Stakeholder Sponsors

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is a proud sponsor and the host for New Enterprise Forum! Based in Ann Arbor, we are a high performance hosting provider. We feature an exclusive SwiftServer platform and SSDs that load pages up to 300% faster compared to our competition. We specialize in Web Hosting, VPS Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Reseller Hosting and Dedicated Hosting.

A2Y Chamber of Commerce

The Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is a 1,300-member community organization that actively facilitates, educates and advocates on behalf of its members through our services and programs. Chamber member offerings include numerous networking opportunities and events, educational seminars, leadership development, special offers to Chamber members from Chamber members and access to health insurance. The Chamber offers multiple ways to get your business noticed: submit a press release to be posted in the news section of our homepage, sponsor an event, attend monthly programs, join a committee or find other businesses to interact with in our Member Directory.

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK will advance the economy of the Ann Arbor region by establishing the area as a desired place for business expansion and location... by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from those that are established to those working to successfully commercialize innovations.

Bank of Ann Arbor

It is the mission of Bank of Ann Arbor to be a dynamic, growing and sustainable community bank that is the premier financial institution within the markets it operates; it will be owned by individuals in its markets, managed locally, and responsive to the needs of its communities. The Bank will serve and partner with its customers and communities to achieve their financial goals through high quality products delivered by energized employees and through community service comprised of donations, time, and leadership. Our shareholders will achieve superior long-term value; our employees are valued and will work in a culture that invests in their development and rewards their positive contributions.

Bodman PLC

Bodman's Emerging Companies and Venture Capital team helps startup and emerging companies address the broad range of issues they face when trying to form and grow a business.

We are partners that can help choose the optimal business structure for your organization, secure and negotiate equity or debt financing, handle employment concerns related to employees and independent contractors, and craft an IP strategy that protects your company's assets.

As business advisors, we also understand the non-legal, commercial and strategic side of your business.  We provide pragmatic, down-to-earth advice that is aimed to place you in the best position for future success. 

Our Emerging Companies and Venture Capital team has worked with companies in a wide set of industries such as software, automotive, biotechnology, aerospace, defense, pharmaceutical, publishing, restaurant, security, and telecommunications and more.

Brinks Gilson & Lione

Celebrating its centennial year in 2017, Brinks Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the US, and helps clients around the world to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. Our more than 140 lawyers, patent agents and scientific advisors assist clients in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright law. Brinks attorneys provide informed counsel with respect to innovations in a range of complex and valuable technologies, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, bioengineering, industrial manufacturing, electronics and software and medical devices. 

Butzel Long PC

Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices located in Michigan, New York City, Washington D.C., and alliance offices in Mexico and China. Founded in 1854, Butzel Long is one of the oldest firms in the Midwest, having played a prominent role in the development and growth of several major industries. Business leaders have turned to us for innovative, highly-effective legal counsel for over 155 years.

Our firm has over 3,000 geographically diverse clients that are active in national and international markets. These clients come from many sectors, including advertising, automotive, banking and financial services, construction, energy, health care, insurance, manufacturing, media, pharmaceuticals, professional services, publishing, real estate, retail and wholesale distribution, technology, transportation, and utilities.

Eastern Michigan University Center for Entrepreneurship

Established in 1986, in the College of Business, EMU's Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) strives to enhance a culture of entrepreneurship in the EMU community by supporting a strong entrepreneurship curriculum and offering a variety of co-curricular programs. The CFE also encourages local entrepreneurship by engaging EMU students and faculty in innovation, business creation and growth in southeast Michigan.

Academic Curriculum

This includes a major in entrepreneurship for College of Business (COB) students pursuing a bachelor's in business administration (B.B.A) program, a minor in entrepreneurship for students outside the COB, graduate certificate (both face-to-face and online) in entrepreneurship for anyone with a bachelor's degree and finally, a specialization in entrepreneurship for master's in business administration students.

Skandalaris Business Plan Competition

University (and high school) students compete in separate categories for a chance at thousands in prize money, with the top three placers presenting their plans at the Sesi Entrepreneurship Conference in February. All EMU students are eligible to compete and we happily accept plans that are part of a group project for class. 

 

Michigan Angel Fund

The Michigan Angel Fund is the largest angel group in our state. We invest in Michigan only tech start-ups that are capital efficient and have sales revenue or near revenue.

PNC Bank

PNC offers a wide range of services for all our customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, we're sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for financial success.

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