Ann Arbor Startup Community Development H1'09

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a review of the last 6 months of grassroots tech / startup community organizing in Ann Arbor, MI. …

a review of the last 6 months of grassroots tech / startup community organizing in Ann Arbor, MI.
from the July 2009 Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup http://a2newtech.org/calendar/10715802/

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  • 1. Ann Arbor Startup Community Development H1’09 @dugsong <dugsong@ .org> 1
  • 2. David Rose on Startup Community • Base of entrepreneurs with high tech Angelsoft ♥! experience • Educational institutions supporting both entrepreneurship and state-of-the-art technology programs • Access to early stage capital to fund new ventures • Affordable work spaces for startups, and the infrastructure supporting them • Access to a technologically skilled workforce • Coordination, integration and promotion surrounding all of the above 2
  • 3. Jason Mendelson’s view of Ann Arbor I miss A2! • Creative class of people – especially on the technical side. • Strong Universities spinning off people and ideas • Professional Support System • Financial Capital • Management Talent – Perception, probably not reality • Engaged community with a real desire to see their ecosystem succeed – Perception? • Supportive legal environment (not horrible, though) • Culture of risk-taking and respect for failure • History of Success 3
  • 4. Must fix our Culture & Community • Poor deal flow, quantitatively AND qualitatively • Connect & grow productive (not just smart) geeks – Innovation stalling out EARLY, or LEAVING – Geeks need to learn how to build businesses, not just technology • Connect & grow better entrepreneurs & teams – More do-ers, not enablers! – Michael McCorquodale, Mobius founder – Startup-to-startup, entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur, active advisors • Teach & publicize our local startup histories – 50+ Ann Arbor Startup Execs (angel/venture-backed) on LinkedIn • Find patrons of innovation (better angels) • Coordinate & streamline efforts – Where to start? CFE, GLEQ, MI-SBTDC, NEF, SCORE, SPARK, UMOTT, ZLI, ... • Don’t let new entrepreneurs start from scratch! 4
  • 5. What have we accomplished? 5
  • 6. New Community Hubs 6
  • 7. Tech Brewery (North Campus) • Coworking for startups and entrepreneurs – Host of Beer:30 in an historic 1880’s brewery • Hub for recruiting and retaining top-notch, young entrepreneurial and technical talent – less than 1 mile from UM Engineering campus • http://techbrewery.org 7
  • 8. Workantile Exchange (Main St.) • Coworking for independents • Project-based collaboration • Membership-based, drop-in only • Downtown Ann Arbor, Main St. • http://workantileexchange.com 8
  • 9. A2 Mech Shop (West Side) • Technical coworking facility for entrepreneurial engineers • Houses 6 separate engineering businesses • Host of monthly GO Tech meetup • http://a2mechshop.com 9
  • 10. TechArb / McKinley Tally Hall basement • TechArb coworking for UM students • Annual RPM-10 summer program • Ann Arbor Startup Weekend 2008 • Hanukkah Wonderland 2008 :-) • http://techarb.org 10
  • 11. New Events & Meetups (only a partial listing via a2geeks / a2newtech) 11
  • 12. ArbCamp (Dec 08, 250+ ppl) 12
  • 13. a2geeks Movie Night (Jan 09, 70+ ppl) 13
  • 14. CloudCamp 09 (Feb 09, 120+ ppl) 14
  • 15. TECH Cocktail (Mar 09, 250+ ppl) 15
  • 16. Lessons from Boulder (April 09, 100+ ppl) 16
  • 17. Nonprofit Board Training (Apr 09, 25+ ppl) 17
  • 18. Social Gaming & Facebook (May 09, 50+ ppl) 18
  • 19. Non-Dilutive Startup Finance (May 09, 100+ ppl) 19
  • 20. A2 Hands-On Local Tech (May 09, 200+ ppl) 20
  • 21. Ignite Ann Arbor (June 09, 250+ ppl) 21
  • 22. A2 Mini Maker Faire (coming up Aug 29!) • DIY Makers, Progressive Techies, Old- Fashioned & Indie Crafters, Mad Scientists, Quirky Musicians and Myriad Innovators Gather to Celebrate the Maker Movement • Get involved! • http://a2makerfaire.com 22
  • 23. Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup (3rd Tues) 23
  • 24. GO Tech! (2nd Tues at A2 Mech Shop) 24
  • 25. Ann Arbor Virtualization Users Group 25
  • 26. ARBSEC (1st Wed) 26
  • 27. Ann Arbor Startup Drinks 27
  • 28. CoffeeHouseCoders (every Wed!) 28
  • 29. SuperHappyDevHouse 29
  • 30. Local Cross-pollination 30
  • 31. a2geeks visits Grand Rapids • Hosted by Rick De Vos & friends –Momentum-MI –ArtPrize • ElevatorUp coworking • AimWest design community • ellohay! tech literacy nonprofit 31
  • 32. Mid-Michigan visits a2newtech • MidMichigan Innovation Center • Incuba8 • Blue Water Angels 32
  • 33. SE Michigan • i3Detroit visits TechBrewery – Invited, along with Detroit Industrial Arts League, to meeting with UM Associate VPs, TechShop founders, Make magazine founder, A2 Mech Shop, etc. folks re: Detroit facility • Dexter Village Manager at OpenCoffee –Developing a local incubator • a2geeks at TechNow09 –As sponsors, presenters, attendees, bloggers • Regular CoffeeHouseCoders visitors –Royal Oak, Grosse Pointe, Lansing 33
  • 34. What’s Next? 34
  • 35. Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ann Arbor • EFAA, with the support of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation • Corporate citizenship & community-based philanthropy for tech startups • Network of experienced & aspiring local entrepreneurs • Seeking founding members & companies – get in touch! 35
  • 36. Train A Geek Army • Every geek group in Ann Arbor should know funding sources, sponsors, venue information, community calendar, logistics –open-source event planning on a2geeks wiki • Train & place geeks on nonprofit boards –NEW, EFAA can help • Cross-pollinate with art/design/mktg/YP groups –already happening, actively accelerate • Meetup of meetup organizers –geeks love recursion! 36
  • 37. Support Of, By, & For Entrepreneurs • Entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur events –like Startup2Startup, Bootstrapper’s Breakfast –EFAA can help • Drive startup acceleration through active peer mentorship & advisors –Get every successful entrepreneur to advise –Advisors can get equity, but shouldn’t need $! • Directory of service providers & services –with ratings & comments • Private fundraising forum –entrepreneurs should know deal activity too! 37
  • 38. Increase Collaboration & Visibility • Flagship a2newtech community event – Current organizers represent UM Center for Entrepreneurship, UM Ross Center for Venture Capital & Private Equity Finance, GLEQ, UM Ross EVP & High-Tech clubs, UM Tech Transfer – Boulder’s (bdnewtech) draws 400+ people out every month • Drive inclusive, diverse high-profile events – Entrepalooza, Ignite, etc. • Company/person/investor directory – like CrunchBase.com • Community social news, calendar at a2newtech.org • Find an enabling (hacker)space – art/tech/design geeks must collide and produce • David Brophy’s Finance 629 class – quick-hit startup incubator 38
  • 39. Thank you! 39