Positioning Michigan as the Midwest Hub
For High-Growth Women Entrepreneurs
inGAGE™ is Inforum Center for Leadership's strategy to position Michigan as the Midwest hub for high-growth women entrepreneurs. The approach delivers programs to increase the number of women angel investors in Michigan; provides women access to our network of investors and advisors, guides women through the process of commercializing technology and assists emerging second-stage companies in identifying and seizing new market opportunities enabling them to scale.
inGAGE™ Master Class
provides a confidential forum where emerging second-stage entrepreneurs assess their company's operations, management, finances and personnel to examine strengths and challenges. Through this process, participants will identify and formulate innovative strategies to realize new opportunities. Click here for more details and to download an application.
inGAGE™ Role Model and Investor Series
creates a supportive community of women entrepreneurs. This quarterly event series connects emerging and experienced entrepreneurs with inspiring founders and investors – women who have made the leap to pursue their dreams and forge their own futures. This forum will strengthen professional networks, foster collaboration, and cultivate new opportunities.
inGAGE™ commenced in August 2012; collectively, the 79 women entrepreneurs from the first six inGAGE™ cohorts have incorporated thirty-eight (38) new companies, created two hundred and thirty-four (234) new jobs, and have been granted twenty-five (25) new patents. Through the inGAGE initiative, Inforum recruited twenty (20) new angel investors, double the 2011 grant milestone of ten (10), resulting in more than $700,000 in new angel investment capital for Michigan start-ups. Furthermore, Inforum has provided support to assist women entrepreneurs raise more than $18.6M in new capital.
inGAGE Role Model and Investor Series generously funded in part by
For more information, contact:
Rachele J. Downs
Vice President, Entrepreneurial Strategies
Inforum Center for Leadership's inGAGE strategy is funded
in part by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
& New Economy Initiative