Signing Savvy: Talking with Our Hands

By Jane Whitttington on September 21, 2017

American Sign Language or ASL was developed as early as 1817 at the American School for the Deaf in New England. Since then, it has grown and evolved into a unique language used by the deaf community, their families, friends, and co-workers.  Before the development of ASL, deaf people may well have used idiosyncratic signs […]

Startup Boost Applications Now Open

By Amanda Lewan on September 20, 2017

Detroit was chosen as one of a handful of cities to host the global pre-accelerator Startup Boost. The free six week mentorship program is open for applications now through September 26th. Each week startups will participate in pitch practices and meet with mentors and investors in order to prepare for funding. “The program has already […]

What started as a simple tool for caring for a loved one with Autism, has grown into a community of support and a successful company. The technology startup Birdhouse for Autism was founded by parents Ben Chutz and Dani Gillman to offer more visibility and easier tracking tools for care of a child with Autism. […]

ASK: Taking the Hassle out of Technology

By Jane Whitttington on July 31, 2017

No business can succeed if it resists change. This is especially true in the world of technology. What was new yesterday is old news tomorrow, and any tech company that wants to grow and remain relevant has to be nimble enough to keep up in the every-changing world of modern technology. ASK, a Michigan-based, full-service […]

11 New Startups Join Techstars Mobility Detroit

By Amanda Lewan on July 27, 2017

The third class of Detroit’s Techstars Mobility was announced last week, welcoming a total of eleven new companies to Downtown Detroit. Techstars Mobility brings entrepreneurs from all around the world to Detroit to work on a concept that innovates the way that goods and people are transported around the world. The program has a wide […]

Care Convene: A Telehealth Approach

By Jane Whitttington on July 13, 2017

Telehealth. While this may be an unfamiliar word to most people, the concept of using telecommunications technologies to enhance healthcare and deliver virtual medical, educational, and health support services is definitely on the rise. Chris Bailey, founder and CEO of Care Convene, has created a health technology company that develops user-friendly applications which give patients […]

Detroit Hosts Tech Equity Week

By Amanda Lewan on April 10, 2017

Tech Equity Week is coming to Detroit, to foster equity and inclusion in the world of tech. Led by the non-profit tech education company Journi, Tech Equity Week has planned out nine different events over the course of ten days in the city. From a hackathon to a gala, there will be a tech event […]

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 […]