Boot Camp For Start-Ups Turns Business Ideas Into Reality

LANSING  (WWJ) — For first-time entrepreneurs, launching a business takes substantial research and planning before they start to see a profit. The GreenLight Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is tailor-made to help provide new leaders with start-up resources in one location.

A partnership between Spartan Innovations, Lansing Economic Area Partnership and the MSU Innovation Center, this week-long instruction course helps take start-ups from idea to startup through operations.

“We’re working to spur entrepreneurship throughout the region, from helping MSU faculty members interested in learning more about turning their concepts into robust businesses, to assisting local startups who have a great idea and need help getting off the ground,” said Brian Abraham, executive director of Spartan Innovations, “This is the first boot camp in the region that offers instruction, information and resources built on strong partnerships both inside and outside Michigan State University.”

The first of its kind in Mid-Michigan, this week-long, intensive, interactive course is designed for entrepreneurs and startups of all experience levels looking to create new businesses and new opportunities. Covering topics that include financing, business and finance planning, market analysis, managing change, and launch strategy, the paperless course runs Aug. 19-23 in the Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.

“This program helps open more doors to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership in the Greater Lansing region,” said Jeff Smith, co-director of LEAP’s New Economy Division. “We’ve identified a real need for programs that help the entrepreneurial-minded get the training and support they need to become Lansing’s next great innovators and job-creators.”

Candidates can sign up to attend the course at The $500 registration and materials fee includes dinner each evening, parking, a Kindle Fire, five course books, materials and instruction time.

The MSU Innovation Center combines innovation, technology transfer, start-up support, and a portfolio of dedicated business and community partnerships to bring cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace. Composed of MSU Technologies, Business-Connect and Spartan Innovations, the MSU Innovation Center stewards ideas from concept to product, launching more than 120 discoveries into patented products and start-up businesses a year. Learn more at

Founded in 2007, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where businesses can thrive. LEAP helps entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. More at


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