We love to see successful founders go on to starting their next companies in the region. Former co-founders of BillHighway, Steve Robert and Aaron Schmid, are now at it again with a new fintech startup called Autobooks. Autobooks is a technology licensed by financial institutions that allows small businesses to gain access to tools typically only available for larger commercial […]

Hoom House Offers Hope for Families Dealing with Autism

By Jane Whitttington on February 12, 2017

A diagnosis of autism can be devastating for any parent. The Centers for Disease Control says that one in 68 children ages three-17 in the United States have been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Autism is a hugely complicated disorder, defined by Autism Speaks, a well-regarded autism advocacy and education organization, this way:  “Autism spectrum […]

Desai Accelerator Announces Next Cohort and Director

By Amanda Lewan on January 25, 2017

This week the Desai Accelerator announced its next round of startups and its new managing director, U-M alumna Angela Kujava, formerly the director of innovation for the global application development firm Logic Solutions. Angel has more than a decade of experience working with entrepreneurs, will build on the Desai program. The next five early-stage startups participating […]

Techstars Mobility Call for Apps Open

By Amanda Lewan on January 10, 2017

Techstars Mobility in Detroit is open again for applications. Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, focuses on software, hardware and advanced materials businesses building technologies that will power the efficient movement of people, goods and services across all modes of transportation. The next program runs from Jul 24, 2017 – Oct 18, 2017. About a dozen companies […]

Horizon App Customizes Travel Options

By Jane Whitttington on January 5, 2017

Oshan Weerasinghe had the idea when he was traveling on business. In a strange town with time to kill, Weerasinghe wished he had a guide to the city that would lead him to restaurants, music venues or other attractions that he would enjoy. He began to consider how to create such a guide, one that […]

New Startup Activates Corporate Giving Through Tech

By Yvelette Stines on November 23, 2016

It is important to support and give back to the community. Many businesses have the desire to support organizations, but sometimes finding the right fit can be difficult. There is a new technology solution thanks to Cause Activators. Founded by mother and daughter, Dr. Mary Welsh and Dusty Welsh, Cause Activators is a start-up technology company located […]

MHacks Hosting Weekend Long Hackathon in Detroit

By Amanda Lewan on October 6, 2016

MHacks, one of the largest student run hackathons, is coming to Detroit this weekend October 7th-9th at the Masonic Temple. The hackathon expect to see up to 2,000 attendees from the MHacks community. Over the weekend attendees will work in teams of 1-4 people coding projects of “hacks” they are excited about. There will be workshops, […]

8 Coding Scholarships Available in Detroit

By Amanda Lewan on September 23, 2016

It’s no secret that learning technology skills such as coding can lead to jobs. There’s been a big effort in Detroit to start to train a tech savvy workforce, with multiple schools, courses, and meetups growing including Apprehend, Grand Circus, Girl Develop It. Now, there’s more scholarship opportunities too. Detroit’s newest tech training institute, the globally […]

TechArb Graduates Class of Tech Entreprenerus

By Amanda Lewan on September 13, 2016

TechArb, the student venture accelerator out of the Zell Lurie Institute and the Center for Entrepreneurship at U-M, graduated another class of student tech startups. The program helps aspiring student entrepreneurs learn how to bring their ideas to life. Below is the list of this year’s 2016 TechArb class that presented earlier this month: ElectriFit creates […]

Blackbird Brings the Message

By Jane Whitttington on September 7, 2016

Blackbird can refer to a species of Old World or New World bird. It is the name of a 1986 novel by Larry Duplechan and a 2000 memoir by Jennifer Lauch. Blackbird is a town in Delaware and a winery in California. It’s a Finnish football team and also a steam locomotive. It’s a song […]

Techstars Mobility Demo Day is Next Week

By Amanda Lewan on September 1, 2016

Techstars Mobility is graduating their second class in Detroit next week on September 8th in Downtown Detroit. Last year’s demo day broke a record for the largest demo day in the Techstars family. We hope to see the same great turnout this year at demo day again. Below are the companies who will be presenting […]

When Shane Bliemaster, Founder of Marketing Supply Company, left Michigan at 19-years-old he knew in his heart that his journey would bring him back home. As a young man landing in California to attend San Francisco State University Bliemaster’s career in tech started after college. “I worked an entry level position at a tech startup […]

Naybr Gets The Job Done Locally

By Jane Whitttington on August 29, 2016

Do you have a leaky faucet with a drip, drip, drip that is keeping you up nights? Is the grass on your lawn so overgrown that the neighbors are starting to talk? Does your house need a thorough cleaning before your mother-in-law comes for the weekend? For all those jobs that you don’t know how […]

8 Ways Sift Is Challenging Traditional Workforce Engagement

By Benjamin Seidman on August 21, 2016

According to Gallup polls, only 34% of American workers are engaged. Sift is in business to change this number. Sift, a Detroit startup, has launched their Understand and Engage products. Understand promotes effortless transparency through its smart directory, allowing coworkers to learn about one another with universal search. Engage is built to deliver actionable insights […]

Addiction is not always a highly targeted market to disrupt in the startup world, but one Ann Arbor based tech startup is changing the way recovery works. Workit Health announced this week a raise of $1.1 Million to re-imagine recovery. The startup provides a 90-day online program that pairs one-on-one support from professional counselors with interactive online […]