A look back on this week’s economic development headlines, announcements, and other share-worthy news from the Ann Arbor region.
- 2020 Best of the Midwest: Startup Cities Rankings — Data was released this week on startups in the Midwest. In a comparison between Michigan and Ohio (because without college football, we need to be competitive about something), the report summary states: “Once again Michigan claims the top city in the battle of two powerhouse Midwest tech states, with Ann Arbor coming out on top at #6 overall, still buoyed by a truly exceptional research university, a multi-billion dollar recent exit with Duo Security and a slew of encouraging financing rounds, many in the towns’ core strength of cybersecurity.”
- Despite pandemic, new report shows strong entrepreneurial ecosystem for Ann Arbor tech businesses — Concentrate takes a look at the Ann Arbor entrepreneurial ecosystem study from EntryPoint.
- These Three Ann Arbor Companies Made Big Announcements in August — Blumeria, Censys, and May Mobility continue to grow and find success in the Ann Arbor region.
- Ann Arbor SPARK Hosts Virtual Ann Arbor Mobility Summit Featuring Inspiring Panels, Fireside Chats, Breakout Sessions — The full lineup of speakers and summit agenda are now available.
Around the State
- Business Accelerator Fund Receives Additional Funding to Build on Support for 53 Companies During Outbreak — The program guidelines were modified in April to allow Michigan’s SmartZones (including Ann Arbor SPARK) to support more startups, resulting in 53 companies being served around the state.
- Ford, Bosch, and Bedrock today announced an automated valet parking demonstration in downtown Detroit — This system is designed to allow drivers to exit a vehicle and the vehicle would park itself in the parking structure.
- 3D virtual rooms from Ann Arbor startup provide safe meeting places — Saganworks was founded in 2017 after CEO Donald Hicks sold the sold LLamasoft Inc., a multimillion-dollar supply-chain software company. Hicks founded Saganworks because he wanted to create an alternative for people consuming knowledge and memories in two dimensions. “Life doesn’t happen in 2D; your experiences and memory shouldn’t either.”
- August 29: Ann Arbor Tech Virtual Film Showcase
- September 15: A2Bio – An evening of virtual networking with Sococo and fellow Michigan biotech professionals