Detroit Free Press: Knight Foundation grants $750K to Detroit’s north end for household internet service

A new grant from the Knight Foundation is poised to provide high-speed internet services for more than 1,000 households in Detroit’s north end. A new grant from the Knight Foundation is poised to provide high-speed internet services for more than 1,000 households in Detroit’s north end.

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Detroit Free Press: City of Detroit to partner with tech startup to help identify lead water service lines

The city of Detroit is partnering with an Ann Arbor-based technology startup to predict the location of lead water service lines that are due for replacement in the next two decades, city officials announced Thursday.  The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will use data from BlueConduit, an analytics company that maps out potential lead service lines, creating models to help identify where lead lines may be based on the known locations of lead pipesand other factors.  

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D Business: Detroit’s NextEnergy to Manage Hydrogen Refueling Standardization

NextEnergy, a Detroit-based nonprofit technology accelerator, has announced it is the project manager of a new collaboration with the goal of standardizing hydrogen refueling in the heavy-duty vehicle segment. The collaborators include the Hydrogen Heavy Duty Vehicle Industry Group and its members Air Liquide, Hyundai, Nel Hydrogen, Nikola Corp., Shell, and Toyota. 

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Benton Institute: Equitable Internet Initiative to Accelerate Outreach, Training, and Wireless Broadband Internet Sharing

Amid significant poverty and a lack of robust infrastructure, 40 percent of Detroit residents struggle to access reliable broadband service. Fortunately, organizations like the Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) exist to challenge the status quo.

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Eater Detroit: Working From Home? Try an Uncluttered Detroit Cafe or Restaurant Instead

The COVID-19 pandemic and its transition to working from home and distance learning has increased the need for reliable access to broadband services. Although schools are back in session, many workers have yet to return to the office or have adopted a hybrid work model, often firing up the computer from home.

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Detroit Free Press: Can Detroit lead the green mobility revolution? | Opinion

Over the past two years, businesses along with state and regional policymakers have become familiar with a veritable alphabet soup of federal programs. If not for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Relief & Response Supplemental Appropriation (CRSSA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP), American businesses and state and local governments would be buried under an avalanche of deficits and layoffs.

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Click on Detroit: Ann Arbor SPARK awards $200,000 to tech startups during Invest360 competition

During a2Tech360, Ann Arbor SPARK awarded $200,000 to startups through Invest360, a pitch competition that recognizes promising emerging companies in the mobility, health care, and information technology sectors.

The winners, Bedestrian, Espervita Therapeutics, and LoanSense were each awarded $50,000 and went on to compete for an additional $50,000 “People’s Choice” prize, which was awarded to LoanSense.

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Yahoo Finance: Beep! Beep! This Black-Owned E-Scooter Company Is Taking Over Detroit’s Streets With Its Unique Design

This up-and-coming Black-owned e-scooter company is giving the big dogs a run for their money.

Detroit-based Boaz Bikes is one of six companies with scooters lining the Motor city’s streets, but the startup’s backstory and scooter design is unlike any other.

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Yahoo Finance: Michigan-Based EV Battery Startup Our Next Energy Secures $25M Series A

The first transatlantic mobility fund — Assembly Ventures — announced its investment in Michigan-based Our Next Energy Inc (ONE), an energy solutions company.

What Happened: In an attempt to increase the range of electric vehicles and promote adoption, ONE is focused on lower electric vehicle costs while adopting chemistries that don’t pose a thermal runaway risk.

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