Showcase Presenters

Write About literacy

26 July 2019
Presenter: Brad Wilson, CO-Founder and CEO

Education is going digital, and Write About (www.writeabout.com) addresses one of the most important challenges facing schools – student writing. Write About is a classroom writing platform that improves literacy outcomes for K-12 schools by helping students to write more and grow as writers. On Write About, students are inspired to write by choosing relevant topics and publishing their writing to their peers. In classrooms around the world, teachers use Write About to increase student engagement, manage writing assignments and personalize student feedback.

 

Brad Wilson (M.A.Ed) is an award-winning educator who began creating innovative ways to teach writing with technology in his own classroom. Before launching Write About, Brad helped school districts implement instructional technology and also created ed tech iPad apps which have been downloaded more than 2.5 Million times. Brad is passionate about making a positive impact by building community and creating meaningful experiences for users.

eScapes Network LLC

18 July 2019
Presenter: Robert A. Oklejas, Founder & President

eScapes Network LLC is a Michigan company that has developed, patented, and produces Therapeutic Relaxation Television whose purpose is to provide anti-stress and anti-anxiety entertainment to both public and private networks. Our first private network product, Relaxation Dental TV has been endorsed by five state dental associations and is now enjoyed by nearly 600 dentists, their staff, and thousands of patients. These Private Television Networks are monetized by Verizon Media’s programmatic advertising platform.

After graduating from college in 1970 Robert enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Spending nearly four years on an ammunition ship introduced him to the world of power machines and electro hydraulics, so after service he entered the power plant construction industry where his career in that industry culminated with the supervision of  the installation of all machine components of the Enrico Fermi Atomic Power Plant. During those years, he and his brother Eli developed and patented several hydraulic pump and turbine devices for the desalination industry that lead to the formation of Pump Engineering Inc. in 1986. Pump Engineering sold in late 2009 for $27 Million, an ROI of 3400% for investors. Robert was now “free” to pursue an opportunity he had identified, which was combining radio like programing with television, now known as Therapeutic Relaxation Television. 

EagleView Imaging

20 June 2019
Presenter: Francis Glorie

EagleView Imaging, Inc. (“EagleView”), is a Michigan company developing state of the art imaging technologies for doctors, surgeons and other medical specialists. Our first product, a 3D augmented reality (AR), ergonomic desktop surgical planning system will make complex neurosurgery intuitive and precise at an affordable cost.

In more than 40 years of executive leadership and technology startups, Francis has played critical roles in seven startups, four large-scale turnarounds and three large financial exits and post-merger restructurings in the IT and MedTech sectors. Throughout, he gained a reputation as a skilled strategist, negotiator and international business developer, driving partnerships and large transactions. Francis is currently the Co-founder and CEO of EagleView Imaging, Inc., a medical imaging early stage company. He is also a board member at New Enterprise Forum in Ann Arbor

Giggso

21 March 2019
Presenter: Ravi Venugopal

Ravi VenugopalGiggso is an integrated big data platform to manage collaboration tools and business apps, with cross-platform search, engagement incentives, and actionable insights. Giggso is available on saas or customized for the enterprise with their business and security needs.

Ravi Venugopal, founder & CEO of Giggso, is a serial entrepreneur, innovator and data evangelist. He specializes in Big data, AI/ML and Data engineering. Ravi has vertical experience for more than two decades in Finance, Automotive & Retail business areas.

Ravi has successfully completed two exits. Giggso is his third venture. 

InheRET

24 January 2019
Presenter: Dr. David Keren, CEO

CEO/Chair of the Board:  David F. Keren, MD.  As a senior clinical pathologist, Dr. Keren served 22 years at the helm of Warde Medical Laboratory.  In addition, Dr. Keren has many years of leadership experience at the University of Michigan including Director of the Clinical Laboratories and Chair of the Molecular Test Committee. He also has held leadership positions on several non-profit professional boards including serving as President of the American Board of Pathology.  Dr. Keren provides experienced and capable leadership to InheRET.

InheRET, Inc. is a startup SaaS company from the University of Michigan developing decision support software to identify patients at increased risk for hereditary diseases and increasing patient access to preventative care.  The InheRET online family history collection and interpretation tool addresses the time, accuracy and interpretation of family history barriers faced by clinicians and streamlines the process into easy-to-understand reports with clear next steps for healthcare providers and patients alike.  InheRET currently focuses on hereditary cancers, but aims to expand to other hereditary diseases in the near future.

