Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship

ACE’14 Videos

ACE’14 Session 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

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  • 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

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  • Anik Ganguly, GAIN Group
  • Stew Nelson, angel investor
  • 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, LLC

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  • Randy Dence, Monarch Antenna, Inc.
  • John Carter, Witzke Berry Carter & Wander, PLLC
  • Deepak Ravindra, Micro-LAM

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

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  • Carl Lewis, Lift3D
  • John Dyer, Ugly Dog Distillery
  • Grace Hsia, Warmilu

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, Barton Consulting Services
Prototype Investor Pitch Presenter: Gerry Roston

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  • Gerry Roston, Startup Executive Manager/Consultant
  • Viktor Brandtneris, Brandtneris Consulting
  • Francis Glorie, Glorie Associates
  • Helen Ewing, The Ewing Group, LLC
  • Bill McPherson, McPherson Commercial Capital, LLC

ACE’14 Session 2

The 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

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  • Brian Royster, AskSupportNow
  • Richard King, SBDC
  • Marlia LaLonde, Recruiting and Development Leader, Bizdom
  • Sheu-Jane Gallagher, Director of Entrepreneurial Services, TechTown
  • Scott Kloustin, entrepreneur
  • 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

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  • Richard Beedon - Amplifinity
  • Richard Bruder - Dean & Fulkerson Attorneys
  • Andy McColm - MSUT
  • Paul Horst - Algal Scientific

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

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  • Mark Stanczak, Global ET
  • Dave Fueher, CureLauncher
  • Greg Hammerman, Larky
  • 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

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  • Trevor Pawl, Pure Michigan Business Connect, MEDC
  • David Wang, BEET Analytics Technology
  • Mark Lundquist, Fulcrum Edge
  • Tom Kelly, Michigan SBDC

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 .

This is separate from the ACE’14 Elevator Pitch Competition - to find out more about that, visit .

Facilitator: Ian Charles, Ventower Industries

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  • Dave Gregorka, Baird Capital
  • Charlie Moret, TechTown
  • Martin Dober, Invest Detroit


  • Xavier Clemons - The New Credit Card Shaver
  • Diana Chen - Crowdsourcing Legal Help Platform
  • Mary Beckerman - Recipe Manager System

Keynote Address: Peter Bloom

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ACE’14 Elevator Pitch Competition and Award Presentations

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