Northern Lakes Financial Alliance launches Innovation Alliance | Business

BOYNE City — The Northern Lakes Financial Alliance has founded the Innovation Alliance, a new phase to increase and produce company strategies in northern Michigan.

The NLEA and Traverse Metropolis-centered Arrowhead Incubator, Inc. are partnering on the new program’s first occasion to deliver “Indigenous entrepreneurs with the room to improve their business thoughts and obtain capital,” in accordance to a launch.

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

These interested in the function really should entire an on the web desire form by Sept. 1. The on the internet variety is readily available at

The Northern Lakes Rendezvous Alliance is an occasion for Indigenous business owners “to pitch their merchandise, companies, and business strategies without the need of the stage and the lights,” according to a release. The focus is to “bolster Native organization owners’ skilled connections, offer obtain to early-stage funding, and foster associations among other impressive inventors and investors,” according to the release.

The Rendezvous Alliance party is on the lookout for corporations involved in:

  • Value-additional agriculture
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Technological innovation
  • Recycle/upcycle
  • Investigate and improvement
  • Manufacturing

Indigenous-owned companies who stay or operate in the NLEA provider region (Antrim, Charlevoix and Cheboygan) are welcome to use. NLEA and Arrowhead are also encouraging applications from Emmet County.

Additional data on the general public/private nonprofit NLEA is readily available at northernlakes.internet. A lot more information and facts on the 501©(3) Arrowhead Incubator is readily available at

The Sept. 8 occasion is the initially for the new Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance.

“That’s what we’re calling our new method,” said Angie Ross, NLEA Enterprise Attraction and Progress Expert. “Because of COVID and just lifetime problems, we’re placing a new spin on our Pitch Nights.”

Ross stated every county has held yearly Pitch Night gatherings in the earlier, but numerous have been postponed the last two yrs. The Innovation Alliance will conclusion up helping more start off-ups in the prolonged run, Ross said.

“We’re likely to consider to help a lot more organizations,” Ross claimed. “There will be smaller sized venues and lesser awards, but extra companies will get awards.”

The NLEA will host quite a few extra invitation-only gatherings following the Sept. 8 occasion. Innovation Alliance activities will be much more than pitch shows.

“It also supplies connections inside the NLEA enterprise, source and financing networks as perfectly as obtain to early-stage funding and the possible to meet up with other inventors and buyers,” the launch mentioned. “The Innovation Alliance system is made to cultivate a culture of innovation and challenge-resolving all over northern Michigan.”

NLEA will host invitation-only gatherings to listen to more about each individual business’ plans. Be part of the system to fulfill with like-minded people today who are concentrated on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Companies or men and women in Antrim, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties can sign-up on-line at northernlakes.web/innovation-alliance. Registrants will be invited to sign up for the new system and plan a date to meet and go over their enterprise strategies.

Economical guidance for Northern Lakes Innovation Alliance comes from the DTE Basis and Customers Electrical power.

The NLEA was founded in 1984.