Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: a free community resource

Our vision is to develop a culture of entrepreneurship in which students and residents are inspired and motivated to explore and act upon their innovative ideas.  We are committed to maintaining a vital hub of resources the community can rely upon for entrepreneurial education and assistance, all aimed at increasing an entrepreneur’s chances of launching their own business.

Thank you for making our elevator pitch event a success!

The CIE was proud to put on its first ever elevator pitch competition in downtown Detroit on October 20th, and we’d like to thank everyone who helped make it a memorable evening. A busload of Macomb students were able to tour the Quicken Loans offices, network with established business professionals and practice presenting their ideas to an audience. We awarded over $1,000 in cash and prizes to the top four presenters, and just as importantly, saw many business cards being handed to students throughout the night.

Thank you to all of the students who stepped out of their comfort zone and participated, and congratulations to our winners:

  • Declan Kirby - 1st place
  • Deborah Kaster Hostos - 2nd place
  • Japan Scruggs - 3rd place
  • Sarah Aron - 4th place

A very special thank you to the many entrepreneurs who volunteered their time to serve as judges and coaches, as well as our sponsors: Quicken Loans, Northwood University, and Twisted Rooster! We will see you at our next event!

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Our goal is your success

And the Pitch Competition is just for starters. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers ongoing services and resources to encourage new ideas and new business growth in Macomb County.  These services are supported by Macomb Community College as part of its commitment to workforce and economic development in the region.

Who is eligible for these free resources?

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is here to serve Macomb students and alumni, and community residents, including small business owners.

How about startups?

Most definitely! The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship can provide assistance to businesses still in the idea phase, as well as those already on the market.

Is there a preferred business type?

Not at all. Dry cleaners to small manufacturing firms, beekeeping to consulting services, it doesn’t matter. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has the capacity to provide critical support to all types of new or existing businesses.    

How do I get started?

Sign up by clicking here and we will schedule a one-hour assessment at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship office on Center Campus.  Together, we will develop an action plan that identifies the steps you need to take and the resources that are available to you.  Our experienced mentors will work with you one-on-one as you implement your action plan.

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Office Location:

44575 Garfield Road
Building A, Room 206
Clinton Township, MI 48038

Phone: 586.226-4833

Hours of Operation:

Mon. - Wed. 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 11:00am - 7:00pm

(Friday and evening appointments available upon request)

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