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Lansing Startup Weekend Launches 7 New Companies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015   (0 Comments)
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February 25, 2015

Sara Parkinson

(517) 702-3387 x 209


Lansing Startup Weekend Launches 7 New Companies
Weekend of innovation allows entrepreneurs to hit milestones faster

EAST LANSING, MI – At the 8th Lansing Startup Weekend event held this weekend at the Technology Innovation Center in East Lansing, entrepreneurs were provided a platform to collaborate and advance their ideas over the course of 54 hours. This year’s event created seven new businesses throughout the course of the weekend while 45 entrepreneurs and innovators worked alongside mentors and resource providers. Lansing Startup Weekend is a semiannual event put on by a wealth of local sponsors including signature sponsor LEAP, as well as Spartan Innovations, NEO Center, Start Garden, and Startup Lansing.

Judges of the final pitch portion included Amber Shinn, Marketing Director for the MSU Innovation Center, Joe Rabideau, founder of Legacy Ideas and Poochie Bowl, Travis Stoliker, chief marketing and sales officer at Liquid Web, and Tony Willis, manager of business acceleration at LEAP. The winning idea was Reflex, a new product which will allow a user to install a motorizing kit on a long board skateboard.

“A majority of the Lansing Startup Weekend’s business ideas have been application or web focused. In October we held the first ever Maker Edition and saw products ranging from a portable greenhouse to a 3D printing head that will print in edible, biodegradable materials. We were very happy to see more product innovations coming to the events like Startup Weekend and The Hatching,” said Willis. “This type of innovation takes a different mindset and we are seeing a lot of activity in the products vs. services type of startup.” He continued, “Holding a Startup Weekend event is just another example of the type of new, global Lansing it has become.”

Lansing Startup Weekend is part of a growing ecosystem of startup focused events, support services, and connections known as the RING, which is powered by LEAP. More information on Lansing Startup Weekend can be found at To find out more about the RING, contact LEAP at or (517) 702-3387.


The RING (Lansing’s Innovation Network) is powered by LEAP as an inclusive startup ecosystem geared towards providing entrepreneurs with a network of resources and events that will help launch their business.

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit

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