Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant …

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President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Presents at National Summit on Autonomous Vehicles

Ann Arbor SPARK recently had the opportunity to participate in the Autotech Council’s summit on autonomous vehicles. The Autotech Council is a Silicon Valley-based organization focused on increasing the amount of innovation in the automotive industry. At the summit, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, shared the Ann Arbor region’s success in growing the autonomous …

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Dell might be the investor you’ve been looking for

Dell Innovators Credit Fund, a financing initiative that provides entrepreneurs up to $150,000 in technology resources to maximize potential for innovation, speed to market and job creation. Through Dell Financial Services, qualified angel and venture-backed companies can access up to 10 percent of their funded amount, or up to $150,000, with accelerated, limited credit terms. …

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Twelve Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Award

Twelve Michigan companies have received a combined total of more than $444,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to more than $2.4 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. “The companies that received Michigan Microloan Fund Program awards represent the wide range of …

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Annual Collaboration of Entrepreneurship Draws Almost 1,000 People to Ann Arbor

This past January, almost 1,000 people traveled to Skyline High School in Ann Arbor for the 12th Annual Collaboration of Entrepreneurship (ACE’12). Representatives from fifteen different organizations, all focused on entrepreneurship and hi-tech start-ups, came together to organize the event. ACE brings together entrepreneurs, service providers, investors, students, government agents and other members of the …

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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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Ann Arbor SPARK Launches CEO Podcast Series

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, is launching Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity, featuring Paul Krutko, its president and CEO, speaking with regional business leaders. “Since joining Ann Arbor SPARK, I’ve met with more than 80 business …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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SPARK’s Jennifer Owens Testifies to Commerce Department

WHO: Jennifer Owens, Ann Arbor SPARK’s vice president, business development WHERE: United States House of Representatives Commerce Department Committee on Science and Technology WHAT: Owens will give testimony to the Commerce Department Committee on Science and Technology on the importance of manufacturing in economic development.  She will discuss how manufacturing is critical to the success …

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SPARK East Incubator Profile: WhereToFindCare.com

WhereToFindCare.com LLC is a Michigan-based startup that seeks to empower people in health care decision-making. Because there are so many choices for health care today, the firm offers a free website that combines quality and satisfaction data of many different types of health care facilities and presents them in a clear, concise format which eases …

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