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TechTalk 2021: Ann Arbor’s Tech Week Premiere Event
Tech Events

TechTalk 2021: Ann Arbor’s Tech Week Premiere Event

This week we have covered a few new events or those we don’t usually make it to during Ann Arbor’s expanding tech week, a2tech360. TechTalk is a must-attend event, and we are covering it today to take you behind the scenes. This year’s theme focuses on Ann Arbor’s tech visionaries, particularly those working in cutting edge areas of diversity and inclusion.

What The Future Holds for Healthcare Startups
Leadership, Tech Events

What The Future Holds for Healthcare Startups

a2tech360 week in Ann Arbor continues, with What The Future Holds today to predict the trajectories of tech-related industries that have a foothold in Michigan. Panelists included Dr. Peter Adriaens and Dr. Mingyan Liu of the University of Michigan, Dr. Matthew McMahon from the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen of NASA.

Ann Arbor’s 4th Mobility Summit Offers Behind the Scenes Look at How Mobility Investment Is Changing
Funding, Mobility Tech

Ann Arbor’s 4th Mobility Summit Offers Behind the Scenes Look at How Mobility Investment Is Changing

PitchBook’s “a flurry of mobility startups going public through IPOs and SPACs through last year.” $54 billion invested despite headwinds of the pandemic. First half of 2021 even better $49.4 billion raised, over 100% over last year, putting us on track for a record year of investment for mobility. Michigan leads across the spectrum from EVs to autonomous startups (May Mobility, Refraction AI) to those disrupting services like FixMyCar and startups focused on shared mobility. $104 million so far this year invested in Michigan-based mobility startups, which has affected Michigan’s startup valuations. “What we’ve seen is overall valuations have seen an uptick in 2021, but especially this has been driven by valuation for later stage companies… up 244% compared to last year.” Angel and seed is flat year over year, and early stage are up 13%. Although Michigan-based mobility startups have a lower valuation than their Silicon Valley-based counterparts, they’re showing a similar trend.

FastTrack: SE Michigan’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2021
Announcements, News

FastTrack: SE Michigan’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2021

Ann Arbor SPARK’s a2tech360 FastTrack Awards were held tonight to celebrate the fastest growing startups coming out of Washtenaw and Livingston counties in Southeast Michigan. These “gazelles” are startups with rapid year over year growth defined as 20% increased average revenue for 3 years starting from a base of $100,000. These awards do not include metro Detroit or other areas of Michigan, so this is not a comprehensive list of the fastest growing companies in Michigan overall.

Michigan Venture Capital Awards Winners 2021
Announcements, Tech Events

Michigan Venture Capital Awards Winners 2021

This week, the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) announced the awardees of the 2021 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner. MVCA announced awards recognizing the capital events that are fueling the growth of Michigan’s companies, the significant investment milestones enabling companies to grow and excel in Michigan, the companies that are producing groundbreaking solutions in their sectors, and the organizations working to engage with their communities and enrich their local economies.

TechTalk 2021: Ann Arbor’s Tech Week Premiere Event
Tech Events

TechTalk 2021: Ann Arbor’s Tech Week Premiere Event

This week we have covered a few new events or those we don’t usually make it to during Ann Arbor’s expanding tech week, a2tech360. TechTalk is a must-attend event, and we are covering it today to take you behind the scenes. This year’s theme focuses on Ann Arbor’s tech visionaries, particularly those working in cutting edge areas of diversity and inclusion.

What The Future Holds for Healthcare Startups
Leadership, Tech Events

What The Future Holds for Healthcare Startups

a2tech360 week in Ann Arbor continues, with What The Future Holds today to predict the trajectories of tech-related industries that have a foothold in Michigan. Panelists included Dr. Peter Adriaens and Dr. Mingyan Liu of the University of Michigan, Dr. Matthew McMahon from the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen of NASA.

Ann Arbor’s 4th Mobility Summit Offers Behind the Scenes Look at How Mobility Investment Is Changing
Funding, Mobility Tech

Ann Arbor’s 4th Mobility Summit Offers Behind the Scenes Look at How Mobility Investment Is Changing

PitchBook’s “a flurry of mobility startups going public through IPOs and SPACs through last year.” $54 billion invested despite headwinds of the pandemic. First half of 2021 even better $49.4 billion raised, over 100% over last year, putting us on track for a record year of investment for mobility. Michigan leads across the spectrum from EVs to autonomous startups (May Mobility, Refraction AI) to those disrupting services like FixMyCar and startups focused on shared mobility. $104 million so far this year invested in Michigan-based mobility startups, which has affected Michigan’s startup valuations. “What we’ve seen is overall valuations have seen an uptick in 2021, but especially this has been driven by valuation for later stage companies… up 244% compared to last year.” Angel and seed is flat year over year, and early stage are up 13%. Although Michigan-based mobility startups have a lower valuation than their Silicon Valley-based counterparts, they’re showing a similar trend.

FastTrack: SE Michigan’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2021
Announcements, News

FastTrack: SE Michigan’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2021

Ann Arbor SPARK’s a2tech360 FastTrack Awards were held tonight to celebrate the fastest growing startups coming out of Washtenaw and Livingston counties in Southeast Michigan. These “gazelles” are startups with rapid year over year growth defined as 20% increased average revenue for 3 years starting from a base of $100,000. These awards do not include metro Detroit or other areas of Michigan, so this is not a comprehensive list of the fastest growing companies in Michigan overall.

Michigan Venture Capital Awards Winners 2021
Announcements, Tech Events

Michigan Venture Capital Awards Winners 2021

This week, the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) announced the awardees of the 2021 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner. MVCA announced awards recognizing the capital events that are fueling the growth of Michigan’s companies, the significant investment milestones enabling companies to grow and excel in Michigan, the companies that are producing groundbreaking solutions in their sectors, and the organizations working to engage with their communities and enrich their local economies.

Call for Content Marketing Customer Discovery Interviews
Announcements, Marketing

Call for Content Marketing Customer Discovery Interviews

Do you have a content marketing program you have struggled to get off the ground? Would you like to find a way to make content marketing for tech startups and small business more efficient and affordable to run so you can include it in your marketing program? We’re currently running customer discovery interviews to gather information about how we might offer more solutions to more companies in the tech space. If you would like to be a part of our customer discovery interviews, please contact us to schedule a call and tell us about which needs you have in this space that have been hard to find solutions for.

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