18 May 2017
NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit
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. 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.
Michael Antaran, Founder and CEO. Carrot is a mobile health and wellness program that motivates participants to meet personal goals using a proprietary algorithm that provides instant gratification that increases success.
Christina York, Founder and CEO. SpellBound 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.
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:
- Bryan Richardson, Bryan’s Backyard, Community sports amusement parks
- Nicolas Theoret, Jacket 360, Wearable blind spot detection devices
- Mike Westcott, Wellwith, Wellwith is the wellness rewards network built to save local businesses money and reward customers in the fight against single-use waste.
Pitch Pit Judges:
Francis Criqui, President, Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and Managing Partner, Technology Highway, L3C.
Francis “Tex” Criqui, former Director of the LTU Collaboratory at Lawrence Tech, is now President of the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and Managing Partner in Technology Highway, L3C. Technology Highway designs unique, comprehensive, process driven solutions to entrepreneurial challenges. Mr Criqui has served as a mentor, judge, and advisor for numerous competition in SE Michigan over the past 5 years. He is also an instructor for a customer discovery program based upon the NSF I-Corps.
Jane DeLancey, DeLancey Design, Ann Arbor, MI
After working for the in-house marketing departments of ADP Network Services and Gelman Sciences Jane launched DeLancey Design in 1984. Since then she has worked for over 150 clients on a wide variety of designs projects for clients representing a wide variety of industries. She currently is focusing on marketing projects for the manufacturing industry. An NEF Board member and past Chair of the NEF Marketing Committee, Jane has coached entrepreneurs for NEF for the last six years, and has been a coach for Great Lakes Entrepreneur Quest.
Angela Kujava, Managing Director, Desai Accelerator, Ann Arbor, MI
Angela Kujava is the Managing Director of Desai Accelerator, responsible for the execution and development of the program, including mentoring startups and selecting and managing investments. She works closely with the region’s business and campus communities to further existing relationships for the benefit of not only the participating startups but also the broader entrepreneurial landscape.
Prior to Desai, Angela was the Director of Innovation at a global application development firm, where she led the marketing, creative, and eCommerce teams.
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.