PlanReaction Wins Ann Arbor SPARK’s Best of Boot Camp

Viktor Brandtneris, Boot Camp Director, and Michael Kaye of PlanReaction PlanReaction was awarded Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor SPARK’s 23rd Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. PlanReaction was chosen as winner by a panel of investors and industry experts who rated Boot Camp participants’ pitches. As Best of Boot Camp winner, PlanReaction received membership to the New Enterprise Forum (NEF) and a NEF coaching team for one year as... [Read More...]

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...]

Angels in the open

Business Week just published a list of the most active and successful angels in the country.  Check out this article http://bwnt.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/future_of_tech_2010/  The disappointing part of the list is that all investors, except #25, invest in IT companies only.  IT of course covers a lot of industry subsectors like software, mobile apps, gaming, computing, internet, etc.  But I didn’t see alternative energy, materials,... [Read More...]

What’s in a Term Sheet?

Not often discussed in presentations about starting a company, particularly an innovative high growth company raising private equity from angels and VCs, is the term sheet.  The New Enterprise Forum and Ann Arbor SPARK are presenting a two part program about the various aspects of a term sheet.  An attorney, investor and CEO will discuss the many elements of a term sheet and the ramifications of each.  The first program is in two weeks, Thursday... [Read More...]

SBIR Training

Having trouble raising money or finding investment?  If you are a start-up it is very hard to find capital today.  It’s not impossible and I know of companies  who have been able to close a small round of Angel investment recently, but it’s hard.  We are telling all entrepreneurs these days they need to plan on ‘boot strapping’ their growth for awhile longer.  Michigan has some great investment and incentive programs that... [Read More...]