This is an article about portfolio company, MaxOne.
By Joe LemireSeptember 17, 2020
The youth sports management platform SportsEngine will integrate virtual coaching platform MaxOne into its registration and rostering system and offer a three-month free trial to all of its customers.
SportsEngine, which NBC Sports Group acquired in 2016, has 16 million users and 50,000 youth sports organizations among its clients.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund (A2EF) supports entrepreneurs and investors by connecting them with their peers and the community and provides a platform for them to give back to Washtenaw County through equity donations. A2EF is excited to recognize the leadership and generosity of Jen Baird, Kathleen Craig, Marianna Kerppola and Evan Ufer, in pledging 1% of their equity to the A2EF endowment fund at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
“It is critical that the local venture capital ecosystem participates in this growing culture of giving - especially in 2020 - and what a fantastic opportunity to do so by partnering with
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/
The Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) and Genomenon, Inc. today announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the diagnosis of critically-ill newborns with rare genetic disorders. The collaboration combines the Institute's genomic resea
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN: AdAdapted, a mobile advertising platform that specializes in add-to-list media for CPG, announced partnerships with Cooklist and Shopping List - Simple & Easy. Cooklist is available on both Android and iOS, while Shopping List - Simple & Easy is exclusively available on Android devices.
With the partnerships, AdAdapted continues to expand its network of top grocery list apps, which includes six of the top 10 highest rated list apps in the United States. Other partners include Out of Milk, Our Groceries, Buy Me A Pie!, and BigOven.
“We look forward to expanding upon our recent success with Cooklist and Shopping List - Simple & Easy,” said AdAdapted’s CRO and co-founder Molly McFarland. “Our integrations int
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Movellus announced today that Everactive has adopted Movellus’ ultra-low power clocking solution for its batteryless Machine Health Monitoring (MHM) IoT product. Everactive’s core SoC is clocked by Movellus ultra low power PLL.
Everactive MHM’s core SoC is clocked by Movellus’ 700-nanowatt phase-locked loop (PLL) IP. Everactive is also using Movellus PLLs in multiple next generations of their SoCs.
“Movellus’ clocking solution had the smallest area for the frequency and process combination – no other vendor came close,” said Dr. Nathan Roberts, Vice President of Engineering at Everactive. “Their unique synthesizable technology enabled them to deliver a clocking solut
This is a video about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
Yahoo Finance Video October 6, 2020
Bloomscape CEO Justin Mast joins Yahoo Finance's On The Move panel to discuss the surge in plant purchases amid the pandemic.
ADAM SHAPIRO: A lot of people as lockdowns were taking place went and got pets, but you don't have to walk a houseplant. So let's bring back to the stream Justin Mast. He is the CEO of Bloomscape, which is revolutionizing the way that a lot of us get houseplants. It's good to have you back, Justin.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
By: Channa Steinmetz - October 06, 2020
Sprouted from Venture Lab Fridays, Crema’s plant-care app Vera illustrated the possibilities of what setting aside work to grow creative and educational skills can bring, said George Brooks.
The idea behind Venture Lab: use every other Friday at Crema as a time for the digital agency’s staff to temporarily step away from client work and explore — and potentially launch — new application ideas.
Cue Crema’s recent sale of Vera to online plant retailer
Sarah Mahoney , Staff Writer @mahoney_sarah, October 5, 2020
Bloomscape is looking to take its special brand of grow-how from living room to patio, and is readying a collection of outdoor plants to introduce next spring.
The Detroit-based houseplant company just raised an additional $15 million in venture backing. And it also announced the acquisition of Vera, a plant-care app that provides content and troubleshooting.
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This is a podcast about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
By Pierre BienaiméOctober 1, 2020
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Sarah Perez@sarahintampaSeptember 30, 2020
If you thought to invest in more plants or started growing a small garden during 2020’s coronavirus lockdowns, you weren’t alone. According to Bloomscape, a company that ships live plants straight from greenhouses to customers’ homes, a number of people become interested in plants this year, increasing demand for its already growing service. Today,
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
Ripple Science today announced the availability of new communication features in Ripple. These features better enable clinical research teams to work remotely and support virtual trials during this time of COVID-19. It is also timely as decentralized clinical trials (DCTs), in general, are gaining a foothold in industry.
