Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendar

September 21     New Enterprise Forum Monthly Meeting (www.newenterpriseforum.org) at SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor.  Our monthly forum provides an evening of learning, sharing experiences, and making essential business contacts.  This free meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers.   Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins.  For this month:

  • Showcase Presenters:
    • Circadian Risk – Dan Young (www.circadianrisk.co):  Circadian Risk dramatically improves the physical security risk analysis process so Security Consultants and their clients (organizations) can actively reduce the probability and severity of security incidents.
  • Panel“Term Sheets - Understanding What Your Investors Want”

September 23     Introduction to the Lean Startup and Customer Discovery Basics

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am Location: Lawrence Tech University, Southfield, MI

What is a “lean” startup? This workshop begins by introducing the concept and principles and outlines the methodology of lean. Avoid spending inordinate amounts of time, energy, and money only to fail for reasons you could have predicted. We then move to how you determine whether there’s actually a money-making business around your great product idea. Come to this workshop to learn about “Customer Discovery:” the process of validating your hypotheses to quickly determine how to move forward for success.

Pre-reading: Documents will be sent to registered participants before the workshop.

A continental breakfast and light lunch will be available.

There is no cost to attend, but you must register in advance.

http://www.ltucollaboratory.com/events/introduction-lean-startup-customer-discovery-basics/

September 30    Blue Water Start-ups and Entrepreneurs:  Startup School (https://bluewaterstartups.com/event/startup-school) at SC4 Fine Arts Theater, 323 Erie Street, Port Huron, MI. 

October 19   New Enterprise Forum Monthly Meeting (www.newenterpriseforum.org) at SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor.  Our monthly forum provides an evening of learning, sharing experiences, and making essential business contacts.  This free meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers.   Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins.  For this month:

  • Showcase Presenter:
    • TwoScoreTwo – Sam Savant (www.twoscoretwo.com):  TwoScoreTwo is a cloud platform built on Blockchain technology that that enables implementation and management of secure chain-of-custody, commercial trading, and low cost financial transactions.
  • Pitch Pit:  Several early start-ups give a brief pitch for exposure and feedback in front of judges in a ‘shark tank’-type environment.  It is winner-take-all for contributions from the audience.

October 26   Pitch Yspi Pitch Competition (www.pitchypsi.com) at Growing Hope’s Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace in the heart of downtown Yspi.  This is a pitch competition hosted by regional business leaders throughout eastern Washtenaw County.  The top 5 ideas pitch live at the Finale on October 26 for a chance to win $5,000.  It is open to enterprises that want to start or grow with a strong preference for entrepreneurs living in 48197/8 or are active EMU or WCC students.  The submission deadline is September 15!

November 16   Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (http://acceleratemichigan.org) at the Masonic Temple, Detroit.   Accelerate Michigan is the premier event in the Great Lakes region for high-growth companies & venture investors, awarding $1,000,000 in cash & in-kind prizes.

November 30   New Enterprise Forum Monthly Meeting (www.newenterpriseforum.org) at SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor.  Our monthly forum provides an evening of learning, sharing experiences, and making essential business contacts.  This free meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers.   Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins.  For this month:

  • Showcase Presenter:
    • TBD
  • Panel“Entrepreneur War Stories”