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Indian/South Asian Community

The South Asian community comprises of immigrants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.  This fast growing cultural group includes students, engineers, physicians, entrepreneurs and other professionals.  During the past decade a number of successful South Asian entrepreneurs have played a major role in building Michigan's economy.  In particular, the IT (Information Technology) industry continues to see robust growth in Michigan powered by a large influx of talent from the Indian subcontinent.  Delicious cuisine, the sport of cricket, Bollywood movies, ethnic fashions are some of the unique attributes that define the community.  Founded in 1999, www.miindia.com is the communication medium of choice for the Indian and South Asian community providing up-to-date information on various topics including events, activities, success stories, news and more.  miindia.com also offers networking opportunities to seek jobs, buy-sell goods, accommodation and more.

Indian/South Asian Community Features

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Will Metro Detroit's Tech Community Ever Be Color Blind?

Metro Detroit has a long history of cultural silos and regional segregation. So how does its tech and entrepreneurial community create opportunites for greater racial and cultural diversity? There's no easy answer but places like Silicon Valley are implementing aggressive and sustained efforts to bridge a divide local business leaders barely acknowledge.

Dilip Nigam of Arborwind with a model of his wind turbine

Ann Arbor Startups That Don't Start in Ann Arbor (But We Wish They Did)

Ann Arbor may be Michigan's hotbed for innovative startups but sometimes those innovations have trouble gaining a toe-hold in the local market. From healthcare apps to wind energy technology, Concentrate takes a look at a trio of technologies we'd like to see more of here.

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Six Habits of Highly Successful Metro Detroit Entrepreneurs

There are some who believe that "we become what we do." With that mantra in mind, Metromode's Jon Zemke asked six local entrepreneurs about the good habits they've developed on their path to success.

Matt and Rene Greff at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti

Exporting Ann Arbor Beer (and Business Culture) to India

Craft brews are all the rage - here and abroad. So the decision to bring Ann Arbor Brewing Company's brewpub concept to India seemed like an easy, sure-fire hit of a business plan, right? Not quite. Matt and Rene Greff share their experiences opening ABC in Bangalore, a city with very different rules, customs and expectations.

L to R Albert Foo and Sharath Anand with ExtinBreachR at Skyline High School

A Blaze of Innovation

While most kids are wasting their time mastering Xbox, high schoolers Albert Foo and Sharath Anand are developing a new fire-fighting technology, one that extinguishes interior flames from outside the building. So far ExtinBreachR has landed them top science fair awards and a couple of small grants. But they've got bigger plans.

Anuja Rejendra at Bollyfit

The BollyFit Blend: A Q&A with Anuja Rajendra

Some might call it an accidental career, but when a passionate hobby becomes a successful business it seems more like an inevitability. Anuja Rajendra's zeal for fitness and Bollywood-style dance inspired BollyFit, both a lifestyle and growing brand. 

Tyler Paxton at the Are You A Human space at the Madison Building in Detroit

Seeding the Ground for Next-Gen Entrepreneurs

The risks to startup culture are a two-way street. Not only must you convince investors to make a calculated leap of faith, you also need talent that's willing to commit sweat equity to an uncertain future. The Adams Entrepreneur Fellowship Program is looking to make the second half of that equation a little easier while applying a slow-food strategy toward fostering local entrepreneurship.

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Raw Talent: Chef Swaroop Bhojani, PhD

Whether it's in a research lab or restaurant kitchen, the ability to perfectly mix ingredients is vital for success. Dr. Mahaveer Swaroop Bhojani has got both domains down but until now has only made a career of one. Last week, however, the U-M researcher opened A2's very first Chaat House. Don't know what that is? Read on.

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Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council is a non-profit committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. It is based in Detroit.
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Indian/South Asian Community Founders

Marketing investment moves growth needle for iDashboards

Marketing investment moves growth needle for iDashboards

City: Troy
IDashboards grew an average of nearly 20 percent over each of the last four years. It now has a marketing budget of more than $2 million today, which isn't bad for a boot-strapped firm that built itself up to make a significant-yet-strategic gamble.

"That's the difference between a boot-strapped firm and venture-funded firm," says Shadan Malik, president & CEO of iDashboards. "Venture-funded firms have millions to spend right away."
Accelerate Michigan win sets stage for DeNovo Sciences future success

Accelerate Michigan win sets stage for DeNovo Sciences future success

City: Plymouth
DeNovo Sciences has come a long way in its first five years, but the Plymouth-based startup can point to one critical juncture in its rapid growth: winning the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in 2011. That win is why DeNovo Sciences is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.
Bhushan Kulkarni on what it takes to build a succesful startup

Bhushan Kulkarni on what it takes to build a succesful startup

City: Ann Arbor
Bhushan Kulkarni is a serial entrepreneur building his fourth tech startup, InfoReady. He knows what to do and where to turn when launching a startup from scratch.
Rene & Matt Greff

