Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Mark Sutter of Terumo

Mark Sutter is the president and CEO of Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation, a global leader of products for the cardiac and vascular surgery marketplace. Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, recently sat down with Mark to record a CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity. Q&A Paul: How has Ann Arbor helped the company as a business?  Is Ann Arbor a good place for a global headquarters? Mark: Having this location... [Read More...]

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Announces 53 Semi-Finalists

Semi-finalists for the $1 million Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition were announced today.  The 53 semi-finalist companies will deliver their business pitches to investors on November 16-17 at the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest for the chance to win cash and prizes. Ann Arbor area semi-finalists are Vinci Technology Corp, Current Motor,  ECO-Fueling,  Accio Energy,  Arbor Wind,  H3D,  GPX Software, i3D Technologies Inc.,... [Read More...]

4 Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Funding

The Michigan Microloan Fund Program recently awarded four Michigan Companies a combined total of $122,000.  Akervall Technologies, Blaze Medical Devices, Ellison Corp. and Waste Water Heat Transfers Systems all received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. Akervall Technologies are based in Ann Arbor and have developed the Protech Dent™ mouth guard.  Blaze Medical Devices is also based in Ann Arbor and is developing... [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...]