MI Roundup: MGCS, XanEdu, A2B Bikeshare, Self.conference

Here’s a look at news from around Michigan’s innovation communities that you may have missed:

—There is less than one week to apply for the annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium (MGCS), where 90 high-growth, innovative ventures will compete to secure one of the 40 slots to present at this year’s event. Applications for presenting companies must be submitted online by April 1. The symposium will be held June 17-18 in Ypsilanti. For more information, contact Mary Nickson at (734) 615-4424 or visit the MGCS website.

XanEdu announced last week that, with support from Ann Arbor SPARK, it will expand operations at its Ann Arbor headquarters. The company is investing $1 million in the expansion project and expects to hire 50 new employees. XanEdu compiles and produces print and digitized custom educational materials for teachers, students, and bookstores, and plans to build out its digitized platform as part of the company’s growth.

A2B Bikeshare, the Ann Arbor-based startup hoping to spread bike sharing through its “smart bike, dumb rack” model, has just received a $20,000 investment from the Grand Rapids-based seed fund StartGarden. To read what Xconomy wrote about A2B Bikeshare in February, click here.

—Self.conference, the tech conference that will be held in Detroit May 30-31, is seeking presenters willing to give tech talks. Got something to say about Web, mobile, embedded software, startup processes, or hardware like Arduino and Raspberry Pi? Submit your talk idea at the conference website by March 28.

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