Thursday, January 29, 2-8 p.m.
Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia
http://www.ACE-Event.org

ACE (Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship) 2015 attendees will represent a Who’s Who of the Michigan entrepreneurial scene and include innovative entrepreneurs, investors, support professionals, and subject matter experts.  The program is rich and varied, holding something for everyone. Ask around. ACE is THE entrepreneurial event of the year. You won’t want to miss it.

The doors open at 2 p.m. Enjoy the exhibit hall, Consultants’ Corridor and a full afternoon of breakout sessions. The topics include:

Funding Your Innovation with Resources in Michigan
Michigan Support Services for Commercialization and Growth
Marketing for Startups (Michigan Marketing Minds)
ACE-ing the Investor Pitch (New Enterprise Forum)
Crowdfunding in Michigan
Entrepreneurial Energy – Bring it Home to Michigan (Crain’s Detroit Business)
Reducing Risk by Validating Value
Pitch Pit (New Enterprise Forum)

Entrepreneurs can claim one of the 100 free, 20-minute appointments with experts in tech commercialization, product development, business law, finance, marketing, SBIR/STTR Grant exploration and more. Appointments are on a first come, first served basis, so you’ll want to arrive early.

The exhibit hall opens at 2 p.m. and will remain open until the after-glow party. The exhibit hall is the center of energy and great conversation at ACE.  Expect to find more than 70 exhibitors with excellent representation from the newest high tech startups, ACE Challenge participants, and organizations ready and waiting to help startup teams of all kinds.

The evening program launches with the ACE Challenge, where ten ambitious entrepreneurs will present their businesses to a panel of investors and compete for a $5,000 prize. While waiting for the judges’ final decision, attendees will be inspired by a keynote presentation from Michigan expat, entrepreneur Jules Pieri, founder and CEO of The Grommet. Jules will share her extraordinary entrepreneurial journey – and what she learned along the exciting road to success.

ACE Challenge Finalists

  • Valerie Obenchain, Advanced
  • Interactive Response Systems
  • Kevin Kesseler, AsystBio
  • Andrew Zimmerman, Civionics
  • David Porter, Clavis Sinica
  • Marshall Khwaja, Exo Dynamics
  • Nevin Brittain, Health Numeric
  • John Lopes, Microcide, Inc.
  • Alex VanDerKolk, Mountain Labs
  • Barak Leibovitz, Seat Side Service
  • Lauren Shampo, Transcuro, LLC

Past topics at Ace panels include titles like:

The secret life of Detroit’s tech scene – Who knew there was so much going on?

Acing the Investor Pitch (New Enterprise Forum)