hires 7, moves to David Stott Building

Awards and accolades are starting to stack up for That's starting to translate into credibility within its industry, which equates growth for the downtown Detroit-based startup.

The 2-year-old firm has hired seven people over the last year and now employs a staff of eight people in the David Stott Building. It has raised $550,000 in seed capital and has won a handful of awards this fall.

"We take that with great gratitude," says Michael Sharber, CEO of "We have worked for quite some time to build a platform that is scalable."

Among the accolades are being named Emerging Company of the Year by Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, a semifinalist in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and winner of the Start Up Alley Challenge at 2013 Solar Power International show last month.

"The credibility within the industry it gave us was worth its weight in gold," Sharber says of the Start Up Alley Challenge., which got its start in Bizdom, has developed a software platform that guides businesses through the process of integrating green technology into their operations. Those sort of sustainable options range from making energy-efficient improvements to installing alternative energy systems, like solar panels.

Source: Michael Sharber, CEO of
Writer: Jon Zemke

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