Showcase Presenters

Mandy & Pandy

18 January 2018
Presenter: Christopher Lin

The strength of Mandy and Pandy lies in its magic power to arouse curiosity among young kids, who will then be engaged to learn the language with interest and fun. Everything in the book (texts pictures, activities, etc.) was meticulously developed for this purpose. Mandy and Pandy Co. was formed in 2007 with success in the book market - teaching American kids Chinese.  With Chinese becoming more important in the global economic and cultural landscape, the company was re-invigorated in 2016 with a more ambitious B2B model selling to schools.  The proven content is being digitized to scale and penetrate the school market.  

 

Christopher Lin, the CEO of Mandy and Pandy, is an ABC – American Born Chinese – born in Detroit, raised in Troy, and educated at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!!).  As a pre-admit into the Ross School MBA program, Christopher was charged with making a difference and trying a different path.

During successful international internships and (4-7 year) career stints with multinational corporations such as Nokia, Tatung, Ford, GM, and Deloitte, he learned the importance of international understanding and the role of learning foreign languages and cultures. 

In an effort to teach his daughter, Amanda, Chinese, they went to the local book store to discover that there were only a few Chinese books for kids while there were hundreds of Spanish books for kids.  This A-ha moment inspired Lin to write and publish his first book – Mandy and Pandy say Ni Hao Ma?

 

 

Clicktivated

30 November 2017
Presenter: Chris Roebuck, Founder

Clicktivated transforms video into an immersive, interactive, and shoppable brand experience - an experience that is seamlessly woven into the fabric of video, allowing viewers to easily shop and learn more about the products they like with a click or touch.  Effectively taking passive video and making it active by adding a fourth dimension to sight, sound and motion - an “In-video Click”.

We don’t believe in compromising videos with overlays, bull’s-eyes, banners and pop-ups.  Instead we utilize simple, yet very effective messaging to indicate that our videos are immersive.

The result of a Clicktivated experience is a fully engaged viewer that stays on content longer, interacts with more products, and is more inclined to make an informed and/or impulsive purchase.

Chris Roebuk graduated from Michigan State in 2006 with a degree in advertising. After graduation, he began his career in the agency world, working for PhD (media arm of BBDO).  After a few years within the agency and after identifying quite a few shortcomings, I decided to leave to create a company that would help combat some of these industry challenges.  After a few different ventures, we identified the biggest opportunity to date and formed Clicktivated Video, Inc. to help the growing demand for online video and ways to further engage the viewer.  We are currently 3.5 years in and are seeing substantial market traction and company growth. 

Update - Year 1:

Chris Roebuck, CEO, of Clicktivated reports that the company has made significant progress. Chris just returned from the Techstars Retail program in Minneapolis. Clictivated was one of 10 companies selected for the program out of hundreds that applied this year.  The program sponsored by Target ran 12 weeks and culminated with his pitch to over 600 in the audience on Demo Day, October 10. Clicktivated (Clicktivated.com) is an IP protected interactive video platform that enables viewers the ability to directly interact with any individual product/item of interest in video as they watch. Clicktivated’s clean UX creates new monetization opportunities for advertisers and a first of its kind set of data points for content distributors to better understand their consumers.
 
Chis says that to date, we have worked with some of the world's largest brands to help create sales opportunities and a more effective way to engage with their consumers. These brands include: Macy’s, Kohl’s, Tommy Hilfiger and GMC, to name a few.  We are rolling out partnerships with Oath and Target before thanksgiving and are in discussions with (but not limited to) Walmart, Twitter, Pinterest and a professional sports league. It’s a very exciting time for our company as we continue to expand our presence in the market and embark towards fully automated “item” recognition within video.

TwoScoreTwo

19 October 2017
Presenter: Sam Savant, Founder

Sam SavantTwoScoreTwo 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.  Available toolsets allow centralized administrative control and efficient user processes to simplify the use of Blockchain technology.

Sam Savant is the Founder and CEO of TwoScoreTwo - The Blockchain Commerce Company. 

Sam has 15 plus years experience working with global supply chains in companies like XPO and Ryder.  Prior to launching TwoScoreTwo, Sam was the Director of Innovation and Product Development at Ryder.  His experience spans Technology development, Sales & Solutions, and Engineering.  He has worked both in the trenches implementing solutions for customers at their sites, as well as with the executive leadership selling strategy and getting investments.

Sam has 3 graduate degrees: Computational Mathematics from Univ of Michigan, Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an MBA majoring in Marketing & Finance

Circadian Risk

21 September 2017
Presenter: Dan Young, Founder & CEO

Circadian Risk has dramatically improved the physical security risk analysis process so Security Consultants and their clients (organizations) can better understand their risk to an undesirable event at one of their properties, and do so on a daily basis, to actively reduce the probability and severity of those incidents.

