Our Sponsors


The Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s sales and marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism and economic growth. We offer a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban development. Discover Pure Michigan at www.MichiganAdvantage.org and www.Michigan.org.


Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion, retention, and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK represents all communities in the Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Michigan Works!/ETCS, Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, the Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please visit www.annarborusa.org.

Invest Michigan

Invest Michigan is a nonprofit corporation which manages the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0 under a contract with the Michigan Strategic Fund. A portion of the fund is dedicated to a “University Commercialization” to help universities transfer technology to the marketplace. Investments are made to turn innovative early stage Michigan tech companies into viable businesses, which expand and strengthen our state’s economy. We partner with other investors to co-invest jointly in early stage companies and often will participate with a company through several rounds of financing. Investments will be made only within the State of Michigan. http://investmichiganfund.com


Spartan Innovations

Spartan Innovations provides the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU research technologies into successful Michigan businesses – and spur entrepreneurship in the Michigan economy. Spartan Innovations is co-located with and complements the work being done now by MSU Technologies, the university’s technology transfer office organized in 2007, and Business-CONNECT, created in 2009 as MSU’s portal for engagement with the business community. All three units are part of the MSU Innovation Center. The MSU Foundation, which serves as fiduciary and trustee for MSU’s charitable annuities, trusts, and gifts of property, provides major funding for the initiative. http://www.spartaninnovations.org/


Bank of Ann Arbor

Bank of Ann Arbor's Technology Industry Group provides a full range of banking and investment management products to emerging and later-stage technology and life sciences companies, venture capital firms, angel investors and entrepreneurs. We are working to build Michigan's 21st century economy by providing banking products and services to help innovation-based businesses succeed and by partnering with like-minded individuals, businesses, organizations, and universities.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping you succeed. Our attorneys understand that innovative, value-creating solutions help our clients reach their goals. Our collaborative approach, advanced technological resources and depth of services can transform what you expect from your legal team. With more than 400 attorneys, Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Phoenix, Arizona, and maintains a presence in Florida. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including: Business & Finance Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Environmental Health & Life Sciences Intellectual Property Labor & Employment Litigation Private Client Real Estate Tax With a proven track record of experience since 1885, Taft offers breadth and depth of legal services coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients reach their goals.

JR Turnbull

JR Turnbull Communications is a full-service cause marketing and event production company combining experience and vision to design custom programs that build strong relationships between businesses and community organizations through brand awareness. http://www.jrturnbull.com

Michigan Small Business Development Center

The Michigan SBDC provides counseling, training and research to assist small business to launch, grow, transition and innovate. The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies. http://sbdcmichigan.org/

Endeavor Detroit

Endeavor is the only non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Our “mentor capitalist” model breaks down economic and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship through advising from our network of world-class business leaders. With their guidance, our 1,300+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. have created 587,000 high-value jobs and in 2015, generated $8.16 billion.

Varnum LLP

For more than 125 years, clients have trusted Varnum for excellence, innovation and superior results in the delivery of legal services. Over the years, as the needs of our clients have become more complex, we have kept pace by constantly expanding our areas of practice, our understanding of evolving trends and issues, and our ability to harness technology effectively. Varnum clients represent a diverse range of business and legal interests: manufacturers, financial institutions, health care providers, professional groups, municipalities, colleges and universities, school districts, developers, publishers, retailers, governmental units, transportation, trade associations and charitable organizations.

Marketing Supply Company

With 15+ years of Silicon Valley digital marketing experience, we bring deep industry knowledge to each and every client we work with. We use proven marketing, advertising, and optimization techniques to scale up your online presence efficiently and effectively.
No matter the size of your business, our data-driven techniques will scale your company growth. Our dedicated account managers are with you every step of the way to make sure you’re getting the most out of our work.

Amy Cell Talent

Amy Cell Talent was launched in March of 2015 to help Michigan startups and small businesses have access to high quality, yet affordable talent acquisition services.  In the prior decade, Amy had led talent programs for Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and had designed dozens of programs to help attract, retain and develop talent.  She understood the gap in programs to help job seekers and employers, and felt that she had a unique background and passion for this issue. Since launching her "talent agency" her team has grown and has been able to help dozens of employers and hundreds of job seekers connect to resources and each other.  She is honored to work with an incredible team, an amazing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan, and with hundreds of people that trust her resources and support to find their next career adventures.

Hacking Health

Hacking Health is an international association of leaders working together across 5 continents. We engage all stakeholders inside and outside the healthcare sector. We help generate fresh ideas, insights and creative solutions to current challenges, and generate lasting impact. We bring together patients, healthcare professionals, physicians, technologists, designers, entrepreneurs, decision makers, business leaders, researchers, administrators and governments to work collaboratively and resolve tangible issues.

Belle Michigan

The BELLE Michigan Fund, LP is an early stage investment fund building great companies in Michigan, the Midwest, and other regions. We provide a premier source of human and financial capital to women-led companies. We look for capital-efficient enterprises with a unique product or service that fill an urgent market need. BELLE Michigan partners believe human capital is just as valuable as financial capital. We seek investments in high growth, capital efficient and scalable enterprises that welcome our expertise and insight, and seek to leverage our leadership and experience.


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