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 program will provide a larger selection of breakout sessions than in past ACE events.  There will also be more experts available... [Read More...]

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, communication and business development related ideas! Ann Arbor SPARK invited three startups with marketing challenges... [Read More...]

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:  Read More →

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 in North America and Europe have traveled to SPARK East.  This... [Read More...]

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...]

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 and no sharks – and the hot job market that wants and needs top talent for our driving industries. The 80 plus attendees had stories to share... [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...]

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 of business that so many entrepreneurs struggle with, yet it’s absolutely critical to a company’s... [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...]

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 accepts their award at the Michigan Life Sciences Innovation Center. “DeNovo Sciences and Fusion Coolant Systems highlight how having... [Read More...]

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