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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Paul Krutko Appointed New CEO and President, Ann Arbor SPARK

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 …

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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 …

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WhereToFindCare.com Wins ACE Business Idea Tweet Competition

WhereToFindCare.com recently won the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE)’s newest business idea competition. The ACE Business Idea Tweet Competition is a business idea pitch contest using Twitter where the judges are anyone and everyone with access to Twitter. Entrepreneurs pitch their idea in 140 characters or less and Twitter users vote for their favorite by …

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