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Brio Device Awarded Best of Ann Arbor SPARK's Boot Camp

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ann Arbor SPARK recently celebrated the conclusion of its 19th Boot Camp program with participant investor pitches and a reception.  At the Ann Arbor SPARK Boot Camp Celebration, Brio Device, LLC was selected as the "Best of Boot Camp" winner, based on the quality of its investor pitch and business plan.  As winner, Brio Device received an engagement though the Ann Arbor SPARK Business Accelerator.  

"At Ann Arbor SPARK's Boot Camp, we received tailored and practical advice that established a strong foundation and focus to advance Brio," said Hannah Hensel, Co-founder, Brio Device.  "We are very appreciative of the people in the community that are lending their expertise to help companies like Brio Device successfully launch.  Our Company will use the award to complete preparations for our first round of fundraising and secure necessary professional services.  We will also continue to engage the entrepreneurial community for advice and direction."

Brio Device is the latest spin-out from the University of Michigan Medical Innovation Center.  The Company's flagship product, the SmartAirway, improves the efficacy and safety of emergency intubation even when performed by less-skilled practitioners.

At Ann Arbor SPARK's Best of Boot Camp competition, Willy Kaye from Polaris was awarded "Best Pitch."  The award recognizes the most dynamic, influential pitch made to the judging panel.

Ann Arbor SPARK's Boot Camp is a two-day business planning and preparation event designed to help early stage technology businesses.  A unique combination of hands-on learning and one-on-one mentoring, the event features noted speakers on entrepreneurship, successful local entrepreneurs and investors.


Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion, retention, and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations.  Ann Arbor SPARK represents all communities in the Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Michigan Works!/ETCS, Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, the Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit

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