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Ann Arbor Spark

Webinar Materials

Intro to the Lean Startup Method and Creating Your Ecosystem Map (updated May 4, 2020)

Part one of the SPARK.tech series.

Webinar Materials

15 Things You Can Do in a Crisis (updated Apr 28, 2020)

Times are tough. We get it. Businesses in general — and specifically many entrepreneurial companies — have hit a slow period. But you don’t have to cease operations! There are things that you can do to prepare for the period when this pandemic is over and market opportunities return. Ted Dacko, CEO of Arbor Dakota Strategies, provides 15 pragmatic ideas for what you can do over the next 90 days that do not necessarily involve direct sales efforts.

Funding & Incentives

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act (updated Mar 31, 2020)

An overview of the programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Destination & Industry Insights, Market

Ann Arbor Startup Ecosystem 101 (updated Jan 27, 2020)

Ann Arbor is home to hundreds of startups. Over the past few years, the startup ecosystem (i.e., the companies, people, and organizations helping startups succeed) has evolved significantly. Ann Arbor is now home to some of the fastest-growing companies in the Midwest, ranging from tech to healthcare to mobility.


  • Notable startup “exits”
  • Lists of startups in mobility, life science, and technology
  • Startups origin stories
  • Fast-growing companies profiles
  • Startup ecosystem partners and resources
  • Case studies