12:00 - 6:30 PM


12:30 - 1:00 PM · Algonquin Room

ACE 2016 Event

Ted Serbinski · Techstars Mobility

Announcement - LTU Customer to Cash Winners
KEYNOTE: Ted Serbinski, Managing Director, Techstars Mobility

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1:30 - 5:00 PM · Montcalm


Susan Okray · Munro & Associates and Jeff DeBoer · Sundberg Ferar

New this year is the Design and Manufacturability workshop, an opportunity for team based participants to go through the process of understanding unmet customer needs, developing a solution, validating a prototype, and assessing the manufacturability of the selected design. This is a team event, limited to 10 teams. Teams will be vetted by the LTU Collaboratory so sign up as early as you can to begin the vetting process. Registration for this activity closes January 15, 2016.

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1:30 - 5:00 PM


1:30 - 4:30 PM · TC Linguini's


1:30 - 3:00 PM


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1:30 - 3:00 PM · Charlevoix A

Growing Digital Health & Med-Tech In Michigan

Milton Roye Jr. · MI Innovation Alliance - Moderator, Elisabeth D'Arcy · Healthrise Solutions, Brent Nowak · OrthoForge, and Stephen Rapundalo · MichBio

The medical innovation space is growing across all corners of Michigan and Western Ontario, and our companies are gaining traction. Come join our experts as they talk about the Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources in launching and growing a company in the medical / health space in Michigan.

Milton Roye -Principal & CEO, 232 Advisors LLC

Panelists Include:
Elisabeth D’Arcy – Manager, Healthrise Solutions
Brent Nowak – CEO, OrthoForge (Medical Devices) and Executive Director, applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI)
Stephen Rapundalo – President & CEO, MichBio

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1:30 - 3:00 PM · Charlevoix B&C

Where do I Start?

Mark Brucki · Lawrence Technological University, Rebecca Wilson-Stein · Emege Xcelerate, Dom Holmes · Automation Alley, and Paul Riser · Tech Town

If you have an idea that you would like to transform into a company and you don’t know how/where to start…if you want to take your company into new markets with new products…If you are lost in a maze of confusing and often conflicting advice and opinions…If you think you have the right product but have not talked to your potential customers…If you think all you need is funding to get moving forward…This is the panel for you!

Mark Brucki - Executive Director, Corporate and Community Partnerships, Lawrence Technological University

Panel includes:
Dom Holmes - Entrepreneurial Administrator, Automation Alley
Paul Riser - Managing Director, Technology Based Entrepreneurship, TechTown
Rebecca Wilson-Stein - Director, Emerge Xcelerate

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1:30 - 3:00 PM · Portgage

NEF - Live Investment Pitches to Investors

Skip Simms · Ann Arbor SPARK, Reda Jaber · IncWell, and Adrian Ohmer · Detroit Innovate

Experience the difference in an entrepreneur's investor pitch before and after the NEF coaching process. Participate in the audience by asking questions of the entrepreneurs and the investor panel about the concept, market size, competition, business model, go to market strategy, revenue model, finances or management team.

Live Investment Participants:
• Mark Kiel of Genomenon - Providing Genomic sequencing analysis software
• Bob Chunn of ContentOro - A reputable content provider for websites
• Lisa McLaughlin of Workit Health - A software platform providing care & support to substance abusers

Judging Panelists Include:
Reda Jaber - Partner, IncWell
Adrian Ohmer - Principal, Detroit Innovate
Skip Simms - Sr. VP, Ann Arbor SPARK

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1:30 - 3:00 PM · Windover

Michigan Support Services

Charlie Moret · Invest Michigan, Sandra Cochrane · MI-SBDC, Maggie McCammon · MEDC, and Steve Wilson · U-M

Need help thinking through your startup strategy? Are you looking for the grants, funding and support resources available to Michigan entrepreneurs? This panel of experts will focus on the free and low-cost resources and programs you can tap into as you launch your business. Don’t miss this informative panel and valuable resource handouts.

