Ann Arbor Spark honors 16 fast-growth companies with FastTrack Awards

ANN ARBOR — As part of the a2Tech360 series of events, Ann Arbor SPARK presented its 20th annual FastTrack awards to 16 Washtenaw County-based companies that have demonstrated fast growth. Several of the 2018 FastTrack award recipients were multiple year winners. For the first time, CEO Bhushan Kulkarni accepted awards on behalf of two companies, GDI Infotech and InfoReady.

“Over the years, Spark has recognized 108 fast-growing companies from Washtenaw County with 270 FastTrack awards,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor Spark. “This year’s class exemplifies the tremendous talent and dedication that defines the Ann Arbor region’s thriving business community.”

FastTrack awards are presented to companies with impressive records of growth. Recipients of 2018 FastTrack awards were required to have revenue of at least $100,000 in 2014, with an annual growth of 20 percent for the following three years.

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants sponsored the Ann Arbor Spark FastTrack Awards and verified all of the award applications. In addition to accounting partner Yeo & Yeo, Comcast Business supported the event as a co-presenting sponsor.

One-year award winners

  • IndustryStar, which provides on-demand supply chain services through software.
  • Swift Biosciences, which develops molecular biology technologies to better characterize and understand the genome.
  • Synecdoche Design, a design-make architecture studio.
  • Urban Ashes, a manufacturer of reclaimed wood furnishings and picture frames, employing returning ex-felons and mentoring at-risk youth.
  • Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, a historical, award-winning event space, wedding venue and working farm with an artful approach to service for events both intimate and grand.

Two-year award winners

  • Akervall Technologies, which invents, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a comfortable and safe mouth guard for sports, dentistry and hospitals.
  • H3D, which offers high-performance gamma-ray imaging spectrometers that are deployed around the world.

Three-year award winners

  • DocNetwork, an electronic health record system for camps, childcare and schools.
  • J Keller Properties, which specializes in property management and real estate brokerage in the greater Ann Arbor market.

Four-year award winners

  • Arbormoon, a mobile development and strategy company specializing in iPhone, iPad and Android applications.
  • CEI Materials, a full-service provider of architectural panel systems and components for the commercial and residential construction industry.

Five-year award winners

  • GDI Infotech, an IT consulting company in data analytics and business intelligence.
  • InfoReady, which provides workflow software that automates competition, review and approval processes for more than 130 higher education institutions.
  • Human Element, a software company that focuses on e-commerce and brand oriented web applications.

Ten-year award winner

  • Caelynx, a computer-aided engineering consulting firm that helps customers develop superior products and lower costs.

Eleven-year award winner

  • LLamasoft, which develops supply chain design software that helps organizations worldwide design and improve their supply chain operations.

Ann Arbor Spark, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and retention. It collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone (LDFA), Washtenaw County /Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. More at

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