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Ann Arbor Spark

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
Research & Data, Third-Party Reports

Commercial Real Estate Symposium Presentation Slides (updated Jan 8, 2020)

Combined presentations from the Commercial Real Estate Trends Symposium on January 8, 2020. Featuring content from keynote speaker Don Grimes and Swisher Commercial.

Research & Data, Third-Party Reports

Swisher 2019 Year-End Vacancy Report (updated Jan 8, 2020)

The Swisher Commercial Ann Arbor Area Vacancy report has been issued since 1993 and marks the 27th annual survey of vacancy rates for office and flex space in the Ann Arbor area. Swisher brokers personally surveyed over 300 buildings of 5,000 square feet (sf) or larger, totaling over 12,000,000 sf. The report includes a breakdown of vacancy rates by sub-market and charts the vacancy trends over the last 27 years. We hope this report will help you better understand the current market and assist in planning your commercial real estate decisions.

Brain Food, Reports

2018 Tech Talent Wage Survey Results (updated Aug 2, 2019)

The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) recently partnered with Ann Arbor SPARK to study wage and compensation issues in the technology and software industries in the Ann Arbor region. Nearly 70 Ann Arbor area technology companies responded to a WIN-SPARK survey between October and December 2018. The survey covered topics such as company size, employee roles, worker compensation, compensation of executive talent, and employee turnover. WIN used the results of this survey to draw conclusions on salaries in the tech industry, which can inform compensation decisions at the individual company level. The results were also considered in comparison with those from the 2016 survey.