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.

One of the ways the Center is encouraging entrepreneurship is through an annual Pitch Competition for students, in which entrepreneurs compete for seed funding by presenting their ideas in a format similar to the Shark Tank, but without the teeth.  The Center provides free coaching prior to the competition and continued mentoring after, whether or not you win. Take a look at the last competition.      

Pitch Winner
Congratulations to Brittney Feggan, who took first place in the second pitch competition for Macomb students! Feggan will use the $5,000 first-place prize to manufacture and market a new line of baby clothes she designed, Beezy, which replaces snaps and buttons, with magnetic fasteners. Also receiving awards to launch their businesses were LaShay Edwards, $3,000, and Yousuf Hussain, $1,000. In addition to holding the pitch competitions, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship also provides ongoing resources to students and alumni interested in starting their own business.

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 through the link below 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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Upon completion of this short questionnaire a representative of the Center will contact you to begin exploration of your business ideas.


Office Location:

44575 Garfield Road
A Building - Room 211
Clinton Township, MI 48038

Phone: 586.226-4833

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Thu 10:00am - 6:00pm

(evening appointments
available upon request)

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