Past Events

17 November 2016

Technology Trends in Healthcare IT

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors are always in search of the "next-big-thing." Hear from our November panel about some of the disruptive technologies presently in the pipeline in Healthcare IT and learn from them what is fundable and what is not.

Healthcare IT continues to transform at an amazingly rapid pace. Healthcare providers have spent the past few years adopting electronic medical record (EMR) solutions, as mandated by federal regulations; and are now faced with the challenge of dealing with Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). As with other recent changes, MACRA changes the focus from quantity of care to quality of outcomes, an approach that necessarily requires technology solutions. Because of the breadth of its reach, Healthcare IT presents a huge opportunity for startups, but the field is not without its challenges. Those venturing into this space need to understand fully the technical challenges, to show how their solution directly addresses quality of care, to rise above the noise to demonstrate uniqueness, and to be able to withstand the long, arduous sales cycle. Join our panel of experts who are uniquely qualified to speak to these matters.

Panel:

Justin Adams, CEO, AlertWatch

Justin Adams is the CEO of AlertWatch, a UM spin-out that develops patient monitoring software focused on reducing medical errors. He has a knack at working with strong technical founders on converting their visions into marketable products. Justin is a recovering software developer who has been leading high-tech start-up firms since getting his MBA from Ross in 2009. He previously spent time at EDF Ventures, providing back-office and due diligence support.

Helen L. Hill, FHIMSS, Principal, The Kiran Consortium Group, LLC

Helen is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare information technology (HIT) and management, health information exchange (HIE), identity assurance and healthcare public policy. Ms. Hill has successfully led health system wide and enterprise wide I T selection projects, contract negotiations as well as business process redesign / implementation projects. In addition, she has formed non-profit organizations and has led innovative software development initiatives for major integrated healthcare delivery networks, community and state-level consortia. She has successfully founded and led several non-profit organizations for HIE/HIT at the local and state level in Michigan and participates actively in national / international standards and identity assurance initiatives.  She has been instrumental in bringing more than $35 million in state and federal contracts, grants and cooperative agreements to Michigan.  Ms. Hill actively serves on major boards and committees for HIT/HIE and quality initiatives at the state and national level. Finally, Ms. Hill has an extensive record of publications, white papers and executive presentations for local, regional, state and national healthcare IT conferences and webinars.  She has received national awards for her service to the healthcare industry.

Lucy Mancini Newell, MBA, FHIMSS, Managing Partner, The Kiran Consortium Group LLC

Lucy is an Information Technology and management professional with experience in clinical operations, healthcare application vendors from start-up stage to mature firms, systems integrators and strategic management consulting.  Her experience includes work in complex environments as well as project turnarounds. She was previously a Practice Leader of Information Technology Strategic Planning and System Selections, mentoring colleagues, working in collaborative and high impact teams, and actively contributing to an employer-based Thought Leadership Group and professional societies such as the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).  She contributes to publications and industry presentations  on timely topics.  Ms. Mancini Newell has authored an electronic course on Strategic Planning, past Chair of the Personal Health Records (PHRs) Committee (2008-2009), past Co-Chair, Programs (GCC HIMSS 2012-2013), Chair of the Midwest Fall Technology Conference (2013-20145), and Executive Board member for Cures Within Reach (2015). Finally, she is a mentor and instructor in sales and marketing for the Canadian Healthcare Accelerator for Healthcare in Philadelphia.

Tom Stewart, Professional Manager and Business Coach

Tom Stewart is a professional manager and business coach, with primary expertise in organizational design and operational strategy. Over the last decade, he has provided consultation to over 50 organizations in a wide range of industries – the majority of which were new or small companies. Tom has also worked on transition teams for larger organizations such as Neogen Corporation, Demmer Corporation, the State of Michigan, and Michigan State University.Tom currently manages portfolio and community relations at Quantum Medical Concepts, a pre-seed fund for medical startups. He also operates The Center for New Enterprise Opportunity (NEO Center), a small business incubator in Lansing. He was the winner of the Lansing Regional Chamber’s 10 Over the Next Ten award in 2010, was named MLive’s “Ones to Watch in 2013,” and received the Young Alumni of the Year Award from Michigan State University in October 2015.Tom has been active in several community organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Capital Area United Way.

