Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded $1M to Create Washtenaw County Incubator Collaborative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 24, 2013 — ANN ARBOR, MICH — Ann Arbor SPARK was awarded $1 million from the Michigan Strategic Fund to support its business incubator activities via the creation of the new Washtenaw County Incubator Collaborative (WCIC).  The Michigan Strategic Fund award is designed to stimulate the creation and continued growth of technology-based businesses and jobs. Ann Arbor SPARK, in partnership with the MC3 Business... [Read More...]

LaVision, Inc. Attracts International Audience for PIV Course

Written by: Jake Albers, Manager, SPARK East Incubator, and David Palmer, Business Manager, LaVision LaVision, Inc. hosted their annual Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) Short Course at the SPARK East Incubator in Ypsilanti, October 23-25, 2012.  This year marked the third annual installment of the event.  Since 2010, researchers from educational, private and public sector institutions in North America and Europe have traveled to SPARK East.  This... [Read More...]

Congrats to Lycera: Biotech Company Moves to U-M’s NCRC

Congratulations to Lycera on graduating from our Michigan Life Science & Innovation Center biotech incubator to U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)!  The move will accommodate the growing company’s need for more space; in the fall, Lycera will move into 14,000 square feet at NCRC. Lycera, a biopharmaceutical company and University of Michigan spinoff, pioneers innovative approaches to the discovery and development of novel... [Read More...]

Kauffman Study Shows Impact of Business Accelerator Efforts on SE Michigan Start-Ups

A new Kauffman Foundation study shows the results of business accelerator efforts by Southeast Michigan’s economic development organizations.  Combined, Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator and TechTown , collectively known as the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, have: Created more than 1,000 jobs Invested approximately $18 million in hundreds of start-up companies Secured more than $101.2 million in... [Read More...]

Buycentives Cites Microloan Funding in Article About its Success to Date

In a recent interview with Xconomy, local start-up Buycentives cites Ann Arbor SPARK’s microloan funding program as critical support for its growth.  Buycentives also mentions its time as part of our incubator as having impacted its evolution to date. “The startup, founded in 2009 and incubated at the Ann Arbor SPARK program, is talking with potential customers in the auto space and is looking to begin a pilot program in the coming... [Read More...]

New Economy Initiative Awards $3 Million to Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan

This picture is from the press conference announcing the new Business Accelorator Network for Southeast Michigan The announcement of the new Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, a region-wide collaborative effort dedicated to attracting and retaining business in southeast Michigan, took place on Monday, June 21st.  The  New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, an innovative philanthropic effort to accelerate the transition... [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 →

Michigan Municipal League article about SPARK

In the current issue of the Michigan Municipal League magazine and e-newsletter there is an article about SPARK and our ‘open source economic development’ model.  Check it out here.  This issue is mostly about entrepreneurism in the state.  It’s very encouraging.  We’re in good company with communities all around the state.  Included in the publication are articles about the new incubator in East Lansing and a new initiative... [Read More...]

Welcome to the SPARK East Open House

SPARK East is hosting its official open house. This business incubator blends affordable office space, essential business services and business development guidance to new businesses. SPARK East is the third business incubator in SPARK’s Regional Incubator Network.  Our other incubators include the Michigan Life Science Innovation Center north of downtown Ann Arbor and SPARK Center, located on Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor. Our press conference... [Read More...]