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Ann Arbor SPARK works with innovative businesses that move our economy forward – driving industries – segments of the economy that touch every aspect of our overall economic success. When these companies, from startups to global powerhouses succeed, they make investments, create jobs and economic prosperity for our region. By working together to build and support an innovative business culture and entrepreneurial ecosystem, we can create a more prosperous future for our local community and entire region.
Since 2006, SPARK has accelerated business growth in the Ann Arbor area, resulting in $1.9 billion in new investment and over 15,000 jobs. Private sector funding is absolutely critical to scale and amplify our current economic growth initiatives. With your continued support, we can further advance the region's economy - invest in the future of our great region!
As a supporter of Ann Arbor SPARK, you will be among those we seek to meet new companies moving into the Ann Arbor region and participate in SPARK’s mission to establish the region as the best place for business expansion and location. We consider funders to be key partners in our efforts to ensure the economic prosperity of companies and individuals in the Ann Arbor region. Ann Arbor SPARK invites you to join other business leaders who have already committed to supporting Ann Arbor SPARK.
Below are the private sector partnership levels for 2016:
- Founder $100,000 and above
- Leader $50,000-$99,999
- Innovator $25,000-$49,999
- Accelerator $10,000-$24,999
- Entrepreneur $5,000-$9,999
"SPARK plays a critical role in the success of business, non-profit and entrepreneurial opportunities in the Ann Arbor region. From the incubator tools to talent sourcing to community partnerships, the dozens of SPARK programs available to help the small to large organizations thrive is a testament to the exceptional dedication of the SPARK staff.
As Ann Arbor is a growing tech hub, SPARK is a pioneer in connecting talent to businesses and early funders to growth engines. We at Arbor Networks are consistently amazed with the creativity and passion presented by SPARK to ensure organizations choose the Ann Arbor region, stay, grow and thrive in this wonderful community."
-Lon Lowen, Arbor Networks
“The Ann Arbor region is vibrant with undeniable energy, fueled by a growing economy and the state’s lowest unemployment rate. SPARK’s partners, funders, and supporters recognize that everyone benefits when a business starts up or grows in the Ann Arbor region. Bank of Ann Arbor has been a private sector funder of SPARK since the founding in 2005 and is proud of the exceptional work that SPARK does each and every day to make sure our economy continues to grow and expand. We are thankful to be a partner in supporting SPARK’s impact in the region.”
-Tim Marshall, Bank of Ann Arbor
Business is strong in Ann Arbor thanks in large part to the Ann Arbor SPARK organization and partners like Disher who is a Funding Member. “The alliance with Ann Arbor SPARK has been tremendous for Disher,” stated Jeff Disher, Founder and President. “SPARK was instrumental in Disher receiving the MEDC grant and they have been a catalyst for our expansion in the Ann Arbor region of Michigan.”
The staff at SPARK has access to the economic ecosystem in the Ann Arbor region. They are well connected with leaders from economic development organizations, startups, businesses, and universities. “We have made several new connections because of our collaboration with Ann Arbor SPARK,” comments DJ Kellogg, Disher Area Lead for Southeast Michigan. “I would highly recommend them to any company new to the area as SPARK is smack dab in the middle of its economic development.”