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.

UNION connects entrepreneurs with each other, mentors and ESN members on a social and knowledge sharing platform for entrepreneurial ecosystems. Not yet signed up on UNION? Email Amanda Chocko to get started. 

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.
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.