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Founders

Company

Vortex Hydro Energy

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Gus Simiao

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We have participated in various University of Michigan Zell-Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies programs and Ann Arbor SPARK programs.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
The U.S. Navy.

Where did you find your first employee?
Through our personal network.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
No.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We have drawn upon various private, state and federal sources of funding.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
In our case it is proximity to the Department of Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan. We rent their facilities for testing.

If you could change one thing about this region, what would it be?
Warmer winters.


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