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Posted on: March 10, 2021

Lansing Area Partners Launch Startup Competition Awarding Free Office Space and Business Services

Mayor Andy Schor and the City of Lansing are proud to support Lansing Built to Last, a startup competition that invites all entrepreneurs and idea-makers to submit disaster-resistant business proposals for the opportunity to win a year’s worth of services to help launch their business. 

The first-place winner of Lansing Built to Last will receive a 3,083-square-foot office in downtown Lansing with a full year of covered business services and expenses, including: 

  • Free rent and a physical renovation budget
  • Free business insurance, legal counsel, IT support and financial services
  • Free branding, marketing, publicity and website creation support

Lansing is a city of innovators and creativity. Lansing Built to Last will provide resources for entrepreneurs and idea makers to launch a business and right here in the City of Lansing,” said Mayor Schor. “I look forward to hearing all of your creative ideas!” 

Dewpoint, the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) have partnered to create the competition as a way to strengthen downtown Lansing, particularly during unprecedented disasters and uncertain economic fallout like the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible, business ideas must require a physical space downtown be able to withstand shutdowns and enhance the surrounding community.  

Full application requirements, a full list of partner organizations and more information are available at  

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