The Street Features Gwinnett Innovation Park Nspire Program and Founders Grant

Gwinnett Innovation Park is featured in the following TheStreet article by Laurie Kulikowski. The Street has  6.5 million unique visitors per month and Gwinnett Innovation Park is very excited to be acknowledged as  one of five places listed for entrepreneurs to find assistance.

To read the entire article go to http://www.thestreet.com/story/11310391/1/wholl-give-your-business-money-right-now.html

The Street – Who’ll Give Your Business Money Right Now?

By Laurie Kulikowski  11/15/11 – 07:45 AM EST

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If you’re a budding entrepreneur or
you’ve got a growing small business but don’t have the money to expand, getting
into the competition circuit may be a good way to find capital.

There are a host of organizations offering legit money to
small businesses. Some competitions are for start-ups, others for students.
Still others just want to help the little guy.

A host of organizations are offering seed money to small
start-ups.

Unfortunately, the number of applicants vying for the top
prize at some of the biggest contests has spiked since the recession, meaning
competition is strong as contest organizers look for bright, determined and
resourceful competitors savvy in technology and social media.

Here’s a few small-business contests that can get your great
idea or business on the map.

1. The Rice University Business Plan Competition, a
graduate-student-level competition, is taking applications for 2012. Entering
its 12th year, the competition, hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and
Entrepreneurship and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice
University, seeks to get collegiate entrepreneurs to fine-tune their business
plans and funding pitches.

5. Gwinnett Innovation Park Founders Grant and Nspire
Program

Intelligent Systems(INS_) Chairman and CEO Leland Strange, a
serial entrepreneur and investor, is supporting local tech entrepreneurs
through the Gwinnett Innovation Park Founders Grant and Nspire Program.

The incubation program is looking to support Atlanta-based
tech entrepreneurs by providing them with resources such as free office space
for a year, access to executives, including successful entrepreneurs, and
monthly marketing and PR advice sessions.

Tech companies that are part of the Nspire program are
eligible for the Founders Grant for stipends of $25,000 awarded each quarter
next year. Since the launch of the program in August, the program has had eight
new technology companies move in.

— Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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