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 …

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How to work effectively with a recruiter to get the job you want – Part II

Today’s post is written by Clay Johnson of Technical Engineering Consultants Last month my blog focused on dispelling some of the misconceptions about working with a recruiter and on being realistic about what you are looking for in your next opportunity. This month I’d like to discuss how and why it’s important to maintain your relationship …

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Nutriinfo.com moves to Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR—Nutriinfo.com, an innovative health IT company that offers interventional online weight and health management solutions has relocated to Ann Arbor in recognition of the city’s innovative start-up friendly environment and wealth of talent and technology resources. Their newly re-launched website showcases health and wellness management products and services for corporations, health providers and also …

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Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $2 million in Nine Start-Ups

Nine Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, totaling more than $2 million. To date, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones, has awarded 72 Michigan companies with seed funding totaling more than $16 million. “The Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund is helping businesses across the state bring …

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MEDC Awards Ann Arbor SPARK $100,000 for MichAGAIN

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently awarded $100,000 to Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region.  Ann Arbor SPARK will use the funding to manage MichAGAIN trips to Boston, Chicago, Palo Alto, and Washington, D.C. this year. “MichAGAIN is a platform …

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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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Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $585,000 in Three Start-Ups

Three Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, totaling $585,000.  To date, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones, has awarded 63 Michigan companies with seed funding totaling more than $14 million. The Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund companies have attracted more than $18 million in matching grant …

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Finding a Good Crop of Employees: NPR Offers Up Close Look at Michigan’s Agriculture Economy

A recent “Changing Gears” series on Michigan Radio explored Michigan’s agriculture economy.  In part five of the five part series, SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko offers that “prospective workers want to take jobs in places where they know there are more jobs.” With his insight, Krutko explains that agriculture talent — and the needs …

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MichAGAIN event in D.C. gathers large crowd

     What do you get when you mix a handful of Michiganders and 125+ alums from the great state? An amazing night filled with networking, laughs, rivalry talk and memories. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s MichAGAIN Campaign was in full effect last night at Policy Lounge in Washington DC. The group of state and local …

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Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $2.5 Million in 2010

Several Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, pushing the total investments made through the Fund to over $11.6 million.  To date, 52 Michigan companies have received seed funding from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones. “Companies that received support from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund …

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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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