The new communication features include bulk emails, calendar integrations for Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar, and text messaging. These features provide significant time savings for study teams. The calendar integration enables teams to sync scheduled Ripple Events with an existing external calendar allowing seamless participant scheduling. Amanda Zimmerman, Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator at Tula
BY CHLOE BRYANMASHABLE SHOPPINGSEP 22, 2020
Growing your own food is a great way to invest in a new hobby while also (literally) reaping the rewards. You'll learn new skills, take care of something beautiful, and also ... eat delicious food? Wait, is this the ideal pastime?
You definitely don't need fancy plants to get started, but if you want extra help launching your life as a tomato parent,
By SHOLEEN DAMARWALAPublished SEP 21, 2020
Remember when Bloomscape launched an herb collection back in April that sold out within hours of going live? Well, the online plant shop is at it again and determined to save you even more time (and money) at the grocery store with brand new inclusions to their delicious
By Samantha Daly – September 21, 2020
Bloomscape’s resident “Plant Mom,” AKA horticulturalist Joyce Mast, gives us the scoop on how to prep your plant buddies for their dormant season.
After a long summer of sun and growth, it might be time to check in on your houseplants. We talked to direct-to-consumer plant shop Bloomscape to get their expertise on keeping your blooms in tip-top shape as they settle down for the colder months.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
by Sharon SteelPOSTED ON September 17, 2020
There aren’t many direct-to-consumer brands shipping products that live and breathe. Which is why Bloomscape, an eCommerce houseplant shop based in Michigan, has such a unique responsibility. Founded in 2017 by Justin Mast, a fifth-generation horticulturist, Bloomscape is turning that responsibility into an enormous asset through the power of storytelling. The company continuously delights its customers (aka “plant parents”) with cheerful,
This is an article about portfolio company, Orbion Space.
By Sandra Erwin — September 15, 2020WASHINGTON — Small satellite manufacturer Blue Canyon Technologies announced Sept. 15 it selected Orbion Space Technology to supply the electric propulsion system for the U.S. military’s Blackjack constellation.
Blue Canyon is producing four satellites for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Blackjack program. DARPA plans to launch as many as 20 small satellites to d
This is an article about portfolio company, Bloomscape.
By LISA BOONESTAFF WRITER SEP. 15, 202012:25 PM
A longtime bohemian standard during the 1970s, hanging houseplants have returned in a big way as demand for plants has skyrocketed in the pandemic and Instagram influencers flaunt their indoor jungles.
Plant parents love to dote on their houseplants, especially now that everyone is
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interior decorating skills are being revealed. During a Zoom call to celebrate the one year anniversary of Meghan’s Smart Works patronage, we got a peek into their Santa Barbara home. In the video, a framed print of the
Northville, MI (September 22, 2020). Invest Michigan announced today that Jim Tenzillo has been named a Vice President and corporate officer.
Tenzillo joined Invest Michigan in April 2016 as an associate and quickly made his mark completing 50 investments as well as taking an active role as the lead investment manager with 20 portfolio client companies. Since initiating its investment fund in 2014, Invest Michigan has completed 114 investments in 52 companies. Nearly one third of Invest Michigan’s client companies are women-led.
“Invest Michigan has been exceedingly active in making capital available to a diverse group of high-tech companies” said Charles Moret, president, “and Jim’s significant assistance to
Genomenon announced today that Elizabeth Varga has joined the company’s leadership team as Director of Customer Success. In this newly created role, Varga will lead the company’s client development strategy, using insights to provide input for product marketing and direction for both clinical and Pharma customers.
“Having spent most of my career on the front lines as a genetic counselor advising families and clinicians on the impact of genomic variants for their health, family planning and therapeutic management, I fully appreciate the need for comprehensive and efficient tools to facilitate direct translation into the clinic,” said Varga. &l
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Movellus today announced that Fred Weber has joined its Board of Advisors. Mr. Weber will help with Movellus’ mission to deliver architectural innovations, initially in the areas of clock generation and distribution, to the high performance SoC, processor, and AI markets.
