Past Events

30 November 2017

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion

ForumLocation: 

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

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.

Clicktivated

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.

Panel:

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.

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 October 2017

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

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

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: 

21 September 2017

Term Sheets - Understanding What Your Investors Want

ForumLocation: 

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

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.

Circadian Risk

Daniel Young, Founder and 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.

Panel Discussion: Term Sheets - Understanding What Your Investors Want

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will guide you through understanding importance of taking the right steps 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.

When you raise a round of funding for your company, you will negotiate the terms of the investment with a lead investor.  What is the process to close the deal?  What are the investors looking for?  What do you need to know about the types of terms?  Whether you’re talking straight equity or convertible debt, our panel of experts has the answers.

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

Panelist:

Prem Bodagala, Director, Invest Michigan (MI Pre-Seed Fund 2.0)

Prem Bodagala leverages his experience in venture capital, investment banking, valuation and economic development to provide Invest Michigan and its clients a diversified skillset across the continuum of tech companies’ development.  Prem leads the life sciences sourcing, diligence and portfolio management functions at Invest Michigan, an early stage investment fund, where he joined as Director in 2017 after successful tenures in venture capital, investment banking, valuation and economic development. In his most recent full-time role prior to Invest Michigan, Prem managed a portfolio of 20 startups & 3 venture funds. He also created and co-authored the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s first internal valuation summary for its $140 MM equity and loan portfolio. Before the MEDC, Prem sourced investment opportunities, triaged deal flow and researched market intelligence while working as an Associate for a $15 MM life sciences focused early-stage venture capital fund. He led the diligence team in performing deep market, financial and organizational analysis on 15+ deals, resulting in the fund investing $9.75 MM along with 31 co-investors in 7 portfolio companies for a total equity raise of $160 MM. Prem launched his career in finance as an associate at an investment banking firm serving the middle market, where he led the analysis, research and project management functions across the buy-side, sell-side, valuation and capital raise practice for the firm’s healthcare, furniture, automotive, defense, nutraceutical, oil & gas and facilities management clients resulting in transactions totaling over $100 MM.

Mike Flanagan, Director of Capital Programs, Ann Arbor SPARK

Mike Flanagan is Director of Capital Programs at Ann Arbor SPARK, which includes the Michigan Angel Fund, Michigan Pre-Seed Fund, and Microloan programs, all designed to help early stage technology companies and entrepreneurs get the capital they need to grow and succeed.  Prior to joining SPARK, Mike was Director of Equity Programs at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) responsible for the state’s venture capital, private equity, and mezzanine program investments through the 21st Century Investment Fund, Venture Michigan Funds, and Venture Development Fund.  Prior to that, Mike held several other positions at MEDC including Director of Capital Markets, where he was instrumental in the design and management of multiple development finance programs across the capital continuum, including the Collateral Support, Loan Participation, Venture Development, Small Business Investment Tax Credit, and Small Business Mezzanine Fund.  Mike also helped lead the application and fund raising process to secure $80 million for Michigan businesses through US Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), an evergreen fund that now supports many of the state’s development finance programs.  Prior to joining the MEDC, Mike held several commercial banking roles at JP Morgan Chase Bank and Morgan Stanley for 10 years.  Mike holds a BA and MPP/MPA from the University of Michigan and holds certifications from the Venture Capital Institute and Michigan Bankers Association.  He is also a frequent speaker and panelist at economic development and industry events in Michigan and nationally.

Stewart V. (Stew) Nelson, CEO, Mayasil, LLC

If you are active in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in SE Michigan, it is likely that you have met Stew Nelson. Stew is the past President of the New Enterprise Forum. Stew is a serial entrepreneur with Founder’s title in Mayasil, LLC, GAPro Systems, Adrelenventis, LLC, Solidspeed Networks and Geostrip Systems just to mention a few.  As an active angel investor, he has ownership equity positions in Blaze Medical Devices, Sentinl, SurClean, Catalyst, Family Mint, among others.  Stew is a retired pilot with over 30 years of military and commercial experience and more recently as a commercial insurance professional with Kapnick Insurance Group.  Not satisfied with retirement three times now, Stew is currently serving as CEO of Mayasil, LLC.  Stew is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, BA, 69 and Eastern Michigan University, MBA 92.

