SPARK CEO Finney Talks Talent at Innovative Cities Conference

A great article on AnnArbor.com features SPARK CEO Mike Finney discussing his presentation to the Innovative Cities Conference.  Finney will talk about talent as a key driver of economic development at the conference, which is focused on best practices in urban development.  Ann Arbor is one of only six cities in the U.S. invited to …

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Join us for a business pitch competition on June 4

Five innovation-based entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses for a chance to win incubator space & business acceleration services on June 4 at SPARK East.  The business pitch competition, hosted in conjunction with EIC, the Eastside Innovation Campus, will run from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The competition winner, as judged by a panel of noted funding and business …

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Congrats to our region’s “50 to Watch” winners!

Six companies from the Ann Arbor region were recently for “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.” The companies were chosen for demonstrating entrepreneurial leadership, industry innovation, and a proven track record of growth. The winning companies: AKASHA-US Inc. Campfire Interactive Inc. Integrated Nonclinical Development Solutions NanoBio Corp. Pure Visibility Inc. Sensitile Systems LLC The winning companies …

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Terumo’s Scio Township expansion reflects global potential of its medical device technology

Annarbor.com’s Nathan Bomey joins Governor Granholm and Ann Arbor SPARK’s Mike Finney at Terumo’s expansion celebration today. Japanese medical device maker Terumo Medical Corp.’s campus in Scio Township is a sprawling illustration of a growth pathway for global life sciences companies in the Ann Arbor region. Terumo’s global sales success forced the company to expand …

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SPARK Central incubator tenant Hygieia, Inc. receives 510(k) clearance from FDA

Hygieia, Inc., a tenant at the SPARK Central business incubator, recently received official 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its BaseSens I Blood Glucose Monitoring System.  Hygieia, Inc. is a start‐up that is developing a proprietary hybrid medical device that combines state‐of‐the‐art blood glucose monitoring capability with a physician‐initiated self‐adjusting …

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Angels in the open

Business Week just published a list of the most active and successful angels in the country.  Check out this article http://bwnt.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/future_of_tech_2010/  The disappointing part of the list is that all investors, except #25, invest in IT companies only.  IT of course covers a lot of industry subsectors like software, mobile apps, gaming, computing, internet, etc.  …

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