Ann Arbor SPARK Intern Social Program Wraps Up

Ann Arbor SPARK’s Intern Social Program that included organized social outings, a Facebook group and 2-month long scavenger hunt around Ann Arbor has wrapped up. The scavenger hunt contest participants included interns from our 10 participating startup companies, Google and Toyota.  The Scavenger Hunt was organized into three groups of places to visit around Ann Arbor.  The lowest point group included places in Ann Arbor that required a cost to... [Read More...]

Lakeside Software Introduces SysTrack MarketPlace

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan - Lakeside Software, a leader in big data analytics for IT professionals, today announced SysTrack MarketPlace, a new capability within SysTrack providing detailed analysis for sizing and selecting hardware, software and service infrastructure. MarketPlace provides a single source for IT professionals to get the quantified data they need to maximize the performance of their infrastructure, accelerate ROI and maximize end-user... [Read More...]

Barracuda Networks Doubles Jobs in Ann Arbor

Barracuda Networks Inc. today announced that it will double its number of employees in Ann Arbor, creating 184 high tech and engineering jobs over three years. This move is part of the company’s commitment to invest $6 million in its relocation to 317 Maynard in downtown Ann Arbor. “Barracuda Networks continues to thrive, and Ann Arbor is critical to that success,” said Sean Heiney, director of new product initiatives for Barracuda Networks.... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Launches Intern Program with Social Component to Introduce Interns to Ann Arbor

On May 30th, Ann Arbor SPARK launched a new program blending the Ann Arbor SPARK departments of Entrepreneurial Services, Talent Enhancement, and Business Development. This dynamic new program helps to fund internships for 10 start-up companies in Ann Arbor through a monetary match program. In addition to financial assistance, the interns of these start-up companies are participating in a social program administered by Ann Arbor SPARK.  The social... [Read More...]

SPARK Hosts 20th Entrepreneur Boot Camp

This past month Ann Arbor SPARK put on it’s 20th Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. We had 14 participants, many of which came from all over the state.  With companies from Detroit to the U.P., this program reached greatly outside of Ann Arbor. Warmilu, LLC won "Best Pitch" at this year's boot camp. Warmilu has developed and is commercializing nonelectric, instant heat technology, specifically for infants. The camp is a 2-day intensive... [Read More...]

Annual Collaboration of Entrepreneurship Draws Almost 1,000 People to Ann Arbor

This past January, almost 1,000 people traveled to Skyline High School in Ann Arbor for the 12th Annual Collaboration of Entrepreneurship (ACE’12). Representatives from fifteen different organizations, all focused on entrepreneurship and hi-tech start-ups, came together to organize the event. ACE brings together entrepreneurs, service providers, investors, students, government agents and other members of the business community to network, learn... [Read More...]

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Re-cap!

This past November, Ann Arbor SPARK staff participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC). AMIC is a 3-day business plan competition highlighting Michigan’s most innovative companies, most of whom are poised to create an immediate economic impact within our state. With this year being the second year of the competition, it was exciting to see how the competition has grown and the statewide attention it has gained.  We met... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Hosts White House Business Council Roundtable!

Last week we hosted a White House Business Council Roundtable at our very own SPARK East facility in Ypsilanti.  The roundtable is a part of an ongoing series of roundtables that are hosted all over the country with the goal to bring together business leaders to hear about what is going on with the administration at a national level.  Our guest of honor was Dr. Rebecca Blank, Acting Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the... [Read More...]

SPARK’s Jennifer Owens Blogs from California

SPARK’s very own Jennifer Owens headed out to west to California this week on a business and talent attraction trip.  She has organized two events during the time she will be visiting the Palo Alto area and has set up meetings with business leaders.  The hope is to educate businesses about all the opportunities that are available for them in the Ann Arbor area. While out in California, Jennifer will be blogging through the Great Lakes Innovation... [Read More...]

4th Shifting Gears Program Beginning Soon!

Applications for the 4th Shifting Gears Program are due on September 3rd.  Shifting Gears is a 5 month intensive program with 3 phases that help to transition experienced worker’s skills to a small business environment. The purpose of “Shifting Gears” is to increase the success of individuals who want to leverage their career experiences and education to help small businesses grow. Check out SPARK’s first Social Media Press Release... [Read More...]

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