Innovation Incubator Update

Due to Coronavirus-related health precautions, UM-Flint’s Office of Economic Development is taking new steps to protect clients and maintain operations during this uncertain time.

The Innovation Incubator will be virtualizing all business counseling and meetings in the coming weeks.

Staff will NOT be available to meet at our Ferris Wheel or campus offices.

To receive services, email your business counselor or complete an intake form (go.umflint.edu/brightidea).

We recommend using Google Hangouts (https://hangouts.google.com/) or Zoom (https://zoom.us/) video conferencing platforms. Both services are offered at no cost and you do NOT need to create an account to use Zoom. Staff can communicate with you by audio or video, whichever you prefer.

When you set a meeting time with staff, an invite to Google Hangouts or Zoom will be included in the email invitation. Just open this link or call the attached conference number when it is time to have your virtual counseling session.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nic at Ncuster@umich.edu.


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A place to co-work, create and collaborate

What is the [IN]?

  • The Innovation Incubator is a program of the Office of Economic Development.
  • Staff help people start local businesses and non-profits.
  • The co-working space is open to the public, free of charge.
  • Free workshops are offered periodically.
  • This is the only incubator in Flint focused on (but not limited to) social entrepreneurship, innovation, and creative economy-based ventures.

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[IN] in the News

Social Work Class Helps Create Neighborhood-Scale Businesses

Economic Development’s Innovation Incubator staff has been working with the social work students, not only to explain some of the necessary components of a successful business but also to teach them how to help residents build their own business model and create a start-up cost analysis that will help community members prepare to launch their ventures.

Entrepreneur Links Business, Charity at UM-Flint Incubator

Adil Mohammed began using the Innovation Incubator co-work space to run his software development business. He hired Charles Herzog, a UM-Flint senior majoring in computer science, to develop new healthcare software products.  Mohammed was invited to base his start-up business, Med+IT Systems LLC, out of the Incubator.


The Innovation Incubator is a program of the Office of Economic Development