Fred Weber is well-known for his contributions at AMD, where he served as Chief Technical Officer and Corporate Vice President. During his tenure at AMD, Mr. Weber led the development and delivery of the industry’s first x86-compatible 64-bit processors, the Opteron and the Athlon 64. Mr. Weber has also served as a board director at Lattice Semiconductor, MIPS, NetSpeed (now Intel), and SeaMicro; he is currently an advisor to Samsung and Cerebras Sy
This is an article about portfolio company, TD Online Accounting.
Collaboration with Autobooks aims to improve small business cash flow
CHERRY HILL, N.J., Aug. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, today announced that it is launching
This is an article about portfolio company, Genomenon.
An accomplished businessman, a strategic thinker and an excellent leader, Mike Klein has been responsible for raising over $50 million in private equity and venture capital financing over the years. He has drawn on a unique blend of vision, tactical thinking, communication and, execution skills in the last 25 years of his career. Mike’s technical and financial backgrounds have helped him bolster businesses and meet their objectives while driving revenue growth. Excerpts from an interview with Mike Klein, CEO, Genomenon:
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Genomenon announced today that CEO Mike Klein has been named to TechCEOs list of “Top 25 Biotechnology CEOs of 2020”. Klein was recognized for leading Genomenon, one of the most innovative health IT companies in genomics. Genomenon’s AI-powered genomic search engine is used by nearly 10,000 clinicians across 118 countries to diagnose rare disease patients from their DNA.
Genomenon provides unique and powerful solutions that transform hidden genetic data and evidence into actionable intelligence for clinical laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. The use of Mastermind has led to numerous breakthroughs, where the information required to diagnose and treat patients with a rare
This is an article about portfolio company, Akadeum Life Sciences.
CLEMSON, S.C. – A collaborative team of undergraduate students recently took first place in the Clemson COVID Challenge, a summer virtual research and design opportunity that involved 86 teams and more than 500 participants.
The event provided an opportunity for undergraduates to work on problems related to the current COVID-19 situation as well as future possible pandemics.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Akervall Technologies.
This story is part of a series about Washtenaw County businesses' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Support for this series is provided by Ann Arbor SPARK. When COVID-19 caused sports seasons to be canceled in March, Saline-based sports mouthguard and dental night guard manufacturer Akervall Technologies turned a devastating circumstance into an opportunity.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sparta, Mich.-based ChoiceOne Bank has helped customers save more than $500,000 with Plinqit, the only savings app of its kind that pays users for learning about personal finances.
Plinqit, developed by HT Mobile Apps, improves users’ financial literacy through its patent-pending Build Skills™. Users can take a quiz and be rewarded towards their savings goal. The app enables customers to securely link their Plinqit account to their checking account, set a savings goal and automatically set aside a small amount of money at a rate and schedule that they choose. This out-of-sight-out-of-mind savings helps users continue to save without temptation to withdraw before reaching their goal and the bank is seeing real results.
If you've got plans to turn your garden or green space into a bountiful work of art this summer, the recent coronavirus pandemic may have complicated things ever so slightly. Making nonessential in-person trips to plant stores and other garden retailers has become far less attractive, and as much as we miss the smell of Home Depot, it's simply not worth it.
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While spending extra time at home, you might be considering some decor changes. Plants can offer both attractive design elements and healthy air filtration to your kitchen. Whether you’re an avid gardener looking for a few more potted plants or a first-time plant parent, there are great options for adding some greenery to your kitchen and dining space.
View source version on foodandwine.com: https://www.foodandwine.com/lifestyle/kitchen/indoor-plants
This is an article about portfolio company, AdAdapted.
ANN ARBOR, Mich.– AdAdapted, a mobile advertising platform that specializes in Add-to-List media for CPG, recently completed its Series A round of financing. New investors, Capital Midwest Fund (lead investor) and Michigan Angel Fund, supported the most current funding round which closed in Q2 of this year.
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A smaller number of venture capital deals were reported across Michigan in the second quarter, though the amount invested increased from a year earlier.
Venture capital groups invested $102.8 million in 18 deals in Michigan from April to June, according to a recent report from the National Venture Capital Association and Pitchbook. That compares with $94.5 million invested in 27 deals in the second quarter of 2018.
