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...]

President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Presents at National Summit on Autonomous Vehicles

Ann Arbor SPARK recently had the opportunity to participate in the Autotech Council’s summit on autonomous vehicles. The Autotech Council is a Silicon Valley-based organization focused on increasing the amount of innovation in the automotive industry. At the summit, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, shared the Ann Arbor region’s success in growing the autonomous and connected vehicle ecosystem. His highlights included the... [Read More...]

XanEdu Expands in Ann Arbor with $1M Investment and 50 Jobs; Ann Arbor SPARK Connects Company to Incentives, Talent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 19, 2014 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, XanEdu, Inc.  is expanding its operations, investing more than $1 million in Ann Arbor and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current Ann Arbor headquarters. Currently, XanEdu has 30 employees in Pittsfield Township. The jobs the company will add here... [Read More...]

Thomson Plastics Opens Howell Township Manufacturing Facility, Plans to Create 46 New Jobs and Invest Nearly $4 million

Thomson Plastic's Howell Township facility. With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, Thomson Plastics, Inc. is expanding to Michigan, with a new manufacturing operation in Howell Township. As part of establishing its facility in Howell Township – its first in Michigan – Thomson Plastics plans to create 46 new jobs and invest nearly $4 million over two years. “Thomson Plastics’ decision to operate in Howell was due to the easy access to... [Read More...]

TD Ameritrade Expands to Ann Arbor, Will Invest $3 Million and Create 50 New Jobs

TD Ameritrade plans to open a new technology center focused on advanced technology and innovation in the City of Ann Arbor. This project is expected to generate up to $3 million in total capital investment and create up to 50 new jobs. “TD Ameritrade’s new Advanced Technology Group in Ann Arbor shows the power of retaining talent in this region, and the power of being able to attract top business and technical talent. The new managing... [Read More...]

Choosing Ann Arbor to Grow Your Career

Graduating soon? If you’re like most of your fellow students, you’re probably applying for positions in large cities from coast to coast, but have you considered the city around you? Ann Arbor is thriving and bursting at the seams with unique restaurants and bars, cultural attractions, and entrepreneurial activity. And to top it all off, the city is extremely affordable compared to places like New York City and San Francisco. Main Street, Ann... [Read More...]

Rich Sheridan, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Rich Sheridan, CEO and chief storyteller at Menlo Innovations, recently released his first book Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Rich discusses why joy is a cultural intention at Menlo, and how that translates into business results. Rich also talks about how Menlo’s rituals, ceremonies, and storytelling have transformed the typical business office... [Read More...]

Systems In Motion to Hire 150 in Greater Ann Arbor Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 9, 2014 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Systems in Motion (SIM), a leading provider of enterprise technology consulting and solutions, is moving forward with aggressive growth plans in the next six months. As the company’s business continues to grow, both with existing clients and through new business development, SIM is looking to add at least 150 new employees in the next year; the majority of positions are expected... [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...]

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