Weekly Resource #38 Coolhouse Labs

1529739_606150476124496_43442704_oDo you know what is cool? Coolhouse labs is cool. Another one of my favorite things, a business incubator/accelerator, Coolhouse labs is located in harbor springs and is now offering applications for their summer program. Lets be real, who wouldn’t want to spend the summer developing their business literally blocks away from lake Michigan. As showcased in their snazzy video, Coolhouse labs has an impressive office that only adds to the superficial appeal of the incubator. Aesthetics aside, Coolhouse labs is a robust incubator that has many resources to offer it’s tenant’s. Every summer, Coolhouse labs invites 5-10 tech startups to take part in their accelerator program. A large emphasis is placed on mentoring during the 12 week program. A big advantage of Coolhosue labs is the small program size. Each of the 5-10 start ups will enjoy the personalized guidance from the Coolhouse labs staff that will help them to build their business through networking, analysis, much feedback, and of course, a little luck. No one starts a business on their own and Coolhouse Labs wants to be there for you so you don’t have to. The $25,000 in seed funding should help you out a bit too. Applications can be submitted for this summer’s program from now until March 14th. more details on how to register can be found here. The selection process will go from April 1st to May 15th. The start date for the accelerator is June 9th. The program’s finale is the pitch day following the twelve weeks of “summer camp for entrepreneurs”  where each Start-up will present their work and pitch their ideas to a room full of investors. Pretty cool eh?

Weekly Resource #22 – Build a Website

grand_circus-9959b0102656d9de1fe745a56e7f26e1Grand Circus Detroit, a brand new co-working, event and training center for tech startups in the heart of downtown Detroit, is hosting a 10 week course, beginning September 30th, on how to Build a Dynamic Website.

In this course you will get a thorough introduction to the technologies necessary to build modern, standards compliant websites. Through hands on exercises and projects you will practice and perfect your front-end development skills.

At the end of this 10-week course, you will:

  • Have a thorough, hands-on understanding of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and jQuery and how to use those technologies to build modern websites
  • Understand different hosting options, the mechanics of web servers and the internet as relevant and important to a front end developer
  • Know how to use JS and jQuery to dynamically manipulate the DOM
  • Know how to interact in real-time with RESTful web services APIs for sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, as well custom web services for your own projects
  • Know how to identify, find, and integrate with third-party JavaScript frameworks and libraries
  • Know how to write your own simple JavaScript and jQuery plugins

For more details on the course, the prerequisites, or the application process, click here.

Weekly Resource #5 – BBC Webinar Series

bbc logoGot technology?  BBC can help you get it to market.

BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting advises tech-based entrepreneurs and companies around the country on technology assessmentsgrant funding eligibility and proposal development, commercialization and business planning, and grant and contract management.

One of their core strengths is helping clients win federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Through June, BBC is hosting a series SBIR / STTR grant training webinars on a variety of subjects, including general information about the programs and requirements, proposal writing, budget planning, and records compliance.  Click here to see the complete list and register for the one that’s right for you.