Regional Collaboration Brings International Opportunities to the Greater Ann Arbor Region

Written By Jake Albers Manager, SPARK East Incubator Ypsilanti, MI SPARK East Incubator recently hosted the Israeli Medical Technology Road Show.  The Road Show, presented by The Trendlines Group and OurCrowd; featured five innovative Israeli start-ups seeking investment toward commercialization in Southeast Michigan.  The infusion of international innovation into the Greater Ann Arbor region was made possible through a collaborative effort between... [Read More...]

ACE ’14 Connects Entrepreneurs to Peers, Resources and Investors at the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship at Burton Manor on Thursday, January 30, 2014

ACE ’14, Michigan’s 14th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship will be held for the 2nd straight year at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI.  The date set for the all-day event is Thursday, January 30, 2014.  ACE ’14 is already shaping up to be the biggest and best-attended ACE event in its 14 year history.  This year’s program will provide a larger selection of breakout sessions than in past ACE events.  There will also be more experts available... [Read More...]

Washtenaw Community College Awarded Grant to Develop IT Workforce

September 19, 2012 Ann Arbor – MI Washtenaw Community College has been awarded a $2.9 million grant from the US Department of Labor through its Trade Adjustment Assistance for Community Colleges Career Training program (TAA CCCT).  The grant will fund an initiative to develop new information technology employees in Michigan (IGNITE Michigan). Partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK, and other workforce development partners, WCC will address the strong... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Begins Livingston County Work, Collaboration

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, recently finalized the agreement to assume management of business attraction efforts for the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Livingston County.  As part of those efforts, Ann Arbor SPARK hired economic development professional Jay Bahr, who will serve as a business development manager for Livingston... [Read More...]

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Re-cap!

This past November, Ann Arbor SPARK staff participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC). AMIC is a 3-day business plan competition highlighting Michigan’s most innovative companies, most of whom are poised to create an immediate economic impact within our state. With this year being the second year of the competition, it was exciting to see how the competition has grown and the statewide attention it has gained.  We met... [Read More...]

Paul Krutko Appointed New CEO and President, Ann Arbor SPARK

Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK's new CEO, President Paul Krutko has been selected as the new president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. Krutko will join the organization on April 18 and will oversee continued efforts to expand economic opportunities in the Ann Arbor region through collaboration with local, state, federal and university resources. Krutko brings over 31 years of economic and business development expertise to Ann Arbor SPARK. Recently,... [Read More...]

Lycera and Merck Reach Deal to Collaborate

AnnArbor.com is reporting that Lycera, a University of Michigan spin off company, has reached a research agreement with Merck .  In an announcement, the companies said they’d work together to “discover, develop and commercialize small molecules that target T-helper 17 (Th17) cells, key mediators of inflammation. The collaboration will focus on developing drug candidates that have the potential to treat major autoimmune... [Read More...]

Show Your Love for Detroit

What do you love about Detroit? Terry Bean, founder, Motor City Connect has initiated a movement to move Detroit forward. He wants to get 100,000 people to join in at 3:13 p.m. today to show their love. Read his letter here.  Read More →

New Economy Initiative Awards $3 Million to Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan

This picture is from the press conference announcing the new Business Accelorator Network for Southeast Michigan The announcement of the new Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, a region-wide collaborative effort dedicated to attracting and retaining business in southeast Michigan, took place on Monday, June 21st.  The  New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, an innovative philanthropic effort to accelerate the transition... [Read More...]

SPARK Wins Midwest Collaboration Award

At the 2010 Midwest Collaboration Awards, as presented by the Midwest Technology leaders, Ann Arbor SPARK was honored for its collaboration with the Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC).  The award identifies, creates, supports, and honors impacting partnerships between Midwest companies and local individuals/groups benefitting the technology community.  The award was a result of SPARK’s work on vital entrepreneurial programs... [Read More...]

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