Sandra Cochrane - Technology Business Consultant, MI - SBDC

Maggie McCammon - Portfolio Manager Entrepreneurship & Innovation, MEDC
Steve Wilson - Director of Technology Innovation & Commercialization Services, U-M
Charlie Moret - President, Invest Michigan

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3:00 - 3:30 PM · Algonquin Room


3:30 - 5:00 PM


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3:30 - 5:00 PM · Charlevoix A

Leveraging Market Research to Success

Todd Norwood · Intertwine Corporation, Keith Helfrich · MMT, Scott Phillips · The SearchLite, and Shelly Stobierski · MMTC

Companies of all sizes, from start-up to stage-2 to mature, benefit from intelligence about the customers and markets they serve or could potentially serve. Join our experts to learn practical steps for applying Market Research to guide decisions commonly faced by entrepreneurs.

Keith Helfrich - Sr. Program Manager, MMTC Growth Services

Panelists Include:
Todd Norwood - Founder & President, Intertwine Corporation
Scott Philips – CEO, The Searchlight
Shelly Stobierski – Manager of Research Services, MMTC

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3:30 - 5:00 PM · Charlevoix B&C

Overcoming the Entrepreneur’s Paradox

Chris Sing · Rehmann, Travis Johnson · foodjunky.com and designer of Bootstrapper’s Breakfast, Bill Mayer · Ann Arbor SPARK, and Chris Moultrup · Midland Tomorrow Innovation Center and BlueWater Angels

To attract investors entrepreneurs need to show real progress, but to get traction they need money. How do successful entrepreneur's break out of this vicious cycle? Is it luck or are there strategies that anyone can deploy? This session will explore the tools, methods, and techniques that successful entrepreneurs use to overcome this time-consuming paradox.

Chris Sing, Principal, Rehmann

Panelists include:
Travis Johnson - Co-founder and CEO, foodjunky.com
Chris Moultrup - Program Director, BlueWater Angels and MidMichigan Innovation Center; President, Elpis Technologies
Bill Mayer - Director, Business Accelerator, SPARK

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3:30 - 5:00 PM · Portgage

NEF - Pitch Pit

Derek Edwards · Invest Detroit, Lisa Seymour · Techstars Mobility, and Rachele Downs · Inforum

Pitch Pit
Three 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 cash prize of at least $100.

Pitch Pit Contestants:
• Norman Kutemperor of Scientel IT Corp.- Providing software to businesses for them to use computers, systems and networks to run the core business and communications operations as well as generate core Business Intelligence and Analytics
• Kate Thomas of OT&PT Pups - People who own a dog are eight times more likely to survive the first critical year after a heart attack than those who do not. OT&PT Pups has the Rx for healing
• Chris Bogdan of Get Up & Go - Provider of the first caffeinated baked goods to mass market in the United States.

Judge Panelists Include:
Derek Edwards - VP, Invest Detroit
Lisa Seymour - Program Manager, Techstars Mobiility
Rachele Downs - VP of Entrepreneurial Strategies, Inforum

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3:30 - 5:00 PM · Windover


Ted Williams · Automation Alley, Dale Brown · PNC, Andrea Johansson · BBCetc, David Morin · Digital Venture Factory, Pavan Muzumdar · PCS Insights, Uche Osuji · Arctaris Michigan Partners, and Dan Ratliff · Fontinalis Partners

Panelists will identify the types of companies that typically benefit from the respective forms of funding where they have expertise; including grants, SBA lending, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding, and growth debt. The intended result of the panel discussion is for audience members 1) to ‘self-qualify’ themselves regarding the type(s) of capital they should be seeking, and 2) to realize the arc of graduating from one type of capital to another as their business grows, and 3) to understand the pros and cons that come with the different types of funding sources.

Ted Williams - Technology Investment Analyst, Automation Alley

Panelists include:
Dale Brown - VP, SBA Finance Group, PNC Bank
Andrea Johansson - Grand Program Manager, BBCetc.
David Morin - Co-founder, Digital Venture Factory
Pavan Muzumdar - Founer and Managing Director, PCS Insights
Uche Osuji - VP, Arctaris Michigan Partners
Dan Ratliff - Associate, Fontinalis Partners

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5:00 - 5:30 PM · Algonquin Room


Hajj Flemings · Brand Camp University

Announcements for ACE'17
KEYNOTE: Hajj Flemings, Founder, Brand Camp University

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6:00 - 6:30 PM · Algonquin Room