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Lunch & Learn: Funding Your Startup Through State Programs

  • Start Garden 50 Louis Street Northwest Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)

Bring your lunch and hear regional experts share experience, advice, and lessons from their profession. | FREE for CEO Club members | $5 for non-members

Topic | Funding Your Startup Through State Programs 

From seed funds & grants, to accelerators & plan competitions, there are many funding options available through the State of Michigan. Join us on November 14th when you will hear about these opportunities from a panel of professionals that know them best. 

The discussion will include:

  • Business Accelerator Fund
  • Michigan PreSeed Fund 2.0
  • First Customer Program at U of M
  • The Panel | Phil Tepley, Mike Flanagan, Austin Dean

Phil Tepley |  MI SBDC

Under the leadership of Phil Tepley, beginning in 2007, the SBDC “Tech Team” grew to a statewide group of eight business consultants that assist Michigan’s emerging technology based companies with their commercialization, financing, and growth strategies. Since Tepley began managing the team, it has helped its clients raise over $200 million in capital formation and to create over 800 jobs. He is a former President and VP of Programming at Ann Arbor’s investor forum, the New Enterprise Forum.


Mike Flanagan | Director of Equity Programs  | Michigan Economic Development 

Mike Flanagan is Director of Equity Programs at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) responsible for the state’s venture capital, private equity, and mezzanine program investments, through the 21st Century Investment Fund and Venture Michigan Funds, among other programs, which total over $300 million in assets under management.  These programs are designed to grow the risk capital markets and entrepreneurial ecosystem Michigan, which has experienced a ten-fold increase over the last decade. 


Austin Dean | Director of Business Operations 

If Austin’s not scuba diving or kayaking, he’s busy developing company valuations for GR Current or tending to his side project, Failure Lab.  After working as an analyst for the Charter Group and Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Austin has a firm grip on business model generation, business plan development, and market research. His personal experience with start-ups and an MBA add a fortified practicality to his work. Start a conversation with Austin about good classic novels and you'll have a friend for life. 

Earlier Event: November 12
Learning Opportunity: Legal Issues