Mark your calendars! The Innovate Michigan! Summit returns for an eighth year on Thursday, August 29 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the East Lansing campus of Michigan State University, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Economic developers, entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, investors, scholars, students, and local and state government officials are invited to attend, where they will share, learn, and create unique and innovative approaches aimed at furthering economic growth in Michigan. The Innovate Michigan! Summit event features presentations on emerging economic development tools, models, policies, programs, and practices, along with community-university projects from around the state. Participants will also have the opportunity to prioritize topics and ideas for future activities.

The annual event continues the work of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development (CCED) and the MSU EDA University Center for Regional Economic Innovation (REI); funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, REI is growing a statewide virtual network to help generate new tools, models, policies, and practices that will improve the state’s economic future. Learn more about REI’s successful partner projects here.

Attendees are invited and encouraged to join the Michigan Inventors Coalition (MIC) where inventors will showcase their products, and participate in the Spin, Pitch & Sell contest to further advance their inventions. The Expo is a daylong event and will conclude with a jointly hosted reception at the end of the day.