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Small town incubator draws international interest

A group of entrepreneurs from all over the country is bringing big ideas to life in a small northern Michigan community.


A

group of entrepreneurs from all over the country are bringing big ideas to life in a small northern
Michigan community.


Coolhouse



L

abs in
Harbor Springs helps entrepreneurs get funding and guidance to develop their business plans.


J

ordan
Breighner is on the ground floor at Coolhouse Labs. His hope is to make Harbor Springs the destination for people with an idea.


"

You come here and you can have th

ese

focused resources wh

ere

you can come in and work for
ten weeks, build a business and get all the resources you would get in a big city, but you can get it in a place that's focused on you," Coolhouse Labs Founder Jordan Breighner said.


Five

tech startups are currently developing their business plans.

E

ach team from a different region

,

some from
Chicago, New York, and one team from Taiwan.


"

It's pretty simple we give them
$25,000, we give them access to our mentor network that's about 50 strong now, and we give them resources to help them build their company in ten weeks," Breighner said.


S

o far the businesses have found this incubator rather helpful.

T

ariq
Dixon is working on a website for men's fashion and style called TRNK New York.


"

I think we are much more focused and we have a much clearer vision about the next six months, 12 months

,

and even 5 years down the line

,



s

o I think we have a good path

," Dixon said.




T

hey have

until August 23rd to develop their plan

before they debut their work before a panel of investors



and then they will find out if their business will continue to grow.



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