Innovate State Speaker Series Goes Mobile with Henry Balanon

EAST LANSING — The MSU Innovation Center’s Innovate State speaker series will feature Henry Balanon, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Stratos Inc. and co-founder of the mobile app developer Detroit Labs.

Balanon will speak at the Innovation Center, 325 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 300, in East Lansing, frmo 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Balanon, a Detroit-based graduate of MSU, is a successful software engineer, holding positions with Cynergy Systems and Lockheed Martin before co-creating Stratos Card.

Stratos is launching the Stratos Bluetooth Connected Card platform. The Stratos Card will integrate credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards and gift cards into one mobile-connected card. Customers will be able to leave the house with a single card and use ar Stratos Card anywhere traditional cards work. The Stratos Card operates though a mobile app, allowing customers to manage what card they are using, and store an unlimited number of cards on the app.

Balanon studied computer science at MSU and in 2012 was awarded an MSU Alumni Grand Award for Distinguished Young Alumni, given to candidates who have demonstrated a high level of accomplishment, while also demonstrating integrity, reflecting positively on MSU.

“Having co-founded Detroit Labs and now Stratos Card, Henry is an excellent example of what MSU entrepreneurs are capable of creating,” said Paul Jaques, director of student and community engagement at Spartan Innovations. “Designers, engineers and entrepreneurs will have a great opportunity to learn from Henry while he is here in the Innovation Center.”

The Innovate State Speakers Series is free, but attendees are asked to register via Eventbrite before the event at this link. 

The Innovate State speaker series is a free monthly event, giving students the ability to learn from and interact with successful MSU alumni entrepreneurs. Future Innovate State speakers include Nathan Bashaw Nov. 17; Eric Jorgenson, Dec. 8; Marc Hudson, Jan. 19; Megan Gebhart, March 24; and Jeremy Lindlbauer, April 12

Learn more about the full series at

The MSU Innovation Center combines innovation, technology transfer, start-up support, and a portfolio of dedicated business and community partnerships to bring cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace. Composed of Business-Connect, MSU Technologies and Spartan Innovations, the MSU Innovation Center stewards
ideas from concept to product, launching more than 130 discoveries into patented products and start-up businesses annually. More at

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