Tenacious, resilient, and visionary — these qualities define the entrepreneurial spirit.
At Ann Arbor SPARK, we foster that spirit by helping startups and early-stage companies thrive. We have two business incubators, mentoring programs, and a knowledgeable team ready to connect you to the resources you need to succeed.
Wondering where to start? Follow our entrepreneur roadmap featuring the most common milestones. If you can relate to the statements and questions below, we invite you to share your business idea with us. If your idea is still taking shape, join like-minded trailblazers at an upcoming SPARK event.
How can I build or expand my network?
Drop by! We host events connecting fellow innovators with key community partners.
How can SPARK help me get started?
Our programs can help begin your path to entrepreneurship on the right foot.
Where can I find talent?
Our TrueJob platform brings top talent right to you. List a job posting or start recruiting here.
I'm relocating. Where do I go from here?
Lean on us. We help businesses of all sizes with location needs of all sizes.
Do I even need an office?
Let’s talk! You may be eligible for workspace via our incubator network.
How can I train and develop my staff?
Together with Michigan Works!, we provide worker training programs and funding. Check it out!
Where can I get financial support?
Ann Arbor has incentives aplenty. We’ll help you find the right ones.
Where else can I get help?
Learn about organizations supporting entrepreneurs and other resources in the area
PARTNERING WITH EARLY STAGE TECH STARTUPS FOR ACCELERATED SUCCESS
Since its inception in 2006, Ann Arbor SPARK has supported the growth of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem through the creation and management of services, tools, and resources specifically designed for entrepreneurs. If you’ve ever considered building your own business in one of Michigan’s key driving industries, we invite you to see how SPARK can accelerate your success.
Clients of the SPARK startup incubator and small business accelerator have access to professional business services designed to help grow Michigan-based technology companies in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
Entrepreneurs will discover a wealth of opportunity, camaraderie, and support at SPARK.
- Co-working, desk, and office space within one of the two area incubators for companies at any stage.
- Mentorship through curated programs led by regional business leaders.
- Guidance on attracting angel investors and venture capitalists.
- Events designed for entrepreneurs, job seekers, and business visionaries.
- Grants to help fund bootstrapped entrepreneurs achieve business milestones.
With funds earmarked by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and budget oversight provided by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA), Ann Arbor SPARK’s entrepreneurial programs, services, tools, and resources support the growth of a vibrant startup ecosystem.