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Ann Arbor Spark

December 05, 2017

Orbion Space Technology takes $500,000 top prize at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

For eight years Ann Arbor SPARK has played a key role in one of the largest business plan competitions in the world.  SPARK was the original producer of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, which every year has awarded a top prize of $500,000, of which SPARK provides $250,000.  This year, the top prize went to […]
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 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 […]
November 28, 2016

Angel Investing in Michigan

Angel investing is becoming a topic of discussion around the state.  Angels and entrepreneurs are the job creators in our country.  The entrepreneur brings the ideas, technology, and business opportunity while the angels provide the capital and management experience and strategic thinking that help startups grow and prosper.  Startups create more net new jobs than […]