing tailored, goal-driven benchmarks. Instructors and mentors cover topics like fundraising, technology and longevity.
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Resources and Mentoring

  • Education and assistance in commercialization
  • Business and marketing plans
  • Accounting services
  • Legal counsel
  • Access to government grants, venture capital and other funding sources.