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The NEI funds supported Maker Faire 2010 to fuel local innovative culture through a 3-day event where local entrepreneurs can showcase their inventions/projects. Grant activities were to focus upon the marketing and leveraging of Maker Faire.
Entrepreneurial – The fund aims to enhance innovation by increasing the discovery and application of new and existing enterprises. Maker Faire gives local entrepreneurs a venue to exhibit their ideas.
Culture – The fund also strives to change the region's culture by encouraging local entrepreneurs to showcase and launch their business ideas (e.g. bringing new sectors to Southeast, Michigan).
NEI's work is to strengthen institutions and organizations that have the largest impact on entrepreneurial activity, and creates stronger connections to the other organizations inside that network.