New incubator in Grand Rapids supports tech startups

New incubator in Grand Rapids supports tech startups

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan’s latest tech startup incubator, The Bridge, will open in simply over a month.

The entrepreneurial hub is situated on the fourth flooring of The Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building. The high-tech, high-growth house is a results of a partnership between Spartan Innovations, Health innovation Partners, Rockford Construction, Walsh Investors, Walsh Construction and Murphy Development Group.

“The objective right here is discovering issues that transfer the needle to make folks’s lives higher, happier, more healthy,” mentioned Kyle McGregor, director of well being improvements at Spartan Innovations.

The practically 20,000-square-foot house is supposed to advertise networking and development for up and coming entrepreneurs. Terra Osman, who based {the marketplace} app Farmish, is without doubt one of the first tenants and recipients of the various assets The Bridge gives.

“Users can create a free itemizing for issues like yard hen eggs, produce, backyard provides, vegetation, timber and honey,” Osman defined her app. “Buyers can search on a map by location or key phrase after which message the vendor to finish the sale.”

Since launching the app from her youngsters’s playroom in March, Farmish has seen 220,000 distinctive downloads in keeping with Osman.

“These are the folks and the assets which have helped Farmish develop. I’ve been ready for this (house) to be completed as a result of it’s simply going to be actually impactful for my enterprise below the identical roof and to have the ability to work alongside them,” she mentioned.

Rental functions are open. McGregor advised News 8 they’ve a couple of dozen tenants pending for the March opening.

“We could make this a one-stop store the place you’re not simply coming to get your marketing strategy collectively,” he mentioned. “It’s get your marketing strategy, get your advertising, work in your platform, discuss with legal professionals, discuss with HR folks… we bought it right here.”

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