Our Mission

The Innovate Marquette SmartZone was created to help coordinate, inspire, promote and lead our business, government, academic, and community leaders in efforts to leverage the unique set of resources, experience and advantages we have in Marquette to create a supportive environment and robust entrepreneurial eco-system in which entrepreneurs in all sectors can be recognized and promoted; where new tech-based business ideas can start, grow and succeed while existing ones can continue to innovate, thrive and expand.

Our Vision

Transform Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula into a world-class entrepreneurial eco-system supporting technology-based innovations, new businesses, new job creation and existing business expansion.


Funds for many of the initiatives the Innovate Marquette SmartZone creates and delivers are provided by the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a MSF program designed to accelerate the growth and diversification of Michigan’s economy.  The MEDC, a public-private partnership between the state and local communities, provides administrative support for the 21st Century Jobs Fund.  The MEDC markets Michigan and provides the tools and environment to drive job creation and investment.  For more information on the 21st Century Jobs Fund initiative, visit www.MichiganAdvantage.org.


Northern Michigan University
University Center Ste 2301-B
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49855