Ann Arbor SPARK (Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti SmartZone)

Economic Development Organization

Ann Arbor SPARK (Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti SmartZone)

Ann Arbor SPARK (Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti SmartZone)

Ann Arbor SPARK (Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti SmartZone)

  • SmartZone

Ann Arbor SPARK advances the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction, expansion, and retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of companies at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government and community investment partners to position the region as a destination for innovation.



  • Phil Santer
    Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • Donna Doleman-Dickerson
    Senior Vice President Marketing and Communications
  • Mike Flanagan
    Director Capital Programs
  • Bill Mayer
    Vice President Entrepreneurial Services
  • Jenn Cornell
    Vice President Marketing
  • Lindsay Thomas
    Associate Marketing Director
  • Phillip Coleman
    Event Manager
  • Carly Toaz
  • Event Manager
  • Ben Harrington
    Analyst Entrepreneur Services
  • Margarita Hernandez
  • Nick Joblonski
  • Paul Krutko
  • Travis Linderman

Company Stages Served

  • Growth/Expansion
  • Idea/Pre-Seed
  • Mezzanine
  • Public
  • Seed

Industry Sectors Served

  • Alternative Energy
  • Business Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Mobility

Types of Programs Offered

  • Business Acceleration
  • Business Retention/Expansion/Attraction
  • Capital
  • Incubation
  • Talent Attraction/Retention
  • Talent Development

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