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Local venture capital loaded for bear after decade of digging in

Once upon a time, venture capital in Michigan was small and inconsequential. Today it's powering the Great Lakes State's new economy, growing at a time when the industry has shrunk. Concentrate takes a long look on what that means for our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Mark Smith at the future incubator site

A plan to make Ann Arbor Michigan's startup city

To establish a true startup culture, Ann Arbor needs more than just a SPARK. It needs incubator, research and co-working spaces that can accommodate a growing and wide variety of needs and disciplines. Mark Smith hopes to address that with his ambitious plan to build an entrepreneurial campus on the outskirts of the city.

Jeremy Lindlbauer at the TurtleCell offfices in Kerrytown

Accelerate Michigan farm system slow cooks startups

The annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition may sometimes seem like a line-up of the usual startup suspects, but in actuality it's seeding the ground for more and wider business interests and, more importantly, investment.

Kyle DeWitt of Tecumseh Brewing Company

Tecumseh Brewing Company launches with a new kind of crowdfunding

It's not uncommon for a fledgling business to raise capital through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But what do you do if you're seeking investment partners through social media? That's the path the folks behind Tecumseh Brewing Company decided to take ...and they helped to change Michigan law along the way.

Nathan Voght at 544 Detroit Street

From Contamination to Community Investment

In a competitive real estate market, how do you make contaminated land economically viable for development?  In Ann Arbor and Dexter, Brownfield Redevelopment Financing programs have meant the difference between polluted vacant lots and vibrant community assets, helping to fight sprawl and foster smart growth in-fill.
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Larry Eiler

Back in 2001 Larry Eiler, CEO of Eiler Communications and director of the Small Business Association of Michigan, wrote an essay comparing our entrepreneurial landscape with Silicon Valley. Needless to say Michigan came up lacking. Boy, what a difference 10 years makes. In this week's guest blog Larry updates his assessment and finds more than a few encouraging trends.
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Camp Entrepreneur

Every successful entrepreneur has to master the art of the pitch if they want to attract investors. So, how do you hone your sprawling corporate narrative into a lean, mean call for venture capital? Funny you should ask. Ann Arbor SPARK offers a boot camp for startups who need a leg up.
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