Apr 27th, 2012 - Local News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — West Michigan entrepreneur Rick DeVos is starting a venture capital fund that will invest $5,000 in two ideas each week and is backed by $15 million from his family.
Details of the fund were announced Thursday. Ideas will be submitted online. The Start Garden team will pick one recipient and the public will pick the other.
Projects can ultimately get as much as $500,000 in incremental investments.
The fund is the latest endeavor from Pomegranate Studios, which was founded by DeVos. The organization is behind the ArtPrize and 5x5 Night competitions.
DeVos is the grandson of multibillionaire Rich DeVos, a co-founder of direct-sales giant Amway Corp., and son of Dick DeVos, a former Amway president who unsuccessfully ran for Michigan governor as the GOP nominee in 2006.
Dec 5th, 2013 - Local News
A teacher from Hamilton Community Schools died after his car collided with a semi-truck near Holland Wednesday morning. 30-year-old Josh Hoppe from Zeeland taught government and did some coaching for...
Dec 4th, 2013 - Local News
Heritage Christian Academy in Kalamazoo is mourning the loss of 2 of their students. Anneka and Landon Vels were coming from their home along West G. Avenue when their vehicle hit a tree and burst in...
Dec 5th, 2013 - State News
DETROIT (AP) — Workers walked off their jobs at a fast-food restaurant in Detroit as part of a national protest against low wages.
Dozens of sign-carrying McDonald's employees and others marched ...
Dec 4th, 2013 - State News
— Icy roads and fog are creating hazardous driving conditions in parts of Michigan, prompting some schools to close or delay the start of classes.
The National Weather Service says a dense fog ad...
Dec 5th, 2013 - National News
DENVER (AP) — Some people have chosen to retreat indoors as an arctic blast sweeps across the Northern Plains.
And the blowing snow and single digit temperatures in North Dakota and across Montan...
Dec 3rd, 2013 - National News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away a Christian university's attempt to overturn a key part of the Obama administration's health care law.
The justices did not comment Monday in l...
Dec 5th, 2013 - International News
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — At least 18 soldiers are dead and 40 wounded after a suicide bomber set off explosives in a car at Yemen's Defense Ministry.
Officials say as many as 12 gunmen also were kille...
Dec 4th, 2013 - International News
A judge says Detroit is eligible to fix its finances in bankruptcy court. The ruling Tuesday clears the way for the city to come up with a plan to shed $18 billion dollars in debt.
As a result Det...
Dec 5th, 2013 - Sports News
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive vic...
Dec 4th, 2013 - Sports News
— Kyle Singler scored 18 points to lead seven Detroit players in double figures, Andre Drummond had 18 rebounds and the Pistons beat the Miami Heat 107-97 on Tuesday night to snap the NBA champions'...
Nov 7th, 2013 - Health News
DETROIT (AP) — More than half of child booster seats that went on sale this year earned a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The institute, which is funded by insurers, r...
Sep 30th, 2013 - Health News
CHICAGO (AP) — The government's latest infant bed-sharing numbers are out leaving health officials concerned.
The percentage of babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled...