The Meter Man

Unlike many young entrepreneurs his age, Abess Makki isn’t in it for the fame and fortune. His simply wants “to literally make a mark on the world.” Unlike many young entrepreneurs his age, Abess Makki isn’t in it for the fame and fortune. His simply wants “to literally make a mark on the world.” He just might. Makki’s startup company, CityInsight, is already getting lots of attention for its new app, CityWater, which helps Detroit water customers monitor their usage.

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Secrets of a Successful Launch

When pursuing a relationship with venture capital (VC) investors, startup companies often underestimate the preparation required. You may have a great idea, you may have gained some serious traction in the market and you may already have some family and friends or angels backing your company, but the work that must be done to ensure your business is well positioned for significant growth should not be taken lightly. If you’ve decided that pursuing venture capital funding is the right path for your startup, you must be well prepared to survive a rigorous due diligence process.

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New Energy Is On the Rise

The startup scene in Michigan is accelerating, says Paul Riser, managing director of technology-based entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit. Located on the north end of Wayne State University’s Detroit campus, TechTown is one of Detroit’s most established non-profit business accelerators/incubators.

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