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A Look Inside The University of Michigan Desai Venture Accelerator
University of Michigan

A Look Inside The University of Michigan Desai Venture Accelerator

The University of Michigan has a Princeton Review #1-rated ecosystem for student entrepreneurs and multiple venture accelerators, which is great support for budding startups in Ann Arbor and Michigan’s growing tech industry. But what really goes on behind closed doors? As supportive as the University of Michigan is for new businesses being spun out from faculty or run through funded programs with multiple levels of mentorship, this can all still look a bit opaque from the outside. As part of our mission to highlight the accelerating growth of Ann Arbor and Michigan regional tech over the past few years, we wanted to sit down with the Desai Accelerator run out of U-M’s Zell Lurie Institute at the Ross School of Business to hear how things work and what resources are out there for people looking to connect. This is a newer program, and still being shaped.

Orangesplash’s Geoxhibit Brings Interactive Machine Learning To Museums & Zoos
Software, User Experience

Orangesplash’s Geoxhibit Brings Interactive Machine Learning To Museums & Zoos

You go to the zoo, but you’ve just missed the lions, who are taking a break in the shade across the enclosure. Sometimes, visits to zoos and museums are like this. What if the app on your phone helped you plan your visit, buzzed you when the lions were being fed, and when you pointed your camera at their faces, it identified them for you by name using machine learning and gave you info on their health and history? Geoxhibit, from Ann Arbor design firm Orangesplash, is a new app that brings all kinds of custom features to museums, zoos, and gardens that helps visitors not only connect with the enormous amount of specialized knowledge held by exhibits and staff on site, but also customize their visit with exhibit planning, customized scavenger hunts, and more.

Pendaran Offers Immersive Experience-Based Systems Thinking Training Program
Tech News

Pendaran Offers Immersive Experience-Based Systems Thinking Training Program

You enter a classroom. Instead of desks, a virtual workplace is laid out in front of you, including assembly lines, and banks of screens running simulations on your team’s work process. You’ve been chosen by leadership to run an operation, and it’s not working well. What happens next for you and 12-36 colleagues? Everything goes wrong. “You can’t just teach problem solving. Everything must be intentionally aligned,” says Pendaran VP and co-founder Carol Michaelides. “It takes more than teaching…. People get so into optimizing their station they forget to optimize the whole.”

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…

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