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Designed to help traditionally underserved business owners and entrepreneurs prepare their technology for SBIR/STTR funding. The program includes expert one-on-one assistance, coaching, and providing referrals and connections to Michigan state resources. If you are a scalable, growth-oriented Michigan startup and you are actively involved in the idea/product development stage of your technology, we encourage you to apply.

What is the MI-CAN program?
An 8-week entrepreneurial cohort with weekly training and collaboration sessions.
Participants receive one-on-one assistance, tailored coaching, and customized referrals and mentoring to prepare for SBIR/STTR submission. The cohort culminates in an SBIR pitch competition.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE for the Fall 2023 cohort is September 8, 2023

Specifically, for:

  1. Michigan entrepreneurs developing a technically innovative product or idea
  2. Primarily owned by one or more of these underserved categories:
    *Identifies as female
    *A person of color/BIPOC or people located in an SBA HubZone or Michigan Opportunity Zone


Become a Spark Client

The first step towards SPARK entrepreneurial services is filling out a client intake application.