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Ann Arbor SPARK recognizes consistent company growth with FastTrack Awards

Ann Arbor SPARK recently presented its annual FastTrack awards to 15 Washtenaw-based companies that have demonstrated consistent growth. Several of the 2014 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners

CEO Podcast: Alex Vlielander

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko chats with Alex Vlielander, president of Liebherr-Aerospace Saline. Alex discusses the company's history, how the Saline location was decided upon, and what is next for Liebherr.

GaN Systems leading the global energy revolution, bringing products to market from Ann Arbor

GaN Systems Inc., a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, is pushing forward an energy revolution. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, the company, which has its U.S. operations in Ann Arbor, is poised to impact key industries including IT, manufacturing and automotive, where the need for clean, efficient power conversion continues to grow. 

PicoSpray gets a PicoSPARK

Growing up in Asia and returning to travel the region as a young adult, Lihang Nong noticed more than scenery. Thinking like a true engineer, Nong identified the need for improved fuel injection systems for small engines, such as those used in scooters – vehicles that are widely depended upon in Asia. Inspired by this cultural contrast, Nong set out to make strides in the small engine industry.

CEO Podcast: Len Gauger

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko chats with Len Gauger, the founder of Message Blocks. Len discusses his journey as an entrepreneur, how he turned an idea into a business, and why he decided to return to Michigan and launch his company. 

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 to a 15,000 sq. ft. facility in Saline, Mich. The new facility includes a wet lab for research and development, offices for management and sales, and a manufacturing area.

Ann Arbor SPARK supports Mahindra GenZe

Ann Arbor SPARK’s efforts to attract high-tech businesses to the region has resulted in Mahindra GenZe, a division of the multinational company Mahindra and Mahindra, choosing to locate in the City of Ann Arbor. Mahindra GenZe is designing and manufacturing a new technology vehicle here, at its first facility in the United States.

Ann Arbor SPARK incubator tenant Seelio acquired by PlattForm

Seelio, a company headquartered at SPARK Central that specializes in student portfolio solutions for higher education institutions, was recently acquired by PlattForm, a leading marketing and enrollment management partner for colleges and universities worldwide. PlattForm is committed to maintaining Seelio’s office in Ann Arbor, and will support the company’s continued growth and hiring here.

SPARK funding helps take BioLumix to the next level

Starting a business is an experience like no other, but it’s an experience Gideon and Ruth Eden were ready to tackle. Time allowed BioLumix to create a name for itself, but there was still room for development. It turned to Ann Arbor SPARK for support.

Innovative new product puts Ann Arbor start-up in the national spotlight

When Edward Tang saw the initial ideas and technology that would turn into Glyph, he was floored. Tang, now the CEO of Avegant -- the company behind the retinal display headset known as Glyph -- was visiting his friend-turned business partner Allan Evans in Washington. When he saw what Evans had conceptualized and worked on, he knew it was the start of something big.

XanEdu expands in Ann Arbor with $1M investment and 50 jobs

XanEdu, Inc. is expanding its operations in the Ann Arbor region, investing more than $1 million and planning to hire over 50 people. As part of the expansion, XanEdu is consolidating its Michigan and Kentucky operations into its current headquarters, located in Pittsfield Township.

TD Ameritrade, Thomson Plastics to expand in the Ann Arbor region

Two companies have chosen the Ann Arbor region for expansion, citing the region’s deep talent pool as the prime factor in their decision to grow here. TD Ameritrade and Thomson Plastics will invest $7 million in Ann Arbor, and are tapping in to this region’s talent pool to hire nearly 100 people.

Greater Ann Arbor Region attracts $361 million in investment, 2,930 jobs

A campaign to attract businesses to the Greater Ann Arbor Region is yielding terrific results, including more than $361 million in new investment and the creation of 2,930 new jobs. Efforts to keep businesses in the Greater Ann Arbor Region, and help them grow here, have resulted in the retention of more than 1,200 jobs.

CEO Podcast: Marisa Smith

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko chats with University of Michigan graduate and founder of The Whole Brain Group, Marisa Smith. Marisa discusses why she decided to start her own business, how to find talent in the Ann Arbor region, and how she puts best practices to work in her business.

2013 FastTrack Recipients Recognized

On November 1, the 2013 FastTrack Business Award winners were recognized at Deals of the Year: Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County’s premier black-tie awards ceremony hosted by the MLive Media Group and The Ann Arbor News. Read on for a recap and highlights.
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