Funding, Sustainable Energy / May 13, 2022 Wind Turbine Drone Inspection Startup SkySpecs Raises Record-Breaking $80M Round Led by Goldman Sachs

Ann Arbor-based renewable energy O&M solutions startup SkySpecs has just announced an $80 million strategic capital raise led by the Sustainable Investing business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management with additional participation from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources and other existing SkySpecs investors including Statkraft Ventures, Equinor Ventures, Evergy Ventures, UL Ventures and Huron River Ventures. This is one of the biggest startup raises in Michigan history.

Announcements, Environmental Tech, Funding, Uncategorized / May 13, 2022 Midwest Climate Tech Startups Find Funding through Evergreen

Evergreen Climate Innovation’s 501vc Investment Fund now invests $200k - $300k in early-stage climate tech startups in the Greater Midwest. This climate tech-focused investment fund is looking to support climate startups specifically in the tech space that are headquartered in places like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and the surrounding states, a location that is historically under-funded for climate tech.

Announcements, Mobility Tech, Robotics, Security / May 13, 2022 Septentrio Partners with MicroPilot for Secure High-Accuracy Drone GPS

Septentrio, an industry leader in high-precision GNSS positioning solutions, has just announced a collaboration with MicroPilot, a creator of professional UAV autopilot systems.

Engineering, Mobility Tech, Software / May 6, 2022 CarBeast creates AI tool to predict car repair costs

CarBeast is a Michigan and California-based startup who created an AI tool with a different application: it helps you make informed decisions about the repair and maintenance of your car, even before it has problems.

News, Software / May 6, 2022 AI Tool from Stefanini, Lawrence Tech Helps Run Smart Factories

AI tool Sophie, from Stefanini, is now helping run factories, because of a partnership between Stefanini Group and Lawrence Technological University (LTU). It's one of the first applications we've seen of natural language processing for AI integration with smart manufacturing, and we sat down with Stefanini leadership to learn about the challenges of developing AI for manufacturing applications and why this type of application is a cutting edge use of the technology.

Announcements, Tech Events / April 29, 2022 Ann Arbor’s a2tech360 Is Back in 2022

Have you been waiting for a2tech360, Ann Arbor's tech week, to come back post-pandemic? This year, the week-long festival of all things Ann Arbor tech is coming back in October. Details below.

Announcements / April 28, 2022 Thank you for 400 Articles, Midwest Tech!

Thanks to the generous support and interest of those of you in the Midwest tech community and beyond, Cronicle Press has just hit another milestone: 400 articles covering the growth of Midwest tech hubs like Ann Arbor, Detroit, Columbus and Chicago.

Engineering, Robotics / April 22, 2022 Midwest startup uses AI and robotics to build modern homes

It's no secret lumber costs have skyrocketed, which opens the door to new building materials and technologies. Enter Terran Robotics, a Midwest startup funded by the NSF and recently run through the ODX accelerator to use proprietary AI and robotics technology to build modern homes.

Announcements, Funding / April 19, 2022 Pitch Your Startup at 2022 Pitch @ WCC

The Washtenaw Community College Entrepreneurship Center's premier event of the year, Pitch @ WCC, is taking place this year in hybrid format, with virtual sessions leading to private in-person pitches on WCC's Ypsilanti campus in May 2022. If you have a new business you'd like to pitch, check out the info below to get involved. Hurry, the deadline is approaching!

Engineering, Mobility Tech / April 14, 2022 GM Secures Raw Materials & Partnerships To Produce Future EVs

A number of materials shortages have challenged automakers' efforts to get more EVs on the road in the last year, but General Motors has now secured an agreement to get the raw materials needed to produce EV batteries. GM and Glencore, a company that mines, recycles, and produces raw materials, have just announced that they have signed a multi-year agreement to source materials for GM's electric vehicle batteries.

Ann Arbor Tech Professionals: Call for Interviews
Announcements, News

Ann Arbor Tech Professionals: Call for Interviews

Cronicle Press launched just over a month ago, and already has 1,000 users, thanks in large part to you, the professionals of Ann Arbor tech, and your enormously generous networks. We intended to start small with a prototype of about a dozen interviews we could show potential interview subjects and eventually sponsors to help get…

Ann Arbor Tech Events: May 2019
Tech Events, Tech News

Ann Arbor Tech Events: May 2019

Until they develop the technology (waiting), we can’t be everywhere at once, and that’s what it takes to attend and cover all Ann Arbor tech events these days. So, here is a list of some tech events going on in May in Ann Arbor, plus some great lists to follow who can keep you in…

Innovation Not Break Fix with RightBrain Networks
DevOps, Software

Innovation Not Break Fix with RightBrain Networks

“I guess one of our challenges is that we’ve been around so long,” Derek DeJonghe and Matt Thompson of RightBrain Networks say. “We’ve been in cloud computing from day one. It’s been 10 years. That means we [were born in the cloud]. I think people hear the name RightBrain but they don’t understand how we…

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