Moderator:

David J Morin, Serial Entrepreneur and Health Care Technology Executive

Dave Morin is a serial entrepreneur and health care technology executive.  Currently, he is a Co-Founder of Impellia, a national firm focused on injury prevention, rehabilitation and athletic performance for professional and collegiate sports, healthcare organizations and amateur athletes, and Mountain Pass Solutions, a provider of faculty management software for academic medical centers and hospitals. He is also the Director of the Department of Family Medicine Technology Acceleration Program at The University of Colorado-Denver.  Prior to Impellia, Dave was the Co-Founder and CEO of Cielo MedSolutions LLC, an Ann Arbor, MI-based health care technology organization that was acquired by The Advisory Board Company.  Dave is an Advisor to the Automation Alley Technology Investment Committee, Tappan Hill Ventures and the Coulter Translational Research Partners Program at The University of Pittsburgh.  He serves as a Board Member at AlertWatch, an Ann Arbor-based digital health firm. Dave is a frequent speaker, both nationally and internationally, on entrepreneurship and on the use of technology in healthcare.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Showcase Presenter: 

20 October 2016

NEF Pitch Pit - Fall Colors

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Three entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The three entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Richard Doerer, Owow- Horror/Halloween based products for adults (18-44) and kids (8-5) that are for entertainment and STEM based learning through making stuff
  • Sean Carrol, Enbiologics- Advancing more intuitive and innovative veterinary wound care
  • Elliott Brannon, SmallWorld - Strengthens communities by facilitating high-quality connections between community members

Pitch Pit Judges:

Romy Kochan, Managing Partner, Gingras Global
As founder, Managing Partner and lead administrator for Gingras Global. Romy is primarily responsible for the strategic growth and oversight of the company, which is a third party administrator for impact capital programs, funds, and investors. She founded and hosts a podcast, “Bonfires of Social Enterprise”, and serves on the boards of a variety of philanthropic and impact investing organizations.

Romy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Northern Michigan University, her Certified Financial Planner designation from College of Financial Planning, and a Chartered Life Underwriter designation from American College.

Robb Lippitt, Partner, Secret Sauce Capital
As Partner at Secret Sauce Capital, Robb is committed to empowering, growing, and helping Entrepreneurs achieve their visions through deployment of the firm's strategic, operational, and capital resources. Previously, he served as CEO of Revolution Dancewear. As COO/General Counsel of ePrize, he oversaw the company’s growth from 17 to 325 employees, opened offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, LosAngeles and London, and oversaw the growth of the company’s European subsidiary. Robb also co-founded Scrapbuck, LLC in 2008.

Robb earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan, and his JD from Wayne State University Law School.

Paul Nucci, Eastern Michigan University, Center for Advancing Social Enterprise
The Eastern Michigan University Center for Advancing Social Enterprise’s mission is to be a catalyst for Michigan's social entrepreneurship ecosystem, including social enterprises, the firms that fund them, the researchers that examine them, and the agencies that regulate them. Paul works to engage faculty with clients for consultative opportunities and to facilitate consulting projects. Paul also manages the organization’s communications, online and social media presence, and media relations.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Showcase Presenter: 

15 September 2016

Raising Money: The Deal

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Have you ever wondered what the right steps are to raise startup capital? Our experienced panel will 'tell all' the in's and out's of the deal process in the don't miss panel discussion. 

Panel:

Dan Kidle, is a Senior Associate for Arboretum Ventures where he is an Analyst. Dan’s efforts are focused on reviewing new investment opportunities and providing support to Arboretum's portfolio companies. He has undertaken significant due diligence responsibilities to support more than a dozen of Arboretum’s new and follow-on investments, including NeuMoDx, IntelliCyt, Rethink, Cardiac Dimensions, Strata Oncology, and SIBone. Dan’s portfolio company involvement has included serving on the board of directors for life science tools company IntelliCyt, until its $90 million acquisition by Sartorius in 2016. Dan is currently a board observer for NeuMoDx and Strata Oncology. Outside of Arboretum, Dan serves on the Oversight Committee for Wayne State University’s M-TRAC program and on the Investment Advisory Board for the Monroe-Brown Biomedical Seed Fund at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Arboretum, Dan was a Financial Analyst at Eli Lilly & Company, supporting the company’s U.S. sales and marketing operations. Dan earned his BBA and MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

