Angel Investing in Michigan

Angel investing is becoming a topic of discussion around the state.  Angels and entrepreneurs are the job creators in our country.  The entrepreneur brings the ideas, technology, and business opportunity while the angels provide the capital and management experience and strategic thinking that help startups grow and prosper.  Startups create more net new jobs than …

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Entrepreneurship Resources for Your First or Tenth Start-Up

Do You Already Lead a Business or Are You Considering a Start Up? Starting your own business is a big step, but one you don’t have to take alone. Utilize the power of our community for your best chance at success. If you currently own a business or are considering the possibility, here are some …

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Nine Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Support

Nine Michigan companies have received a combined total of more than $478,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount invested through the Fund to more than $2 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. “Microloan funding, by design, is that bit of extra support that a company needs …

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Akervall Technologies Repays $15,000 Michigan Microloan Fund Program Award

Akervall Technologies recently repaid its Michigan Microloan Fund Program award, making it the first microloan recipient to repay funding.  The company, whose work on the innovative Protech Dent™ mouth guard was also awarded phase I SBIR funding, repaid its $15,000 microloan in just 15 months, nine months before it was due. “Akervall Technologies is the …

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Lakeside Software to Expand with New Ann Arbor Facility

Lakeside Software will grow its software development operations in Michigan, with a new location in Ann Arbor and an expansion to its existing operations in Bloomfield Hills.  The company recently received a Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit totaling $731,244 to help encourage the expansion. Lakeside Software plans to invest $6.1 million to expand …

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Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $2.5 Million in 2010

Several Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, pushing the total investments made through the Fund to over $11.6 million.  To date, 52 Michigan companies have received seed funding from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones. “Companies that received support from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund …

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California’s Innovation Model… Michigan?

A great article in the San Fransisco Business Times talks about how California can get its “innovation game back,” it should follow Michigan’s example. Noted venture capitalist Tom Baruch offers insight on where we’re  getting it right and what other states can learn from Michigan. The article notes Michigan’s robust entrepreneurial eco-system as having an …

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Three Companies Receive Combined $110,000 From Michigan Microloan Fund Program

Three Michigan companies recently received a combined total of $110,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount invested through the Fund to over $1.69 million. GreenSand Corporation, iQ-Telematics and MyBandStock Corporation received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. Since the Michigan Microloan Fund Program was established in July 2009, …

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FastTrack Award Applications Open Until October 15

Ann Arbor SPARK is now accepting applications for the 2010 FastTrack business awards.  Applications are due by October 15.  Click here to apply. FastTrack awards are presented to companies with consistent records of growth. For the 2010 FastTrack awards, companies are required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2006, and average growth of …

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Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur Boot Camp

We’re now accepting applications for fall Entrepreneur Boot Camp. This 18th installment of the popular program will be held November 4-5, 2010 at Kensington Court in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor SPARK’s Entrepreneur Boot Camp is a biannual event that offers two days of business planning and preparation designed to help early stage technology businesses increase …

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Join us for our new series: Business Law & Order

On September 20, we’re kicking off our newest series in our Entrepreneur Education & Training Resources: Business Law and Order.  The nine-session series will give entrepreneurs insight into important legal issues surrounding company formation and growth. Topics planned for Business Law & Order include: Business structure Intellectual property Doing business overseas. Compensating founders Hiring employees …

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“Keys to Success” to be presented at EMU’s Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference

Local entrepreneurs will share their success with aspiring entrepreneurs as the Eastern Michigan University College of Business presents the Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference on February 12, 2010 at the EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti.

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Top 5 reasons the University of Michigan’s student entrepreneurial movement matters

As featured on annarbor.com December 7, 2009 by Nathan Bomey Here’s AnnArbor.com’s Top 5 reasons why the University of Michigan’s student entrepreneurial movement matters to the Ann Arbor region. 1. U-M is putting dollars behind it. The Center for Entrepreneurship recently collaborated with various partners to establish TechArb, a permanent student business incubator in the …

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Entrepreneur awards and VC program features SPARK’s Amy Cell

From Crain’s Detroit Business Nov. 11, 2009; “The seven winners joined about 140 attendees this morning at a networking breakfast followed by peer-to-peer strategy sessions. Chris Rizik, president and CEO of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, presented a session on pitching to venture capitalists and angel investors with Amy Cell, vice president of Ann Arbor …

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