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Acrisure acquires Tulco’s AI insurance business for $400 million

After partnering last year with Tulco, a holding company in the tech industry, to create a new artificial intelligence insurance platform, Acrisure acquired the company’s entire AI insurance practice in a $400 million deal.

Early-stage tech firms receive assistance

Eight Grand Rapids early-stage tech companies received financial assistance from the state’s Tech Startup Stabilization Fund, according to Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Holland Hospital implements thermal sensor technology

Holland Hospital is implementing thermal sensor imaging technology for convenient temperature checks at its main campus entrances.

Wedge signs AI data system partner

A startup company that created a video interviewing platform for job seekers and recruiters is partnering with an AI-powered talent data system company.

Grand Rapids company launches ballot tracker for mail-in voting

Grand Rapids-based mail service provider Kent Communications Inc. is the first company in Michigan to work with local election officials to add a new layer of integrity and accountability to the vote-by-mail process.

Priority Health offers free access to wellness app

Priority Health is providing members free access to Brook, a mobile app that provides support for nutrition, sleep management, general health and COVID-19 information.

Video tech company produces DVR system for school buses

PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center released a new HD DVR system for school buses.

Developer builds 750K kilowatts worth of solar

While building owners are looking to keep their energy bills down during the summer, Ryan Leestma is touting the virtues of solar development.

Ottawa County co-develops contact tracing app

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health developed a patient and contact tracking application to stay ahead of COVID-19.

T-Mobile expands home internet to West Michigan

West Michigan residents now have another option for home broadband.

Configura to host virtual conference

Configura, a Grand Rapids maker of CET Designer software, announced the 13th annual CET Experience will be hosted as a virtual conference Oct. 13-15.

Former WOOD TV 8 employee launches streaming package service

A former WOOD TV 8 employee recently launched a service to help cut the cable cord during times of social distancing.

Meijer offers free app for low-vision customers

Meijer is offering free support to blind and low-vision customers by partnering with the Aira app to increase accessibility and ease in their shopping trip.

PRO-VISION appoints president, CFO

Byron Center-based PRO-VISION Video Systems, a video tech company, appointed Michael Finn as president and Kevin Spalding as CFO.

Emmanuel Hospice launches telehealth program

Emmanuel Hospice recently launched a new telehealth program to continue serving patients amid visitor restrictions in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

SURGE Boostcamp opens application period

A mentor-driven, proof-of-concept camp for startups is looking for 10 qualified participants.

Detroit police challenged over face recognition flaws, bias

A Black man who says he was unjustly arrested because facial recognition technology mistakenly identified him as a suspected shoplifter is calling for a public apology from Detroit police and for the department to abandon its use of the controversial technology.

The KR Group expands to lakeshore

Grand Rapids-based tech company The KR Group opened a second location in Spring Lake.

Online dispute resolution tool goes live in Ottawa, Allegan, Barry counties

The Michigan Supreme Court Office of Dispute Resolution launched MI-Resolve, an online tool that aids in resolving disputes, in Ottawa, Allegan and Barry counties.

Michigan Software Labs breaks ground on new office

Michigan Software Labs recently broke ground on a new office building in its hometown of Ada.

Chow Hound launches online shopping

Chow Hound Pet Supplies launched an e-commerce website allowing pet owners to choose convenient home delivery or curbside pickup from their local Chow Hound store.

Custer offering ‘workplace re-engagement’ services

Custer Inc. is offering an array of COVID-19 response services to help employers make short- and long-term physical and “culture-shifting” changes in the workplace.

Coding school offers free scholarship to women, gender minorities

Grand Circus and the National Center for Women and Information Technology are offering a free coding scholarship to women and gender minorities.

Mission Design and Automation appoints CEO

A West Michigan intelligent systems integration company hired a new leader.

Report shows remote work poses higher security risks

Verizon investigation shows almost twice as many confirmed breaches as last year.