Boot Camp & ACE

As a long time Boot Camp drill instructor I have had the good fortune to work with a number of early stage companies that have gone on to commercialize their technologies. An important step in that path is often soliciting and securing funding for the new business. One of the critical lessons that Boot Camp teaches is distilling the important elements of your business into a concise two minute presentation or “elevator pitch”. Armed with this... [Read More...]

SPARK Boot Camp – A Camper’s Retrospective

Sharpened focus, expanded network and accelerated execution. Everyone with a business idea loves to talk about it.  They talk and talk!  Few actually take action. At the beginning of 2008 Dylan Imre and I came up with the idea of creating a business around software for prediction markets.  One of the earliest actions we took  was to  attend the Ann Arbor SPARK Boot Camp in the spring of 2008.  And good thing we did! It set us on the path to... [Read More...]

Getting the Strategy Right

Business in a fiercely competitive world demands focusing on an area where battles can be won. The right strategy and people makes winning those battles possible. Ann Arbor SPARK has developed many educational programs which are geared to helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their business. Entrepreneurs  Boot Camp, now in its fifteenth session is an example of a program to help launch companies by connecting them with mentors and creating a safe... [Read More...]

The Power of Positioning and Branding

The best brands don’t just happen – they’re the result of keen insight, solid awareness of your target markets, and a solid strategic formula. On Tuesday, March 10 hear from Jim Hume of Phire Branding and his dynamic panel of experts how it’s done. The processes that the world’s leading brands go through can benefit even the smallest of companies. Your brand can be your most valuable asset – learn how to define... [Read More...]

Entrepreneur Boot Camp Reunion

We recently held our first Entrepreneur Boot Camp Reunion. It was primarily a networking event where sixty campers and mentors shared their experiences with entrepreneurship. We had representatives from some of the earliest camps going back to 2002. Based upon the feedback from this event, we decided that we should hold an annual reunion as the participants value the opportunity to continue to network with other campers and mentors. One of your suggestions... [Read More...]