Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship

ACE Challenge

We’re changing things up a bit at ACE!


For the first time, applicants in the new ACE Challenge will have the opportunity to have their concept- and early-stage venture ideas and plans reviewed and vetted by coaches and advisors… at no cost. Finalists will have presentation coaching by experts from SBDC and New Enterprise Forum. If you’d like to get your high-tech startup in front of the Who’s Who in the Michigan entrepreneurial scene.

The Application is now closed!

Signup for the ACE Challenge Now.

The top prize is $5,000 cash and a professionally produced video of their showcase presentation to use as they please.

We will be listing the presenters on the ACE site in the agenda.  The showcase presenters will be announced no later than Monday, January 19.  Don’t miss this opportunity to be fully prepared by professionals, be seen by the who’s who of the Michigan Entrepreneurial scene and win valuable prizes.

If you have questions, please contact Miche Suboski at [email protected].


The “Final Ten” for the ACE Challenge have been chosen:


Valerie Obenchain, Advanced Interactive Response Systems (Newaygo)

Kevin Kesseler, AsystBio (East Lansing)

Andrew Zimmerman, Civionics (Ann Arbor)

David Porter, Clavis Sinica (Ann Arbor)

Marshall Khwaja, Exo Dynamics (Ann Arbor)

Nevin Brittain, Health Numeric (East Lansing)

John Lopes, Microcide, Inc. (Sterling Heights)

Alex VanDerKolk, Mountain Labs (Ann Arbor)

Barak Leibovitz, Seat Side Service (Ann Arbor)

Lauren Shampo, Transcuro, LLC (Fenton)