Moderator:

Bill Mayer, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services

Bill Mayer has founded and exited multiple start-ups in the technology and finance sectors. His areas of expertise are in finance, securities and quantitative analysis. He has founded and worked with numerous businesses covering a broad range of industry sectors, ranging from start-up ventures through Fortune 500 companies. Client engagements have covered a broad range of services including market strategy, portfolio structure, and the IPO process. Bill has managed over $125 million in client assets.

Areas of specialty are financial modeling, pricing strategies, the process of private and public equity securitization, management of business assets, and fundraising. He has extensive experience in creating financial models, business valuations, and capitalization tables, as well as navigating advanced business tax issues and the complex issues surrounding securitization. This allows Bill to effectively position clients from an investor’s viewpoint in order to maximize a venture’s ability to receive funding.

Bill has held multiple securities broker licenses for over ten years. This positions him to facilitate the placement of capital directly. Bill holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

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 August 2017

Summer Break - No Forum in August

ForumLocation: 

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

Our next Forum event will be on 21 September 2017 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.

27 July 2017

NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit

ForumLocation: 

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

Showcase Presentations

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.

Mi Padrino

Kimberly Gamez, Founder and 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

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:

  • Omari Lewis, Putt Tracker. An electronic device that tracks golf putts from 0 to 20 feet.
  • Rick Coughlin, Grove Studios. Creative Maker Space
  • William Becker, RevMatch. A social networking application matching car lovers.

Pitch Pit Judges:

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

Bill Mayer, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Services

Bill Mayer has founded and exited multiple start-ups in the technology and finance sectors. His areas of expertise are in finance, securities and quantitative analysis. He has founded and worked with numerous businesses covering a broad range of industry sectors, ranging from start-up ventures through Fortune 500 companies. Bill has managed over $125 million in client assets.

He has extensive experience in creating financial models, business valuations, and capitalization tables, as well as navigating advanced business tax issues and the complex issues surrounding securitization.  Bill has held multiple securities broker licenses for over ten years, which positions him to facilitate the placement of capital directly. Bill holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan."

Amanda Lewan, Co-Founder, Bamboo Detroit

Amanda Lewan is an entrepreneur and award-winning writer. She is Co-founder of Bamboo Detroit, a real estate company that builds inclusive community focused spaces. She is Founder of Michipreneur.com, a digital publication on business and innovation. She received a Bachelor's in Professional Writing from Michigan State University and a Master's in English from Wayne State University. As an entrepreneur and marketer, she has over seven years of startup operations, sales, and strategic marketing experience. Her marketing work has helped dozens of startups and all the way up to fortune 100 companies. Her work has been honored locally and nationally.

Hirak Parikh, Seed Fund Manager, Neuroscientist and Entrepreneur, University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship

Hirak Parikh is the Program Manager for the Monroe-Brown Biomedical Seed fund. Initially funded by a $3M gift from the Monroe-Brown Family Foundation, the Seed Fund provides necessary early-stage capital  to nascent U-M biomedical start-up companies to successfully commercialize their research in the most impactful way possible. With the help an external advisory Board, Hirak is responsible for evaluating and making investments ($50K to $300K) in biomedical spin-outs from U-M in the domains of therapeutics, devices, diagnostics and health IT/digital technologies. He serves as a mentor to the funded companies and supports other commercialization efforts and programs at the University.
 Before taking on this new role, Hirak was Principal Scientist and Director of US Operations for The Neuromarketing Labs – a startup based in Germany. His previous background is in neuroscience research and product development. Hirak is a Wolverine, having obtained his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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: 

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