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Startup Trends in Detroit, With Detroit Build Institute’s Evan Adams
Funding

Startup Trends in Detroit, With Detroit Build Institute’s Evan Adams

Evan Adams is the Capital Programs Manager at Detroit’s Build Institute, a Detroit-based incubator founded in 2012 that has already graduated more than 1800 entrepreneurs focused on community-impact ventures. The Build Institute runs several programs to mentor, house, and fund entrepreneurs, including SOUP and Kiva, which Adams manages to help startups of all kinds pitch for funds and find mentorship in Detroit.

MTEC SmartZone Drives Unique High-Tech Business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Tech Events, Tech News

MTEC SmartZone Drives Unique High-Tech Business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

The world requires innovation—now more than ever. Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Along the wild shores of Lake Superior, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs create the future. So says the website for MTEC SmartZone, a tech incubator that is located on the shores of Lake Superior in northern Michigan. You can’t get much farther north in the United States toward fresh air and rugged wilderness at the gateway to the Keewenaw Peninsula that juts out into cold and stunningly beautiful Lake Superior, and you can’t get much better aligned with Michigan tech. That’s because MTEC operates out of Michigan Technological University in Houghton. One of the biggest challenges currently facing Michigan’s new growth in tech-related industries is that there is so little media coverage or visiblity for all the smaller players that make up a very large movement of startups that are revitalizing Michigan’s economy. Who knew there were tech incubators all over the state of Michigan? Hardly anyone, including us until recently.

BOAA Technology Industry Group President Michael Cole On The Tech Financing Process, Tech City Jam Friday
Fun, Funding, Tech Events

BOAA Technology Industry Group President Michael Cole On The Tech Financing Process, Tech City Jam Friday

When new businesses start up, arranging financing can be fraught. When that process involves a bank loan, it’s hard to know where to go. Many banks have a reputation for turning away small or risky tech startup businesses. Good news for tech businesses in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan. Bank of Ann Arbor, which according to DBusiness is now the 4th largest bank in Metro Detroit, has created an entire division specifically for financing and guiding tech businesses in the growing startup hub. BOAA Technology Industry Group President Michael Cole says this has been a long time in process. Cole has been working for the past 17 years to create business financing options specifically tailored to tech and life sciences businesses in Southeast Michigan.

Register for DevOps Detroit, Oct 23-24 at The College for Creative Studies
DevOps, Tech Events

Register for DevOps Detroit, Oct 23-24 at The College for Creative Studies

Are you going to DevOps Days Detroit? This year, DevOps Days Detroit features speakers from tech towns across the U.S. from Silicon Valley and Seattle to Philadelphia and Detroit. The conference runs October 23-24 at the Alfred Taubman College for Creative Studies in downtown Detroit. Cronicle is a media sponsor of DevOps Days Detroit 2019 and will be covering the event on site, but if you’re a devops person and can take the time, we highly suggest being there in person. We hear the talks are small enough to connect with the DevOps community and the food is bomb.

Michigan Tech Podcasts: Dave Haviland of Phimation Strategy Hosts SPARK.Grow
Leadership

Michigan Tech Podcasts: Dave Haviland of Phimation Strategy Hosts SPARK.Grow

Continuing our series on podcasts in the Michigan tech scene is Dave Haviland, new host of the SPARK.Grow podcast sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK that interviews executives around the Ann Arbor business community. Haviland is an executive coach through Phimation Strategy Group to second-stage tech company founders and executive teams in the Ann Arbor area. We found him in his offices on the 8th floor of the First National Building on Main Street and Liberty, which has a lovely view of downtown.

