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"Thank you for being our landing pad into Ann Arbor and helping us get oriented in the community. Spark has been an excellent opportunity for us since we moved here -- both in terms of getting us into downtown and for helping tell our story. …………we made a lot of connections we wouldn't have otherwise made in the entrepreneurial community here.”

Nate Oostendorp

Co-founder and CTO
Sight Machine

"SPARK is the catalyst we leverage to build relationships with our customers and a solid business and finance foundation to transform lives with warmth around the world. Here in Ann Arbor, we have been able to connect people globally to solve grand challenges."

Grace Hsia

CEO and Co-Founder
Warmilu

"Ann Arbor SPARK helped us find space when we were a three person company, and we were able to leverage SPARK's resources, mentorship, and space to help us turn our big idea into reality."

Moses Lee

CEO and CoFounder
Seelio

"Lavin Lift Strap has experienced significant growth this past year, and this success would not have been possible without Ann Arbor SPARK."

Donna Gilkey-Lavin

Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Lavin Lift

"I truly believe that SPARK is a wonderful partner for the City of Saline, and communities throughout Washtenaw County. The dedicated, creative and professional staff work hard to leverage new economic development opportunities, and to assist in nurturing new relationships."

Brian Marl

Mayor
City of Saline

"The knowledge of the SPARK business development team has been extraordinarily helpful to us in quickly assessing our needs, what works and how to get things done quickly.  Their follow through has been impeccable." 

Thomas Golab

Vice President
Navitas Systems LLC

"Working with our regional partner Ann Arbor SPARK enables us to assist our membership and grow our community."

Diane Keller

President
A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce

“SPARK has and will continue to make an impact on the Ann Arbor area.”

Stephen Forrest Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Michigan

“SPARK consultants helped us shift our business model, increasing sales and profitability.”

Marisa Smith

President
The Whole Brain Group

“The best thing about Boot Camp? It forced me to focus on my business plan for two days straight.”

Tyler Paxton

Founder
Are You a Human

“Pre-Seed Funding allowed us to explore and develop zero-emissions vehicles.”

John Harding

Founder
Current Motor Company

“It has been great for me to learn the real-world business & market process that impacts technology commercialization.”

Katherine Moynihan

Licensing & Market Specialist
University of Michigan, Tech Transfer

“An incubator in a state-of-the art facility… where innovation thrives.” 

Roger Newton

Executive Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer
Esperion Therapeutics

“SPARK opened up opportunities for us in the pharmaceutical industry.”

Lisa Crandall

M.S. Sr. Pharmaceutical Scientist
Velesco Pharmaceutical Services

“The abundance of biomedical activity locally makes Ann Arbor a great place to launch a life science start-up.”

David Olson

CoFounder and CEO
Swift Biosciences, Inc.

“SPARK has been foundational to the success of our company.”

Daniel Rhodes

Vice President Oncology
Thermo Fisher Scientific

“Nexient has achieved tremendous success at our Ann Arbor software delivery center, and our partnership with SPARK has been a a major contributing factor to this success.”

Colin Chapman

Chief Delivery Officer
Nexient