Mayor Hieftje: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

In August, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of SPARK, sat down with Mayor John Hieftje to discuss economic opportunity in the Ann Arbor region. Mayor Hieftje assumed office in 2000, and has served as the city’s mayor ever since. The Mayor has led the city through a period of tremendous change, including the worst recession since the 1930s. Throughout their conversation, Paul and Mayor Hieftje discuss the significant challenges that have faced the... [Read More...]

Boot Camp ROI

The SPARK Entrepreneur Boot Camp is really something special.  We read often about ‘Boot Camps’ around the country that help entrepreneurs start their new companies.  But when we drill down to see what is offered, their format, the content, etc. we come back to the same conclusion; the SPARK Entrepreneur Boot Camp is unique.  We have been providing this Boot Camp twice a year since 2002.  181 companies have gone through the two day... [Read More...]

Pre-Seed Fund Makes 3 More Investments

3 start-ups receive $680,000 from state fund The Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund has made three more investments. They are: Creative Byline of Holland SenSound in Detroit Biotectix in Ann Arbor These investments are 29, 30 and 31 for the fund. It’s pretty impressive this little fund can make 31 investments in two years. Yes there is still capital that can be deployed. More than $1million. There are currently 7 companies under review. Demand... [Read More...]