Here at TechCrunch, we live, eat, sleep and breathe startups. But sometimes we can get a little too focused on Silicon Valley and forget that there are startup scenes blossoming all over the country and the world.
Two up and coming startup states just so happen to be Michigan and Ohio, and one accelerator, Bizdom, is looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The accelerator is accepting applications for its April 2012 accelerator session, which will last three months. The program offers seed funding and mentoring to help young founders and creators leverage their talent as much as possible within Detroit and Cleveland.
Here’s what they’re looking for, in their own words:
Bizdom is looking for passionate, dedicated individuals to be successful entrepreneurs. The ideal candidate has an idea or early stage start-up that is web or tech-based, scalable, and can get to beta, prototype or first customer within three months.
Once you’ve completed the application and have been accepted into the program, Bizdom hooks you up with up to $25,000 in seed funding for 8 percent equity in the company. You’ll also receive mentoring and guidance from various experts in the areas of sales, marketing and technology.
Then, at the end of the three-month program, startups will have the opportunity to pitch investors to get further funding as they enter the real world. The application deadline for Bizdom’s April 2012 session ends on March 23, so you’ve only got about a week to make this happen.