Josh Beebe, is a Director at MK Capital, a venture capital firm headquartered in Chicago with more than $250 million in capital under management.  Josh operates out of MK’s Ann Arbor office and leads the firm's supply chain and industrial technology investment practice, as well as certain portfolio investments in the broader enterprise software category. Prior to joining MK Capital, Josh served as a Partner with Arbor Partners, an Ann Arbor based venture capital firm focused on early-stage enterprise software opportunities. He also has prior experience managing mergers and acquisitions transactions in the healthcare services industry, and also previously worked as an equity analyst covering various companies operating in the technology, manufacturing and energy sectors.  Josh currently sits on the board of directors of LLamasoft, Junction Solutions, CMS Technologies, and Bulbs.com.  Josh also presently serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Venture Capital Association and is the chairman of the organization’s Research Committee.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hillsdale College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

Reda Jaber is a Partner at IncWell, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Birmingham, MI. He participates in the company’s advisory services and leads all medical sector investment activities for the fund, which with more than 40 investments in the last three years has been one of the most active seed funds in the Midwest. Reda joined IncWell in 2014 after he earned dual MD / MBA degrees at the University of Michigan Medical School and the Ross School of Business. Prior to joining IncWell, he gained investment experience as an analyst at the $100M private equity fund, Stage 2 Innovations. Business-minded with an entrepreneurial spirit, he has also co-founded several startups. Reda was selected as a Venture Fellow by the Michigan Venture Capital Association and a Davidson Digital Health Fellow by the Henry Ford Innovation Institute. In 2015 he was named to Crain's Detroit Business 20 in their 20's list, and in 2016 he was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare. Reda was featured on the cover of the February 2016 edition of Forbes Middle East Magazine.  

Moderator:

Skip Simms is Senior Vice President of Ann Arbor SPARK, where he focuses on preparing start-ups for equity fund raising.  Skip has been successful in raising over $25 million in grants through the states 21st Century Jobs Fund program for the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.  This program provides very early stage start-ups with small loans, and provides a matching investment of up to $250,000.  He is the Managing Member of the for-profit Michigan Angel Fund which invests in Michigan based technology companies. The Michigan Angel Fund is the state’s largest angel network with 73 high net worth members who help grow and diversify the state’s economy. Prior to his role at Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip was the Managing General Partner at the Ralph Wilson Equity Fund, which is a $31 million fund-of-funds with LP investments in several venture capital funds.  He performed due diligence and analyzed nearly 100 opportunities, made investment recommendations, participated at board meetings and served on advisory committees.  Skip served for 29 years in management positions at several television stations around the country. Skip participates on both profit and non-profit boards, and was a founding member of the Michigan Venture Capital Association.  

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Registration

This is a FREE event. Registration is not required, but recommended for planning purposes. Also, it helps us keep your name tags ready for you.

Showcase Presenter: 

18 August 2016

Summer Break

Our next Forum event will be 15 September 2016 as we will be taking a break from our normal Forum schedule for August. However, that does not mean we are taking a break from NEF coaching or participating in other entrepreneurial events around the area.

We are extending to you, our NEF Supporters, a huge thank you and hope to see you again at the September Forum meeting. Details will be posted after returning from our brief respite.

28 July 2016

Summer Fun - Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Three entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The three entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Kid Stuf - revolves around one simple idea; make great toys that promote cognitive thinking and inspire creativity.
  • Parisa Soraya of Ditto is a mobile platform that connects individuals living with the same chronic illness locally for on-demand, in-person support.
  • Janet Wolforth, Save Niche Products, where the ICevac system makes anesthetizing animals safer for people and less stressful for the animal.

Pitch Pit Judges:

Angela Barbash,Principal at Revalue and Founder of Reconsider. Angela is the founder of two local-social-impact companies: Reconsider, a social impact economy hub in the Great Lakes region specializing in community capital, social entrepreneurship, and information on the growing local investing movement by providing research, community facilitation services, cross-pollination opportunities, and education through speaking engagements and collaborative events. Revalue: a registered investment advisory firm exclusively serving impact and local investors.

Gerry Roston, CEO of Civionics, Inc. providing asset managers a comprehensive wireless monitoring solution that reliably tracks the performance and predicts the future health of advanced engineered systems operating in demanding environments. He is also an Executive in Residence for TechTown Detroit where he identifies technology opportunities, provides business assistance to startups and co-facilitates the annual DTX Launch Detroit accelerator program. Gerry is an experienced small-business executive who has led companies and multi-million dollar projects. He has successfully managed start-up businesses and teams within publicly-traded companies; pursued investment opportunities; and brought new products to the market. Gerry's experience ranges from the development of microscopic biological sensors to the redesign of diesel-electric locomotives.

Brenda Jones has held executive leadership positions with technology-based organizations in Ann Arbor including Arbortext, MyBuys, NSF International and the Medical Innovation Center at the University of Michigan. She currently serves as a coach for the New Enterprise Forum. Brenda received her Bachelors Degree from Yale, and her MBA from the University of Michigan. She has volunteered in Kenya, Colombia and Thailand.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Showcase Presenter: 

16 June 2016

C-Suite Hires

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Founders of startups start looking for C-Level expertise as their venture begins to evolve. With seed funding in place, founders need to bring in the right talent to help them build their dream enterprise. Our panelists will help you navigate through this landscape. Learn about: the challenges in hiring C-Level staff; the cultural and economic impact on your organization; and about developing and implementing short-term and long-term strategies C-hires can bring to meet desired milestones. The right talent can help you build a new culture, implement strategy, grow the company, connect with customers and get funding to scale your business.

Panel:

Mike Klein, Mentor-in-Residence, University of Michigan Technology Transfer Office. Mike is an accomplished CEO with over 25 years of experience developing, building and growing high tech, software and IT companies. Mike wrote the business plan for his first company, Steeplechase Software while in the MBA program at the University of Michigan and started the company shortly thereafter. Steeplechase was #89 on the Inc 500 fastest growing company list when it was sold to Schneider Automation in 2000. In 2001, he was brought on by venture capital investors to lead the turnaround of Interlink Networks, a network security software company where he raised $11M in new financing and lead the management buy-out in 2005. In 2008, Mike joined Online Tech as Co-CEO and grew the company 500% over 7 years. He lead the company through a successful exit for its investors in 2012 and recapitalized the company with over $30M from new investors to continue its growth trajectory. Mike received his BS in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Barbara Koenig, Barbara brings over 25 years’ experience working as an executive coach and organizational development consultant, primarily in areas related to leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and career transition and she has partnered with start-ups, small businesses and global organizations such as Toyota, Stryker and ProQuest. Prior to working in Tech Transfer, Barbara worked at UM Stephen Ross School of business providing career consulting with MBA students interested in Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Technology and Careers with impact. In her current role at Tech Transfer, Barbara works with alumni, and other partners in the ecosystem to provide talent and other resources for new venture spinouts from UM. More recently, she partnered with Ann Arbor SPARK and MEDC to lead and facilitate a career transition program known as Michigan Shifting Gears. Barbara earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Centre College and a M.S. Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University.

Michael Kraft, Managing Partner, MKT Partners LLC and Mentor-in-Residence, UM Tech Transfer Office. Michael delivers strategic vision and business development in advanced materials and technology systems markets. He’s led businesses in several countries from start-up to revenues of $300 million and focuses on business model validation, money raise, and team building. Michael completed many global acquisitions ($5 million to $1.5 billion) and leads transaction diligence, integration, and synergy realization. His focus is to quickly identify critical business drivers, build strategic partnerships and partners with the Global 500, grow revenues and market share organically, and complete accretive acquisitions. Recently, he was CEO of Covaron Advanced Materials (Ann Arbor, MI) and EVP of Ceradyne Inc. (NASDAQ: CRDN; $700M revenues). Michael holds a Master of Management (PSU) and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Systems Science (MSU) and completed courses in Strategic Planning and Technology Marketing at Caltech.

