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Livio Radio win at Automation Alley showcases region's innovative side

To Jake Sigal, his company's win at the Automation Alley's 12th Annual Awards Gala didn't speak to his start-up's strengths as much as what's possible in the region.

Sigal, founder & CEO of Livio Radio, was named Entrepreneur of the Year. Sigal started the Internet radio start-up n 2008 with a $10,000 loan from his parents. He turned that fledgling start-up into a venture-backed company based in Ferndale and one of the leaders in the automotive Internet radio sector.
 
"That's a message for the entire southeast Michigan area that innovation can come from anywhere," Sigal says. "We're proud of that."

Among the other winners at the gala were:

Automation Alley Member of the Year: Laura Oliveto, senior vice president for business development at Troy-based Basso Design Group

Technology Company of the Year: GalaxE.Solutions in downtown Detroit
 
Global Trader of the Year: Dan Kocks, CEO of Grand Blanc-based Global Impact Group
 
Educational Program of the Year: Fifth Core World Language & Culture Program at Oxford Community Schools

Source: Jake Sigal, founder & CEO of Livio Radio
Writer: Jon Zemke
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