Butzel Long assists start-ups in new 'INCubator' program

By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Blackbourne Worldwide – a women-owned business with cutting-edge artificial intelligence and unique hacking approaches and techniques – received the new Adopt-A-Biz program award from the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator program.

The year-long award package includes a full suite of services and a fully furnished office,  through the  sponsorships of the Butzel Long law firm and Logistic Specialties, Inc (LSI).

“The contributions of Butzel Long to our programs have been immense,” says Larry Herriman, interim executive director, Macomb-Oakland University INCubator.

“The organization’s willingness to support the community, as well as our entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures, will strengthen our state’s economy well into the future.”

Attorneys from Butzel Long, whose offices include those in Lansing and Ann Arbor, also serve as executives-in-residence for the program.     

“Mac-OU INC is a great resource for start ups and Butzel is thrilled to support the program and companies,” says Beth Gotthelf, a shareholder in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, who serves as director of Innovation and External Relations, co-chair of the Energy & Sustainability Practice, and chair of the Aerospace & Defense Industry team.

“The Adopt-A-Biz was a particularly exciting competition because it focused on cyber security, which is a growing area of concern and an area we want to help grow in Michigan,” adds Gotthelf, a graduate of Oakland University.

The Adopt-A-Biz launch is in conjunction with the launch of the Velocity Hub of the Michigan Cyber Range (MCR), to help grow innovative cyber security startup companies in  Southeast Michigan.