Regional Collaboration Brings International Opportunities to the Greater Ann Arbor Region

Written By Jake Albers Manager, SPARK East Incubator Ypsilanti, MI SPARK East Incubator recently hosted the Israeli Medical Technology Road Show.  The Road Show, presented by The Trendlines Group and OurCrowd; featured five innovative Israeli start-ups seeking investment toward commercialization in Southeast Michigan.  The infusion of international innovation into the Greater Ann Arbor region was made possible through a collaborative effort between... [Read More...]

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 in North America and Europe have traveled to SPARK East.  This... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Hosts White House Business Council Roundtable!

Last week we hosted a White House Business Council Roundtable at our very own SPARK East facility in Ypsilanti.  The roundtable is a part of an ongoing series of roundtables that are hosted all over the country with the goal to bring together business leaders to hear about what is going on with the administration at a national level.  Our guest of honor was Dr. Rebecca Blank, Acting Deputy Secretary and Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the... [Read More...]

Eastern Leaders Group Summer Update

The Eastern Leaders Group just released a summer update on activities in Eastern Washtenaw County. It includes information on the SPARK East Business Incubator and profiles of businesses that have received microloan funding. Read the update.  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...]

“Keys to Success” to be presented at EMU’s Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference

Local entrepreneurs will share their success with aspiring entrepreneurs as the Eastern Michigan University College of Business presents the Sesi Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference on February 12, 2010 at the EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street in Ypsilanti. Conference activities include presentations by: o Chris Holman, publisher of the Greater Lansing Business Monthly and Small Business Advocate for the state of Michigan, who will offer tips... [Read More...]

SPARK East Incubator Profile: WhereToFindCare.com

WhereToFindCare.com LLC is a Michigan-based startup that seeks to empower people in health care decision-making. Because there are so many choices for health care today, the firm offers a free website that combines quality and satisfaction data of many different types of health care facilities and presents them in a clear, concise format which eases patients’ decision making process. It allows patients, families and visitors to rate and review the... [Read More...]

SPARK East Incubator Tenant Spotlight: LaVision, Inc.

Since its launch in 2008, the SPARK East Business Incubator has become a magnet for innovation-based businesses – from entrepreneurs and start-ups to mid-sized companies, including LaVision, Inc. SPARK East business incubator tenants such as LaVision have access to work-ready office facilities equipped with the latest technology. Networking events and educational programs are also available, such as attending a monthly meeting with the SPARK Entrepreneur... [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...]

SPARK East Awarded $250,000 Grant

Washtenaw County, in partnership with Eastern Michigan University and Ann Arbor SPARK, has been selected by the Michigan Strategic Fund to receive an award of $250,000 in grant funding through MEDC and the state of Michigan. The grant will support SPARK East, the third business incubator in SPARK’s Regional Incubator Network; located at 215 W. Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti, SPARK East offers affordable office space, and critical start-up services,... [Read More...]