Moderator:

Vic Havele, Founder/CEO, Rockstar Innovations, Inc. Vic brings a wealth of experience and expertise to NEF. He is a Board member and is our news article director. Vic is the President of CAEtech International, Inc. provider of engineering and Information Technology Services to the automotive and non-automotive industry. He is Founder and CEO of Rockstar Innovations which is launching a non-profit organization/portal “iendeavor.org” for helping entrepreneurs in successfully launching technology ventures through coaching, mentoring and partnering using talent, technology, innovation and resources. Vic’s other venture is PeopleForge Technologies in which he is engaged in developing and implementing PeopleForge Talent Solutions such as StartupTalent, StemTalent, GlobalTalent etc. for diverse market segments. He has served NEF as a business coach helping entrepreneurs be successful. Vic is also currently serving as an I-Corps mentor for a tech startup from the University of Michigan and recently mentored teams in the Lawrence Technological Universities’ Customer-to-Cash(C2C) program. Vic holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, Wisconsin, and Business Executive training from Tuck School of Business and Loyola School of Business.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Showcase Presenter: 

19 May 2016

NEF Pitch Pit - Burst of Spring

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

Three entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The three entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Abess Makki, CityInsight - A mobile application for Detroit Water & Sewage Department to help residents track their water usage and maintain their budgets.
  • David Cai, Gaudium - Armor Blitz, A mobile game in which players lead a squad of anime-style tank girls from the WWII era into battle.
  • Doug Peterson - Won'tBuy, Inc. A tools sharing app to save money by renting tools and listing equipment you own to earn extra cash.

Pitch Pit Judges:

Lauren Bigelow, is CEO at Growth Capital Network. Dr. Lauren Bigelow has served as the CEO of the Growth Capital Network since 2010. She and her team manage programs for the philanthropic, health care and innovation community by providing strategic, project management, research, analytic, and evaluation services. Lauren has been part of the Michigan entrepreneur ecosystem since 2000 when she was the director of the IT Zone. Succeeding positions as Managing Director of the Cleantech Group and North American Commercial Director at New Energy Finance round out her background in clean energy and early stage company engagement. Lauren is a Lecturer for the University of Michigan Ross School of Business where she teaches an advanced energy finance and modeling course that reviews private equity through project finance. She has served on numerous boards of directors. Lauren holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Northwestern University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Alisyn Malek, was named Investment Manager, at General Mortors Ventures, LLC effective February 1, 2014. She manages deal flow in the automotive and transport sector to support these thesis. Alisyn leverages business unit relationships to create value add opportunities for potential investment companies. She is also the owner and manager of Corktown Studios, a small artist collective in Detroit including gallery and studio space. Alisyn's background also includes being an engineering business manager supporting strategy development in GM's Electrification Group and lead engineering responsibilities supporting technology adoption in GM's Infotainment Group. Alisyn joined General Motors in 2008, leading the early development of the DC charging system for the Chevy Spark. Alisyn was honored in Crains Detroit 2014 List of 20 in their 20's. She is a U of M masters gradate in Energy Systems Engineering and holds an MBA from Indian University - Kelly School of Business. 

Helen Ewing, is President at The Ewing Group, LLC where she is a Procurement Consultant providing procurement optimization services and training to manufacturing companies who want more value from their supply chain and procurement staff. As a business coach, Helen has enjoyed working with entrepreneurs for over six years. Along with private clients, Helen has coached numerous entrepreneurs through multiple organizations. Helen has coached for; SPARK, Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, the Michigan Angel Fund, Tech Town Detroit, and past first-round judge for the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. She works with companies in manufacturing, advanced materials, medical devices and B2B Software as a Service systems. She is a Board Member and past Vice President for New Enterprise Forum. Helen holds a BBA and a MS in Industrial Technology from EMU and is a member of the Institute for Supply Management.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Showcase Presenter: 

21 April 2016

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

There are certain things investors are looking for in the financials presented by entrepreneurs in their executive summary or initial investor pitch when they are seeking funding. Although no forecast can be counted on with certainty, investors look for a reasonable business model, expectations of sales growth and cash flow, P&L forecasts, and valid assumptions behind any plan. They also look for red flags: sure signs that the numbers are not to be trusted and that the founding team might need too much help. In this month's forum, we hear from an angel investor, a social impact investor and a pre-seed investor.

