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18 Jul


Alex Lindahl, Co-Founder of

July 18, 2009 | By |

MidMichigan Innovators Speaker Series Hosts Special Guest:

Alex Lindahl, Co-founder of College Mogul and Director of Ultra Light Start-ups (now known as Clean Economies)

Midland, MI (August 6, 2009) – This event’s guest, Alex Lindahl, co-founder of College Mogul and Director of Boston’s Ultra Light Start-ups chapter, will be in Midland to share his experiences as a young entrepreneur in Boston, and explain the workings of the “open source world” and harnessing the power of “crowd sourcing” to accelerate technology start-ups. This special presentation is part of the next MidMichigan Innovators Speaker Series, sponsored by MidMichigan Innovation Center (MMIC) along with Saginaw Valley State University and their federal WIRED program. The free program will be held Thursday, August 13 beginning at 4:30 p.m., and concluding with a networking reception, at Northwood University, Sloan Building.

Alex Lindahl is the co-founder of College Mogul, a media and resource portal for young entrepreneurs, and is the Boston director of Ultra Light Startups. However, during the day, Alex works in sales at Acquia, a venture-backed startup that is commercializing a widely popular open source Web software called Drupal. At Acquia, Alex was the first sales hire and leads the sales team in revenue generation while contributing to the development of new products, partnerships, and training of new sales representatives. As a recent graduate from Boston College, he’s already started several ventures; including a painting company that grossed over $100k in revenue during two college summers and a mobile startup that raised over $100k in private funding.

“Having Alex Lindahl join us is a special opportunity to learn from his experiences and insights into the world of open source technology. And, we are bringing him in as part of a larger week-long event, incuba8, which targets young entrepreneurs and helps them understand the processes and resources available to help start their businesses,” says Chris Moultrup, MMIC Program Director.

There is no cost for this program but pre-registration is encouraged and space is limited. For more details and to register, visit the MMIC Web site at or call (989) 839-2333.

This program was made possible by funding Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) received through the Mid Michigan Innovation Team (MMIT) in the Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration.

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About the Mid Michigan Innovators

Mid Michigan Innovators is a collaborative partnership between organizations, institutions, and individuals in the region, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship to support local economic growth in mid-Michigan. Mid Michigan Innovators sponsors a quarterly newsletter, quarterly speaker series events as well as an annual innovation showcase.

About Mid Michigan Innovation Center

The Mid Michigan Innovation Center is a private, non-profit organization created to provide entrepreneurs and start-up companies a supportive and collaborative environment. MMIC connects you with critical resources, valuable services, flexible facilities, and entrepreneurial training and education that will help you develop your business venture. As an MMIC partner, you will receive the support needed to ensure your company’s success.

4520 Ashman Rd. | Suite M. | Midland | MI | 48642 | (989) 839-2333

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10 Jul


Aug 18: Business Setup Conference

July 10, 2009 | By |

The Business Setup Conference is held at the MidMichigan Innovation Center, 4520 E. Ashman Rd., Midland, MI 48642 (Click on address for map) on Tuesday, August 18 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.MidMichigan Innovation Center

• Entrepreneurs of all ages
• Business mentors and presenters with startup expertise

Setting Up Business will be comprised of seminars to help walk new startups through the legal setup and basic financial statements. Attendees will be provided with free resources and outlines, and advice. Takeaways for Business Setup are:

  • Setting up your organizational structure
  • Process for filing
  • How to License
  • Setting up your accounting
  • Legally protecting yourself and your concept
  • Wordmarks, Trademarks, Logos, Patents


8:00- 9:00 The Best Organizational Structure for Your Organization- Gary Gudmundsen, J.D,  Braun Kendrick Finkbeiner P.L.C.

9:15 –10:45 , Work Smarter Not Harder – Leveraging Internet and Personal Resources to Save you Time, Caryn Shick

11:00 – 12:30  Finding and Using the Best Intellectual Capital Strategy to Protect Your Idea, Reed Shick, Ph.D

Do you have a product concept but not sure how to protect your idea or even how to do a basic patent search? Dr. Shick will be shedding light on a confusing subject to most entrepreneurs, Intellectual Capital. Dr. Shick will be speaking on what IP is and some of the basic tools entrepreneurs can use to review their IP position, IP strategy, and make recommendations specific to the companies represented.

12:30- 1:30 Lunch Break

1:45 – 2:45 Out Licensing Your Technology- Gary Bellaver, Dow  Licensing & Technology

This presentation will focus on the critical aspects of licensing as it pertains to a business. Basic concepts such as types of licenses, important terms and conditions, resources for creating and sustaining a license business, and valuation of licensed intellectual property will be discussed.

3:00 – 4:00  Accounting Setup for Startups- Michael Zimmerman, CPA, Yeo & Yeo

One of the greatest mistakes made by owners of small businesses is not keeping good financial records and making improper or poor business decisions based on
inadequate information. We will guide you through the basics and also share information on accounting software that is easy to use for a new business.

4:15 – 5:45  Navigating Trademarks! What most entrepreneurs dont know will kill their business! Karen Kimble, JD, Technology Law, PLLC

Karen will be discussing the key mistakes entrepreneurs make with regard to trade marks. It is never a good idea to create a product, slap a logo or custom label on your creation, and begin selling to the public. To many small companies have infringed on large company’s trade mark’s and have been taken to court and forced to cease operations, costing the operator precious time and money. Allow Karen Kimble to show you how to do basic trade mark searches and how to safely navigate your product into the marketplace without infringing on other trademarked material.

* This agenda is subject to change as we continue to line up new speakers.

These events are being hosted free on your behalf by Opportunity Analysts, LLC and our sponsors. There is a suggested donation of $100.00 for this event. The sponsors and many volunteers who will be bringing you these events will greatly appreciate any support you can provide. Register Now!