Virta Laboratories Wins Ann Arbor SPARK’s Best of Boot Camp

Virta Laboratories, Inc. was awarded Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor SPARK’s 24th Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. Virta Labs was chosen as winner by a panel of investors and industry experts who rated Boot Camp participants’ pitches. As Best of Boot Camp winner, Virta Labs received membership to the New Enterprise Forum (NEF) and a NEF coaching team for one year as well as an engagement with the Ann Arbor SPARK business accelerator. Virta... [Read More...]

PlanReaction Wins Ann Arbor SPARK’s Best of Boot Camp

Viktor Brandtneris, Boot Camp Director, and Michael Kaye of PlanReaction PlanReaction was awarded Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor SPARK’s 23rd Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. PlanReaction was chosen as winner by a panel of investors and industry experts who rated Boot Camp participants’ pitches. As Best of Boot Camp winner, PlanReaction received membership to the New Enterprise Forum (NEF) and a NEF coaching team for one year as... [Read More...]

Possibilities for Change Launches Nationwide Survey, Plans to add Jobs.

Possibilities for Change, a company leveraging University of Michigan developed technology, has recently announced the nationwide launch of a simple, 21-question survey designed to save young lives. It’s results alert school counselors, medical practitioners and social workers to risky behavior, paving the way to conversations that change how adolescents act.  The company also plans to add 20 mostly white-collar jobs within 5 years. Possibilities... [Read More...]

Former Pre-Seed Funding Company Receives Venture Capitol Investment

Tangent Medical Technologies, a recipient of Pre-Seed Capital Funding in 2010 through Ann Arbor SPARK, has recently secured 4.5 million in venture capital to bring their product to market. This funding will accelerate the commercialization of Tangent’s medical device, the NovaCath™, which is designed to replace the intravenous drug systems that are currently used in hospitals. Tangent’s history with SPARK dates back to 2009, when they participated... [Read More...]

Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur Boot Camp

We’re now accepting applications for fall Entrepreneur Boot Camp. This 18th installment of the popular program will be held November 4-5, 2010 at Kensington Court in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor SPARK’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp is a biannual event that offers two days of business planning and preparation designed to help early stage technology businesses increase their chances for attracting additional funding, finding resources and achieving success.... [Read More...]

NextCAT Announced as “Best of Boot Camp” Winner

On May 26th, it was time to celebrate the end of the 17th Entrepreneur Boot Camp.  All participants gave their investor pitches and enjoyed a nice reception.  NextCAT received the “Best of Boot Camp” award.  The award was based on the quality of the investor pitch and on the business plan.  NextCAT is based in Detroit and creates heterogeneous catalysts to allow producers of biodiesel to use less expensive raw materials and simplify the production... [Read More...]

Boot Camp ROI

The SPARK Entrepreneur Boot Camp is really something special.  We read often about ‘Boot Camps’ around the country that help entrepreneurs start their new companies.  But when we drill down to see what is offered, their format, the content, etc. we come back to the same conclusion; the SPARK Entrepreneur Boot Camp is unique.  We have been providing this Boot Camp twice a year since 2002.  181 companies have gone through the two day... [Read More...]

Another Successful Boot Camp

The most recent Entrepreneur Boot Camp concluded with presentations by several campers to three VC judges.  A dozen start-up companies went through the Spring session of this semi-annual program.  This two day program continues to surprise  the participants with the value they receive from the presenters and mentors.  The comments below from one of the campers expresses the common sentiment of nearly every participant.   If you are starting up... [Read More...]

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...]

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