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February 18, 2019

Incubators, Accelerators, and Co-Working spaces in the Ann Arbor Region

The Ann Arbor region is blooming with incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces. Entrepreneurs and their growing companies are in constant need of space and inspiration. Between the city itself and the surrounding areas there are co-working spaces for businesses at every stage, in a variety of industries, and even for students. However, with so many choices it can be hard to determine which co-working space is right for your company. Below is a breakdown of some of the co-working spaces Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Howell have to offer.

A2 Startup Garage – Menlo Innovations – 505 E Liberty St LL500, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

A2 Startup Garage is a co-working intended for early-stage companies looking to make an impact in the community.

Getting space in the A2 Startup Garage begins with a month trial. Companies can lease two tables for $25. After the trial companies can lease one table for $250 per month and up to four additional tables for $125 per month. For more information on A2 Startup Garage and leasing space please visit http://www.a2startupgarage.com/.

All Hands Active – 255 E. Liberty St. Suite 225, Ann Arbor, MI

All Hands Active (AHA) is a makerspace in downtown Ann Arbor. There are open office hours for the general public and three levels of paid memberships (from $20 to $250 per month). Visitors have access to tools such as CNC/Laser Cutter/3D Printer/Vinyl Cutter. http://www.allhandsactive.org

American Center for Mobility – Willow Run Airport – 801 Kirk Profit Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 

The American Center for Mobility is intended for mobility and autonomous vehicle companies. ACM helps with companies with testing, verification, and self-certification. The Tech Park is currently under construction, stay tuned for updates! http://www.acmwillowrun.org/ 

Artismo Studio & Coworking Space – Bennett Center, 198b West Bennett St, Saline, MI – 48176

Artismo Studio caters to photographers, filmmakers, production companies and other creatives and artists looking for space grow their business, meet with clients and capture images all in a professional studio rental space. They provide Event space rental – Rental space for classes – Photography studio rental – Video studio rental – and co-working space in Saline. Memberships range from $60 to $180 per month and can include just desk space, just studio space, or some combination of the two.


Back Office Studio – 13 North Washington Street Ypsilanti, MI 48197 

Back Office Studio was created to offer an alternative to traditional leases, for individuals, remote workers, and small companies.

Back Office Studio has many membership levels. The levels range from a monthly 10-day punch pass costing $150 per month to a shared office space costing $525 per month per person. For more information on Back Office Studio and the membership options please visit https://www.thebackofficestudio.com

Cahoots – 206 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Cahoots is an upcoming coworking space intended for tech entrepreneurs. Cahoots provides a central and purposeful hub for Ann Arbor’s vibrant tech community.

Memberships are available at Cahoots at three different levels. Speak to Cahoots directly for information on becoming an anchor tenant. There is a full time (or resident) membership providing dedicated workspaces to companies, costing $425 per month. The part-time membership grants companies access to shared workspaces, costing $199 per month.  For more information on Cahoots and its leasing options please visit https://beincahoots.com/#membership.

Desai – 301 E Liberty St #701, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Desai Accelerator offers a 16-week program for tech startups. Desai is for early stage technology-based companies with demonstrated product-building capability, market validation, and an exceptional team dynamic with the ability to execute quickly.

Space at Desai requires an application. For more information on Desai and the application process please visit https://desaiaccelerator.umich.edu/apply/.

 Frontal Lobe – 110 E Grand River Ave Howell, MI 48843

The Frontal Lobe has created a co-working environment for entrepreneurs, techies, writers, designers, software engineers, small business owners and startups. The space provides all the amenities of the office while maintaining the feel of a coffee shop.

Membership options range from a $20 day pass to a full membership costing $145 per month. Additionally, there is a membership providing a discounted rate to college students. Office space is also available for lease. Information on leasing and on Frontal Lobe can be found at, http://www.workfrontallobe.com/memberships/.

Landline Creative Labs – 209 Pearl St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Landline has created a co-working space in Ypsilanti. The space caters specifically to creative businesses.

More information on Landline Creative Labs can be found at http://landlineypsi.com/get-in-touch/.

Maker Works – 3765 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Maker Works is a 14,000 sq. ft. member-based workshop for small businesses, entrepreneurs, tradespeople, skilled workers, artists, makers, and hobbyists. There are many different membership types, as well as the opportunity to buy a day pass or attend an educational event. https://www.maker-works.com

Mcity TechLab – 2905 Baxter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 

TechLab is intended for early-stage mobility companies in the connected and autonomous vehicle industry. The typical TechLab company has already raised more than $5M dollars and has more than 15 employees.

To become a member of TechLab all companies are required to submit a proposal. Please email techlab-mcity@umich.edu, if you are interested in being considered for the program.

Michigan Innovation Headquarters – 9002, 600 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 

Michigan Innovation Headquarters in intended for companies involved in life sciences, drug discovery, medical device, alternative energy, cutting-edge technologies, consulting firms and business development services.

