The Grommet’s Co-Founder and CEO Jules Pieri to Deliver Keynote Address at ACE ’15

The Grommet’s Co-Founder and CEO Jules Pieri to Deliver Keynote Address at ACE ’15 Product launch platform and startup-to-high-growth company evolution fuel real world insight that Pieri will share with entrepreneurs attending the 15th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE ‘15) ANN ARBOR, MI January 6, 2015 – Michigan born entrepreneur and The Grommet CEO Jules …

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News for the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurs (ACE) 2015

ACE’15 Expects Standing-Room-Only for Entrepreneur Exhibits and Seeks Entries for the ACE Challenge Exhibitors and ACE Challenge winners receive awards, recognition and high-profile exposure to Michigan’s entrepreneurial community The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurs (ACE) event is Michigan’s premier business showcase for launching entrepreneurs and introducing Michigan business startups and exhibitors to the growing Michigan entrepreneurial community. …

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What Data Really Means: Hitting the Target

Guest Blog : Kelsey Kruzel, MOVE Communications Marketers have a complex relationship with data. At a recent Michigan Marketing Minds event, sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK, a panel of local experts tackled the intricacies of tying together data and marketing. Many who work in the marketing field consider themselves “creatives” rather than “number crunchers.” Simply put, data …

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Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw County and A2Y Chamber Launch Virtual Business Advisor

Free Online Tool Offers Business Assessment, Benchmarks and Education Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw County, the A2Y Chamber of Commerce, and New Zealand-based QLBS have collaborated to launch the Virtual Business Advisor, a self-assessment tool that aims to assist entrepreneurs and early stage businesses as they work towards their next stage of growth. Ann Arbor SPARK was …

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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 …

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Six Entrepreneur Finalists Selected for ACE ’14 Elevator Pitch Competition in Livonia on January 30

The “Final Six” for the legendary ACE Elevator Pitch Competition have been chosen for the 14th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurs (ACE ‘14) evening program. ANN ARBOR, MI January 21, 2014 – With a thousand attendees expected, the ACE ’14 event is stirring more excitement than ever.  The ACE Elevator Pitch Competition guarantees participants a very …

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General Atlantic’s Advisory Director Peter Bloom to Deliver Keynote Address at ACE ’14

Extensive risk management, technology development and market making background fuel real world insight that Bloom will share with entrepreneurs attending the 14th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE ‘14) ANN ARBOR, MI January 15, 2014 – Investment banker, technology security expert and philanthropist Peter Bloom, will draw on his years of experience on Wall Street, high …

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Ten New Breakout Sessions will give ACE ’14 attendees intel on Detroit’s Tech Scene, Funding Resources, Investor Pitching, Prototyping, Entrepreneur War Stories and More

ANN ARBOR, MI December 10, 2013 – ACE ’14, Michigan’s 14th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship event (to be held Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI.) will feature ten all-new breakout sessions designed to nurture Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Through out the 6 hour event ACE’14 will provide more breakout …

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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 …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes Consistent Company Growth with FastTrack Awards

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 …

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ACE ’14 Connects Entrepreneurs to Peers, Resources and Investors at the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship at Burton Manor on Thursday, January 30, 2014

ACE ’14, Michigan’s 14th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship will be held for the 2nd straight year at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI.  The date set for the all-day event is Thursday, January 30, 2014.  ACE ’14 is already shaping up to be the biggest and best-attended ACE event in its 14 year history.  This year’s …

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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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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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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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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 …

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Boston MichAGAIN Reception – Employers Are Top of the Hub!

The MichAGAIN reception took place last night at Top of the Hub – 50th floor of the Prudential Tower overlooking Boston and the harbor. It was a most picturesque setting to talk about the beauty of Michigan – more shoreline than any other state in the U.S., surrounded by inland seas that boast no salt …

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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 …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Launches New “Selling Smart Workshop” Series

Ann Arbor SPARK will kick off a new entrepreneurial education series, the Selling Smart Workshop, on June 6, 9-11 a.m. at SPARK Central.  This first event in the series, “A Practical Process for Selling Services,” will offer information on how to create a systematic approach for qualifying leads and closing opportunities. “Sales is an aspect …

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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 …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Incubator Clients Awarded $650,000 Business Funding

The Ann Arbor SPARK Foundation recently presented the winners of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition with their cash awards.  The competition’s grand prize of $500,000 in cash was awarded to DeNovo Sciences and the competition’s $150,000 prize was awarded to Fusion Coolant Systems. “DeNovo Sciences and Fusion Coolant Systems highlight how having a strong entrepreneurial …

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