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Jun 25, 2014, 17:09 ET

Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded $500,000 for Michigan Angel Fund I, II

 Ann Arbor SPARK has been awarded $500,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for continuation of the Michigan Angel Fund (I), and to...

Jun 17, 2014, 12:26 ET

TurtleCell Graduates from SPARK Central Business Incubator to New Kerrytown Ann Arbor Office

TurtleCell, creator of the first protective case for the iPhone 5 and 5s with retractable headphones, recently graduated from its incubator space...

Jun 06, 2014, 10:29 ET

Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw County and A2Y Chamber Launch Virtual Business Advisor

 Ann Arbor SPARK, Washtenaw County, the A2Y Chamber of Commerce, and New Zealand-based QLBS have collaborated to launch the Virtual Business...

Jun 05, 2014, 09:00 ET

Pillar Technology Expands in Ann Arbor, to Add 45 Jobs and Invest Nearly $2 Million

 Pillar Technology, a business consultancy and software development company, is expanding its Ann Arbor workforce and moving into a new office...

May 20, 2014, 13:00 ET

Ann Arbor SPARK Reports Economic Growth in 2013: $148 million in new investments and 1509 jobs

 At its annual meeting, Ann Arbor SPARK detailed the results of its work in the last year and presented its annual business leadership awards....

May 13, 2014, 13:33 ET

Akervall Technologies Expands in Ann Arbor Region

Akervall Technologies Inc., an Ann Arbor SPARK business accelerator client that makes the SISU Mouth Guard and SISU SOVA Night Guard, is expanding...

May 09, 2014, 11:40 ET

Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Mahindra GenZe, Company Expands to U.S. with New Vehicle Research and High Tech Manufacturing Facility

 Ann Arbor SPARK's efforts to attract high tech businesses to the region has resulted in Mahindra GenZe, a division of the multinational...

Apr 28, 2014, 09:00 ET

Virta Laboratories Wins Ann Arbor SPARK's Best of Boot Camp

 Virta Laboratories, Inc. was awarded Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor SPARK's 24th Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. Virta Labs was...

Apr 15, 2014, 09:37 ET

Hertz Alerts Wins Ann Arbor SPARK Connected Vehicle Hackathon

 Ann Arbor SPARK, in collaboration with Redwood City, Calif.-based NestGSV, recently hosted a connected vehicle hackathon. Ann Arbor-based...

Mar 19, 2014, 14:00 ET

XanEdu Expands in Ann Arbor with $1M Investment and 50 Jobs; Ann Arbor SPARK Connects Company to Incentives, Talent

 With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, XanEdu, Inc. is expanding its operations, investing more than $1 million in Ann Arbor and planning to hire...

Nov 21, 2013, 17:42 ET
Michael Kaye, PlanReaction founder and CEO, accepts Ann Arbor SPARK Best of Boot Camp award.  (PRNewsFoto/Ann Arbor SPARK)

PlanReaction Wins Ann Arbor SPARK's Best of Boot Camp

 PlanReaction was awarded Best of Boot Camp at the conclusion of Ann Arbor SPARK's 23rd Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. PlanReaction was...

Nov 04, 2013, 13:47 ET
Winners of the 2013 Ann Arbor SPARK FastTrack awards, recognized for 20 percent growth each of the past three years. Several of the 2013 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners.  (PRNewsFoto/Ann Arbor SPARK)

Ann Arbor SPARK Recognizes Consistent Company Growth with FastTrack Awards

 Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several...

Oct 17, 2013, 15:31 ET

Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded IEDC Excellence Award for New Media Marketing

 Ann Arbor SPARK was recently honored for its New Media marketing efforts with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the...

Oct 17, 2013, 15:26 ET

Ann Arbor SPARK Offers Website Tools for Business Owners, Job Seekers

 Ann Arbor SPARK recently launched its redesigned website,  The new website features enhanced tools for businesses and...

Oct 10, 2013, 14:00 ET

Universal Marketing Group Expands to Ann Arbor, Will Hire 150 by End of Year

 Universal Marketing Group is opening a new call center in Ann Arbor, where the company expects to hire 150 by the end of the year.  The...

Oct 03, 2013, 10:41 ET
Message Blocks is an early tenant in SPARK Central's new space for second stage entrepreneurs.  Ann Arbor SPARK Central's new space functions as a transition between incubator space and leased office space.  This expanded space is designed to accommodate "stage two" entrepreneurs, or those that need space for four or more full-time employees and are likely to "graduate" from the SPARK Central business incubator within the next year.  (PRNewsFoto/Ann Arbor SPARK)

Ann Arbor SPARK Expands Central and East Business Incubators

Ann Arbor SPARK is expanding both of its business incubators to accommodate additional entrepreneurs that need space and services. As part of the...

Aug 19, 2013, 08:30 ET

Five Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Awards

 Five Michigan companies have received a combined total of $250,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total...

Jul 24, 2013, 09:03 ET

Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund Invests $1.5 Million in Six Start-Ups

 Six Michigan companies recently received investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, totaling $1.5 million.  To date, the...

Jul 17, 2013, 08:30 ET

$2 Million Michigan Angel Fund Begins Investing in Early Stage Companies

 The Michigan Angel Fund (MAF), a professionally managed equity fund focused on capital efficient early stage companies located in Michigan,...

Jun 19, 2013, 09:23 ET
Ken Nemec, president, American Broach & Machine, in the 42,880 sq ft Ypsilanti, Mich. facility where the company plans to expand operations. American Broach & Machine will invest more than $5 million and add 30 jobs over the next three years.  (PRNewsFoto/Ann Arbor SPARK)

American Broach to Invest $5M and Add 30 Jobs in Ypsilanti Expansion

With support from Ann Arbor SPARK and the City of Ypsilanti, American Broach & Machine Company is expanding its operations.  The cutting...

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