19 October 2017


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

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

Showcase Presentation

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.

This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community.  Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

Two Score Two

Sam Savant, Founder and CEO.  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. Available toolsets allow centralized administrative control and efficient user processes to simplify the use of Blockchain technology.

NEF 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 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:

  • Anthony Azzi, Deelio. Deelio helps local businesses get their customers talking about them on social media, and converts posts into sales.
  • David Ross, Snookiz. Snookiz is heated products manufacturing technology through which it is possible to create vast variety of products that can apply to many uses such as indulgent, rehabilitation and preventive medicine.
  • Travis Flake, EyeRes. Eyeres is an integrated marketing communication platform that utilizes live streaming as its medium.

Pitch Pit Judges:

A panel of three esteemed judges will provide feedback and score the teams.

Brenda Jones, Chief Operating Officer, TrueJob, Inc. She is a seasoned executive with experience in technology startups, strategic and financial planning, professional services management, and SaaS. Brenda 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 board member 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.

Maggie McCammon, is the Investment Portfolio Manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation where she manages a $30M+ high tech investment portfolio. She researches, designs and implements new programs to increase high tech entrepreneurship and related investment capital. Maggie acts as a consultant to help companies achieve milestones, raise capital, resolve legal issues, and create new partnerships. She fosters industry collaborations, business growth strategy, as well as monitors evaluation, metrics, and impact for the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Venture Capital team. Maggie is active on related boards, committees, and focus groups.

Michael S. Melfi, JD, MBA, is an intellectual property attorney and entrepreneur. He has a dynamic background that allows him to provide insightful legal services while creating business development strategies for funding and growth. With a vision to empower the entrepreneurial ecosystem, Michael is focused on creating value for his clients through a portfolio of products including programming and training.  Over the last decade, Michael founded and led a national multimedia company. As COO and general counsel, Michael pioneered various experiential and digital marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 clients. As a thought leader and innovator, Michael utilized the digital marketing and various social media platforms to develop an online presence for his company in the top 1 percent of all websites globally. Since then Michael has worked with numerous national industry leading products and brands to monetize and grow their business digitally. Michael understands entrepreneurs, because he is one. Part of being an entrepreneur is seeing an opportunity and moving through uncertainty to take advantage of those situations, as well as understanding how to deal with the obstacles. His work with startups and early stage companies has helped him understand how to create an Identity of being an entrepreneur. By developing this identity, an entrepreneur can create success around an idea, or business -without this shift in identity growth becomes impossible. Michael also sits on multiple boards, professionally and philanthropic. Additionally, he has authored four books and speaks publicly around the world.

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 link available on the home page. Registration recommended for planning purposes.

Showcase Presenter: