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Jim Price at the Ross School of Business

The State of Ann Arbor's Start-Up Culture

Serial entrepreneur and U-M lecturer Jim Price is not your everyday homegrown entrepreneur. He's a transplant who came to Ann Arbor in 1988 for a business opportunity and stayed, facilitating the success of several local companies. In a candid Q&A, Price weighs in on the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

L to R Jimmy Raggett and Ben Schultz at Common Cycle

Common Cycle: Taking Off on Two Wheels

With growing numbers of bikers making Ann Arbor the place to live and work, the grounds for biking infrastructure are being laid. The non-profit Common Cycle co-founders dream of a free public bike repair station in every neighborhood. Concentrate gets the story on how this is done.


Navigating Cinetopia

You can watch a movie or you can get to know a movie. Natalie Burg offers up some tips for getting to know the films and filmmakers at this week's Cinetopia Film festival.


Speaker Event: The Care & Feeding of Student Entrepreneurs

Over the last few years TechArb, an incubator for student entrepreneurs, has been quietly nurturing the next generation of tech start-ups. Concentrate's May speaker event will feature the folks behind this innovative effort and student groups pitching their business concepts to the crowd. Sign up now for Thursday's Happy Hour event!

Amanda Taylor at Eastern Michigan University

Guest Blogger: Amanda Taylor

Continuing our series of new college grads giving their post-grad outlooks, EMU alumna Amanda Taylor, who chose to remain rooted in Ann Arbor for her graduate psychology studies, writes on the area's educational and socioeconomic diversity.

L to R William, Kelly, Cidalene and Christina of the Ann Arbor Free Skool

How to Get Skooled For Free

Got a craft you can teach to others? Always wanted to learn an unconventional skill, say, hula-hoop construction or spring foraging? The Ann Arbor Free Skool is dedicated to pairing knowledge with knowledge-seekers, free of charge.

Joseph Zettelmaier at The Performance Network

On Stage With Joseph Zettelmaier

There are vocations and there are avocations. For Joseph Zettelmaier it's clear which is which. By day the Milan, Mich. resident works in data entry. But on stage he's an award-winning playwright with 30 plays to his name. Concentrate's Tanya Muzumdar puts the spotlight on this theatrical wordsmith.

L to R Albert Foo and Sharath Anand with ExtinBreachR at Skyline High School

A Blaze of Innovation

While most kids are wasting their time mastering Xbox, high schoolers Albert Foo and Sharath Anand are developing a new fire-fighting technology, one that extinguishes interior flames from outside the building. So far ExtinBreachR has landed them top science fair awards and a couple of small grants. But they've got bigger plans.

Jason Gold with his wife Joy and daughter at the Michigan Folk School

Step Back: Michigan Folk School Teaches Old Skills With A New Purpose

Sometimes a step back in time can be a step into the future. At the Michigan Folk School in Superior Township, back-to-basics living isn't just seen as nostalgia for arts and crafts, but rather a community-based counterbalance to the alienating advances of technology.

Anuja Rejendra at Bollyfit

The BollyFit Blend: A Q&A with Anuja Rajendra

Some might call it an accidental career, but when a passionate hobby becomes a successful business it seems more like an inevitability. Anuja Rajendra's zeal for fitness and Bollywood-style dance inspired BollyFit, both a lifestyle and growing brand. 

Eric Maslowski at MIDEN

On the Bleeding Edge of 3D

If you're wondering when we'll finally get that holodeck Star Trek promised, the folks at University of Michigan's 3D Lab could probably give you a decent ETA. From 3D printers to digital models to immersive virtual environments, these tech wizards are pushing the 3D envelope. And their technology is accessible to students and members of the public alike.


The Aviary Teaches Students to Take Flight

Why pedal on an elliptical or curl dumbells when you can fly? The newly opened Ann Arbor Aviary provides acrobatic exercises for those who'd rather soar with eagles than pump iron with gym rats. Silks, ropes, and trapezes are the equipment of choice for this alternative, aerial gym.

Groom N Go

Why Ann Arbor Should Go To the Dogs

The power of dogonomics is undeniable, and Ann Arbor is finally beginning to recognize the fact. From pup salons to doggie daycare centers to off-leash parks, canines and their owners are expecting more and better accommodations. So, how are we doing when it comes to man's best friend? Concentrate's Richard Retyi looks for answers.

Tyler Paxton at the Are You A Human space at the Madison Building in Detroit

Seeding the Ground for Next-Gen Entrepreneurs

The risks to startup culture are a two-way street. Not only must you convince investors to make a calculated leap of faith, you also need talent that's willing to commit sweat equity to an uncertain future. The Adams Entrepreneur Fellowship Program is looking to make the second half of that equation a little easier while applying a slow-food strategy toward fostering local entrepreneurship.

Michael Barera at the Gerald R. Ford Library

Encyclopedia Barera

Meet Michael Barera, the Wikipedian in Residence at U-M's Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Not only is he a member of the first student Wikipedia club in the country, he is the first Wikipedian resident ever appointed to a presidential library. Concentrate's Tanya Muzumdar chats with him about what that means, where he goes next, and which wiki entries he's been involved with and inspired by.
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