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Lunch and Learn @ Start Garden - Idea to Shelf


You eat lunch. We eat lunch. Lets eat lunch together and hear from some of our regions experts while they talk about their experience, advice, and lessons from their profession.


Join us for Lunch & Learns every Friday from 11:30am to 1pm at our space located at 50 Louis NW (first floor). Speakers and topics will change weekly. Keep an eye out in your inbox for Lunch & Learn surveys or feel free to email your suggestions for topics and speakers to If you haven't already, sign up for our mailing list.

20 available spots | FREE for members | $5 for non-members.

BRING YOUR LUNCH! We are 'brown-bagging' it up... old school-style. Don't forget your snack-pack.


Idea to Shelf, "Fake it till you make it."
Exploring ideas on taking products from their idea form, to prototype, and eventually landing them on the shelf where the market takes over. Perfection is something you'll chase forever but you can never perfect something people have never purchased. Fake it till you make it.


Nate Young, President, NewNorth Center

Nate Young is president of NewNorth Center for Design in Business in Holland, Michigan. NewNorth Center is a nonprofit, hybrid education and business institution. The Center specializes in innovation assessment, immersive skills training, research and executive education. Innovation has been a consistent theme throughout Nate's career and he personifies the NewNorth core principle of 'whole-brain' business thinking.

With 30 years experience in design and innovation, Nate Young specializes in design-driven development and repeatable process. He has a track record of helping companies move beyond the scope of traditional product design and into skillful use of disciplined process that yield new opportunities for product and service innovation.

Prior to NewNorth, Nate was Executive VP and Chief Academic Officer at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. There he worked with many high-profile companies like Disney, Nike, and Docomo. He also founded TWISThink, a product design and development firm that still operates in Michigan today. Previous to this, Nate was Group VP of Advanced Product Development, World Wide Market Planning, Advanced Development and Industrial Design at Johnson Controls.


Friday, February 08, 2013
11:30 AM
01:00 PM


Start Garden
50 Louis Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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