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Kalyan Handique

Accelerate Michigan win sets stage for DeNovo Sciences future success

DeNovo Sciences has come a long way in its first five years, but the Plymouth-based startup can point to one critical juncture in its rapid growth: winning the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in 2011. That win is why DeNovo Sciences is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

Sassa Akervall

Akervall Technologies hits its stride when the business moves beyond its CEO

Sassa Akervall built her mouthguard startup, Akervall Technologies, from scratch. But Saline-based company started to grow quickly when its CEO became less of a manager and more of a leader. That maturation is why Akervall Technologies is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

Joe Hessling

Seed capital fuels 365 Retail Markets rapid growth rate

Joe Hessling spent a couple years building 365 Retail Markets from nothing, but he was able to grow the Troy startup's revenues quickly after scoring $1 million in seed capital. That hockey stick spike in growth is why 365 Retail Markets is one of the Gazelle 100, a year-long exploration of the fastest-growing startups in Metro Detroit as part of SEMichiganStartup's Year of the Gazelle series.

Nailah Ellis Brown

Nailah Ellis-Brown turns family tradition into fast-growing business

Nailah Ellis-Brown isn't the first member of her family to start a business. In fact her Detroit-based, slow-food startup, Ellis Island Tea, has its roots with the first entrepreneurs of her family.

Bhushan Kulkarni

Bhushan Kulkarni on what it takes to build a succesful startup

Bhushan Kulkarni is a serial entrepreneur building his fourth tech startup, InfoReady. He knows what to do and where to turn when launching a startup from scratch.

Lindsey Walenga

Lindsey Walenga on building a client list from scratch

Lindsey Walenga is the co-founder of Siren PR, helping build a client list from nothing. Today she and her partner have the Royal Oak-based boutique public relations agency growing quickly thanks to new customers.

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Geoff George

Opinion: Film incentives are good business for Detroit and Michigan


Mark Smith at the future incubator site

A plan to make Ann Arbor Michigan's startup city


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In Pontiac, historic neighborhoods are key to city's revival


Leasing office for the new development under construction at 618 South Main

Ann Arbor's Great Divide Part 1: How our metro has become segregated by class

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