Battle Creek Unlimited


Battle Creek, MI


Build to Scale Program

Capital Challenge


Project Name

Food and Beverage Investors Network


Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match




This EDA investment aims to increase Battle Creek Unlimited’s (BCU) capacity to vet, validate, and make critical seed and angel investments in compelling Western Michigan innovation-based, early stage, high-growth food manufacturing companies.

Specific proposal objectives are to:

  1. Recruit and train new angel investors;
  2. Provide a path into pre-seed, and seed fund investment for trained individuals from diverse backgrounds;
  3. Increase the pool of trained angel investors for seed funds regionally;
  4. Increase access to capital for technology-enabled food processing entrepreneurs in the Midwest region by exposing new funds and fund managers to regional investment opportunities; and
  5. Use existing training sources and the statewide capital network for leverage.

BCU’s creation of the BC Angel Group is one element of a broader effort to implement a food innovation plan for Battle Creek that includes: (1) a robust entrepreneurial culture; (2) a density of founders, mentors, and investors that are connected through networks, spaces, and shared experiences; and (3) the presence of sufficient, centralized capital sources at all stages that over time support a diversity of investor types and investment vehicles.