EAST LANSING, Mich. — DeNovo Sciences, a Michigan startup, and PicoCal, an Ann Arbor based company, have become the first recipients of the state’s Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP) Grants through the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN). The SCIP was created to help small Michigan companies attack technological and commercialization issues by providing them access to top research university resources and talent that they otherwise... [Read More...]

SPARK CEO Finney Talks Talent at Innovative Cities Conference

A great article on features SPARK CEO Mike Finney discussing his presentation to the Innovative Cities Conference.  Finney will talk about talent as a key driver of economic development at the conference, which is focused on best practices in urban development.  Ann Arbor is one of only six cities in the U.S. invited to talk about its economic development success at the conference.  Read More →

Terumo’s Scio Township expansion reflects global potential of its medical device technology’s Nathan Bomey joins Governor Granholm and Ann Arbor SPARK’s Mike Finney at Terumo’s expansion celebration today. Japanese medical device maker Terumo Medical Corp.’s campus in Scio Township is a sprawling illustration of a growth pathway for global life sciences companies in the Ann Arbor region. Terumo’s global sales success forced the company to expand its 55-acre campus on Jackson Road – a $3.5 million... [Read More...] and Concentrate Feature Local Serial Entrepreneurs and Concentrate cover some local serial entrepreneurs. Click the links below to read their stories. From  Dual entrepreneurs reflect next stage of Ann Arbor’s startup community From Concentrate: Ann Arbor’s entrepreneurs multi-task with a variety of start-ups  Read More →

Jennifer Owens Joins Ann Arbor SPARK

On December 7, Jennifer Owens will join Ann Arbor SPARK as its new vice president, business development.  In this role, Owens will support efforts to attract and retain new businesses to the Ann Arbor region. “Jennifer’s experience in economic development is an asset that directly supports Ann Arbor SPARK’s efforts to expand the region’s economy,” said Michael A. Finney, Ann Arbor SPARK’s CEO.  “As we continue to look at ways to bring... [Read More...]

Crain’s identifies SPARK as “scratching the entrepreneurial itch”

From Crain’s cover’s Washtenaw/Livingston …Goldschmidt is one of the nearly 70 new startups that have begun working with Ann Arbor Spark this year, a roughly 25 percent increase from the same period in 2008, according to Skip Simms, director of business acceleration services at Spark. Much of the spike is driven by an increased awareness of the resources available to Ann Arbor’s entrepreneurial community and an increase in... [Read More...]

Welcome to the SPARK East Open House

SPARK East is hosting its official open house. This business incubator blends affordable office space, essential business services and business development guidance to new businesses. SPARK East is the third business incubator in SPARK’s Regional Incubator Network.  Our other incubators include the Michigan Life Science Innovation Center north of downtown Ann Arbor and SPARK Center, located on Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor. Our press conference... [Read More...]