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Ann Arbor SPARK Honors 18 Growing Companies with 2016 and 2017 FastTrack Awards

April 25, 2017 Regional Updates
Awardees at 2016 and 2017 FastTrack Awards

At its annual meeting, Ann Arbor SPARK presented its annual FastTrack awards to 18 Washtenaw County-based companies that have demonstrated fast growth. Several of the 2016 and 2017 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. One of this year’s winners, LLamasoft, has won a FastTrack award every year since 2008.

“It’s incredible to see the range of companies that are thriving in our region,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “The achievement of FastTrack companies is truly remarkable: They all maintained year over year growth for three consecutive years. These leading businesses prove that Ann Arbor offers what companies need to be successful.”

FastTrack awards are presented to companies with impressive records of growth. Recipients of 2016 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2012, with an annual growth of 20 percent for the following three years.  Recipients of 2017 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2013, with an annual growth of 20 percent for the following three years.

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants sponsors the Ann Arbor SPARK FastTrack Awards and verified all of the award applications.


One-year award winners:

Ability to Engage, Inc. is a consultancy that specializes in the development and co-creation of brand equities, innovation and consumer insights.

Akervall Technologies, Inc. manufactures the thinnest, most protective, and comfortable mouthguards on the market that let you talk, breathe, and drink.

DNA Software, Inc. provides solutions for the automated design of molecular diagnostics to detect disease with exquisite sensitivity and specificity.

H3D, Inc. offers the world’s highest-performance imaging spectrometers. Its technology is from research in the Nuclear Engineering department at the University of Michigan.

UIS Holding helps municipal water utilities and heavy power users and generators keep the power on and clean water flowing.


Two-year award winners:

Arbor Assays designs and produces the world’s most sensitive immunoassay and detection kids to facilitate cutting edge science worldwide.

DocNetwork is the leading electronic health record system for camps, childcare, and schools.

J Keller Properties specializes in property management and real estate brokerage in the greater Ann Arbor market.

Torrent Consulting helps companies utilize their people, processes, and tools to harness the power of technology to change how they understand and interact with their customers.


Three-year award winner:

CEI Composite Materials is a full-service provider of architectural metal panel systems and components for the commercial construction industry.


Four-year award winners:

Human Element develops integrated eCommerce solutions for businesses, and has active partnerships with global technology companies like Magneta, BigCommerce, Google, and others.

InfoReady Corporation’s cloud-based solutions use data science algorithms to match relevant information, while automating all types of application processes.

McCreadie Group solves the nation’s leading research hospitals and colleges’ pharmacy challenges with software solutions that automate manual processes.


Five-year award winners:

Menlo Innovations provides innovative consulting through training, cultural transformation, software design and development, and project management agility.

Oxford Property Management is a full-service real estate company with more than 15 years experience in the greater Ann Arbor area.


Eight-year award winner:

Online Tech is the Midwest’s leader in secure, compliant hybrid cloud, co-location, disaster recovery, and offsite backup services.


Nine-year award winner: 

Caelynx is a Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) consulting company and CAE software distributor with expertise in Finite Element Analysis.


Ten-year award winner:

LLamasoft is the global leader in supply chain optimization software driving continuous improvement for the world’s largest companies.