The Michigan Catalyst Advantage (MI-CAN)
An initiative of BBCetc and funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA). MI-CAN is designed to help traditionally underserved business owners and entrepreneurs prepare their technology for SBIR/STTR funding. The program includes expert one-on-one assistance, with coaching, tracking progress, and providing referrals and connections to Michigan state resources. If you are a scalable, growth-oriented Michigan startup and you are actively involved in the idea/product development stage of your technology, we encourage you to apply.
- Men or Women of color
- Or people located in an SBA HubZone or Michigan Opportunity Zone
What is the MI-CAN program?
8-week entrepreneurial cohort with a $5,000 Pitch Prize!
Participants receive one-on-one assistance, tailored coaching, and customized referrals and mentoring to prepare for SBIR/STTR submission and delivering a successful Pitch.
Training courses include:
- Entrepreneurial readiness
- Customer discovery
- Value proposition and messaging
- Successfully navigating bias, barriers and bureaucracy
- Market Research and Competitive Analysis
- Mapping Out Your Buyer Journey
Now Accepting Applications for our Spring 2023 Cohort
The application deadline is April 14, 2023
The MI-CAN Spring cohort runs from May 1, 2023, through June 19, 2023.
View the full schedule here