MyBuys Sees Strong Returns on Investment in Ann Arbor

MyBuys, Inc., founded in San Mateo, Calif. in 2001, began building out its Ann Arbor operations in 2007. From its first humble space at Ann Arbor SPARK Central’s business accelerator to its current location in the heart of downtown, the company has been on a growth trajectory, fueled by the region’s deep talent pool – …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Hires Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, SPARK East Manager; Promotes Senior Business Development Manager

Ann Arbor SPARK recently added two to its team, Joseph Licavoli and Jake Elbers.  Licavoli fills a new position as manager of the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.  Elbers is manager of the SPARK East business incubator.  Current Ann Arbor SPARK team member Valerie Christofferson was promoted to senior business development manager. “Joe and Jake fill …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Hires Talent Director, Appoints Business Development Manager

Ann Arbor SPARK recently hired Scott Trossen as its new director, talent enhancement, and promoted Kyle DeBord to manager, business development.  Trossen will manage the strategy and execution of the organization’s talent enhancement efforts.  DeBord joins Ann Arbor SPARK’s business development team, which is charged with assisting businesses locate and expand in the region. “Adding …

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Ann Arbor SPARK awarded $500,000 from the MEDC for SPARK East Incubator

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently awarded $500,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) 21st Century Jobs Fund. The funding will support the Ann Arbor SPARK East business incubator. “MEDC support for Ann Arbor SPARK’s East incubator extends and enhances opportunities for start-ups throughout the region,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. …

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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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WriteSteps Awarded Best of Ann Arbor SPARK’S Boot Camp

Ann Arbor SPARK celebrated the conclusion of its 18th Boot Camp program with participant investor pitches and a reception last night at the SPARK Central business incubator.  At the Ann Arbor SPARK Boot Camp Celebration, WriteSteps was selected as the “Best of Boot Camp” winner, based on the quality of its investor pitch and business …

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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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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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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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Top 5 reasons the University of Michigan’s student entrepreneurial movement matters

As featured on annarbor.com December 7, 2009 by Nathan Bomey Here’s AnnArbor.com’s Top 5 reasons why the University of Michigan’s student entrepreneurial movement matters to the Ann Arbor region. 1. U-M is putting dollars behind it. The Center for Entrepreneurship recently collaborated with various partners to establish TechArb, a permanent student business incubator in the …

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SPARK East Incubator Profile: WhereToFindCare.com

WhereToFindCare.com LLC is a Michigan-based startup that seeks to empower people in health care decision-making. Because there are so many choices for health care today, the firm offers a free website that combines quality and satisfaction data of many different types of health care facilities and presents them in a clear, concise format which eases …

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SPARK East Incubator Tenant Spotlight: LaVision, Inc.

Since its launch in 2008, the SPARK East Business Incubator has become a magnet for innovation-based businesses – from entrepreneurs and start-ups to mid-sized companies, including LaVision, Inc. SPARK East business incubator tenants such as LaVision have access to work-ready office facilities equipped with the latest technology. Networking events and educational programs are also available, …

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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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MLSIC Incubator Company Profile: Milad Pharmaceutical Consulting, LLC

Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC) — southeastern Michigan’s newest home for innovation-based business — welcomes Milad Pharmaceutical Consulting, LLC to its life science incubator. Milad offers clients pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analysis. Pharmacodynamics explores what a drug does to the body, whereas pharmacokinetics explores what the body does to the drug. The company also …

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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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Welcome to the SPARK East Open House

SPARK East is hosting its official open house. This business incubator blends affordable office space, essential business services and business development guidance to new businesses. SPARK East is the third business incubator in SPARK’s Regional Incubator Network.  Our other incubators include the Michigan Life Science Innovation Center north of downtown Ann Arbor and SPARK Center, …

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