SURGE

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

Need a powerful push forward?

We offer a powerful boost, an electric push forward that can help a startup achieve their next growth milestone. A one-stop resource that West Michigan entrepreneurs can plug into to SURGE forward at each stage of early growth.

Accelerate your business

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

Mentorship matters

This region has long been the home of a robust entrepreneurial spirit. Connect with experienced innovators who have been where you are and will provide mentorship to accelerate you toward a profitable business venture.

Entrepreneurial Support Network

West Michigan startups gain access to the high-quality services they need from local business services providers. This program is in partnership with the West Coast Chamber, where 25 business service providers offer in-kind services to entrepreneurs on a project basis. Services include:
Finance and accounting
Graphic Design
Human Resources
Legal / I.P.
Photography
Public Relations / Marketing
Product Development
Web Development

Actively engage

Our monthly meetups and additional programs throughout the year allow entrepreneurs to connect, engage, and learn from others engaged in the West Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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.

News and resources

Learn what's new in the ecosystem space relevant to our startups.

SURGE Startups

Honey Batcher: A technology that supports photographers by weeding out bad photos during the editing process.
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Manufacturer of small medical models and surgical trainers that help medical device companies better show and demonstrate their products
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Fathom: Created the Fathom One, which is an affordable, easy to use, underwater drone.
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Provides tabletop audio with transducers attached to the bottom of the tabletops, resulting in audio output
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Focuses on the remanufacturing, repurposing and recycling of advanced batteries.
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A company that designs wireless and solar powered lights that are activated at night when there is movement
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Inductive Intelligence: Specializes in systems that utilize wireless power transmission, wireless communications, and emerging sensor technology to solve practical problems
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Advanced lithium battery technology that provides a chemical stop gap for overcharging
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An all-in-one training app that empowers smart coaches to develop better athletes
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Tech infrastructure to identify available parking

SURGE Startups

• A brand reimagining personalized jewelry giving others a glimpse into your individuality, while reminding you of your own strengths.
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Created an innovated engagement ring box that includes a camera to record, save, and allow for you to share your proposal.
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A health food company that sells products made from Tiger Nut.
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Providing reliable, clean, emission free, cost effective, grid like power by transforming readily available ultra-low-grade heat into useful power.
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An online global platform that connects athletes and teams.
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A video resume platform designed for employers to ask job seekers to respond to interview questions via video.
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$8+ Million

Capital Raised

32

Commercialized Products

9

Patents Issued

27

High-Tech Companies Expanded

24

Licensing Agreements

94

Startups served