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Ann Arbor Spark

July 31, 2017

Why Ann Arbor is the perfect nest for tech companies like New Eagle

In 2008, Rich and Mickey Swortzel, an ambitious couple with backgrounds in engineering and business, launched a small tech startup from their home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That startup was New Eagle, a now thriving mechatronic control system creator, integrator, and supplier that serves global customers developing next-generation machines. “We knew that Ann Arbor would […]
July 31, 2017

Toyota to Collaborate with the American Center for Mobility

$5 million contribution to support Connected and Automated Vehicle technology development TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (July 31, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced today their intent to support the American Center for Mobility (ACM) as a Founder-level sponsor with a $5 million contribution. As an ACM contributor, Toyota […]
July 25, 2017

Saline joins local autonomous vehicle industry with French automaker’s arrival

NAVYA will soon begin manufacturing its ARMA autonomous shuttle vehicles at a production plant in Saline, raising the possibility of other new mobility-related activity in the city. News from Concentrate
July 25, 2017

Ypsi business owners team up to host networking events for fellow entrepreneurs

Organizers say their intention is to "bridge the gap" between existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, and "to bring everyone together in Ypsilanti." News from Concentrate
July 25, 2017

North American Tech Tour to bring investors, entrepreneurship events to Ann Arbor in August

Investors, entrepreneurs, and bloggers Paul Singh and Dana Duncan are bringing their national tour to town as part of their commitment to working with startups in the American heartland. News from Concentrate
July 25, 2017

Ann Arbor’s EyeSucceed partners with Google Glass on food industry application

After its beleaguered launch in 2013, Google Glass has quietly staged a comeback. An Ann Arbor company is leveraging Glass technology to train food employees. News from Concentrate
July 20, 2017

CEO Podcast: Scott Andres, Brookings

“Scott Andes is a fellow with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking for the Brookings Institution. His work focuses on innovation strategies for cities, advanced manufacturing, and science and technology policy. In his podcast conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Scott discusses what it […]
July 18, 2017

Introducing On the Ground Ypsi

For the next five months Concentrate will be conducting an embedded reporting program aimed at telling the many Ypsi stories that often go overlooked. News from Concentrate
July 18, 2017

Social network for the chronically ill among U-M Desai Accelerator’s summer cohort

The Ann Arbor business accelerator nurtures startups who are past the earliest stages of development but not yet seeking external investors. News from Concentrate
July 18, 2017

Finding And Falling In Love With Ann Arbor

Nine years ago, Elena M. Stegemann, chief operating officer of McCreadie Group, Inc. found Ann Arbor.  She’s lived all over the world, but finally found a place she wanted to settle in with her family. “My husband was recruited to be a professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan,” she […]
July 17, 2017

Autonomous Vehicle Maker NAVYA Set To Open First U.S. Production Plant In Saline, MI

July 17, 2017

NAVYA Set to Open First U.S. Production Plant in Saline

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE MAKER NAVYA SET TO OPEN FIRST U.S. PRODUCTION PLANT IN SALINE, MI Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ann Arbor SPARK Collaborate with NAVYA on Site Selection and Talent Recruitment (ANN ARBOR, Michigan) July 17, 2017 – In a joint announcement, NAVYA with project collaborators Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Ann Arbor SPARK […]