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 2012. The winner of the college category will receive, among other prizes, $5,000... [Read More...]

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... [Read More...]

Mackinac Policy Conference 2012

By Luke Bonner, VP of Business Development, Ann Arbor SPARK This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, and for over 30 years the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Annual Policy Conference has contributed to that fine history. This year’s Mackinac Policy Conference kicked off in grand fashion with the Detroit Regional Chamber, Ann Arbor Spark, Oakland County, Wayne County, and the MEDC announcing a new initiative... [Read More...]

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 for evangelizing the state in areas rich with talent and growing businesses,”... [Read More...]

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 business community to network, learn... [Read More...]

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 and equity funds.  In 2011, the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital... [Read More...]

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. “Business incubators play an important role... [Read More...]

MichAGAIN Boston Attracts VCs

MichAgain's VC luncheon attracted attention to the state's growing companies What do you get then you put 15 high powered VCs in a room?  About $1 billion of capital to spend and a whole lot of interest in our entrepreneurial endeavors. Our first MichAGAIN Boston event was a ravishing success.  Our informal program was packed with dynamic speakers including our very own VC expert Skip Simms, as well as Ken Nisbet, head of U-M Tech... [Read More...]

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 more than $101.2 million in... [Read More...]

Smart Grid Companies look at this

4 big venture firms and General Electric are dangling $200 million in seed capital for good ideas and start-ups that will dramatically improve the grid.  Check out this article in cnet for more information. GE, VCs offer $200 million in smart grid challenge.  Read More →

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