Daniel Young completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Security Management at Michigan State University and his Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Trident University.  Currently, Mr. Young is the Founder and CEO at Circadian Risk Inc., a provider of Software as a Service Solutions for risk analysis to allow a company to understand their True Risk to an undesirable event on a daily basis.  And has been a security and risk advisor for over 10 years.

Previously, Mr. Young served as the Regional Bioterrorism Coordinator for District 1 in Michigan.  As the regional coordinator, he was instrumental in providing leadership to District 1 organizations and the State of Michigan for preparing communities for an incident either terrorist based or naturally occurring.  As a result, the District 1 Regional Medical Response Coalition (D1RMRC) developed a systems improvement plan that provided recommendations to help hospitals, public health, and emergency management prepare for all types of incidents.

Mr. Young acted as the Private Security Liaison for the City of Lansing’s Critical Infrastructure Team.  This team identified and documented deficiencies in the city’s critical infrastructure.  The Local Planning Team then approved the countermeasures to improve the resiliency of those targets. 

Mi Padrino

27 July 2017
Presenter: Kimberly Gamez, Founder & CEO

Mi Padrino is a moderating organization specializing in the crowd-gifting events for the global Hispanic event market. The company offers a reliable alternative to traditional means of padrinos (financial sponsors) and promotes traditional Latin American cultural celebrations such as Quinceañeras, weddings, Tres Años and baptisms. Offering both a B2C and B2B revenue model, Mi Padrino has solved a huge problem for the Hispanic people yet has given national and local businesses an opportunity to capture the attention of the fastest growing demographic in the US.

Update - Year 1:

Mi Padrino has been growing exponentially since its launch in June 2017, blowing a year-end user goal of 600 out of the water, with actual users totaling 50,000! Founder Kim Gamez won $50K at a female pitch competition in Upstate New York in October '17, and just a few weeks later went on to win $100K at Accelerate Michigan's Innovation Competition! Mi Padrino was featured nationwide on the cover of Quinceanera Magazine this Spring, and is excited to announce that Carley Roney, Founder of TheKnot, has joined the team as a mentor/advisor. Mi Padrino recently closed a Series Seed investment led by Astia Angels, and is currently part of the Desai Accelerator in Ann Arbor. The company has many strategic partnerships in the works, is building features that will allow growth into Mexico, and is on track to hit 500,000 users this year!

Spellbound

18 May 2017
Presenter: Christina York, Founder & CEO

Christina York - SpellboundSpellBound is a therapeutic tool that uses augmented reality technology to calm children before medical procedures and increase their cooperation with treatment. SpellBound’s 3D experiences are being used in top-tier pediatric hospitals to distract during painful procedures and encourage motor skill rehabilitation, reducing trauma for children and cost of care for hospitals.

Christina York is the founder and CEO of SpellBound, an Ann Arbor-based technology startup that is anchoring the $95Bn augmented reality industry in the Midwest. Christina comes from a user experience background and spent 15 years designing technology solutions for health care and higher ed, building high-performing teams and managing 7-figure budgets. She holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Information Science and is active in the STEM movement in southeastern Michigan.

Update - Year 1:

SpellBound is a digital pain and anxiety management tool that is used by hospital therapists to get patients to cooperate with medical treatment. Since we were part of NEF (pitching in May 2017), we have gone from 8 to 21 hospitals as customers, seen revenue grow by 210% over Q2 last year, and now have 3 FTEs and 5 contract to round out our team. SpellBound was recognized at Accelerate Michigan this year, making it to the top 10 and taking home the People’s Choice award. We’ve also started to raise a seed round to fuel our growth and have a lead investor out of Chicago.

Carrot

18 May 2017
Presenter: Michael Antaran, Founder

CARROT is a mobile health & wellness program that motivates participants on an individual level. Its proprietary algorithm allows members to compete equally for rewards, providing instant gratification for meeting personalized goals. CARROT's easy-to-manage program delivers three times the engagement at one-sixth the cost of traditional fitness initiatives.

Michael Antaran is the Founder and CEO of Marvel Apps, an independent software company based in Royal Oak. A lifelong Metro Detroiter, Michael earned degrees from Wayne State and Central Michigan before spending 15 years as a powertrain engineer with Chrysler and General Motors. Michael took the lessons learned in the auto industry - primarily, a focus on customer experience - to successfully guide his own company.

