Virta Laboratories Wins Ann Arbor SPARK’s Best of Boot Camp

Virta Laboratories, Inc. was awarded Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor SPARK’s 24th Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. Virta Labs was chosen as winner by a panel of investors and industry experts who rated Boot Camp participants’ pitches. As Best of Boot Camp winner, Virta Labs received membership to the New Enterprise Forum …

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$2 Million Michigan Angel Fund Begins Investing in Early Stage Companies

The Michigan Angel Fund (MAF), a professionally managed equity fund focused on capital efficient early stage companies located in Michigan, recently closed the fund to new investors. MAF is a $2 million fund that, with more than 70 members, is the largest angel organization in Michigan. MAF has already made its first investment, in East …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded $250,000 by U.S. Economic Development Administration to Develop Business Accelerator Model

Yesterday, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration announced a $250,000 grant award to Ann Arbor SPARK.  The funding will support development of a business accelerator model that can be used by communities throughout the U.S. Initially, the model will be deployed in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, providing a full range of business development services …

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Hygieia Secures $1.5M in Capital to Accelerate Product Commercialization

Medical device firm Hygieia recently secured $1.5 million in investment capital from Oakwood Medical Investors, a physician-managed venture fund in St. Louis, Missouri. Hygieia has developed the Diabetes Insulin Guidance System (DIGS), a handheld device that helps insulin-takers effectively manage their diabetes. DIGS adjusts insulin dosage weekly, to help patients get better. The investment comes …

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Kauffman Study Shows Impact of Business Accelerator Efforts on SE Michigan Start-Ups

A new Kauffman Foundation study shows the results of business accelerator efforts by Southeast Michigan’s economic development organizations.  Combined, Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator and TechTown , collectively known as the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, have: Created more than 1,000 jobs Invested approximately $18 million in hundreds of start-up companies Secured …

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Congratulations to e-CYREN for Winning the Tweet Award!

At the Michigan Emerging conference on Wednesday, CYJ Enterprises won the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Tweet Award.  The company’s Twitter submission focused on their business product, e-CYREN, a free online database of emergency information for schools and daycare programs. Their posting, “In case of emergency first responders can quickly alert loved ones and have access …

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Two Ann Arbor SPARK Companies Mentioned in Fortune Article

Fortune’s recent “Tales of Rejuvenation in Motor City” includes two companies from the Ann Arbor region. Velesco Pharmaceutical Services’ Gerry Cox talks about his transition from a large pharmaceutical company to founder of a start-up.  Velesco is an Ann Arbor SPARK Business Accelerator company. Danotek Motion Technologies, a company supported  through the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Takes Top Honors at MEDA, IEDC Awards

Ann Arbor SPARK’s marketing materials recently took top honors from the Michigan Economic Development Association.  Also, our business accelerator was awarded honorable mention from the International Economic Development Council. For the MEDA award, Ann Arbor SPARK competed against other economic development organizations in the state serving the population of 100,001 to 500,000.   For IEDC, we …

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Reflection on the IEDC Annual Conference: Day Two

This week, I’m sharing my experiences from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2010 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Day 2: It was a gloomy start with temperatures around 60 and rain but my morning tour of Technology and Higher Education really stood out in the trip. We toured the Ohio Supercomputer Center, TechColumbus, and …

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SPARK Central Incubator Profile: Mobatech

SPARK Central incubator client, Mobatech, is dedicated to designing and developing cutting-edge mobile phone software focusing on creating innovative lifestyle and personal productivity applications, which integrate into customer’s everyday lives. Founded in Ann Arbor, Michigan by Greg Schwartz in April 2003, Mobatech has been at the forefront of the mobile technology boom and continues to …

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Spark East Incubator Profile: RealKidz

Although best known for its technology and science innovation-based tenants, the Spark East business incubator has amongst them, an apparel design, manufacturing and retail company. RealKidz, Inc. is a direct sales company that makes a line of age-appropriate clothing for 5-12-year-old girls specializing in above average as well as average sizing. It has a direct-marketing …

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Business Incubator Company Profile: Hygieia, Inc.

Ann Arbor SPARK welcomes Hygieia, Inc. to SPARK Central, the Ann Arbor business incubator. Founded in 2008, Hygieia, Inc. is developing an endocrinologist-to-go, called Private-Doc, a glucose meter with unique software that interprets a patient’s blood sugar data.  This allows the patient to change insulin dosages right away rather than waiting to be assessed by …

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Entrepreneur Boot Camp Applications Available

Ann Arbor SPARK’s Business Accelerator is now accepting applications for its next Entrepreneur Boot Camp, scheduled April 23-24. Teams interested in participating in the two-day business planning and preparation event must submit applications by March 30, 2009. For more info, check out http://www.annarborusa.org/start-ups/boot-camp/

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