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Felice de Jong

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We have participated in Ann Arbor SPARK business accelerator engagement, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center consulting services and Biotechnology Business Consultants grant writing services.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
Fortunately my partner and I know many people in the life science markets.

Where did you find your first employee?
Our first employee will be from networking business relationships.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We are in the process of raising seed money.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
It is difficult for entrepreneurial companies to raise smaller amounts of capital in this region so I would like to see matching government funding, especially if this money is going to create new jobs and boost the local economy.

What is one thing Michigan does better or has going for it that other more successful regional economies don't?
Michigan seems to be going in the right direction with the recent election of Rick Snyder, encouraging business creation and cooperation among the accelerator groups. I hope the state can keep the momentum going.

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