BRYAN SILVERMAN OF STARTUP STAR TOILET PAPER SECURES COLLEGE FINALIST PLACEMENT IN ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE’S ENTREPRENEUR OF 2012 CONTEST PRESENTED BY THE UPS STORE

Bryan Silverman of Star Toilet Paper has just been announced as one of five student finalists for the Entrepreneur of 2012 contest presented by The UPS Store® , the most prestigious award bestowed upon entrepreneurs today, in the College Entrepreneur category. Now through September 17, the business community can vote for Bryan to become the College Entrepreneur of …

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Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $600,000 in Three Start-Ups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – JULY 9, 2012 – Three Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, totaling $600,000.  To date, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones to support start-ups’ product commercialization, has awarded 75 Michigan companies with seed funding totaling more than $16.5 million. The three companies recently awarded Michigan …

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MEDC Awards Ann Arbor SPARK $100,000 for MichAGAIN

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently awarded $100,000 to Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region.  Ann Arbor SPARK will use the funding to manage MichAGAIN trips to Boston, Chicago, Palo Alto, and Washington, D.C. this year. “MichAGAIN is a platform …

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Annual Collaboration of Entrepreneurship Draws Almost 1,000 People to Ann Arbor

This past January, almost 1,000 people traveled to Skyline High School in Ann Arbor for the 12th Annual Collaboration of Entrepreneurship (ACE’12). Representatives from fifteen different organizations, all focused on entrepreneurship and hi-tech start-ups, came together to organize the event. ACE brings together entrepreneurs, service providers, investors, students, government agents and other members of the …

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Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $585,000 in Three Start-Ups

Three Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, totaling $585,000.  To date, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, a collaborative effort of Michigan’s SmartZones, has awarded 63 Michigan companies with seed funding totaling more than $14 million. The Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund companies have attracted more than $18 million in matching grant …

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Ann Arbor SPARK awarded $500,000 from the MEDC for SPARK East Incubator

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently awarded $500,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) 21st Century Jobs Fund. The funding will support the Ann Arbor SPARK East business incubator. “MEDC support for Ann Arbor SPARK’s East incubator extends and enhances opportunities for start-ups throughout the region,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. …

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Kauffman Study Shows Impact of Business Accelerator Efforts on SE Michigan Start-Ups

A new Kauffman Foundation study shows the results of business accelerator efforts by Southeast Michigan’s economic development organizations.  Combined, Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator and TechTown , collectively known as the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, have: Created more than 1,000 jobs Invested approximately $18 million in hundreds of start-up companies Secured …

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SPARK’s Jennifer Owens Testifies to Commerce Department

WHO: Jennifer Owens, Ann Arbor SPARK’s vice president, business development WHERE: United States House of Representatives Commerce Department Committee on Science and Technology WHAT: Owens will give testimony to the Commerce Department Committee on Science and Technology on the importance of manufacturing in economic development.  She will discuss how manufacturing is critical to the success …

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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 …

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