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College launches co-working space

May 25, 2016
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Muskegon Innovation Hub
The 25,000-square-foot GVSU Muskegon Innovation Hub is for entrepreneurs and startups. Photo via

A local college is enhancing its newly re-branded innovation hub.

Grand Valley State University said yesterday that it’s adding a new co-working space to its Muskegon Innovation Hub in downtown Muskegon, which was previously called the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

The operation was recently re-named after a shift in ideology over the past few years to serve a broader range of entrepreneurs.

The new co-working space, named CoLaunch, is designed to provide a collaborative environment for entrepreneurs and startups to work in as they build their businesses.

The hub will host a public grand opening and open house on June 20, from 5-7 p.m., to allow the public to explore the CoLaunch space.

"With this new co-working space and making our business incubation efforts more broad to include more than just alternative energy, we're really hoping to attract people who are doing things that are new and different and helping them get off the ground successfully," said Kevin Ricco, director, Muskegon Innovation Hub and CoLaunch.

Muskegon Innovation Hub

The newly minted Muskegon Innovation Hub now serves a wider range of entrepreneurs than those working in renewable energy.

The hub is customer-service oriented and offers personalized services for each tenant.

Experts are available to assist with product development and commercialization, technology, entrepreneurship, business planning and modeling.

Tenants also have access to expertise from the Michigan Small Business Development Center and other business resource partners.

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