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Ann Arbor Spark

August 31, 2017

Tips on How To Improve Your Pitch Deck

“It’s simple, it’s just not easy.”  -unknown The pitch deck (a slide presentation designed to attract investors) is a necessary tool for tech startups trying to raise money.  In addition, developing a good pitch deck can be a powerful exercise in helping you improve your thinking about your business and refine your plan.  I stress […]
August 29, 2017

Funding and mentorship program for startups comes to Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor's "Pitch Club" event will be the first of 10 monthly events to be held in cities across Michigan, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing. News from Concentrate
August 29, 2017

Ann Arbor cosmetics company focusing on minority consumers wins $100,000 investment from U-M fund

SAHI Cosmetics founder Sheleen Sahi says she thinks her company is attractive to investors in part because many people are moving toward an "inclusive economy." News from Concentrate
August 25, 2017

Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Receives ROI with Johnson & Johnson Acquisition of Sentio

Did you see that Sentio sold to Johnson & Johnson?  Sentio (formerly Innovative Surgical Solutions) sells innovative nerve localization technology for spine surgery. From the press release: “This acquisition underscores the DePuy Synthes and Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies strategy of investing in faster growing segments with technologies that are designed to help improve […]
August 25, 2017

Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Receives ROI with Johnson & Johnson Acquisition of Sentio

Did you see that Sentio sold to Johnson & Johnson?  Sentio (formerly Innovative Surgical Solutions) sells innovative nerve localization technology for spine surgery. From the press release: “This acquisition underscores the DePuy Synthes and Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies strategy of investing in faster growing segments with technologies that are designed to help improve […]
August 24, 2017

Ann Arbor Ypsilanti SmartZone Awarded 15 Year Funding Extension by State of Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Aug. 24, 2017 —The Michigan Department of Treasury recently awarded a 15-year funding extension to the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti SmartZone. The funding received by the SmartZone from the State are designated to create and promote the development and attraction of high-technology activities to the SmartZone areas of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. The […]
August 22, 2017

Pitch Ypsi competition returns with $5,000 prize for entrepreneurs

The inaugural Pitch Ypsi event in March drew so much attention that organizers have already launched a second one. News from Concentrate
August 22, 2017

NewFoundry makes Inc. 5000 list, mulls move out of Ann Arbor

The software company has enjoyed three-year revenue growth of over 300 percent, but continuing to find space in Ann Arbor may become a problem. News from Concentrate
August 17, 2017

CEO Podcast: Kimberly Gamez, Mi Padrino

Kim Gamez, the CEO and founder of Mi Padrino, saw a need in her own Hispanic community for a simple alternative to traditional methods of organizing, planning, and funding events. Mi Padrino allows family members to accomplish those tasks and donate to Quinceañeras, weddings, and baby showers. In her conversation with Paul Krutko, president and […]
August 16, 2017

Ann Arbor, A City Full of Tech Entrepreneurs and Startups

I’ve said it and I am starting to hear others say it, ‘Ann Arbor is the Silicon Valley of Michigan’.  The obvious reason is the amount of R&D that is done here in the region. Of course, you start with the mega research university, University of Michigan, which is up to around $1.4 BILLION in […]
August 16, 2017

Livingston County Benchmarking Study Overview

Livingston County is home to a range of settings, from walkable downtowns to suburban residential developments, to rural communities and farms. Given its range of character, the county is able to create new development while maintaining its natural and agricultural assets. Recent growth has included significant multi-parcel industrial operations, small mom-and-pop retail storefronts, single family […]
August 16, 2017

Not Enough Workforce Housing…

The number of people who struggle with the high cost of housing in the Ann Arbor region continues to increase, according to the Housing Affordability and Economic Equity – Analysis (January 2015), commissioned by the Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development (WCOCED). It’s an extraordinary document and a must read for all leaders in our community. There’s […]