Columbus, Ohio, has been showing signs for the past few years that it is a growing Midwest tech hub. Why? Like other Midwest cities, Columbus has invested in developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem that can support new businesses. And, like emerging tech and startup hubs Ann Arbor and Detroit, Columbus is building its new entrepreneurial ecosystem around industries that are already strong locally.
Leading biotechnology company Amgen announced recently that it plans to invest $365 million to build a new manufacturing facility in New Albany, Ohio, which is located near new insurtech/healthtech hub Columbus. This move will create 400 new jobs. The facility will feature Amgen’s advanced assembly and product packaging capabilities for medicines to be distributed in the U.S.
Chicago’s rise as a tech hub is still accelerating. According to World Business Chicago, the rapid growth of the Midwest city as a producer of unicorns, or tech startups valued at over $1 billion, has only increased through 2021, with 8 new tech companies being minted as unicorns only halfway through the year, double last year’s count:
Kabir Maiga started at Continental Automotive, where the team he headed as project lead designed keyless entry for cars. “I thought why don’t we extend this tech from car to front door?” he says. “We incubated the idea with Continental, took a team to Germany for several months, trying to figure out how to go to market.” The project was spun off as a separate entity with Continental as an investor. Now, the new Ann Arbor startup PassiveBolt has launched an award-winning technology for home called ShepherdLock.
We’re wrapping up this series on cloud security and cloud computing trends with an article that small business owners have been asking more than ever this year: How do you hire a cloud service provider? What do you look for when hiring a cloud service consultancy to help you with everything from managing cloud-hosted assets to handling security?
Small business and enterprise alike have been forced through a rapid adoption of new security measures to make sure that company data is secure while working remote during the coronavirus pandemic. As companies migrate to the cloud and deal with new security threats, it’s a lot for the average business to keep up with. Especially if you are a small business and don’t have a dedicated team working on cybersecurity. With that in mind, we have put together a list of top business cybersecurity trends for 2021, to keep your company on top of the latest security issues relevant to all business. If you’re interested in a security assessment for your business, our sponsor Trek10 is offering a free security assessment to help you make sure your company data is secure and managed efficiently.
Working from home and want to upgrade to a custom keyboard or ergonomic keyboard? Cherry Americas located in the Midwest between Chicago and Milwaukee in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has created some of the world’s bestselling keyboards and computer accessories for decades. These days, gamers and remote workers use Cherry’s mix and match keyboard tech to create their ideal home office or gaming setup.
For this month’s Great Lakes region tech events roundup, we are highlighting more online events available to you remotely for safety, as well as including some in-person events you might want to consider. Many groups have reported that they will be keeping remote live streams to some events after the pandemic, but others will not. It’s a great time to check out groups farther from home. This month, we’re including tech events from Chicago as well as our usual focus surrounding Southeast Michigan.
It’s no secret that Silicon Valley is having a major exodus, though that never means it’s lights out for the resilient global hub of tech innovation. We’ve seen ups and downs from the Dot Com crash to the Great Recession, and California always bounces back. What’s different this time is that a confluence of major climate disasters, high cost of living, and the new option for remote work are spreading highly skilled tech workers across the U.S. and the world at a rapid rate–and sending many of them back to their hometowns to launch new businesses.
TusStar is an affiliated network of tech startup incubators and early stage venture accelerators located in over 130 cities around the world. It is led by professors at Tsinghua University in China, a major research university in Beijing, and there is a TusStar Incubator in emerging tech hub Ann Arbor, where a number of academic faculty at the University of Michigan start new companies to make use of inventions found during their research careers. Frank Ni is the head of TusStar Ann Arbor, founded as the premier TusStar location in the U.S. in late 2017 on the north side of Ann Arbor which is famous for its engineering, science research, robotics and autonomous vehicle research campuses. “Innovation can go beyond borders,” Ni tells Cronicle of the philosophy of starting an international incubator in Southeast Michigan.