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Ann Arbor SPARK Creates New Business Education & Networking Series, ACE
Networking, Tech Events

Ann Arbor SPARK Creates New Business Education & Networking Series, ACE

For those business owners not in the tech startup space, Ann Arbor SPARK is launching a new, free educational series, Accelerating Company Excellence (ACE), which aims to help small business owners learn new skills and reinforce best business practices by learning from subject matter experts in finance, sales, marketing, and accounting. A lot of SPARK programming is specific to their tech startup cohorts, so this is a great opportunity for those slightly outside the normal criteria to take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities SPARK provides, for more mainstream businesses.

Biotech Leader Amgen Expands to Ohio, Investing $365 Million & Creating 400 Jobs
Announcements, Funding, Life Sciences

Biotech Leader Amgen Expands to Ohio, Investing $365 Million & Creating 400 Jobs

Leading biotechnology company Amgen announced recently that it plans to invest $365 million to build a new manufacturing facility in New Albany, Ohio, which is located near new insurtech/healthtech hub Columbus. This move will create 400 new jobs. The facility will feature Amgen’s advanced assembly and product packaging capabilities for medicines to be distributed in the U.S.

Michigan Tech Events August 2021
Tech Events

Michigan Tech Events August 2021

Here’s our rundown of the main Michigan tech events going on in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City in August 2021. You can tour the Michigan Engineering Ford Robotics Building in Ann Arbor, visit All Hands Active A2 Retro Tech Meetup for Retro Unix Month, pitch your startup to NEF, A2Newtech, or TCNewTech, or have a beer with your fellow women in tech in Traverse City by beautiful Lake Michigan. We hope you’re having a great summer.

Ann Arbor Startup Salud Brings Wedding Planners As a Subscription Online
Software, Tech News, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor Startup Salud Brings Wedding Planners As a Subscription Online

Recent University of Michigan Ross School of Business Dare To Dream Grant recipients Shivani Kothari and Anne Goering had an idea: create an online service that helps engaged couples plan their wedding affordably with the assistance of a human wedding planner. The duo, both working on MBAs finished in 2020 and 2021, received the grant in Fall of 2020, and have already launched their startup.

Ann Arbor SPARK Creates New Business Education & Networking Series, ACE
Networking, Tech Events

Ann Arbor SPARK Creates New Business Education & Networking Series, ACE

For those business owners not in the tech startup space, Ann Arbor SPARK is launching a new, free educational series, Accelerating Company Excellence (ACE), which aims to help small business owners learn new skills and reinforce best business practices by learning from subject matter experts in finance, sales, marketing, and accounting. A lot of SPARK programming is specific to their tech startup cohorts, so this is a great opportunity for those slightly outside the normal criteria to take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities SPARK provides, for more mainstream businesses.

Biotech Leader Amgen Expands to Ohio, Investing $365 Million & Creating 400 Jobs
Announcements, Funding, Life Sciences

Biotech Leader Amgen Expands to Ohio, Investing $365 Million & Creating 400 Jobs

Leading biotechnology company Amgen announced recently that it plans to invest $365 million to build a new manufacturing facility in New Albany, Ohio, which is located near new insurtech/healthtech hub Columbus. This move will create 400 new jobs. The facility will feature Amgen’s advanced assembly and product packaging capabilities for medicines to be distributed in the U.S.

Michigan Tech Events August 2021
Tech Events

Michigan Tech Events August 2021

Here’s our rundown of the main Michigan tech events going on in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City in August 2021. You can tour the Michigan Engineering Ford Robotics Building in Ann Arbor, visit All Hands Active A2 Retro Tech Meetup for Retro Unix Month, pitch your startup to NEF, A2Newtech, or TCNewTech, or have a beer with your fellow women in tech in Traverse City by beautiful Lake Michigan. We hope you’re having a great summer.

Ann Arbor Startup Salud Brings Wedding Planners As a Subscription Online
Software, Tech News, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor Startup Salud Brings Wedding Planners As a Subscription Online

Recent University of Michigan Ross School of Business Dare To Dream Grant recipients Shivani Kothari and Anne Goering had an idea: create an online service that helps engaged couples plan their wedding affordably with the assistance of a human wedding planner. The duo, both working on MBAs finished in 2020 and 2021, received the grant in Fall of 2020, and have already launched their startup.

TCNewTech Pitch Winner Is….
Announcements, Networking

TCNewTech Pitch Winner Is….

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN: Ola Filter Corporation won the TCNewTech Pitch event with its easy-to-use, ultra-affordable water filter that uses proven ultrafiltration technology to remove bacterial contamination from drinking water in developing countries. Theresa Smith, Ola Filter’s co-creator, pitched in TCNewTech’s return to in-person Pitch Events, with an international online audience live streaming in on the TCNewTech Youtube Channel and Facebook Page. Ola Filter Corporation is a women-founded, triple bottom line social business focused on people, the planet, and profits to build true sustainability in a market of over two billion people worldwide in need of decontaminated drinking water. Ola Filter Corporation is based out of Ann Arbor, MI., Bend, OR., and San Marcos, Guatemala, where they’re currently implementing their filtration system.

Chicago’s Latest of Five 2021 Tech Unicorns: G2 Software Marketplace
Announcements, Funding, Tech News

Chicago’s Latest of Five 2021 Tech Unicorns: G2 Software Marketplace

Chicago has been minting unicorn companies, or startups valued at over $1 billion, at a brisk rate in 2021. New unicorn G2 is the fifth of the year. The B2B enterprise software marketplace and review platform startup just raised $157 million in a Series D round led by Permira, a London-based private equity firm. So far, G2 has raised over $250 million in total.

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