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Ann Arbor SPARK positions startups for success in major competition

There was an overarching theme in the missions of the startup companies who won the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition: care in community.

Influential thought leader Richard Florida to keynote Ann Arbor SPARK annual meeting

Ann Arbor SPARK will host Richard Florida, one of the world's leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation, as the keynote speaker at its annual meeting. 

Groundbreaking held at American Center for Mobility at Willow Run

On Nov. 22, Ann Arbor SPARK joined state officials and automotive technology leaders to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township. When complete, ACM will serve as a state-of-the-art global center for testing, education, and product development for connected and automated vehicles.

The future of automotive cybersecurity is in Ann Arbor

Cybersecurity and self-driving cars are two of the biggest topics in automotive news at the moment, and recently General Motors was dishing on each. Amid the announcement that GM had acquired Cruise, a startup that provides self-driving kits to existing vehicles, GM was also pitching its white hat hacking program to help them identify security gaps in their software. This is a good program to have, and mirrors what the software industry has been doing for years.

SF Motors to invest $10.7 million, create 150 jobs to produce electric vehicles in Ann Arbor region

SF Motors, with support from Ann Arbor SPARK, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), and Pittsfield Township, recently chose the Ann Arbor region for its U.S. research and development operations. The company will invest more than $10.7 million in the project, which will create 150 new jobs.

Australia-based Curo Technologies launches U.S. operations from Ann Arbor SPARK

Curo Technologies, a health tech startup company, recently opened its first operations outside of Australia at the SPARK Central Innovation Center. 

Ann Arbor SPARK honored by IEDC and MEDC

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently honored by both the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA).

Ann Arbor SPARK program connects startups with passionate interns

As the economy and the entrepreneurial spirit in Michigan continues to grow, so does the demand for passionate – and curious – interns. 

Ann Arbor SPARK CEO elected to IASP executive board

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko was recently elected by fellow leaders of international science parks and areas of innovation to the executive board of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).

Tech companies and incubators hosted downtown A2 Tech Trek Innovation open house on June 17

More than 60 Ann Arbor companies opened their doors to the public on June 17, for the second annual Ann Arbor Tech Trek. Participating companies and organizations showed off their innovations to nearly 2,000 attendees, inspiring the community and highlighting the amazing range of businesses that are thriving in downtown Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor SPARK celebrates region's economic progress, achievements at annual meeting

At its annual meeting in May, Ann Arbor SPARK celebrated 11 years of making the Ann Arbor region an area of innovation. The event featured a keynote by University of Michigan President Dr. Mark S. Schlissel and a recap of economic development milestones from the last year.

SPARK's Paul Krutko authors chapter in new book on innovation economy best practices

Produced by the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, Areas of Innovation in a Global World: Concept and Practice is now available for purchase on Amazon. The book features experts from around the world who share insights, criteria for success and practical experience for managers of areas of innovation. The book includes a chapter authored by Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK.

Ann Arbor SPARK's fourth floor takes start-ups to the next level

Ann Arbor SPARK Central Innovation Center’s fourth floor opened its doors last fall as an accelerator space designed for more mature start-ups. The fourth floor offers flexible lease options for an all-inclusive space with conference rooms, breakout rooms and collaboration areas.

CEO Podcast: Vijay Sankaran

During his conversation with President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Paul Krutko, Vijay explains his background, from starting to code at a young age, to finishing school at MIT and joining Ford's leadership team, and then being recruited by a mentor to TD Ameritrade. Vijay speaks in depth about TD Ameritrade's talent strategy and how its focus on innovation, data and analytics has proven to be successful.

Ann Arbor SPARK East's incubator drives business growth in Ypsi

Ann Arbor SPARK East's business incubator, located in the heart of Ypsilanti, is giving companies in eastern Washtenaw a boost as they grow. Since its launch in 2008, SPARK East has helped innovation-based businesses gain access to affordable space, networking and education, and other critical services.
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