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LEAP announces $20,000 Regional Incubation Network RFP request

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April 4, 2014

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LEAP announces $20,000 Regional Incubation Network RFP request

Business Incubators from around the region can apply to be part of the network and receive funding

LANSING, MI – Today, the regional economic development organization, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announces the 2nd Round of Regional Incubation Network Request for Proposals. The Regional Incubation Network will award existing business incubators up to $10,000 in funds. Proposals are due by Thursday, May 1, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.

In an effort to strengthen the region’s business startup ecosystem, the most successful applicants will agree to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between LEAP and the participating business incubator. The MOU is aimed to solidify the adoption of best practices in business incubation and the development of a network to ensure the long term sustainability of all business incubators within the Lansing region.

In order for an incubator to be included in the Region Incubation Network, it must maintain a consistently high caliber of incubation services and ensure proper implementation of network processes, business graduation and job creation in our community. The full list of eligibility requirements can be found within the RFP and includes: Existence for at least one (1) year, operating within the Tri-County region (Ingham, Eaton, or Clinton counties), providing space for client tenants to operate their startup businesses, having a dedicated facility manager on staff, successful graduation and access to a share wireless network, etc.

“This network is being formed to strengthen the ecosystem that is already in place, and support startup activity and entrepreneurs looking for resources,” said Quin Stinchfield, Manager of Business Incubation at LEAP. “By networking the existing incubators together, it will allow the region’s business incubators to share best practices and create new investment and jobs in our community.”

“The RIN is another method by which LEAP is building, with our partners, a one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial support system and culture throughout the entire Lansing region. We want to be sure all of our resources are networked together and that entrepreneurs are given the best assistance possible,” added Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP.

If you are interested in applying for the Regional Incubation Network funds, please download the RFP and MOU at  If you have additional questions, please contact Quin D. Stinchfield, Manager of Business Incubation at LEAP,

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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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