Providing resources for communities and entrepreneurs to create and retain jobs in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan & Emmet Counties.

NLEA-Innovation Alliance

Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance is an event for innovators in various industries to pitch their start-up or growth idea for a chance to receive grant funding. It also provides connections within the NLEA business, resource and financing networks as well as access to early-stage funding and the potential to meet other inventors and investors. The Innovation Alliance program is designed to cultivate a culture of innovation and problem-solving throughout Northern Michigan.

The NLEA is looking for those involved in the following industries to apply: Value-Added Agriculture; Outdoor Recreation; Tech; Innovation; Research & Development; and Manufacturing Industries. NLEA is offering an additional path for businesses/individuals to pitch their ideas for business support. Businesses or individuals looking for support and networking opportunities to bring a concept to life and who live or work the NLEA region of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet counties are invited to register.

Register below!

Innovation Alliance Registration

Please fill out to register for the Northern Lake Innovation Alliance. Additional information will be communicated after you submit the form. By submitting this intake form you are not committed to anything.
  • Please tell us your name.
  • Please provide the best contact email.
  • Please provide your best contact phone number.
  • Please tell us the name of the business. If not formally named please indicate that and tell us what you are calling it now.
  • Please enter the County for your personal address.
  • Please include the business address if different from personal address.
  • Please enter the County for the business address.
  • Please tell us when the business was created and what stage you are operating in. i.e.- start-up, expansion, development, etc.
  • Choose the industry that most fits the business.
  • Please describe the problem the business solves or opportunity the product/services aides to.
  • Please describe the current and future needs that the business needs to grow. i.e.- software, equipment, labor, location, etc.

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