View source version on mibiz.com: https://mibiz.com/sections/finance/report-shows-fewer-vc-deals-higher-investment-statewide-in-q2
This is an article about portfolio company, Orbion.
It didn’t take long for a practical application to pop up and take advantage of the breakthrough plasma rocket thrusters developed by Orbion Space Technology of Houghton, Michigan. AST & Science (AST) of Midland, Texas, is planning the launch of its SpaceMobile network, a low-earth-orbit constellation of satellites that will provide cellular coverage for 4G and 5G smartphones, and has selected Orbion’s Aurora propulsion solution to maneuver their spacecraft.
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On this episode of 'Cheddar Reveals': The features and garden editor at Martha Stewart Living discusses the best plants to grow in your garden; The official 'Plant Mom' for Bloomscape discusses how to get started on your plant parenting journey; Cheddar gets a look at CuriosityStream's 'Big World in a Small Garden' where experts explore how to connect with nature through plants.
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A season of social distancing and staycations, summer 2020 has been deemed the best time to adopt more plant babies. Because if you have to spend more time at home, you might as well turn your house into a lush oasis, right? It seems many have the same idea. Victory Gardens made a serious comeback this spr
ANN ARBOR, MI – July 9, 2020 - Ripple Science today announced their partnership with Lakeside Life Science, a diagnostic research organization that is performing a clinical study to determine antibodies using Medsential’s COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette. With 9.1 Million cases and 472,000 deaths worldwide, the public health crisis that is COVID-19 has accelerated organizations to adopt technology like Ripple, which shorten time-to-market for biopharma solutions.
Ripple is a web-based platform designed for clinical research teams who want a secure and streamlined way to recruit, manage, and retain patients for trials. Ripple is a purpose-built CRM and project manager which organizes clinical trial recruiting and research efforts,leadi
This is an article about portfolio company, SpellBound.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – SpellBound, an Ann Arbor-based augmented reality company, has received a $1.8 million fast track grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study opioid use in pediatric cancer patients.
The study will measure the effects of SpellBound’s augmented reality scavenger hunt, ARISE, on the length of hospital stay and opioid use by pediatric cancer patients after surgery.
View source version on clickondetroit.com: https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/2020/07/08/ann-arbor-augm
This is an article about portfolio company, Autobooks.
Missouri-based First Bank will now be using Autobooks to help clients such as small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) boost their banking experiences, according to a press release.
Among the new features will be the ability for customers to get paid at a distance and monitor cash flow in real time, the release states.
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This is an article about portfolio company, Air Liquide.
Computer numerical control (CNC) machining, or the automated control of 3-D printers and machining tools via a computer, is slated for an upgrade through a partnership between companies in Canton Township and Europe.
Fusion Coolant Systems in Canton Township announced the formation of a partnership with Paris-based Air Liquide with a goal to focus on sustainability, productivity, and employee health and safety for manufacturers engaged in CNC machining.
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Real Simple’s mission, through its 20 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these. Automate your life even more, so you have time for the smaller things—like teaching little ones how to fish or nurturing your own plant seedling—with these clever finds.
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If you’re stuck inside, as so many people are, self-quarantining due to the spread of coronavirus, it can be difficult to occupy yourself and not go crazy. But whether you want to work out, play board games, or practice self-care, there are tons of things that will keep you busy and calm in these uncertain times.
View source version on cnn.com: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/25/cnn-underscored/best-indoor-plants-for-beginners-outbrain-2/index.html
This is an article about portfolio company, Plinqit.
A savings app and financial literacy business are among the five startups participating in the 1871 and BMO Harris Bank accelerator this summer, which for the first time is completely dedicated to women-founded fintech startups.
The companies, selected June 15, are all creating products for the financial industry that aim to simplify money management, investing, and banking.
View source version on bizjournals.com: https://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/inno/stories/news/2020/06/24/meet-the-5-startups-in-1871-s-first-women-focused.html
CANTON, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fusion Coolant Systems (“Fusion”) announced today the formation of a strategic partnership with Air Liquide, initially targeted in the South West European Region (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal). The partnership is focused on increasing sustainability, productivity, and employee health & safety for manufacturers engaged in CNC machining, by pairing two industry leading and forward-thinking companies.
