Cleantech Open Recognizes Five Promising Midwest Start-ups At Innovation Summit

World’s largest cleantech accelerator selects top regional startups to present at the ‘Academy Awards of Cleantech’ next month in Silicon Valley. Minneapolis – October 18, 2013: The Midwest region of the Cleantech Open start-up business accelerator program announced the three finalists that will represent the region at the national Cleantech Open Global Forum. The top …

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Four good reasons to attend the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Event

The excitement is building. Entries are in and we are gearing up for Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Event November 12 -14, 2013. Now in its fourth year, Accelerate Michigan is an international business competition that brings together entrepreneurial companies with local and national investment capital. It showcases the best and brightest new businesses to help foster …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Expands Central and East Business Incubators

  Ann Arbor SPARK is expanding both of its business incubators to accommodate additional entrepreneurs that need space and services. As part of the expansion, Ann Arbor SPARK Central will add 2,500 square feet to its existing facility. SPARK East will convert one of its large conference rooms to co-working space for its clients.   …

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Five Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Awards

Five Michigan companies have received a combined total of $250,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to more than $3.8 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. More information on the companies that received Michigan Microloan Fund Program support is available via video: …

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Spider9 and Easypower Awarded 2 MWh Energy Storage Project

Northville, Mich (PRWEB) August 07, 2013 Spider9, a clean energy solutions company, and European energy systems provider Easypower announced today that they will partner to deliver a 2 MWh grid-tied energy storage system in Europe. The 2 MWh energy storage system is an integrated part of a larger multi-megawatt solar installation that will be installed by …

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$2 Million Michigan Angel Fund Begins Investing in Early Stage Companies

The Michigan Angel Fund (MAF), a professionally managed equity fund focused on capital efficient early stage companies located in Michigan, recently closed the fund to new investors. MAF is a $2 million fund that, with more than 70 members, is the largest angel organization in Michigan. MAF has already made its first investment, in East …

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IEDC Honors Ann Arbor SPARK with Accredited Economic Development Organization Designation

Ann Arbor SPARK recently earned designation as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The AEDO program accredits local and state economic development entities, regional public-private economic development partnerships, the economic development departments of utility companies, and nonprofit business associations. A video of the awards presentation is available online: http://youtu.be/ic0LS29U1wo “The …

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Congressman John Dingell looks to the future with Ornicept

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Congressman Dingell, the author of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, legislator of the first International Wildlife Refuge, and an avid outdoorsman, looks to the future with Ornicept to bring big data management to natural resources. Founders Russell Conard and Justin Otani presented this new technology to the Congressman on Monday, April …

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Nine Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Awards

Nine Michigan companies have received a combined total of more than $397,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to nearly $3.6 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. “The Michigan Microloan Fund Program helps businesses across the state bring innovative ideas to market …

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Ann Arbor SPARK hosts Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange (MITX) Event Hosted by Google Ann Arbor

On March 5th, Ann Arbor SPARK hosted a MITX Up Event sponsored by Google Ann Arbor.  MITX Up events, founded in Boston, match marketing and communication mentors with startups.  These “marketing hackathons” put a team of marketers in the same room with a startup in order to help the entrepreneurs to leave with tactical marketing, …

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Entrepreneurship Resources for Your First or Tenth Start-Up

Do You Already Lead a Business or Are You Considering a Start Up? Starting your own business is a big step, but one you don’t have to take alone. Utilize the power of our community for your best chance at success. If you currently own a business or are considering the possibility, here are some …

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A2 Companies Give Their Business Pitches at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Fourteen Ann Arbor region companies participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. Three of these companies were finalists and received cash prizes. For the full list of winners, please visit http://www.acceleratemichigan.org. You can view their business pitches in the video below:

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FedEx creates contest for small business grants

For the first time, FedEx is running a nationwide small business grant competition that will award $50,000 to six winners.  The first place winner will receive a grand prize of $25,000 to invest in their business. Small businesses (less than 100 employees) may enter online at http://fedex.com/grant contest. Share your story and a company photo …

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LaVision, Inc. Attracts International Audience for PIV Course

Written by: Jake Albers, Manager, SPARK East Incubator, and David Palmer, Business Manager, LaVision LaVision, Inc. hosted their annual Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) Short Course at the SPARK East Incubator in Ypsilanti, October 23-25, 2012.  This year marked the third annual installment of the event.  Since 2010, researchers from educational, private and public sector institutions …

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Dell might be the investor you’ve been looking for

Dell Innovators Credit Fund, a financing initiative that provides entrepreneurs up to $150,000 in technology resources to maximize potential for innovation, speed to market and job creation. Through Dell Financial Services, qualified angel and venture-backed companies can access up to 10 percent of their funded amount, or up to $150,000, with accelerated, limited credit terms. …

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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 …

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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 …

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DOE Puts Greater Emphasis on Commercialization of SBIRs

Check this out from DOE Director Manny Oliver.  More money for Phase I and II SBIRs and STTRs plus an upfront commitment from applicants that they have a commercialization plan for their technology.  Hurray. Since accepting the position as the Director of the SBIR/STTR Programs Office at DOE in December, 2010, I have been pleased …

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