What is a co-working space?

It is a place where you can meet clients and do work during normal business hours. This study space has all the perks of the bookstore or coffee shop without making you purchase anything.

A co-working space is a place for entrepreneurs and the public to escape the distractions of working at home.

If you have a laptop or tablet, you can use the free wi-fi internet access to complete assignments. There are white boards, projection screens, a flat screen TV with Skype access, social enterprise periodicals and a business reference library that can all be accessed in the space.

The Innovation Incubator is housed inside the co-work space, suite 207, at the Northbank Center, 432 N. Saginaw Street

What does it cost?

All services are offered at no cost.

[IN] is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and University of Michigan- Flint’s Office of the Provost, School of Management and College of Arts and Sciences.

What hours are the Incubator and co-working space open?

The Incubator is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed during holidays and campus closings.

Can I just walk in?

Yes. Staff can explain [IN] services and conduct short interviews during operating hours.

But to qualify for Incubator services you will still be asked to submit the Tell Us Your Bright Idea form.

Who can apply?

Any student or member of the public can apply for business planning assistance from the Incubator.

  • Tenant office space is only available to current UM-Flint student-owned businesses.
  • Associate Businesses are not assigned dedicated office space but have full access to the co-work space and all other services of the Incubator.

These may include:  

  • a mailing address
  • mentoring with business coaches and faculty from UM-Flint.


If you are unable to make it to our downtown Flint location, Innovation Incubator staff are able to Skype video conference with clients that have internet access and a web cam.

After filling out the Tell Us Your Bright Idea! form on our website, a staff member will contact you to schedule an in-person appointment. At that time, if you are unable to meet downtown, we can suggest completing the interview through video conferencing.

STEP 1. Users must first download and set up a free Skype account at www.skype.com/en

STEP 2. After setting up an account, clients should add Innovation.Incubator to their list of contacts using the Add Contact or Search Directory feature. 

This will allow IN staff to call you for an interview.

Can I hold a meeting in the space?

  • Groups affiliated with University Outreach may reserve the classroom area for meetings and classes.
  • UM-Flint faculty working on collaborative community projects are encouraged to hold classes in the space.
  • Outside groups may also reserve the facilities during normal business hours for meetings on a first come, first serve basis.

The space offers flexible seating arrangements that can accommodate groups up to 24 people.