Arbor Automation

18 October 2018
Presenter: Alexander Mills

Arbor Automation increases manufacturing throughput in CNC-equipped job shops. With our intuitive web software service, customers upload 3D CAD files of parts they intend to manufacture. We then automatically generate detailed manufacturing process plans, holding fixture designs, and executable machine code (G-Code) which they pay to download. Conventional machine programming methods are time consuming and require skilled CNC programmers; by eliminating this step, our service makes customers more competitive and increases their throughput and sales.

Alexander founded Arbor Automation out of personal frustration towards CNC machining. As a systems and robotics engineer, he routinely designed and prototyped new hardware components. He leveraged his background in software engineering to develop a new programming framework for interfacing with CNC machine tools, a project that led to the founding of Arbor Automation. Alexander is a computer science engineering graduate of the University of Michigan and a 2018 Zell Entrepreneurs Program fellow at the Zell Lurie Institute. He previously worked as an engineer at Accio Energy and Fetch Robotics, and occasionally freelances as a CNC machinist.

Legacy Shave

18 October 2018
Presenter: Mike Gutow

Our company’s name Legacy Shave reflects what is closest to our hearts – family and legacy. As the two founding brothers, we’re proud to introduce to you our company-- rooted in the past but geared toward the future.

Shaving can be a chore, especially with today’s busy lifestyles. But, what if there was a way to have a better shaving experience and pamper your self at the same time? That’s the idea behind Legacy Shave and The Evolution Brush – a unique, patented technology brings that old-fashioned barber shop experience into your home. The Evolution Brush combines the feel and benefits of a traditional barber shop shaving brush (i.e., hands free shaving cream and a clean, close shave) with the convenience of modern shaving cream and gel shaving cans. Simply attach the shave brush to the can and enjoy the ultimate shaving experience – while traveling back to a more elegant time.

Always an entrepreneur from his early adulthood, Mike started his own lawn company the year he turned 16 and could drive his own truck. Mike, attending college at Michigan State, continued the entrepreneur’s path. Along with his brother Dave, Mike in his junior year opened a new-to-market restaurant in East Lansing. Even though he took a semester off from school to get the restaurant up and running, even though he worked over 100 hours per week while still in school, Mike graduated with a Marketing degree from MSU in only four years. After successfully selling the restaurant, Mike began owning and managing rental properties with brother Dave for the past 20+ years.

Mike also has worked at Gordon Food Service becoming the top ten leader in sales achieving winner circle honors from the company while employed there for 10 years. Mike, a family man, resides with his wife and two children in St. Clair Shores.

SmileBond

20 September 2018
Presenter: Dr. William C. Vuillemot, CEO and Founder

SmileBOND Systems, LLC, is a Michigan based business which trains and equips dentists and their teams to deliver brilliant, gleaming smiles to their patients, using its proprietary multi-tooth bonding system.

SmileBOND has won 3 patents for method and apparatus for its unique and innovative transfer bonding process, and its custom bonding delivery apparatus has gained status as an FDA Class II Medical Device.

Procedures like porcelain crowns/veneers, and braces/clear aligners cost too much, take too much time, or are too painful and prevent many patients from moving forward with treatment. SmileBOND is painless, costs less, and is completed in 1 treatment visit, making treatment available to many more patients.

SmileBOND enjoys enthusiastic patient and dentist approval. The company is at an early revenue stage and is currently seeking seed round funding for a 2019 nationwide launch. SmileBOND also seeks team members with skills necessary to launch and grow the business.

 

 

William C Vuillemot DDS is the inventor of the patented SmileBOND process, and founder and CEO of SmileBOND® Systems, LLC.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1985.

Dr Bill was awarded the Louis B. Schultz award for operative dentistry and was a clinical instructor at U of M Dental School.

He has completed the LVI Esthetic and Dr Rick Litt’s F.O.R.C.E. Orthodontic continuums.

Dr Bill is a Level IV graduate and former faculty member of Orognathic Bioesthetics International (OBI).

He lectures on Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry and maintains a private practice in Lansing Michigan with his wife, Barbara, also a U of M Dental grad.

 

City Insight

12 July 2018
Presenter: Abess Makki, CEO

City Insight builds software solutions to solve the unique problems of municipalities.

HLX Engines

21 June 2018
Presenter: Evan Collins

Military equipment, both tactical and non-tactical, is increasingly electrified and computerized, and there is a significant need for compact, efficient, and high-quality power generation. HLX (www.hlxengines.com) has built an innovative, hybrid, multi-fuel, combustion engine, designed to improve fuel efficiency by 50%, while decreasing weight and complexity.

As a mechanical engineer and product designer, Evan Collins (BSME) has spent the last decade in the automotive and robotics industries, developing engine components and manufacturing procedures.

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