Innovative new product puts Ann Arbor start-up in the national spotlight

When Edward Tang saw the initial ideas and technology that would turn into Glyph, he was floored. Tang, now the CEO of Avegant — the company behind the retinal display headset known as Glyph — was visiting his friend-turned business partner Allan Evans in Washington. When he saw what Evans had conceptualized and worked on, he knew it was the start of something big. Already a University of Michigan graduate with strong ties to the Ann Arbor... [Read More...]

New Incubator for Higher Education Technology Startups Launches in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Press Release from Eduvators: A New incubator for startup companies in the higher education technology space has been created in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  “Eduvators” is designed to work in concert with the University of Michigan TechArb, providing space, Internet and business and technical mentorship to startups with prototype technologies for higher education.  The incubator will be made available to startups for a fixed period of time usually... [Read More...]

Hertz Alerts Wins Connected Vehicle Hackathon

Ann Arbor SPARK, in collaboration with Redwood City, California based NestGSV, recently hosted a connected vehicle hackathon. The Ann Arbor-based Hertz Alerts team won the Hertz challenge track grand prize, an Xbox One Titanfall Bundle, as well as the Ann Arbor grand prize of $10,000 of business acceleration services from Ann Arbor SPARK and a TK1 development platform from NVIDIA. During the 26-hour event, teams at SPARK Central and NestGSV solved... [Read More...]

Mary Sue Coleman Receives Leadership Award

President Mary Sue Coleman accepts the Institutional Leadership Award from Bill Sproull (left), chairman of the International Economic Development Council, and Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office) Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan, was awarded the Institutional Leadership Award by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), for her extraordinary efforts in... [Read More...]

AlertWatch Inc. Receives FDA Clearance to Sell Software to Hospitals

AlertWatch Inc., a University of Michigan startup, has just received FDA clearance to sell its patient monitoring software to hospitals. This software helps anesthesiologists monitor patients in the operating room through the use of aggregate data from monitors, lab results, and medical histories. This software was originally developed at U-M’s Venture Accelerator, and the company has also received support from Ann Arbor SPARK through an investment... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor Start-ups Compete in ‘World’s Largest Business Plan Competition’

TurtleCell won the People's Choice Award at AMIC Several companies that Ann Arbor SPARK provides entrepreneurial services to participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Blaze Medical Devices, Ornicept, Patient Provider Communications, Plan Reaction, Showtown, TM3 and TurtleCell all vied for cash prizes in what’s been dubbed “the world’s largest business plan competition.” Helping start-ups accomplish more is something... [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...]

ACE’14 Expects Standing-Room-Only for Entrepreneur Exhibits and Seeks Entries for the ACE Elevator Pitch Competition

ANN ARBOR, MI November 6, 2013 – The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurs (ACE) event is Michigan’s premier business showcase for launching entrepreneurs and unveiling Michigan business startups and exhibitors to the growing Michigan entrepreneurial community.  ACE’14 will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI., and anticipates more entrepreneurs and exhibits than ever before, and more new companies introduced... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK opens ‘stage-two’ incubator for growing startup companies

Entrepreneurs working in Ann Arbor SPARK's business incubator on East Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor. (Patrick Record | The Ann Arbor News) Article originally published on Written by Ben Freed. Like the baby birds that emerged from the first egg-hatching incubators, startups coming out of business incubators often face the most perilous time of their “life-span” right as they leave their comfortable and controlled confines. Ann... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes Consistent Company Growth with FastTrack Awards

The FastTrack Award Winners at the 2013 Deals of the Year Awards Ceremony. Photo Credit: Doug Coombe Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several of the 2013 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. “To grow a business is an amazing accomplishment, but to grow it consistently at a rate of 20 percent or more is an achievement worthy of recognition... [Read More...]

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