Registration for GreenLight 2015 begins January 1, 2015

About Us

A Unique Identity and Opportunity

The GreenLight Business Model Competition will bring together businesses that have been in existence for one year or less as new start-up ventures.

The GreenLight Business Model Competition is a unique event that will bring together entrepreneurs from all over the State of Michigan to compete for $50,000 in prizes. Participants will pitch their ideas or new start-ups to an amazing panel of judges and have the opportunity to network with angel and venture capital investors from across Michigan. There will be a top prize of $25,000 along with several other prizes in different categories, giving the potential to win $50,000 to start their business.

The GreenLight Business Model Competition was created by Spartan Innovations, MSUFCU, LEAP, MEDC, and the Michigan State University Innovation Center have also collaborated on working together to serve as a hub for entrepreneurship in the greater Lansing area.

× WHO QUALIFIES?

  • Just have a well-thought out business idea? You are welcome to apply!
  • Competition is open to all - students and business professionals.
  • If you have a registered business entity, you must be a State of Michigan based business that has been in existence for one year or less (earliest incorporation date of 3/31/14).
  • Winning funds are to be utilized to start or propel business ventures in each local competition area.
Winning funds are to be utilized to start business ventures in the Greater Lansing area or GreenLight Hub locations.

Agenda

Schedule of the Competition

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March 1, 2015

The Business Model submission will be taken up till 11:59pm of Sunday.

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March 17, 2015

The finalists of the competition will be announced. These will be the teams and companies that will be competing.

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March 24, 2015

In depth mentor session for the finalists. Gain valuable tips and practical advice!

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March 28, 2015

Finalist presentations are due!

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March 31, 2015

The GreenLight Business Model Competition officially begins at the Wharton Center Pasant Theatre.

 

3:00PM                                    Registration & Networking

4:00PM-6:45PM                     Finalist Pitch

6:45PM-8:30PM                     Networking & Judging

8:30PM                                    Winners Announced

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Special Appearance

Come grab a picture with the one and only Sparty!

Sponsors

The Generous Supporters of GreenLight

Sponsorship

Don't Miss the Opportunity to Get on Board

The Event

The GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition will take place on March 31, 2015. This East Lansing event, attended by hundreds of business leaders and startups, would not be possible without the support of our corporate and individual sponsors. Contributing to GreenLight directly helps emerging Michigan professionals become successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, and help launch new companies.


Benefits

In addition to helping grow and diversify Michigan’s economy, sponsoring GreenLight provides opportunities to network with startups, business leaders, and successful entrepreneurs. Sponsor logos and company descriptions are included in the event program, website and social media outreach. Total benefits package includes:

- Special recognition with company name and logo included in event signage, program and on the GreenLight website.
- Special recognition during event.
- Special recognition in social media to all participants and audience.


Payment Options

× Your donation will be processed via MSU, however, your funds will be applied directly to our GreenLight event.

To Pay with Check:
Make check out to Michigan State University and mail to Spartan Innovations, 325 E. Grand River Ave. Suite 355, East Lansing MI 48823.

To Pay by Credit Card: 
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PREMIUM SPONSORSHIP     $25,000

Unlimited signage at event, exclusive sponsor table available, inclusion in all print materials, social media and website, a seat in the judges panel, access to mentoring opportunities, complimentary registration to attend the event, special recognition at event, inclusion in all materials sent to attendees.
Thank you to our Co-Creator, MSU Federal Credit Union! Thank you to our Program Sponsor, Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP     $10,000

Space provided for signage at event, sponsor table available, inclusion in all print materials, social media and website, a seat in the judges panel, access to mentoring opportunities, special recognition at event reception, complimentary registration to attend the event.
GOLD SPONSORSHIP     $5,000

Sponsor table available, inclusion in all print materials, social media and website, special recognition at event reception, complimentary registration to attend the event.
RECEPTION SPONSORSHIP     $2,500

Inclusion in a print materials, social media and website, special recognition at event reception, complimentary registration to attend the event.
STARTUP SPONSORSHIP     $1,000

Inclusion in a print materials, social media and website, complimentary registration toattend the event.

Please Contact Paul Jaques: pjaques@spartaninnovations.org or Lori Fischer: lfischer@spartaninnovations.org for more information and payment options.

2014 Winners

Brilliant People, Brilliant Ideas

Grand Prize
$25,000
John Doe
Improving cardiac recovery with the Patient Tube Organizer Harness.
Second Prize
$10,000
John Doe
Flipsi's reusable bottles can be flipped inside-out for easy cleaning.
Most Creative/Original
$2,000
John Doe
TernPro helps organizations capture and create engaging video content.
Best Overall Pitch
$2,000
John Doe
Providing cloud-based clinical-grade genome sequencing software usable by non-experts
Fastest Growth Potential
$1,000
John Doe
Flipsi's reusable bottles can be flipped inside-out for easy cleaning.
Most Innovative Idea
$1,000
John Doe
A robotic submarine, collecting data for civilian/military use.
Greatest Need in the Marketplace
$1,000
John Doe
A medical device that preserves stored red blood cells used in transfusions.
Endowment for Undergrads
First Place
$5,000
John Doe
Cook, strain, eat, and store your food--all in OneBowl.
Endowment for Undergrads
Second Placee
$2,000
John Doe
A wearable treatment for infant jaundice.
Endowment for Undergrads
Third Place
$1,000
John Doe
a social e-commerce platform tailored for student artists.






