ACE 2014 Program
|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.||
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
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
Adrian Fortino – First Step Fund
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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