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 20 percent for the following three years.  To qualify, companies must report 2009 revenues greater than... [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...]

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...]

The Michigan Daily Covers Entrepreneurs and Incubators

Ann Arbor, Venture Capital is the headline of a great article written by Addie Shrodes of The Michigan Daily. The article covers entrepreneurialism in Ann Arbor and includes information about SPARK and the work we do assisting start-ups as well as on the student incubator, TechArb. Read the article.  Read More →

AnnArbor.com and Concentrate Feature Local Serial Entrepreneurs

AnnArbor.com and Concentrate cover some local serial entrepreneurs. Click the links below to read their stories. From AnnArbor.com:  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 →

Boot Camp ROI

The SPARK Entrepreneur Boot Camp is really something special.  We read often about ‘Boot Camps’ around the country that help entrepreneurs start their new companies.  But when we drill down to see what is offered, their format, the content, etc. we come back to the same conclusion; the SPARK Entrepreneur Boot Camp is unique.  We have been providing this Boot Camp twice a year since 2002.  181 companies have gone through the two day... [Read More...]

SPARK Boot Camp – A Camper’s Retrospective

Sharpened focus, expanded network and accelerated execution. Everyone with a business idea loves to talk about it.  They talk and talk!  Few actually take action. At the beginning of 2008 Dylan Imre and I came up with the idea of creating a business around software for prediction markets.  One of the earliest actions we took  was to  attend the Ann Arbor SPARK Boot Camp in the spring of 2008.  And good thing we did! It set us on the path to... [Read More...]

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