To gain access to Michigan Innovation Headquarters companies are required to fill out the form at http://mi-hq.com/contact-us/.

Michigan Life Science and Innovation Center (MLSIC) – 46701 Commerce Center Dr, Plymouth, MI 48170

MLSIC is a wet lab facility for life science companies managed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Eligible businesses are innovative startups; or businesses with technology that is applicable to healthcare, life sciences, biotechnology, or a related field. In addition, businesses must be focused on commercialization and based on an idea or technology that has defensible value (e.g., a patent, trade secrets, copyrights, know-how, etc.).

For information on MLSIC complete the form at https://mlsic.com/contact/.

Michigan Research Institute – 401 W Morgan Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Michigan Research Institute is a wet lab facility for life science companies.

Space is available at the Michigan Research Institute at $26 per square foot per year. For information on the Michigan Research Institute and available space visit, https://www.cpix.net/listing/30183877/401-W-Morgan-Rd-Ann-Arbor-MI-48108.

Office Evolution Ann Arbor – 455 E Eisenhower Pkwy #300, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Office Evolution is meant for early stage technology companies.

Office Evolution offers a variety of services and packages. Their services range from coworking space, to meeting areas, to live phone call answering. For a full breakdown of services and pricing please visi https://www.officeevolution.com/locations/ann-arbor.

Regus Ann Arbor – 2723 South State Street, Suite 150, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

Regus is a well-known international serviced office space company. South State Commons was the first of three buildings in this campus, which is centrally located in the city’s business area.  It is highly visible from South State Street – which brings in lots of traffic – and convenient for I-94, the central business district and the University of Michigan main campus. For a full breakdown of services and pricing please visit: https://www.regus.com/office-space/united-states/michigan/ann-arbor/michigan-ann-arbor-south-state-commons 

SPARK Central – 330 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

The incubator at SPARK Central is intended for startups and early-stage companies.

SPARK Central offers three membership options, the virtual tenant costing $115 per month, the seated tenant costing $250 per month, and the Mature Company, or soft landing space, costing $500 per month per seat. For more information on SPARK Central and memberships please visit, https://annarborusa.org/entrepreneurial-services/incubator-network/.

SPARK East – 215 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

The incubator at SPARK East is intended for startups and early-stage companies.

SPARK East offers three membership options, the virtual tenant costing $95 per month, the seated tenant costing $250 per month, and the Mature Company, or soft landing space, costing $500 per month per seat. For more information on SPARK East and memberships please visit, https://annarborusa.org/entrepreneurial-services/incubator-network/.

Springmatter – 1777 Highland Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Our mission is to help entrepreneurs and organizations thrive by nurturing the transition of idea to prototype to production.

We provide integrated and inspiring product development, manufacturing engineering, low-volume manufacturing, and commercialization services. Springmatter offers an array of technology development services as well as business support structures. http://springmatter.com/ 

TechArb – 500 E Washington St #10, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 

TechArb is specifically for students who have a new technology, have an idea for a product or service, or have identified a market need ready to be explored for business creation.

To be accepted into TechArb students must fill out an application. The application is available at https://techarb.engin.umich.edu/apply/.

The Tech Brewery – 1327 Jones Dr #106, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 

The Tech Brewery is a co-working space intended for technology startups.

Members of the Tech Brewery can lease shared or dedicated desks. Shared desks cost $75 per month. Dedicated desks cost $200 per month. For information on available desks and on The Tech Brewery please visit, https://www.techbrewery.org/

TinkerTech – 216 W Michigan Ave Ypsilanti, MI 48197

TinkerTech is a maker space encouraging diversity in technology. On top of being a maker space, TinkerTech is an electronic component retail store, a STEAM education center, and an electronic design and software development service.

Membership to TinkerTech is available month to month. Membership per month costs $55. For information on TinkerTech and on memberships visit https://shop.tinkertech.io/products/tinkertech-makerspace-membership.

TusStar – 3520 Green Ct, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Founded in 1994, TusStar is one of the largest providers of incubation services to early-stage startups in China. The TusStar incubator network has a presence in 50+ cities and 20+ provinces throughout China and has established international footprints in more than 10 countries, including Italy, Malaysia, Canada, and more. TusStar Ann Arbor was established in November 2017 as a startup incubator and early-stage venture firm. With access to the Chinese market, they are uniquely positioned to help companies grow and thrive in both China and the U.S. Open coworking space is priced at $100/month, dedicated desks at $200/month, and private offices availble upon request. Visit https://www.tusstarannarbor.com/incubator-pricing/ for more information.

Workantile – 118 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The co-working space at Workantile is intended for remote employees and self-employed people looking for a social and productive workplace.

Workantile offers trial and monthly memberships. There are also day passes available for $35 per day. Monthly memberships are available ranging from $90 per month to $220 per month. Information on trial memberships can be found at http://workantile.com/start-your-trial-membership. Information on Workantile and monthly memberships can be found at http://workantile.com/.

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