Funding Location

Eligible counties are highlighted.

Funding Options

Funding Option A - Grant

  • Recipients of this proof-of-concept grant receive up to $25,000 to evaluate market opportunities, advance a prototype, file patents, etc.

Funding Option B - Early Launch Award

  • Recipients of these early launch funding awards will receive up to $100,000 for additional proof-of-concept activities, development and refining of the business model, customer acquisition, market test products, key personnel hiring, advance product testing, etc.

Funding Requirements

  • We are looking for startups that are scalable, can create jobs, and provide rich educational opportunities for Macomb Community College students. Recipients of our awards must agree to:

    • Receive mentoring support from Macomb Community College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – provide an educational experience for a student or class related to entrepreneurship
    • Specify how the funds will be used and agree to clear milestones
    • Provide activity and metric reports on a regular basis

    In addition, Level B award recipients have additional obligations:

    • The educational experience must include at least one paid internship
    • Recipients must match the award on a 1:1 basis
    • Recipients must agree to a Fund Replenishment Right (FRR), which makes the Innovation Fund evergreen, if the company is successful  

Sectors We Focus On

  • The Innovation Fund Macomb Community College, Powered by JPMorgan Chase & Co., funds the most promising technology startups  in the following high-growth areas:

    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Information Technology
    • Alternative Energy
    • Healthcare
    • Supply Chain
    • Logistics

Learn More At An Info Session

Thank you for inquiring about Innovation Fund America at Macomb Community College. The successful, three-year endeavor between Macomb Community College and JPMorgan Chase & Co. has come to a close, funding is no longer available through the Southeast Michigan location of Innovation Fund America.

 For information on regional resources please contact the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Macomb Community College at

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The entrepreneurs we fund give back to the Innovation Fund and the region through education. Recipients are required to provide an entrepreneurial educational opportunity or internship for students, faculty or staff at Macomb Community College. By helping entrepreneurs succeed while inspiring a new generation of innovators, we hope to foster a new culture in Southeast Michigan where innovation and entrepreneurship are encouraged and supported.


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