Ann Arbor Start-ups Compete in ‘World’s Largest Business Plan Competition’

TurtleCell won the People's Choice Award at AMIC Several companies that Ann Arbor SPARK provides entrepreneurial services to participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Blaze Medical Devices, Ornicept, Patient Provider Communications, Plan Reaction, Showtown, TM3 and TurtleCell all vied for cash prizes in what’s been dubbed “the world’s largest business plan competition.” Helping start-ups accomplish more is something... [Read More...]

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 resources to consider:   UPCOMING PROGRAMS Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE), January 31 ACE is the place where Great Lakes region entrepreneurs... [Read More...]

Seven Ann Arbor Companies Receive FastTrack Awards, Honored for Business Growth

Seven businesses in the region are winners of this year’s annual FastTrack awards.  The FastTrack awards recognize companies that have demonstrated consistent growth.  Several of the 2011 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners, demonstrating long-term business growth. Recipients of 2011 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2007, with an annual growth of 20 percent for the following three years. ... [Read More...]

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

Sassa Akervall, COO of Akervall Technologies, and Skip Simms, senior vice president of Ann Arbor SPARK 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... [Read More...]

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 existing operations in Bloomfield Hills, as well as locate operations in Ann... [Read More...]

Michigan’s Getting It Right

“Simply put, Job One is jobs,” said Governor Rick Snyder tonight at his State of the State address. What a refreshing voice for the people of Michigan! Open Source Economic Development ® Michigan Dashboard Metrics-real results for real people Economic growth Health & Education Value for Government Quality of Life Public Safety Pure Michigan Talent, entrepreneurs, employers, universities, funding, incubators = JOBS.  Read More →

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 are currently employing 285 people throughout... [Read More...]

Get Face Time with a big Michigan VC

Many entrepreneurs want to get in front of a VC.  Well here’s your chance.  The folks at Beringea, Michigan’s largest Venture Capital firm, will hold ‘Office Hours’ in 2011 in several communities around the state.  Similar to the office hours format used by university professors, these sessions will provide the Michigan entrepreneurial community open access to Beringea venture capitalists for their perspective, feedback... [Read More...]

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. Photo courtesy of San Fransisco Business Times 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 impact on our... [Read More...]

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, 42 companies have received over $1.6 million... [Read More...]

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