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 – and Ann Arbor’s appeal to those who would relocate to work here. The company’s CEO, Bob Cell, is a native... [Read More...]

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 key positions at Ann Arbor SPARK, and Valerie is a proven, talented professional whose role is... [Read More...]

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 Scott, who brings a wealth of experience in helping organizations... [Read More...]

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. “Business incubators play an important role... [Read More...]

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 on the heels of a study presented at the June American... [Read More...]

Boston’s Awash in Maize & Blue!

Andrew Chu, addressing the U-M Alumni Luncheon For the past three days Boston has turned maize and blue.  We blanketed the area with Michigan positive message messages and it sure paid off.  Recent articles in Xconomy and positive pieces by a renown technology blogger have taken our message viral. At our site selection consultant luncheon, one native Bostonian who had never been to Michigan before said, “What the deal with all this positive... [Read More...]

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 plan and will receive $5,000 in business consulting services. L to R: Lee Gorman, WriteSteps; Jan Gensheimer,... [Read More...]

Eastern Leaders Group Summer Update

The Eastern Leaders Group just released a summer update on activities in Eastern Washtenaw County. It includes information on the SPARK East Business Incubator and profiles of businesses that have received microloan funding. Read the update.  Read More →

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 experts, will win prizes to support their venture, including a one year incubator lease... [Read More...]

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 insulin dose calculator. Of the news,... [Read More...]

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