Even in the face of a global pandemic, Blumira, Censys, and May Mobility are attracting investments and growing their teams. These Ann Arbor-based companies are great examples of the region’s strength and ingenuity. Here’s a quick review:
Blumira is an emerging cybersecurity company that provides automated threat detection and response. Its mission is to make good security simple and affordable.
What they announced: A $2.6 million seed round. The company plans to scale its solution which helps companies with limited security expertise implement a more effective way to detect threats.
Who invested: Chicago-based M25, a rising early stage, Midwest-focused VC firm with additional investment from Array Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm. Read More
Censys started a couple of years ago with a goal to map devices connected to the internet, and increase their security profiles. They say they can map 44% more devices on the internet than others. Bolstered by some of the growing cybersecurity talent in Michigan and Ann Arbor, they’ve continuously scaled since their founding.
What they announced: A $15.5 million Series A round.
What’s next: They plan to use the additional funding to add more talent to their team, with plans to double the size of the team. Read More
May Mobility provides a unique transportation solution — one that is autonomous and doesn’t require a driver. They’ve deployed around the country, including in Detroit and Grand Rapids, and are based in Ann Arbor, spinning out of the University of Michigan.
What they announced: On August 6, they announced they’re adding 100 new positions in Ann Arbor over the next few years, cementing their commitment to Ann Arbor and Michigan as a place for them to grow. Read More
Ann Arbor Startup Ecosystem
Blumira and Censys are parts of a growing cybersecurity cluster in Ann Arbor, building on a long history of tech and security in Ann Arbor (for more on this check out A Primer on Ann Arbor’s Tech History), and May Mobility taps into a mobility research powerhouse. For more on our growing startup ecosystem check out our Ann Arbor Startup Ecosystem 101.