Get Up and Go expands caffeinated food sales

Get Up and Go is on the move in Michigan, carving out space for its caffeinated goodies on store shelves across the Great Lakes State. The Ann Arbor-based company makes a variety of baked goods infused with natural caffeine. The goodies include muffins, cookies, brownies and granola. Consumers can find Get Up and Go's wares in about a dozen stores in Ann Arbor, Lansing and a few supermarkets. "We're just getting off the ground,"... [Read More...]

U-M students make fashion statement with OverTheFly belts

Andrew Jacob and Andre Najmolhoda went to high school in West Bloomfield and college in Ann Arbor together, so it’s not a surprise the two friend are starting their own company together. The University of Michigan students launched a custom belt company called OverTheFly a year ago and are starting to make a fashion statement or two with it. "We noticed there is always a trend in shoes, shirts and hats but never belts," says Andrew... [Read More...]

Meritful opens Austin office, focuses on landing clients

Meritful has opened an office in Austin, launched its college recruitment software this summer and is signing up its first clients. The Ann Arbor-based start-up makes what it describes as "relationship management software designed specifically for hiring students" for companies that want to recruit hires from college campuses. The software helps its users organize teams, plan events, engage candidates and measure the success of recruiting... [Read More...]

Deque doubles Ann Arbor headcount, eyes bigger office space

Deque has doubled the size of its office in Ann Arbor over the last year and plans to keep hiring at that pace over the next year. Deque creates software that helps make websites more accessible to people with disabilities. A growing number of companies are working to enhance their websites in this way to open up their products to bigger markets. That’s where Deque is carving out its niche. “A billion pages are being developed everyday... [Read More...]

Carlisle/Wortman’s biz rebounds with local planning scene

As the economy rebounds so does the balance sheets of local governments, which means the business prospects for planning firms like Carlisle/Wortman Associates are looking up, too. "There is a lot of pent-up demand," says Dick Carlisle, president of Carlisle/Wortman Associates. "You can only keep the development community down for so long." The Ann Arbor-based company specializes in helping local municipalities overhaul... [Read More...]

Arbor Networks hires 40-plus, looks to add 20 more

Arbor Networks began a hiring spree of dozens of new software engineers in the last couple of years, and those new workers are filling up a growing office space on the south side of Ann Arbor. The IT security software firm hired 45 software engineers in 2012 with 40 of those jobs ending up in Ann Arbor. It started this year with 22 jobs openings and has filled a majority of them. It recently opened up 20 more software engineer positions locally.... [Read More...]

Park n Party revamps online parking reservation system

Park n Party is gearing up to accommodate out-of-town visitors for its third University of Michigan Football season. The Ann Arbor-based start-up has created software that allows people attending big events to reserve parking spots online. The idea is to save people the trouble of driving around searching for a place to park their car. The company started with University of Michigan Football games and has expanded to include the Ann Arbor Art Fair... [Read More...]

Inovo moves back to Ann Arbor’s downtown to support growth

Inovo got its start in downtown Ann Arbor about a decade ago but eventually moved to the north side of downtown. The innovation-consulting firm is now making a move back to the city's center to help accommodate its growth. "We wanted to be downtown because we really like the energy," says Josh Botkin, vice president of Inovo. "It also helps us attract top talent." Inovo is doubling its office space with its new location... [Read More...]

AlertWatch leads latest round of Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund

The Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund has sent out $1.5 million more in investments in six Michigan-based start-ups, including three that call Ann Arbor home. AlertWatch, which is based in the University of Michigan's Venture Accelerator, received a $250,000 investment from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. That money is helping the 2-year-old firm hit a couple of its major milestones, hire engineers and developers, and push the development... [Read More...]

Michigan Angel Fund closes 1st investment vehicle at $2M

The recently formed Michigan Angel Fund has closed on its first fund and made its first investment this month. The angel-investment equity fund, which is managed by Ann Arbor SPARK, will provide early stage investments in Michigan-based start-ups. The idea is to help meet the increased need for seed funding from the Great Lakes State's deepening pool of start-ups. "Entrepreneurship has grown dramatically in the last decade in our state,"... [Read More...]

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