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Automation Alley

Automation Alley, Michigan's largest technology business association, drives growth and economic development in southeast Michigan's economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives. It attracts the creators and consumers of diverse technologies from a variety of industries around the world.
 

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Automation Alley sinks seed capital into six local startups

From online security to custom tooling, Automation Alley's 7Cs program helps launch tech startups across metro Detroit. read on…

Civionics to expand sensor pilot with local manufacturer

Ann Arbor-based Civionics has changed the focus of its sensor technology, and its pivot in marketplace looks promising. read on…

Lighthouse Molding, Civionics land Automation Alley pre-seed funding

The two companies, based in Ann Arbor and Sterling Heights respectively, received a total of $75,000 in seed capital. The investments are intended to spur expansions in the companies and bring about more job growth. read on…



AlphaTherm brings heated windshield wiper fluid to vehicles

AlphaTherm was originally developed to remove frost, ice, and snow during inclement weather. Truck drivers who began trips in Canada and finished them in Florida learned it was also useful to remove bugs, road grime, and other debris. read on…

MagWerks LED develops cutting edge light technology

The LED lighting design and engineering firm’s technology aims to make high-powered LED lights smaller, lighter, and cooler. read on…

Crazy Diamond Performance aims to commercialize natural gas tech

The Shelby Township-based startup specializes in natural gas technology for automobiles. It is working to help transition more vehicles away from relying on gasoline for power to using compressed natural gas. read on…



OpEd: Startups should target customers before capital

Metro Detroit is not Silicon Valley, says Tom Kelly, Automation Alley's Director of Entrepreneurship. He argues that startups looking for investment need to be crafting their products and strategies around actual customer demand rather than speculative innovations. read on…














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. read on…



































































Accelerating SE Michigan's Business Ecosystem

In the shadow of this past weekend's Big Chill hockey extravaganza, The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition --an American Idol-style contest for start-ups-- was held in Ann Arbor. More important than the $1 million in cash and support handed out was the collaboration exhibited by regional business leaders. Is there a new age of cooperation dawning in SE Michigan? read on…











A Better Landing

Overlooked for years, Oakland County Airport is getting a much-needed face-lift in order to live up to its title as Michigan's second busiest airport. The terminal's multi-million dollar upgrade will soon match the Fortune 500 execs, rock stars, trade missions, and elite clientele the airport caters to every day. read on…





Green-tech ElectroJet seeks 3-5 engineers

ElectroJet has a key partnership in the bag and is gearing up to capitalize on that with some new hires.The Brighton-based, green-tech startup formed a partnership with Fiat this spring, providing a shot in the arm for the scalability of its principal product, a small engine control that improves fossil fuel efficiency and reduces pollution. The 7-year-old firm employs five people and has 3-5 open engineering positions right now. "There will be a lot of growth," says Kyle Schwulst, president and CEO of ElectroJet. "We're looking for good people."ElectroJet, a member of Automation Alley, is cash-flow positive and expects to be in the black by next year with the help of Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund. It plans to break into new markets, such as North America and find new customers in the defense sector.Source: Kyle Schwulst, president and CEO of ElectroJetWriter: Jon ZemkeRead more about Metro Detroit's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem at SEMichiganStartup.com. read on…

Accelerate Michigan Student Idea Competition quarterbacks student entrepreneurs

The University of Michigan has some big expectations for the Accelerate Michigan Student Idea Competition, an offshoot of the inaugural Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition."It's a great opportunity for our students and the state of Michigan," says Doug Neal, managing director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in U-M's College of Engineering. "I'd love to see 1,000 students participate in Accelerate Michigan."That would put it on par with U-M's 1,000 Pitches competition, which attracted 2,065 participants in 2009; more are expected this year. Neal says the two competitions are quite similar because they both require students to primarily pitch business ideas.The Accelerate Michigan Student Idea Competition offers three prizes totaling $50,000. Any college student attending school in the state is eligible. Participants must submit a one-page business plan, a three-minute video pitch, and formulate a 15-minute live pitch. The deadline for applications is October 22. For information, click here.The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is offering $1 million in prizes to start-ups in Michigan or planning to move to Michigan. The idea is to showcase the state's entrepreneurial ecosystem to a large audience of investors in town for the Big Chill hockey game at Michigan Stadium on Dec. 11. Source: Doug Neal, managing director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of MichiganWriter: Jon Zemke read on…

Macomb Innovates Too!

Let's spread the love and deliver the good word: Macomb County is no slouch when it comes to embracing new economy initiatives. From trade missions to China to the Education City Initiative to the Anton Art Center, the county that too often lives in Oakland and Wayne's economic shadow is no stranger to innovation. read on…


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