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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013

Meetups to offer startups, growing ventures insight on raising capital

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – Startups and early-stage growth-based businesses looking for funding need look no further than the Macomb-OU INCubator's Capital Raise Meetups with Business Commercialization and Capital Investment Advisor Mike Brennan. Assisting almost 100 individuals with this program during just a few months in 2012 was reason enough for the incubator to continue doing so into 2013.

Mike Brennan
     Brennan will detail various capital sources in Michigan and talk about how to properly position a company to be qualified for private funding that includes private equity, the angel network and venture capital; as well as for public funding that includes grants, pre-seed funding, micro-loans and venture matches.

     Brennan is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with 26 years of experience in both growth and startup organizations. He has founded five companies, raised $12 million privately for one and cumulatively employed more than 200 people in Michigan.

     "Having the opportunity to inform and educate aspiring entrepreneurs and emerging new businesses regarding the many funding options available to them, and to advise on the practical approaches to securing that capital, has been a wonderful experience," Brennan said. "I look forward to building on the success of the program in 2013."

     Free Capital Raise Meetup lectures are set from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Macomb-OU INCubator on Tuesdays, Jan. 15, Feb. 5, March 5, April 9, May 7, June 4, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5. After his group presentations, Brennan will be available to further assist participating companies in determining individual needs.

     The incubator is located in the Velocity building at 6633 Eighteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Those interested in attending the lectures are asked to register in advance by contacting Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or e-mailing to

     The Macomb-OU INCubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. For more information, visit the incubator website at

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