Panel:

Patti Glaza, serves as Managing Director of the First Step Fund and Detroit Innovate. She has more than 20 years of experience in the development, implementation and commercialization of advanced technologies. Patti serves as a resource to startups and as an advisor/board member, including: Michigan Venture Capital Association, The Great Lakes Protection Fund, NSF I-Corp, University of Michigan's MTRAC - Advanced Transportation Technologies and Venture Center Council, and The Clean Coalition. Prior to joining Invest Detroit, Patti was with Arsenal Venture Partners, a multi-stage national venture capital firm focused on IT, energy and industrial technologies. She has served as the CEO and executive management of several startups in the nanotech, energy, and healthcare IT sectors. Patti is a graduate of Michigan State University from the James Madison and Honor's Colleges with a Bachelor's in International Relations and Economics and has an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jamie Shea, oversees all aspects of investing at Mission Throttle from deal sourcing to portfolio management. He recently completed a dual master’s degree at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment, graduating with high distinction. While working at the University, Jamie focused on developing new models of sustainable finance and using principles of cognitive psychology to promote environmentally responsible behavior. During his time there he was one of the Directors of the UM Social Venture Fund, the first student led social venture fund in the country, and directed the 2010 Net Impact National Conference. Jamie is also the Co-founder of the Icon Group, a multi-disciplinary hospitality company that designs, develops and operates nightlife, restaurant and event spaces around the country. One of the venues, La Condesa, received a James Beard nomination for best new restaurant in the country and was voted best restaurant in Austin. He received a B.A. in Government and Environmental Policy from Bowdoin College and spent his early career working on public lands policy for the Idaho Conservation League.

Kathy Nagy, brings her entrepreneurial background to the world of angel investing by identifying promising Michigan-based start-ups; providing mentoring support and consulting and, when appropriate, financial investment. Kathy began her foray into Angel investing in 2012 to support her desire to give back to promising entrepreneurs with her unique combination of experience, leadership and passion for navigating the crucial early years for promising start-ups. Her expertise is built on a solid foundation based on her own entrepreneurial endeavors – most notably twelve successful years as founder and CEO of Strategy Network, a highly respected strategic marketing agency serving automotive, financial, insurance and non-profit industry clients – in addition to prior stints on the corporate marketing staff of General Motors as well as serving as Vice President of Marketing for Jackson-Dawson Communications. Kathy currently holds several Board Director and Advisory positions and her consulting practice specializes in business strategy with an emphasis on the critical need for integration across all business functions to achieve long-term success while minimizing risk. She also enjoys providing executive coaching to promising entrepreneurs who demonstrate their own passion to learn and succeed.

Moderator:

Lee Gorman, Owner, Barton Consulting Services. Lee is an executive with over 25 years of experience in strategic, business, and product planning, implementation, marketing and leadership. She has done extensive work for local non-profits and early-stage companies. She works with Ann Arbor SPARK’s Business Accelerator services, and coaches other entrepreneur support organizations to help high tech startups commercialize their technologies. Lee was Formerly a Chief Engineer and Product Planning Director at Ford Motor Company and Manager, Strategic Planning at Allied Signal Automotive. She holds an MBA and a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BSME from Lawrence Technological University.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

Showcase Presenter: 

17 March 2016

NEF Pitch Pit - A Mid-Winter's Blast

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

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 Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $100 cash prize plus all additional prize money provided by the audience.

