Services & Support

SmartZone’s Suite of Services & Support

The SmartZone can provide an array of services as identified below that will help facilitate the commercialization of technology ideas that come from the inventors, innovators and researchers in our University, in private companies and from within our community members. We specifically help to mine technology from the university and private enterprise, assist entrepreneurs and other tech companies in building business structures around their technology ideas, assist in product development strategies, business development efforts and help early-stage companies find and secure necessary start-up funding. Services we provide may include, but are not limited to:

• Business idea vetting
• Technology mining
• Technology assessments
• Business feasibility studies
• Business planning
• Entrepreneurial training
• Business development mentoring

• Market analysis
• Product development
• Management recruitment
• Networking events
• Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) assistance
• Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) assistance
• Investor identification, relationship building, and pitch preparation

LaunchPad Program

LaunchPad is the one of the first steps that the Innovate Marquette SmartZone offers in the way of support programs that can help take your good idea and turn it into potentially a great business opportunity. Think of this as an entrepreneurs “boot camp” where we take you beyond books and theories by providing a systematic, hands-on approach, utilizing qualified business coaches as well as experienced professionals from within our community who act as your teachers and mentors.


Entrepreneurs On Tap

Entrepreneurs On Tap is a free weekly event that takes place during nine months of the year hosted at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. Innovate Marquette teams up with the MEDC and 40 Below to bring leaders of the local, regional, and national entrepreneurship community to present to the community on a variety of topics designed to educate other small business owners, students, and the general public.

To learn more about attending an Entrepreneurs On Tap event or to participate as a presenter contact

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