Founders Series Podcast: Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of the University of Michigan

As part of the Ann Arbor SPARK 10-year anniversary celebration, we’ve invited founding members to this special series to share their insights and reflect on the economic progress we’ve made in the Ann Arbor region. During this podcast, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, interviews Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, president emerita of …

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Larry Freed: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Larry Freed is managing partner of Second Stage Partners, where early and second stage companies are assisted with efficiently increasing their revenue to achieve business maturity. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Larry discusses his success as president and CEO of ForeSee, the launch of Second Stage Partners, …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Expansion of Toyota Technical Center

Toyota to Invest $32.5 million, Add 250 Jobs in Region Ann Arbor SPARK provided critical support to Toyota Technical Center in York Charter Township, Mich., throughout its process of securing incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that will help the company expand in the region. Toyota has committed to investing $32.5 million in expanding its …

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Esperion Therapeutics, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Roger Newton is Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Tim Mayleben is President and Chief Executive Officer of Esperion Therapeutics Esperion Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing first-in-class, oral, low-density, lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapies for treatment of hypercholesterolemia and other cardiometabolic risk markers. In their conversation with Paul …

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Angela Barbash, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Angela Barbash is founder of Reconsider and principal of sister company Revalue. Reconsider is an impact economy research and development firm based in Ypsilanti, and Revalue is a registered investment advisory firm.  In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Angela discusses both companies, the Investment Readiness program that helps entrepreneurs …

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TD Ameritrade, Thomson Plastics to expand in the Ann Arbor region

Two companies have chosen the Ann Arbor region for expansion, citing the region’s deep talent pool as the prime factor in their decision to grow here. TD Ameritrade and Thomson Plastics will invest $7 million in Ann Arbor, and are tapping in to this region’s talent pool to hire nearly 100 people. TD Ameritrade Holding …

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Nigel Francis: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Nigel Francis is the Senior Automotive Adviser to the State of Michigan, and the Senior Vice President, Automotive Industry Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He is charged with developing, implementing, and executing a strategic plan to promote, retain, and grow Michigan’s automotive industry. Nigel will be a featured speaker at Ann Arbor SPARK’s 2014 Annual …

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XanEdu expands in Ann Arbor with $1M investment and 50 jobs

XanEdu, Inc. is expanding its operations in the Ann Arbor region, investing more than $1 million and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current headquarters, located in Pittsfield Township. XanEdu currently has 30 employees in the region. The jobs the …

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Want to grow? Work locally, but think globally

By Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Last year, Michigan set a record. Nearly $60 billion in goods were exported from Michigan — a 3 percent increase from 2012. Every billion dollars of exports supports around 5,000 U.S. jobs, giving us a significant reason to focus our attention on these export markets. Livingston …

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Choosing Ann Arbor to Grow Your Career

Graduating soon? If you’re like most of your fellow students, you’re probably applying for positions in large cities from coast to coast, but have you considered the city around you? Ann Arbor is thriving and bursting at the seams with unique restaurants and bars, cultural attractions, and entrepreneurial activity. And to top it all off, …

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Swift Biosciences Announces $7 Million Series B Financing

Funds Will Support Development of Next Generation Sequencing and Molecular Diagnostic Products Ann Arbor, MI – October 17, 2013 – Swift Biosciences, Inc., a Michigan-based life sciences company, today announced the recent completion of a $7 million Series B financing led by Fletcher Spaght Ventures.  Also joining in the B round of investment was Renaissance Venture Capital …

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ACE ’14 Connects Entrepreneurs to Peers, Resources and Investors at the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship at Burton Manor on Thursday, January 30, 2014

ACE ’14, Michigan’s 14th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship will be held for the 2nd straight year at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI.  The date set for the all-day event is Thursday, January 30, 2014.  ACE ’14 is already shaping up to be the biggest and best-attended ACE event in its 14 year history.  This year’s …

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Five Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Awards

Five Michigan companies have received a combined total of $250,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount loaned through the Fund to more than $3.8 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. More information on the companies that received Michigan Microloan Fund Program support is available via video: …

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$2 Million Michigan Angel Fund Begins Investing in Early Stage Companies

The Michigan Angel Fund (MAF), a professionally managed equity fund focused on capital efficient early stage companies located in Michigan, recently closed the fund to new investors. MAF is a $2 million fund that, with more than 70 members, is the largest angel organization in Michigan. MAF has already made its first investment, in East …

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Lake Trust Credit Union Announces New $30 Million Brighton Township Headquarters

(LANSING, MI) – Lake Trust Credit Union announced plans today to build a new $30 million headquarters on approximately 17-acre site adjoining US 23 just north of I-96 near Brighton.  Lake Trust is also committed to expanding the credit unions’ retail network throughout Michigan, including in Lansing and Plymouth.  Lake Trust plans to invest a …

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MyBuys Sees Strong Returns on Investment in Ann Arbor

MyBuys, Inc., founded in San Mateo, Calif. in 2001, began building out its Ann Arbor operations in 2007. From its first humble space at Ann Arbor SPARK Central’s business accelerator to its current location in the heart of downtown, the company has been on a growth trajectory, fueled by the region’s deep talent pool – …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Sean Heiney

Barracuda Networks announced earlier this year that they would be expanding their operations into the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, where the old Borders store was located. Paul Krutko sat down with Barracuda’s director of new products initiatives, Sean Heiney, as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  You are the director of new product …

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MichBio Expo Brought the Who’s Who in Michigan Biotech

East Lansing, MI — MichBio, the association for Michigan’s biosciences industry, welcomed approximately 300 bioscience professionals and service providers to its eighth annual Expo & Conference held November 7-8 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing, MI. The MichBio Expo is the largest annual gathering of Michigan bioscience industry professionals. The first …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Jeff Finkle

Jeff Finkle is the president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council, and was recently the keynote speaker at SPARK’s Annual Meeting. Paul Krutko, president and CEO of SPARK, got the chance to sit down with Jeff and discuss the economy from a national perspective. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation: Paul: …

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