The three entrepreneurs, selected from a large pool of applicants are:

  • Priya Ranjan Dass, Nirmal for Disruptive Eating - A mission-driven food vendor promoting 'disruptive eating,' to address obesity in the U.S. using Indian food and an app designed to enable low-income consumers to access healthy food.
  • Arianna Carley, BraceSmart, - An implanted chip that analyzes the human blood stream, gathering data on oxygen levels, heart rate, blood pressure, glucost levels, Troponin and more.
  • Walker McHue, PreDxion Bio - Profiling inflammatory responses with microfluidic immunoblotting

Pitch Pit Judges:

Scott Taylor, Commercialization Advisor at MI Tech Team where he advises and mentors tech startups in the area of technology commercialization, business planning for rapid scale up, technology road mapping, marketing strategy and raising money from angel and venture capital investors. Scott offers an in-the-trenches business, technical, and entrepreneurial background. Over the past year, he has advised over 50 tech startups on their commercialization plans. As one of two founders of Soloshot Inc, he served as president while the company scaled from an idea conceived on the beach, to a global brand with two product line generations, worldwide distribution, in-house production, in-house sales/marketing/R&D teams, and multiple issued patents. Scott holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

Anne Perigo, Associate Director at Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, serving a broad range of entrepreneurial students through the management of several co-curricular programs, advising, and coaching. She runs the Michigan Business Challenge, which is an annual campus-wide business plan competition spanning three months and four rounds of competition. Anne also runs the Venture Capital Investment Competition.

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Kelly Lapierre, Managing Director at Desai Accelerator, a collaborative effort at the University of Michigan between the Zell Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering. Kelly oversees the accelerator's mission of providing the physical infrastructure, financial resources, and mentorship to support early-stage ventures as they reach the critical phase between early-stage development and the point at which they seek external investors.

Agenda:

Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

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18 February 2016

NEF Celebrates 30 Years

ForumLocation: 

Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty St, Lower Level, Ann Arbor

The February 2016 meeting is our 30th birthday party, where we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. Join in on the fun as we celebrate entrepreneurialism by awarding the 2015 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Guess which 2015 NEF Showcase Presenters will take home pitch awards for, Best Presentation, Best Technology and Best Business Plan. In honor of our 30th Anniversary, Tom Porter, NEF's Founder, will be presenting the Tom Porter Leadership Award. Be a part of coaching, perfecting and connecting at NEF where entrepreneurs rule!

Tom Porter Leadership Award - Tom Kinnear, D. Maynard Phelps Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing and founding Executive Director of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Tom was former Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Senior Associate Dean of the Business School and former Vice President for Development and Executive Officer for the University. He headed the $1.4 billion Campaign for Michigan in the 1990's. At Michigan, he has received awards for teaching excellence and service to the University. Tom holds an undergraduate degree and LLD (honoris causa) from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, and MA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He received the Herbert Dow Award for lifetime contributions in entrepreneurship to the University of Michigan and to the State of Michigan, and the Michigan Venture Capital Association "Lifetime Achievement Award." Tom is a celebrated author of numerous publications.

2015 NEF Entrepreneur of the Year – Elizabeth Ziph, Co-Founder & CEO, Cohort FS, LLC

Elizabeth is the Co-founder and CEO of three companies: ChohortFS, LLC, a software defined storage development company; Enkive, LLC, an open source email archiving and e-discovery software; and The Linux Box, an open source software services company. She is a member of the steering committee of Open Source for America. Prior to her entrepreneurial achievements, Elizabeth was: the Senior Vice president CIO for Franklin Bank; an Associate Director of Information Technology at the U-M managing the academic computing center; and Vice President / Data center manager at Comerica Bank.

2015 NEF Showcase Presenter Awards

Here are the contenders for the 2015 Showcase presenter awards. They worked hard. They all deserve congratulations on their presentations, but only three will be taking home an award for their outstanding efforts.

  • Blue Water Satellite, Milt Baker, CEO
  • ContentOro, Bob Chunn, CEO COO
  • Do-TheDoc, Dimitris Papageorgiou, CEO
  • MakerOS, Mike Moceri, CEO
  • Mobileteer, Dave Alexander, CEO
  • Mountain Labs, Alex VanDerKolk, CEO
  • Pelico, Amer Abughaida, CEO & Imen Alem, CSO
  • Transcuro, Lauren Shampo, CEO
  • Workit Health, Lisa McLaughlin, CEO

The winners’ names remain secret until show time, even they do not know which award they have won.

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