Boston MichAGAIN Reception – Employers Are Top of the Hub!

The MichAGAIN reception took place last night at Top of the Hub – 50th floor of the Prudential Tower overlooking Boston and the harbor. It was a most picturesque setting to talk about the beauty of Michigan – more shoreline than any other state in the U.S., surrounded by inland seas that boast no salt …

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MichAGAIN – Opening New Pipelines to Talent

Written by Britany Affolter-Caine Talent is a critical key to economic prosperity. In an effort to provide Ann Arbor companies with greater access to talent, Ann Arbor SPARK is in Silicon Valley with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the MichAGAIN series – recruiting trips to regions that have top talent from software developers …

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Michigan Corporate Relations Network Announces RFP for Small Company Innovation Program

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN) is soliciting proposals for its Small Company Innovation Program (SCIP).  The SCIP will provide cost-sharing grants to foster collaboration between MCRN universities and small-to medium-size companies on research projects for new commercial products or services. The six universities that make up MCRN are Wayne State University, the University of …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Launches CEO Podcast Series

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, is launching Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcasts: Conversations on Economic Opportunity, featuring Paul Krutko, its president and CEO, speaking with regional business leaders. “Since joining Ann Arbor SPARK, I’ve met with more than 80 business …

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Cataphora Expands Operations with New Office in Ann Arbor

Cataphora Inc. today announced the official opening of its newest office, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cataphora develops innovative software for analysis of individual and organizational behavior. The location was chosen because it provides a business-friendly environment, as well as offering Cataphora the opportunity to take advantage of local talent, notably from the Ann Arbor-based …

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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 …

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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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Congrats to Lycera: Biotech Company Moves to U-M’s NCRC

Congratulations to Lycera on graduating from our Michigan Life Science & Innovation Center biotech incubator to U-M’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)!  The move will accommodate the growing company’s need for more space; in the fall, Lycera will move into 14,000 square feet at NCRC. Lycera, a biopharmaceutical company and University of Michigan spinoff, pioneers …

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Lycera and Merck Reach Deal to Collaborate

AnnArbor.com is reporting that Lycera, a University of Michigan spin off company, has reached a research agreement with Merck .  In an announcement, the companies said they’d work together to “discover, develop and commercialize small molecules that target T-helper 17 (Th17) cells, key mediators of inflammation. The collaboration will focus on developing drug candidates that …

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Dear Chicago: I Now Know Why People Call You “The Windy City”

After grabbing a quick lunch at RJ Grunts, we were ready to go prepare for our MichAGAIN Alumni event in Chicago. We spread the good news that is coming out of Michigan at Maggiano’s restaurant downtown. We welcomed over 50 excited alumni from various Michigan Universities. There was definitely a strong University of Michigan presence, …

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Ann Arbor Named Five Star Community by U-M Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research

Ann Arbor has been recognized for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development in a study by researchers at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research. The city was honored as a five star community along with 55 other communities across the state. The eCities research surveyed over 100 communities in Michigan …

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Top 5 reasons the University of Michigan’s student entrepreneurial movement matters

As featured on annarbor.com December 7, 2009 by Nathan Bomey Here’s AnnArbor.com’s Top 5 reasons why the University of Michigan’s student entrepreneurial movement matters to the Ann Arbor region. 1. U-M is putting dollars behind it. The Center for Entrepreneurship recently collaborated with various partners to establish TechArb, a permanent student business incubator in the …

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Local Entrepreneur Launches T-Shirt Company

University of Michigan basketball star and co-captain turned local entrepreneur, David Merritt has announced that he’s starting a new line of “feel good” t-shirts.  The IMU Brand t-shirts not only feature street-savvy designs but also boast a community give-back component, where proceeds from the launch event will be donated to Mott Children’s Hospital, employees of …

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Open Source Economic Development and Statewide Cooperation

But our larger focus is ensuring long-term growth and viability for the entire state of Michigan — something that can best be achieved through a process we call Open Source Economic Development. Through our commitment to Open Source, Ann Arbor SPARK will continue to grow businesses in the Ann Arbor region...and help transform Michigan into a national hub of economic activity.

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