Rene & Matt Greff

City: Ann Arbor
Rene & Matt Greff are the founders of Arbor Brewing Co. The Ann Arbor-based microbrewery has locations in Ypsilanti (Corner Brewery) and India.
Sonali Vijayavargiya

Sonali Vijayavargiya

City: Ann Arbor
Sonali Vijayavargiya is the founder and managing director of Augment Ventures, a early stage venture capital firm based in Ann Arbor.
Alok Sharma & Matt Dobson

Alok Sharma & Matt Dobson

City: Detroit
Alok Sharma and Matt Dobson are the co-founders of Study Cache, a software start-up based in Detroit.
Bobby Ghoshal

Bobby Ghoshal

City: Detroit
Bobby Ghoshal is the CEO of Flub, an online media start-up with an office in downtown Detroit.
Ramil Elicanal

Ramil Elicanal

City: Troy
Ramil Elicanal is the CEO of Sports Official Source, a referee-supply company based in Farmington Hills.
PK Mishra

PK Mishra

City: Ann Arbor
PK Mishra is the co-founder of @Fingertips, a start-up based in Ann Arbor.
Kalyan Handique

Kalyan Handique

City: Plymouth
Kalyan Handique is the CEO of DeNovo Sciences, a life sciences start-up based in Plymouth.
Rangarajan Tirumala

Rangarajan Tirumala

City: Ann Arbor
Rangarajan Tirumala is the founder of Rolling Edge, a business consultancy based in Ann Arbor.
Sunil Agrawal

Sunil Agrawal

City: Walled Lake
Sunil Agrawal is the president of NOVA Consultants, an alternative energy engineering firm based in Novi.
Amer Anand

Amer Anand

City: Ann Arbor
Amar Anand is the co-founder of Dodact, a start-up run by University of Michigan students.
Bhargav Sri Prakash

Bhargav Sri Prakash

City: Ann Arbor
Bhargav Sri Prakash is the CEO of CADcorporation.com, a tech design firm based in Ann Arbor.
Sajay Rai

Sajay Rai

City: Bloomfield Hills
Sajay Rai is the founder of Securely Yours, a IT security firm in Bloomfield Hills.
Rajesh Nerlikar

Rajesh Nerlikar

City: Ann Arbor
Rajesh Nerlikar is the co-founder & CEO of TerraPerks, an Ann Arbor-based start-up working to make sustainable habits cool.
Md. Shahnoor Amin

Md. Shahnoor Amin

City: Ann Arbor
Md. Shahnoor Amin is the co-founder of June Energy, an Ann Arbor-based start-up that is developing a portable solar panel that charges cell phones.
Rahul Rattan

Rahul Rattan

City: Ann Arbor
Rahul Rattan is the co-founder of Arbor Endo Solutions, a University of Michigan spinoff that is commercializing a medical device called Endocutter.
Krishna Kallakuri

Krishna Kallakuri

City: Northville
Krishna Kallakuri is the vice president of Tera Networks, a tech firm based in Northville.
Pradip Sengupta

Pradip Sengupta

City: Troy
Pradip Sengupta is founder of IPS Technology Services, an IT firm based in Troy.

Indian/South Asian Community Companies

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MyoAlert

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Diversity,Health Care,Indian/South Asian Community,Minority Owned Business,Software/Information Technology
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Mahindra GenZe

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Automotive/Manufacturing,Diversity,Immigrant Owned Business,Indian/South Asian Community,Minority Owned Business,Transportation
3.

FlexSys

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Diversity,Emerging Technology,High Tech,Immigrant Owned Business,Indian/South Asian Community,Minority Owned Business
4.

Microcide

City: Detroit
Industry: Detroit,General Retail/Wholesale,Indian/South Asian Community,Minority Owned Business
5.

Inventev

City: Detroit
Industry: Alternative Energy,Automotive/Manufacturing,Boomers,Detroit,Emerging Technology,Energy/Alternative Energy,Indian/South Asian Community,Minority Owned Business,Transportation
6.

CentriCycle

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Energy/Alternative Energy,Health Care,Indian/South Asian Community,Woman Owned
7.

e-Zest Solutions

City: Detroit
Industry: Detroit,Immigrant Owned Business,Indian/South Asian Community,Minority Owned Business,Software/Information Technology
8.

ProNAi

City: Plymouth
Industry: Angel Funding,Boomers,Diversity,Emerging Technology,Higher Education,Indian/South Asian Community,Life Sciences,Research / Tech Transfer,Venture Capital,Woman Owned,High Tech,Health Care
9.

AMF-Nano

City: Ann Arbor
Industry: Diversity,Emerging Technology,Indian/South Asian Community,Life Sciences,Minority Owned Business,High Tech,Health Care
10.

Autoline Industries USA

City: Troy
Industry: Diversity,Indian/South Asian Community,Automotive/Manufacturing