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.
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.
Ann Arbor’s growing tech week, a2tech360, was delayed this year until October, but has continued to grow to a multi-event extravaganza of local tech expertise and fun. This year’s a2tech360 is back with additional events.
To give you a head start planning your attendance to Ann Arbor SPARK’s a2tech360 tech week that’s happening the first week of October this year, we’re combining September and early October tech events around Michigan into one post. We hope this list of highlights will give you some new ideas for Michigan tech events to attend this month.
So you’ve got your startup running, now how do you do PR outreach and content marketing? A great media pitch is similar to your startup pitch you gave to investors, but it’s kind of flipped on its head. Content and media pitches are different in key ways that could make or break your business’s marketing plan.
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.
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.
Michigan tech organizations and enthusiast groups are venturing back to in-person tech events this month. Here are a few highlights of groups that you might consider joining if you’re looking for an in-person tech event to attend in late June or in July 2021.
Nicolas Théorêt is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centri. Each year, propane distributors waste over $1.5B on unnecessary deliveries. Centri seeks to help these distributors eliminate the waste in their delivery operations by offering them a simple IoT solution, the CentriConnect platform. Centri’s solution helps propane distributors minimize their delivery costs, optimize their operations, and grow their customer base. The technology has been in the beta testing phase with a propane distributor since March 2020 and the company is preparing the business for a commercial launch in the coming months.