2014 Program

ACE 2014 Program

Times Agenda Item
2:00 − 8:00 p.m. Registration/ Exhibit Area Open
2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Consultants’ Corridor Appointments
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Suite #1

Ten Breakthrough Technologies (MIT Enterprise Forum)

Thousands of great technologies are developed every year. But what are the “breakthroughs” that solve really hard problems and will have the greatest impact on innovation? What is their Michigan connection? Join our panel of business writers, technology gurus, and MIT Technology Review’s Ten Breakthrough Technologies for a stimulating discussion of these technologies and Michigan developments.

Moderator: Milton Roye, 232 Advisors, LLC


- Jim Baker, Michigan Technological University

- Richard Chylla, MIchigan State University Technologies

- Kristin Murphy, Brooks Kushman PC

- Cindy Bott, Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Suite #2

Beyond the Idea: Funding Your Innovation with Resources in Michigan

Do you find your head spinning at the myriad of funding options available in Michigan? Join us for a panel discussion on the different avenues from Angel Investors to Customer Capital and everything in between. Learn what the differences are and which may be the best fit for you and your business.

Moderator: Skip Simms


Anik Ganguly – GAIN Group

Dale Grogan – Michigan Accelerator Fund

Stew Nelson

Adrian Fortino – First Step Fund

Suite #3

Get Real- Prototypes and First Inventory

Need tangible evidence that your product works? Something for your kinesthetic customers to get their hands on? Attend and listen to the ups and downs three very different entrepreneurs faced prototyping and building their first inventories. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and meet others in the same boat.

Facilitator: Pam Jodway, Thinkubate


Lihang Nong, Pico-Spray

Deepak Ravindra, Micro-LAM

Randy Dence, Monarch Antenna, Inc.

John Carter, Witzke, Berry, Carter & Wander, PLLC

Suite #4

Get Out of the Building- Meet your Customers

In this lively session, we’ll present a primer on Customer Discovery, and hear from three startups that Got Out of the Building and made sure there was a market for their products *before* developing them.

Moderator: David Bloom, Factotem


- Grace Hsia, Warmilu

- Carl Lewis and Roger Mensah, Lift3D

- Jon Dyer and Dewey Winkle, Ugly Dog Distillery

Suite #5

Acing the Investor Pitch (New Enterprise Forum)

See the delivery of a prototypical 10-minute investor pitch delivered by a local entrepreneur and dissected by a panel of expert pitch coaches. Learn how the visual and audio elements weave together to form an effective pitch.

Facilitator : Lee Gorman Prototype Investor Pitch Presenter - Gerry Roston


- Viktor Brandtneris

- Helen Ewing

- Francis Glorie

- Bill McPherson


4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Networking in Exhibit Area
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Suite #1

Breakouts-Second SessionThe secret life of Detroit’s tech scene - Who knew there was so much going on?The tech world in Detroit is alive and thriving — Don’t believe us? Come hear it straight from the people who contribute each and every day to this environment. The stories these entrepreneurs, mentors and experts will share will show you just how vibrant and fast-growing Detroit’s tech world is.

Moderator: Leslie Smith, President and CEO, TechTown


Matthew Clayson, DC3

Sheu-Jane Gallagher, Director of Entrepreneurial Services, TechTown

Marlia LaLonde, Recruiting and Development Leader, Bizdom

Phill Coleman, COVERd

Suite #2

The Team, The Team, The Team….Choosing Partners and Your Executive Team

A great start up needs a great executive team and advisory board. Our panel of experienced entrepreneurs, an executive recruiter and venture capitalist will discuss who to recruit for your team, when to do it, and what personal qualities make up your team.

Moderator: Todd Hohauser, Harvey Hohauser & Associates


Richard Beedon - Amplifinity

Richard Bruder - Dean & Fulkerson Attorneys

Paul Horst - Algal Scientific

Andy McColm - MSUT

Suite #3

Life in the Trenches - Entrepreneur War Stories

There are so many ways for the start up to get funding: VC? Angel? Grant? Customer Funding? Loans? How do I know which one is best for my business? How to navigate thru all the processes? Come and learn the entrepreneurs share their war stories on the do’s and don’ts.

Facilitator: Eric Sosenko, Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione


- Greg Hammerman, Larky

- Dave Fueher, CureLauncher

- Mark Stanczak, Global ET

- Yan Ness, Online Tech

Suite #4

Breaking Down the Doors - Selling to Large Corporations and Government

This panel focuses on challenges early stage and/or small companies face when trying to win sales from large corporations and government. Four seasoned sales professionals will discuss market research, picking your targets, making contact, the first presentation, specifications, contracts and finding your place on the value chain.

Facilitator: Steven Wilson, Director, Technology and Commercialization Assistance Program, University of Michigan


Tom Kelly, Michigan SBTDC Mark Lundquist, Fulcrum Edge

David Wang, BEET Analytics Technology

Trevor Pawl, Director, Pure Michigan Business Connect, MEDC


Suite #5

Pitch Pit (New Enterprise Forum)

Four entrepreneurs will each give a four- minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but, no Powerpoint. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and each judge will score the business. At the end, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 prize.

If you’d like to apply to be one of the lucky four presenters, please complete the application at https://www.messageblocks.com/pitch-pit .

This is separate from the ACE’14 Elevator Pitch Competition - to find out more about that, visit http://ace-event.org/ace-pitch/ .

Facilitator: Ian Charles

Panel :

Charlie Moret, TechTown

Dave Gregorka, Venture Partner at Baird Capital

Martin Dober, Vice President at Invest Detroit

Pitching Entrepreneurs - To Be Announced January 13.


5:45 – 8:00 p.m. Networking in Exhibit Area 2
5:45 – 8:00 p.m.Main Auditorium Program Suite #5

Main Auditorium Program:

ACE’14 Welcoming Remarks and Introductions

KEYNOTE: Peter Bloom, philanthropist (Donor’s Choose), long time entrepreneur and investor

ACE’14 Elevator Pitch Competition

(pitching entrepreneurs to be announced before January 13, 2014) Judging Panel for Elevator Pitch Competition:

Lauren Bigelow, CEO, Growth Capital Network

Terry Cross, Angel Investor and Early Stage Advisor

Dale Grogan, Managing Director, Michigan Accelerator Fund I

Mark Hooper, Co-founder, Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC; Capital Community Angels


- GLEQ Business Plan Competition Awards: New Business Idea Competition, Emerging

Company Competition, and Vision to Action Challenge


- ACE’14 Elevator Pitch Competition - Winner Announced

8:00 p.m.