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 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...]

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 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 patients’ decision making process. It allows patients, families and visitors to rate and review the... [Read More...]

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 model similar to that of Mary Kay or Pampered Chef. Mothers and daughters take... [Read More...]

Eastern Leaders group has ambitious plans for 2009

Hoping to build on the success of the Spark East business incubator, the Eastern Leaders group unveiled an ambitious plan Thursday for 2009 that includes training workers for new jobs, launching a micro-loan program and developing a land bank. Read the Ann Arbor News article  Read More →