Black Belt SEO Tips With Nick Suino of Michigan SEO Group
Marketing

Black Belt SEO Tips With Nick Suino of Michigan SEO Group

Discoverability is an often overlooked but important topic for new ventures. Nick Suino of the Michigan SEO Group says he hears from companies a lot, from service providers to tech startups, who did marketing and SEO on their own to bootstrap and then come to him later with a website that won’t scale, or having neglected discoverability when they could have invested more in their outreach to start. It’s not always easy for a startup to know what to do when with marketing, since many are founded by professionals with industry-specific expertise and marketing comes after first sales. That’s why we were interested to hear from a company that supports other companies in getting SEO, online discoverability, and marketing off on the right foot.

What’s The Best Way To Finance Your Startup? Ann Arbor VCs, Lenders, & Entrepreneurs Weigh In
Networking

What’s The Best Way To Finance Your Startup? Ann Arbor VCs, Lenders, & Entrepreneurs Weigh In

It was a packed house at Zingerman’s Roadhouse this week for a panel on the best options for financing your company. It’s always worth it to get up for a 7 am breakfast here, because you are guaranteed to meet amazing new friends in the Ann Arbor business world, and because if you stay the full 2 hours your clothes will smell like the Zingerman’s barbecue smoker all day. The panel at this Leaders Connect breakfast hosted by executive coach, psychologist, and University of Michigan professor Dr. Rob Pasick included President of the Technology Industry Group at Bank of Ann Arbor Michael Cole, Managing Partner and Co-Owner of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting Kris Bergman, VC Evan Ufer of Plymouth Growth Partners, serial entrepreneur Mike Klein who is currently CEO of genomics startup Genomenon, and Skip Simms who is Senior VP of Ann Arbor SPARK and managing partner of the Michigan Angel Fund.

Startup Trends in Detroit, With Detroit Build Institute’s Evan Adams
Funding

Startup Trends in Detroit, With Detroit Build Institute’s Evan Adams

Evan Adams is the Capital Programs Manager at Detroit’s Build Institute, a Detroit-based incubator founded in 2012 that has already graduated more than 1800 entrepreneurs focused on community-impact ventures. The Build Institute runs several programs to mentor, house, and fund entrepreneurs, including SOUP and Kiva, which Adams manages to help startups of all kinds pitch for funds and find mentorship in Detroit.

MTEC SmartZone Drives Unique High-Tech Business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Tech Events, Tech News

MTEC SmartZone Drives Unique High-Tech Business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

The world requires innovation—now more than ever. Science. Technology. Engineering. Math. Along the wild shores of Lake Superior, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs create the future. So says the website for MTEC SmartZone, a tech incubator that is located on the shores of Lake Superior in northern Michigan. You can’t get much farther north in the United States toward fresh air and rugged wilderness at the gateway to the Keewenaw Peninsula that juts out into cold and stunningly beautiful Lake Superior, and you can’t get much better aligned with Michigan tech. That’s because MTEC operates out of Michigan Technological University in Houghton. One of the biggest challenges currently facing Michigan’s new growth in tech-related industries is that there is so little media coverage or visiblity for all the smaller players that make up a very large movement of startups that are revitalizing Michigan’s economy. Who knew there were tech incubators all over the state of Michigan? Hardly anyone, including us until recently.

BOAA Technology Industry Group President Michael Cole On The Tech Financing Process, Tech City Jam Friday
Fun, Funding, Tech Events

BOAA Technology Industry Group President Michael Cole On The Tech Financing Process, Tech City Jam Friday

When new businesses start up, arranging financing can be fraught. When that process involves a bank loan, it’s hard to know where to go. Many banks have a reputation for turning away small or risky tech startup businesses. Good news for tech businesses in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan. Bank of Ann Arbor, which according to DBusiness is now the 4th largest bank in Metro Detroit, has created an entire division specifically for financing and guiding tech businesses in the growing startup hub. BOAA Technology Industry Group President Michael Cole says this has been a long time in process. Cole has been working for the past 17 years to create business financing options specifically tailored to tech and life sciences businesses in Southeast Michigan.

