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Ann Arbor Spark

Entrepreneurial Services


Ann Arbor SPARK understands that obtaining funding for a startup is crucial for business growth. Access to financial resources to assist with operational needs such as consultants, payroll, equipment, technology deployment, and commercialization efforts is critical to business growth. Our team can help you navigate the funding and incentive programs offered to qualified businesses.


Our Entrepreneur Partners

Ann Arbor Angels: The Ann Arbor Angels is a membership organization of angel investors that invest in early-stage technology companies in the greater Ann Arbor area. www.annarborangels.org

BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc): BBCetc concentrates its efforts in the areas of business development, SBIR/STTR training, and proposal preparation and support. www.bbcetc.com/

Michigan Angel Fund (MAF): The MAF is a for-profit, pooled, professionally managed angel fund. MAF was established by Ann Arbor SPARK and supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help finance early-stage companies in the state of Michigan and to attract additional angel investors to the Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem. www.miangelfund.com

Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund (ETF): The Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund (Michigan ETF) is designed to expand funding opportunities for Michigan technology-based companies in the federal innovation research and development arena. The fund will match both Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR awards until funds are exhausted. www.mietf.org

Small Business Administration: The SBA helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. Approximately 35-40% of all SBA loans are made to startups. www.sba.gov

Venture Capital and Angel Investors: The mission of both venture capital firms and angel investors is to invest in start-up, early-stage, and emerging growth companies in exchange for an equity position. The vision of the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) is to increase the amount of capital and talent available to venture and angel investors so they can fund Michigan’s most innovative entrepreneurs and work closely with them to transform breakthrough ideas into new companies and industries that drive Michigan job creation and economic growth. MichiganVCA.org

Other Funding Resources

Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0: The Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0 is a $6.8 million fund aimed at supporting early-stage, high-tech companies by making investments in opportunities originating from technology innovation in Michigan Universities and in pre-seed and seed stage investments. Click Here to learn more.