Fusion is the inventor and exclusive source of a highly successful and proprietary technology called Pure-Cut®, which utilizes supercritical CO2 as a replacement for traditional mineral oil coolant and lubrication systems in CNC machining. Air Liquide, with newly secured sourcing solutions
CANTON, MICH. (BUSINESSWIRE) JUNE 23, 2020
Fusion Coolant Systems (“Fusion”) announced today the formation of a strategic partnership with Air Liquide, initially targeted in the South West European Region (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal). The partnership is focused on increasing sustainability, productivity, and employee health & safety for manufacturers engaged in CNC machining, by pairing two industry-leading and forward-thinking companies.
Fusion is the inventor and exclusive source of a highly successful and proprietary technology called Pure-Cut®, which utilizes supercritical CO2 as a replacement for traditional mineral oil coolant and lubrication systems in CNC machining. Air Liquide, with newly secured sourcing solutions in Europe of
This is an article about portfolio company, Levitas Bio.
NEW YORK – Levitas Bio, a Stanford University spinout, is preparing the launch of a technology that sounds nearly imaginary: magnetic levitation-based cell separation.
"Unlike anything else out there, when it comes to separating particles, we don't attach or bind anything to the cells," said CEO Martin Pieprzyk. "No dyes, no antibodies. It's touch free." The workflow requires only three steps and can be done in 20 minutes, he added.
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This is an article about portfolio company, SkySpecs.
Dutch company Certion and drone service provider SkySpecs have completed blade inspection works at Eneco’s Prinses Amalia Windpark and Eneco Luchterduinen in the Netherlands.
In total, 70 wind turbines were inspected in five days at Prinses Amalia Windpark and Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farm.
View source version on offshorewind.biz: https://www.offshorewind.biz/2020/06/19/certion-skyspecs-complete-blade-inspection-at-enecos-prinses-amalia-windpark/
DETROIT: TCF Bank today announced it has teamed with Detroit fintech company Autobooks to provide an integrated banking experience to its small business customers.
Small business customers of Chemical Bank, a division of TCF National Bank, can enroll in Autobooks at www.ChemicalBank.com/autobooks and within a few moments begin accepting online payments via ACH and Credit Card — with funds deposited directly into their Chemical Bank checking account. In order to help customers in this time of caution and uncertainty — Chemical Bank is waiving the monthly software fee for the first 90 days.
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DETROIT: Autobooks, a small business payment and accounting platform built on Microsoft Azure, today announced the launch of a new initiative to encourage small businesses to Get Paid with Autobooks.
This initiative will enable small businesses and nonprofits to enroll directly with Autobooks to receive card and ACH payments online and have those payments deposited directly into their existing account at their financial institution. Additionally, Autobooks is waiving monthly fees for customers using Get Paid through 2020 in light of the unique financial strain COVID-19 has placed on small businesses.
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DENVER (PRWEB) JUNE 18, 2020
Angel investors are actively investing in startups, despite growing uncertainty in public markets. Many angel investors (individuals with either income exceeding $200,000 per year or with a net worth of $1 million or more) have taken some of their money out of the markets in anticipation of coming declines in stock prices. In many cases investors are using Self-Directed IRAs or 401Ks that allow them to invest a portion of their retirement funds in promising startups.
“This is a great time to be investing in startups” says Peter Adams, Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club (RVC), the longest running angel investing group in the U.S. “Historically, angel investors and venture capital funds that invest in economic d
CANTON, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the American Chemical Society (ACS), has selected Fusion Coolant Systems and its founder, Dr. Steve Skerlos to receive the 2020 Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The award cites the ability of Pure-Cut® technology to reduce the environmental, health, and safety impacts of machining operations on a global basis.
In the 23-year history of the Green Chemistry Challenge, the US EPA has presented only five awards per year out of nearly 2,000 nominations. Fusion Coolant Systems (“Fusion”) will be recognized as one of this year’s winners at a virtual event June 16th and in person at the National Academy of Sciences