Three Ann Arbor companies land $250,000 investments from Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund
Three Ann Arbor companies recently received $250,000 investments from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund. The fund, managed by Ann Arbor SPARK, invested a total of $1.5 million in six companies across Michigan.
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“Across the state, companies are seeking capital to support product commercialization, which is an exciting sign that our entrepreneurial culture is both thriving and maturing,” said Joe Licavoli, manager of capital programs at Ann Arbor SPARK.
“The Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund helps these emerging companies attract and secure the additional investment capital that they need to continue to grow here in the state.”
Two of the Ann Arbor companies that the fund invested in, AlertWatch and Patient Provider Communications, are developing web-based dashboards to help surgeons and nurses better monitor the patients they are caring for.
Courtesy AlertWatch Website
The company is testing its program, which color codes each of a patient’s body systems in a display used by surgeons, at hospitals in the University of Michigan Hospital System. The technology is also working “in the background” and gathering data at the University of Tennessee and the University of Vermont. The data is a key component to the software being approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Patient Provider Communications is also developing a color-coded system, but is focusing its attention on hospitals' nurse call system. The company has multiple patents on its technology, called Eloquence, which consists of a touch screen device at a patient’s bedside, a handheld device for nurses and a dashboard for staff monitoring purposes.
Courtesy Felice De Jong
“Once we figure out what the ‘normal’ level is for each of these metabolites, we can try to figure out what abnormal levels could mean,” CEO Felice De Jong previously told AnnArbor.com.
“They tell you exactly what’s happening in your body right now. It could be more important that your medical history.”
IROA (pronounced eye-ROW-ah) announced that it closed a funding round of more than $1 million in late April.
The money for the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund comes from the 21st Century Jobs Fund, a fund created with money from the state’s tobacco settlements to accelerate the growth and diversification of Michigan’s economy. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation provides administrative support for the fund, which has multiple investment and commercial lending assistance programs.
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