2013 Winners

Brilliant People, Brilliant Ideas

Grand Prize
$25,000
John Doe
Kymeira is the result of two years of toil by Vince Alessi in his parents’ garage developing what he says is a “new composition of matter.” The advanced ceramic material that he created is a “thermoset” ceramic that can be cured at a slightly elevated temperature.

Alessi said the material’s uses could be far reaching, as it is thermally stable at well over 3,000 degrees, a temperature that would transform aluminum into a gas.
Second Prize
$10,000
John Doe
SkySpecs designs intelligent aerial vehicle technology that is safe and simple for anyone to use. Our primary focus today is on the critical national need for advanced structural inspection capabilities.

SkySpecs is creating a safer, simpler way to inspect structures using intelligent, aerial vehicles. Our systems will carry cameras and other sensors to locations that are difficult to access. The SkySpecs system is specially designed for close proximity flight near structures, with advanced artificial intelligence and safety features beyond what are available in existing UAVs. Our UAVs can acquire the same non-contact and visual inspection data that currently requires supplemental heavy machinery, specially trained personnel, and support teams.
Most Creative/Original
$1,000
John Doe
Capable Solutions LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) providing a myriad of business support and information technology services to the Federal Government.
Best Overall Pitch
$1,000
John Doe
GuidesMob makes smart phone applications for college towns that give users instant, hyper=local access to information about restaurants, businesses, events, transportation, and happenings on and around campus. All apps are free to download.

Our first product is the Spartan App for Michigan State University, launched August 28th, 2012. It’s geared towards students and staff attending MSU; however, anyone living in the city of East Lansing will find much use in the app as well. The Spartan App currently has about 9,400 downloads on iPhone with over 450,000 views per month. We’re releasing Android soon and expect to double our numbers within a month, and almost triple them by the end of May.
Fastest Growth Potential
$1,000
John Doe
We are a software startup born out of Detroit, Michigan now relocated to the Silicon Valley with the mission to build a clean and simple scheduling add-on application to help any appointment-based businesses with reminding, rescheduling and filling cancellations so you don't have to. If you are interested in joining our creative and fun team or have questions, please fill out the contact form below.
Best Idea for Michigan
$1,000
John Doe
Great State Malting LLC will produce locally grown organic malt for regional craft breweries, artisan distillers, and homebrewers. Our mission is to provide the crucial link between Michigan farmers and craft beverage producers that is necessary for a sustainable local food (and drink) system.

Our goal is to build a company that is local, sustainable, and specialized. By sourcing and processing our grain locally, we keep dollars in Michigan. Our malt will be more sustainable because it will travel less miles between farm, malt house, and customer, and it will be organically grown. Great State Malting will be specialized; that is, capable of creating custom batches of malts that cannot be found elsewhere. To reach our goal, our primary objectives are to scale-up the process, to achieve consistently high quality malt, and to gain roasting capabilities so that we can create specialty malts.
Most Needed in the Marketplace
$1,000
John Doe
Warmilu, a healthcare solutions company spreading heat technology to save lives in the US and developing countries. We are serving the underserved infant population in developing countries, such as India and Kenya, using our nonelectric and instant infant warming technology. We are developing sustainable, profitable revenue streams from selling heat packs in the US. We believe in spreading the warmth to save preterm infant lives and are devoted to determining the most sustainable route to fulfilling our mission. We are wholly dedicated to our mission because one of our own born preterm and we believe solutions that improve infant lives will help improve and speed social and economic growth in developing countries.
Endowment for Undergrads
First Prize
$5,000
John Doe
When you are on a treadmill, you can control the pace of your run by moving the speed level up or down. With TempoRun, we give you the option to control the pace of your run anywhere by moving the tempo level of your music up or down. TempoRun is an app that will make running easier and more enjoyable. By scanning a users smartphone music library, the app will categorize ones music into different levels, based on tempo, which will allow users to match their footsteps with the pace of their music, running at a consistent pace of their preference. Most exercise music playlist are scattered with many different songs of many different tempos. TempoRun will organize this scattered music into specific tempo levels (Level 1 – Level 12), so every song on a certain level will be the same exact tempo, and one can use this categorized music playlist as a tool to improve their running experience.
Endowment for Undergrads
Second Prize
$2,500
John Doe
Rootloop is a social platform for people to collaborate, communicate, share, and create music with friends and the world. The Rootloop platform allows the user to collaborate, communicate, share, and create music with friends and the world. Users can post, comment, share music and pictures, see breaking posts/comments/ collaborative material from friends, create music, collaborate on music, create online bands, create real band pages, find similar users, find featured artists, create events, create a blog, create playlists, and search our database for creations by other users.
Endowment for Undergrads
Best Pitch
$2,500
John Doe
Simply take a picture of your pill bottle or medication label to begin using Snap Script!

There is no need to manually input your complex medication information, which is a very tedious task required by other pill reminder applications.

Feel secure knowing that you have a current medication list on you at all times, convenient for doctor visits, trips to the pharmacy, and filling out health forms. By having a complete medication list you can decrease your risk of harmful drug-to-drug interactions.

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