Register for DevOps Detroit, Oct 23-24 at The College for Creative Studies
DevOps, Tech Events

Register for DevOps Detroit, Oct 23-24 at The College for Creative Studies

Are you going to DevOps Days Detroit? This year, DevOps Days Detroit features speakers from tech towns across the U.S. from Silicon Valley and Seattle to Philadelphia and Detroit. The conference runs October 23-24 at the Alfred Taubman College for Creative Studies in downtown Detroit. Cronicle is a media sponsor of DevOps Days Detroit 2019 and will be covering the event on site, but if you’re a devops person and can take the time, we highly suggest being there in person. We hear the talks are small enough to connect with the DevOps community and the food is bomb.

Michigan Tech Podcasts: Dave Haviland of Phimation Strategy Hosts SPARK.Grow
Leadership

Michigan Tech Podcasts: Dave Haviland of Phimation Strategy Hosts SPARK.Grow

Continuing our series on podcasts in the Michigan tech scene is Dave Haviland, new host of the SPARK.Grow podcast sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK that interviews executives around the Ann Arbor business community. Haviland is an executive coach through Phimation Strategy Group to second-stage tech company founders and executive teams in the Ann Arbor area. We found him in his offices on the 8th floor of the First National Building on Main Street and Liberty, which has a lovely view of downtown.

Black Belt SEO Tips With Nick Suino of Michigan SEO Group
Marketing

Black Belt SEO Tips With Nick Suino of Michigan SEO Group

Discoverability is an often overlooked but important topic for new ventures. Nick Suino of the Michigan SEO Group says he hears from companies a lot, from service providers to tech startups, who did marketing and SEO on their own to bootstrap and then come to him later with a website that won’t scale, or having neglected discoverability when they could have invested more in their outreach to start. It’s not always easy for a startup to know what to do when with marketing, since many are founded by professionals with industry-specific expertise and marketing comes after first sales. That’s why we were interested to hear from a company that supports other companies in getting SEO, online discoverability, and marketing off on the right foot.

What’s The Best Way To Finance Your Startup? Ann Arbor VCs, Lenders, & Entrepreneurs Weigh In
Networking

What’s The Best Way To Finance Your Startup? Ann Arbor VCs, Lenders, & Entrepreneurs Weigh In

It was a packed house at Zingerman’s Roadhouse this week for a panel on the best options for financing your company. It’s always worth it to get up for a 7 am breakfast here, because you are guaranteed to meet amazing new friends in the Ann Arbor business world, and because if you stay the full 2 hours your clothes will smell like the Zingerman’s barbecue smoker all day. The panel at this Leaders Connect breakfast hosted by executive coach, psychologist, and University of Michigan professor Dr. Rob Pasick included President of the Technology Industry Group at Bank of Ann Arbor Michael Cole, Managing Partner and Co-Owner of BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting Kris Bergman, VC Evan Ufer of Plymouth Growth Partners, serial entrepreneur Mike Klein who is currently CEO of genomics startup Genomenon, and Skip Simms who is Senior VP of Ann Arbor SPARK and managing partner of the Michigan Angel Fund.

Alexa, You’re Fired: Why Conversational AI Startup Clinc Is Bulldozing The Competition
Software, Tech News

Alexa, You’re Fired: Why Conversational AI Startup Clinc Is Bulldozing The Competition

Just a few months ago, industry-disrupting conversational AI startup Clinc, which is rolling out an automotive application of their voice-interface software in 2021, was filling the top floor of tech and startup co-working space Cahoots and filling an office in Kerrytown. Now the conversational AI research startup is expanding into a third location in Ann…

Ann Arbor Detroit Tech Events October 2019
Tech Events

Ann Arbor Detroit Tech Events October 2019

Forgive me, Father, for it has been 3 months since my last A2NewTech…. Can’t believe it’s already October. Thank you again to those of you who have generously allowed us into your conferences and offices to profile the behind the scenes of the growing Ann Arbor tech scene. This month, we’re highlighting a few conferences going on at the end of the month. Remember if your event isn’t listed, you can contact the editor to add it. Have a great month, A2 Tech!

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