SPARK Hosts 20th Entrepreneur Boot Camp

This past month Ann Arbor SPARK put on it’s 20th Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. We had 14 participants, many of which came from all over the state.  With companies from Detroit to the U.P., this program reached greatly outside of Ann Arbor. Warmilu, LLC won "Best Pitch" at this year's boot camp. Warmilu has developed and is commercializing nonelectric, instant heat technology, specifically for infants. The camp is a 2-day intensive... [Read More...]

WriteSteps Awarded Best of Ann Arbor SPARK’S Boot Camp

Ann Arbor SPARK celebrated the conclusion of its 18th Boot Camp program with participant investor pitches and a reception last night at the SPARK Central business incubator.  At the Ann Arbor SPARK Boot Camp Celebration, WriteSteps was selected as the “Best of Boot Camp” winner, based on the quality of its investor pitch and business plan and will receive $5,000 in business consulting services. L to R: Lee Gorman, WriteSteps; Jan Gensheimer,... [Read More...]

Mobile Sign Language Wins EIC Pitch Competion

Mobile Sign Language Systems CEO, Jason Gilbert took home the prize at the Eastside Innovation Campus Business Pitch Competition on June 4th.  Mobile Sign Language Systems has developed smartphone software that translates spoken English into a video of sign language in real time. The software is designed to help deaf people, who often struggle to communicate with their counterparts in the hearing world, most of whom do not know sign language.  Jason... [Read More...]

NextCAT Announced as “Best of Boot Camp” Winner

On May 26th, it was time to celebrate the end of the 17th Entrepreneur Boot Camp.  All participants gave their investor pitches and enjoyed a nice reception.  NextCAT received the “Best of Boot Camp” award.  The award was based on the quality of the investor pitch and on the business plan.  NextCAT is based in Detroit and creates heterogeneous catalysts to allow producers of biodiesel to use less expensive raw materials and simplify the production... [Read More...]

Join us for a business pitch competition on June 4

Five innovation-based entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses for a chance to win incubator space & business acceleration services on June 4 at SPARK East.  The business pitch competition, hosted in conjunction with EIC, the Eastside Innovation Campus, will run from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The competition winner, as judged by a panel of noted funding and business experts, will win prizes to support their venture, including a one year incubator lease... [Read More...]

WhereToFindCare.com Wins ACE Business Idea Tweet Competition

WhereToFindCare.com recently won the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE)’s newest business idea competition. The ACE Business Idea Tweet Competition is a business idea pitch contest using Twitter where the judges are anyone and everyone with access to Twitter. Entrepreneurs pitch their idea in 140 characters or less and Twitter users vote for their favorite by re-tweeting. The winner was announced at ACE’s premier entrepreneurial education... [Read More...]

Entrepreneur awards and VC program features SPARK’s Amy Cell

From Crain’s Detroit Business Nov. 11, 2009; “The seven winners joined about 140 attendees this morning at a networking breakfast followed by peer-to-peer strategy sessions. Chris Rizik, president and CEO of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, presented a session on pitching to venture capitalists and angel investors with Amy Cell, vice president of Ann Arbor Spark. It’s important to understand the role of venture capital, Rizik... [Read More...]