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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.

OpEd: SBIR/STTR Funds Bridge the "Valley of Death" for Small Tech Companies

What comes first, the money or the product? Tech entrepreneurs are often caught in the catch-22 of needing funds to prove the worthiness of their products. BBCetc Managing Partner Lisa Kurek explains a real but often overlooked option.

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OpEd: Minority/Women Tech Entrepreneurs: Don't Overlook Federal R&D Grant Money

Minorities and women have historically received only a slice of small-business funding, an economic reality that crimps today's diversified economy. Michael Kurek, partner at BBCetc, tells how these underrepresented groups can gain a more equitable share of available grant funding.

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Our Post-Pfizer Economy

When Pfizer left Ann Arbor it was hard not to view the glass as half empty. Five years and 16 start-ups later, that perspective has started to reverse. And in many ways, the transition from one large company to many more entrepreneurial efforts is exactly what our community and state needs to establish a healthier long term economy.

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Got Talent? A Conversation with Kurt Riegger

When it comes to building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, Kurt Riegger, COO of OcuSciences, argues that there's no lack of ideas or innovations in Ann Arbor. Talent with enough experience to execute on those ideas may be another question. Riegger has launched, funded, and advised 26 companies, and chats with Concentrate about what our community needs to succeed.
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Swinging for the fences powers Delphinus Medical Technologies

Swinging for the fences powers Delphinus Medical Technologies

City: Plymouth
"You need to come in every day and take swings for the fences," says Mark Forchette, president & CEO of Delphinus Medical Technologies. "That is our culture."
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.
Christine Gibbons

Christine Gibbons

City: Ann Arbor
Christine Gibbons is the CEO of Histosonics, a life sciences startup based in Ann Arbor.
James Koziarz

James Koziarz

City: Ann Arbor
James Koziarz is the president & CEO of Rubicon Genomics, a genetic testing startup based in Ann Arbor.
James Arps

James Arps

James Arps is the general manager of Biotectix, a bio-tech start-up based in Ann Arbor.
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