A powerful boost. An electric push forward to assist entrepreneurs in achieving their next milestones.

SURGE offers entrepreneurs the powerful push forward they need to achieve their next milestone. SURGE resources and offerings include:
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Holland SmartZone

Lakeshore Advantage is the administrator of the Holland SmartZone, a state-wide funding tool that allows for tax increment financing (TIF) capture for infrastructure reinvestment within specific geographical boundaries in the City of Holland and Holland Charter Township to support and foster high-tech, high-growth companies.

Business Accelerator Fund

Emerging companies can apply for Business Accelerator Funding (BAF) through the Holland SmartZone. This is a state-wide grant program that helps bring promising technology to market. 

In 2016, we assisted six companies, including Fathom Drone, the maker of the underwater drone pictured here, in obtaining $65,000 in Business Accelerator Funding. 

Entrepreneurial Support Network (ESN)

In partnership with the West Coast Chamber, over 28 business service providers are offering in-kind services to entrepreneurs on a project basis. Services include:
  • Business plan development
  • Finance and accounting
  • Legal / I.P.
  • Marketing
  • Web development

Submit your Project

Become ESN Service Provider

Mentoring Opportunities and Navigation Services

Pitch competition coming up?
Want some face-to-face time with someone who can help you get to your next step?

We can point you in the right direction for seeking capital, funding options, mentors and educational opportunities.

We Can Help

Events & Local Meetups

We collaborate with Start Garden and other organizations to host entrepreneurial and bigger thinking events along the lakeshore. These include: Check out these local meetups for innovative minds:
  • Stories, Struggles and Successes (S3), a low-key monthly meetup for startups, entrepreneurs and entreprenurially-minded people to share over drinks and appetizers about where they are currently. 
  • Hackster Holland Meetup, a hardware and hackster meetup the first Tuesday of each month to connect, share ideas and build great things together. 
  • Drinks and Digital, a monthly digital marketing meetup.

Additional Resources

Additional West Michigan entrepreneurial resources include:

Contact Amanda Chocko to learn more about SURGE and how we can be a powerful boost forward for your startup. 

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