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A2 Tech Connect offers unique job fair experience

Sadly, it's become the norm -- the long, dwindling lines in front of recruiters' tables and the 30-second elevator pitch that barely scratches the surface of a job candidate's potential and skill set. In many cases, job fairs have become congested and convoluted, and it's not just job seekers who are frustrated by this process. 

Ann Arbor SPARK awarded federal grant to develop connected vehicle center plan for Willow Run site

Ann Arbor SPARK, in partnership with Walbridge Development, was awarded a 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Science and Research Park Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.  

Court Innovations expanding access to the court system, one click at a time

Court Innovations, the first company to spin out of University of Michigan Law School, is expanding access to the court system, one click at a time. Its online platform, MatterhornTM, frees citizens to resolve outstanding issues without going to court. Matterhorn is currently in use at several Michigan courts, and Court Innovations has grown to 10 employees and interns in the last year.

Inaugural A2 Tech Trek attracts nearly 800 to Ann Arbor's innovation corridor

Nearly 800 people attended the inaugural A2 Tech Trek event on June 12. The free event featured open houses at downtown Ann Arbor’s technology companies and organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK, with support from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone (LDFA), hosted the event.

CEO Podcast: Founders' Series with Laurel Champion

As part of the Ann Arbor SPARK 10-year anniversary celebration, we've invited founding board members to this special series to share their insights and reflect on the economic progress we've made in the Ann Arbor region. During this podcast, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, interviews Laurel Champion, general manager for southeast Michigan at MLive Media Group. 

A2 Tech Trek: Ann Arbor's tech community opens up

For Bill Mayer, Ann Arbor SPARK's vice president of entrepreneurial services, the upcoming A2 Tech Trek event is his “crazy little idea” that may have a big impact on Ann Arbor's ever-growing tech community.

CEO Podcast: Founders' Series with Mike Finney

As part of the Ann Arbor SPARK 10-year anniversary celebration, we've invited founding members to this special series to share their insights and reflect on the economic progress we've made in the Ann Arbor region.

Ann Arbor SPARK celebrates 10 years, business successes

At its annual meeting, Ann Arbor SPARK celebrated 10 years of creating economic opportunity and prosperity in the Ann Arbor region. The event, which featured a keynote by Ann Arbor SPARK co-founder, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, also included a recap of 2015 results.

Toyota, Seelio and Albert Berriz honored at SPARK's annual meeting

At its 10-year anniversary celebration and annual meeting, Ann Arbor SPARK presented its business leadership awards, including 2014 Volunteer of the Year, Entrepreneurial Company of the Year and Business Development Project of the Year.

Ann Arbor SPARK releases SPARK-Ed video education series for entrepreneurs, business owners

Ann Arbor SPARK recently launched a new video series designed to provide critical information and education to business owners. 

Ann Arbor SPARK attracts two talented professionals back to Michigan

When talent comes knocking, Ann Arbor SPARK is more than happy to answer the door. Recently, the organization attracted two talented professionals to help continue its efforts to advance the Ann Arbor region’s economy. 

From Facebook to Seelio: Blake Nicholson chooses Ann Arbor over Silicon Valley

Ann Arbor startup and PlattForm company Seelio, which partners with universities and colleges to create the world's most prepared students through student lifecycle portfolios, recently attracted Blake Nicholson to its team. Prior to joining Seelio, which is located in the SPARK Central business incubator, Nicholson was working for Facebook in Silicon Valley as its head of people analytics.

Coyote finds great talent in Ann Arbor

The transportation and logistics industry—responsible for coordinating and moving the goods we buy and consume every day—is expected to grow by 20 percent over the next decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And in this industry, Chicago-based Coyote Logistics, founded in 2006, is one of the fastest-growing transportation and logistics service providers.

A2 Tech Connect returns to link up IT companies and job seekers

Ann Arbor has long-been a bright spot in reversing the “brain drain” trend in Michigan. The region is flush with local tech companies and Ann Arbor SPARK is doing its part in helping to retain local IT talent.

CEO Podcast: Jimmy Hsiao

Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, chats with Jimmy Hsiao, CEO of Logic Solutions, a full-service mobile app, website design and eCommerce development and consulting company. Hsiao discusses founding the company 20 years ago, its current products and services and Showcase, its new mobile catalog and order placement app.
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