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 …
Read more BRYAN SILVERMAN OF STARTUP STAR TOILET PAPER SECURES COLLEGE FINALIST PLACEMENT IN ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE’S ENTREPRENEUR OF 2012 CONTEST PRESENTED BY THE UPS STORE
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 …
Read more Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $600,000 in Three Start-Ups
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 …
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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 …
Read more MEDC Awards Ann Arbor SPARK $100,000 for MichAGAIN
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 …
Read more Annual Collaboration of Entrepreneurship Draws Almost 1,000 People to Ann Arbor
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 …
Read more Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $585,000 in Three Start-Ups
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. …
Read more Ann Arbor SPARK awarded $500,000 from the MEDC for SPARK East Incubator
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 …
Read more MichAGAIN Boston Attracts VCs
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 …
Read more Kauffman Study Shows Impact of Business Accelerator Efforts on SE Michigan Start-Ups
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.
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Though investment in new businesses isn't the target of the senator's proposal, it would cause collateral damage to the way informal investors finance companies
Read more Sen. Dodd’s bill needs amending
While the last few years have seen an increase in the amount of startups in Michigan, Ann Arbor is clearly one of the hotbeds of entrepreneurial activity in the state.
Read more The Michigan Daily Covers Entrepreneurs and Incubators
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 …
Read more SPARK’s Jennifer Owens Testifies to Commerce Department
RealKidz, a clothing company aimed at above-average and average-sized girls, was recently awarded a loan from the Eastern Washtenaw Microloan Fund, a funding opportunity for start-ups that’s part of the Michigan Microloan Fund Program.
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New Eagle, a technology-enabled service provider, was recently awarded the first loan from the Eastern Washtenaw Microloan Fund, a funding opportunity for start-ups that’s part of the Michigan Microloan Fund Program.
Read more New Eagle Receives First Eastern Washtenaw Microloan Fund
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 …
Read more SPARK East Incubator Profile: WhereToFindCare.com
Ann Arbor-based Nanosystems, private maker of plant-based chemicals used to make polyurethane foam for wound dressings, earplugs, surfboard cores and other products.
Read more Nanosystems featured in the Detroit Free Press
Learn about all the programs the state is funding that provide capital to start-ups and early stage companies.
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Look for non-dilutive grants or sale advances when raising cash today. Don't be afraid to fail because that is how we learn.
Read more It’s Hard to Raise Money Today