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 their chances for attracting additional funding, finding resources and achieving success.... [Read More...]

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 versus contractors Understanding... [Read More...]

NextCAT Announced as “Best of Boot Camp” Winner

On May 26th, it was time to celebrate the end of the 17th Entrepreneur Boot Camp.  All participants gave their investor pitches and enjoyed a nice reception.  NextCAT received the “Best of Boot Camp” award.  The award was based on the quality of the investor pitch and on the business plan.  NextCAT is based in Detroit and creates heterogeneous catalysts to allow producers of biodiesel to use less expensive raw materials and simplify the production... [Read More...]

Sen. Dodd’s bill needs amending

Have you seen or heard about Senator Christopher Dodd’s Financial Reform Bill and the provisions regarding angel funding?  There is an excellent article in Business Week about the provision that would increase the requirements of an individual to qualify as an accredited investor.  It would take out an estimated 40% of people who qualify today from being able to make a sophisticated investment in a promising new technology-based business.  Furthermore... [Read More...] and Concentrate Feature Local Serial Entrepreneurs and Concentrate cover some local serial entrepreneurs. Click the links below to read their stories. From  Dual entrepreneurs reflect next stage of Ann Arbor’s startup community From Concentrate: Ann Arbor’s entrepreneurs multi-task with a variety of start-ups  Read More →

“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. Conference activities include presentations by: o Chris Holman, publisher of the Greater Lansing Business Monthly and Small Business Advocate for the state of Michigan, who will offer tips... [Read More...]

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

As featured on December 7, 2009 by Nathan Bomey Here’s’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 McKinley Towne Centre next to Google and Ann Arbor SPARK. 2.... [Read More...]

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 Spark. It’s important to understand the role of venture capital, Rizik... [Read More...]

Michigan – A great place to live

Anne and I have lived in many states.  We are not native to Michigan but spent five years up north in the 80’s.  We were awed by the clear fresh water and the variety of trees and wildlife.  We agreed we wanted to come back, which we did.  One of the other things that impressed us was the diversity of entertainment options, lifestyles, industry and people.  Although we had the opportunity to move to silicon valley we opted to stay in the... [Read More...]

Crain’s identifies SPARK as “scratching the entrepreneurial itch”

From Crain’s cover’s Washtenaw/Livingston …Goldschmidt is one of the nearly 70 new startups that have begun working with Ann Arbor Spark this year, a roughly 25 percent increase from the same period in 2008, according to Skip Simms, director of business acceleration services at Spark. Much of the spike is driven by an increased awareness of the resources available to Ann Arbor’s entrepreneurial community and an increase in... [Read More...]

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