Since 2008, Marvel Apps has specialized in creating fun, engaging mobile games - and in January 2016, they gamified health and wellness with an innovative program called "CARROT".

Update - Year 1:

The number of CARROT clients has tripled in the last year; 25-plus organizations now offer CARROT to nearly 90,000 paid users (employees).

A promising new B-to-B channel, “CARROT for Community Health”, was recently introduced with Beaumont Health launching the program in Metro Detroit. CARROT is the high-tech centerpiece to support Beaumont’s community health efforts at its eight regional hospitals. CARROT is currently in negotiations with several other community health organizations.  

In the first quarter of 2018, CARROT raised $40,000 through Netcapital.com, a crowdfunding platform. CARROT is in the process of raising another round to allow the company to boost its sales and marketing efforts globally.

Looking ahead, CARROT will introduce “CARROT Premium” with the launch of CARROT 3.0 in Q3 2018. For a monthly fee (an in-app purchase), “Premium” will allow any user worldwide to enjoy the same benefits as participants in a CARROT wellness program. CARROT is also finalizing gamified twists to address two other foundational elements of wellness – nutrition and sleep.

Clingfish

20 April 2017
Presenter: Tasneen Bowe, CEO & Co-Founder

A patented vacuum accessory mount that allows use on aluminum-bodied vehicles without damaging the roof or any interior or external elements.

As the CEO and Co-Founder of Clingfish Products, Tasneen Bowe is responsible for running all facets of the business. Tasneen has a proven executive management track record and over 10 years of experience driving sales, strategy, and marketing strategies in the real estate, retail, and technology industries. She serves on the board of directors for The Women’s Council of Washtenaw County. In addition, Ms. Bowe earned a BA in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University and a Certified Associates in Project Management accreditation.

MySwimPro

16 March 2017
Presenter: Fares Ksebati, Co-Founder & CEO

MySwimPro is the #1 fitness application for swimmers around the world. The mobile application for iPhone and Android delivers personalized swim workouts, instructional video content and detailed analytics so swimmers can improve their performance and health. Apple named MySwimPro the Best Watch App of 2016 and the company has been featured on the home page of the App store and in Sports Illustrated and numerous international sports-technology publications.

Fares is the Co-Founder and CEO of MySwimPro. A fitness application that helps swimmers achieve their goals. He is a former collegiate swimmer, U.S. Masters swimming national champion and American Swim Coaches Association Fellow. The company has received international accolades by Apple and has been featured in Sports Illustrated and on the home page of the App Store. Without further delay, I'd like to introduce you to Fares of MySwimPro.

Update - Year 1:

Since last March, MySwimPro has made significant traction and developed global partnerships. The team successfully raised a round of equity crowdfunding that included over 150 angel investors and venture capitalists meanwhile doubling their conversion rate to premium subscribers. MySwimPro has grown revenue by more than 40% for the last 7 consecutive quarters. The team has brought on a full-time Marketing Director and is actively hiring.

MySwimPro launched the world's first swimming app for the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch and recently initiated a partnership with CASIO for their Android Wear App. The company's CEO, Fares Ksebati was just in Tokyo, Japan speaking at the CASIO press event discussing the partnership. They received the TechTown on Tap Labs Award presented by Ernst & Young, and there are more product and partnership announcements that will be forthcoming. 

Melius Outcomes (TM)

16 February 2017
Presenter: AkkeNeel Talsma, CEO & Founder

AkkeNeel Talsma - Melius CEO & FounderMelius Outcomes™ is a cloud-based software/services solution for hospital clinicians to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes.  Using a hospital’s existing electronic health records (EHR) system, Melius identifies point-of-care quality issues and then provides evidence-based recommendations and training videos to correct them.

AkkeNeel Talsma is the Founder and CEO of Melius Outcomes. Dr. Talsma led the development of a prototype data methodology from initial concept to a 25-hospital pilot demonstrating significantly improved surgical patient outcomes. She has over 20 years of clinical performance improvement expertise and is a noted international speaker on quality and safety. Dr. Talsma completed her graduate nursing education from the University of Michigan.

Update - Year 1:

Melius Outcomes has seen great progress in 2017 with the addition of a business development officer, Erik Lovell. We have also rounded out our technical capacity (database developer, analytics) and our targeted market information.  We received two years of data from a previous pilot hospital that is used for demo purposes. Melius has started working with a Michigan health system (8 hospitals) to implement the Melius measures for a prototype version. Fundraising in 2017 includes an initial round from the founders, MedHealth ($10K) and completion of BAF allocated projects. We are working on a pre-seed round ($300k) and are pursuing private investors and grant opportunities to complete the MVP and develop customers in our target market. 

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