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Are You MPowered?

The student-run MPowered is U-M's startup for startups. Living up to its name, it has not only prodded the university into offering more classes in entrepreneurship, it has also attracted a community of business-minded students through its 1000 Pitches Summit and annual Career Fair. This year they debut "Startup Weekend," a 54-hour event which seeks to create a web or mobile applications business in a weekend.

Walk This Way: The Challenge Of Pedestrian Malls

The idea of establishing a pedestrian mall in downtown Ann Arbor has long been discussed but never acted upon. Concentrate's Jon Zemke looks at how some communities have found great success with their people-only plazas, but most have encountered failure. Would Tree Town buck the odds or struggle like the rest?

MI vs SF: The Art Of The Business Plan Competition

One excels at style. The other, substance. But when it comes to nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, both matter. Jon Zemke attends Silicon Valley's quarterly Founder Showcase and our own annual business plan competition, Accelerate Michigan, and finds a clash of both cultures and community.

The Ann Arbor Greenbelt, Then and Now

In 2003, Ann Arbor residents voted to support the Greenbelt, creating a patchwork of protected area parks and farmland. It was a pretty progressive policy for Michigan, but is it delivering what was expected? From securing local food sources to curbing sprawl, Concentrate reviews the program's goals, impacts, and consequences.

Game Day Entrepreneurship

The mantra for many an entrepreneur is: Where there's a need, there's a dollar to be made. So, what do you get when twenty five thousand cars are looking for a parking space at the same time? A business opportunity. Concentrate's Jon Zemke chats with Taylor Bond, co-founder of the game day parking finder ParknParty.

Becoming (More Of) A River Town

Local author Brenda Bentley recently published a book on Ann Arbor river walks and that got Concentrate's Constance Crump wondering what it would take for Tree Town to become more of a River Town.

Maker Works: The Revolution Will Be Robotized

Maker Works is the future of manufacturing! Tom Root, managing partner of Zingerman's Mail Order, has help found the ultimate D.I.Y. workshop, a place where members can access high-tech machines and learn to bring their designs to fruition.

A Conversation with Vaughan Taylor

Vaughan Taylor wants to establish Motown 2.0, an interface of music and social media that changes the business landscape for musicians. And he wants to do it in Ann Arbor. Jon Zemke talks promotion, hip-hop, and Michigan's start-up culture with the rapper/entrepreneur.

Concentrate Speaker Event: Ann Arbor/Ypsi Music - An Industry or a Scene?

From neo folk to hip-hop to rock and pop to electronica, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have a vibrant community of musicians, labels, and producers. Is it an industry or a scene? We'll be exploring the topic at Concentrate's speaker event tonight. Sign up up now!

Editor's Pick: The Way

Ann Arbor is becoming a small hotbed of movie previews. As part of their bus tour across America, Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez are dropping in with their film, The Way. There will be a public screening at the Michigan Theater tonight. Learn how you can attend.

From Scratch: tinyBig Picture Shows

Sometimes great things come in small packages. Or so the saying goes. For Beth Tanenhaus Winsten it's more than just a saying, however, it's the foundation of her business. Her Ann Arbor-based tinyBigPictureshow sees the web as an exciting medium for visual storytelling, and she's starting to win over clients with her less-is-more approach.

Concentrate Speaker Series Event: Urban Strategist Christopher Leinberger

Are we dense enough? Walkable enough? Brookings Institution Fellow Christopher Leinberger says the new American Dream involves building communities where people can live, work and play within easy walking distance. Concentrate's Speaker Series is proud to host Mr. Leinberger as he talks about the issues and policies that promote walkable communities and how Ann Arbor squares with those ideas. Sign up now for THURSDAY's event!

Smart Parking In Ann Arbor

Though traditional coin-operated parking meters may evoke feelings of nostalgia (followed by memories of ticket-fueled anger), Ann Arbor has been adopting innovative approaches to downtown parking management. And while we may be ahead of the curve for a city our size, there are even more cutting edge technologies out there. Concentrate's Natalie Burg takes a look.

Parkour: Go Ahead and Jump!

Parkour is the art of overcoming obstacles, the ability to get from point A to point B as efficiently as possible. A test of strength, agility, and flexibility, it attracts athletes looking for new ways to explore their urban environment.  And three times a week, local fans practice on U-M's Dental School.

A Semester In The D

It's where the academic rubber meets the real world road. U-M's "Semester In The D" program places 25 students in Motown for a semester to learn how Detroit defines Michigan's past and its future.
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