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Chris Wybo

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
We recently established a relationship with Wayne State University for bioengineering internships along with implementing the Kettering University co-op program. We have participated in various events sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK and GLEQ, including the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, GLEQ Business Plan Competition, and the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium.

Where did you find your first employee?
From a college friend.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Not yet, but we just hired our first intern in Jan, 2011.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
We received pre-seed funding from Ann Arbor SPARK and have been largely supported by angels (friends and family) to date.

What is one thing Michigan does better or has going for it that other more successful regional economies don't?
Michigan has an endowment for innovation and a passion for success.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Michigan offers engineering and manufacturing talent that is second to none with local and state programs tailored to entrepreneurial success. Just do it.

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