30 November 2017


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

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

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.


Chris Roebuck: Founder & CEO.  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.

Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurs' Tech War Stories

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will discuss Tales from the front lines. Be put in the shoes and experience the behind-the-scenes tough choices entrepreneurs face, the insider stories that you won't read about. Our experienced panel will 'tell all' the in's and out's of these challenges in this don't miss panel discussion.

We hope that this will be of greater interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and the audience. Join us to learn more.


Steve Schwartz, Co-Founder and CTO for Genomenon, Ann Arbor, MI.
Steve is the Co-Founder and CTO for Genomenon which reduces the time Pathologists and Geneticists spend researching and interpreting genomic variants from hours to minutes. Genomenon was recently awarded a $1.8M grant by the National Institutes of Health. Steve is also the Managing Member of Alfa Jango which provides web-based software and application development for early-stage startups. In the past, he was Co-Founder and CTO of Carcode who had a product, CarcodeSMS, which helps customers to purchase cars via text message. In 2014, Edmunds.com acquired CarcodeSMS. It was for this achievement that New Enterprise Forum awarded Steve with the NEF Entrepreneur of the Year. He holds two BS degrees from Kettering University in the fields of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Michael Sherman, Sales, Johnson and Johnson, MI
Michael's background is in engineering, entrepreneurship, and sales. He currently works in Sales for Johnson and Johnson, where he won Territory of the Year in 2016 and is first in every growth category YTD 2017. Previously Michael was Vice President of Sales for Sentio, LLC, a start-up medical device company based in Wixom, MI. In this sales role he took the company from pre-revenue to over 10,000 surgeries performed in three years. This ultimately resulted in a large eight figure exit (acquired by JNJ), and substantial return to shareholders. Prior to Sentio, Michael worked as a Chief Engineer at Terumo Cardiovascular Systems. Prior to working in the med device space, Michael spent nine years working in the Automotive Industry. Michael holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University, and an MBA from UM Ann Arbor.

Scott Taylor, Commercialization Advisor at SBDC Tech Team, MI.

Scott advises CEOs and founders of innovative technology companies on their commercialization strategy, specifically to help position their businesses for rapid scale up and equity financing. Previously, as one of two Founders of Soloshot Inc, he served as the company's President while scaling it from an idea into a global brand with multiple product line generations, worldwide distribution, in-house and outsourced manufacturing, internal and external 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, and currently resides in the greater Ann Arbor area with his wife and two young kids.


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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