Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
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November 2017
Downtown Detroit
The Investor Event of the Year
Accelerate Michigan has been highlighted as one of the premier events in the Great Lakes region for high-growth companies & venture investors. Awarding $1,000,000 in cash & in-kind prizes, the Competition attracts more than 200 company applications annually and will push 36 companies through to the Semi-Final Pitches on November 3rd to compete for the $500,000 Grand Prize among other prizes. Accelerate Michigan generates great exposure for elite companies through partnerships with prominent North American investors, venture-focused publications & quality accelerator programs. This competition is often regarded as THE launchpad for Great Lakes startups!

Investor Judges

Accelerate Michigan has partnered with the Michigan Venture Capital Association, an organization designed to bring together the state’s venture capital participants & stakeholders, to attract the most prominent venture firms and angel investors in the country. These firms and investors will not only attend the program, but will also participate as judges and mentors for the companies competing. As we get closer to the date, we will publish profiles of all participating investors!

See the Judges
Accelerate Michigan has partnered with Spartan Innovations to host a student-centric pitch competition that will award $15,000+ in cash prizes to the top student-led businesses across the state. More information about this competition – company eligibility, company application, and deliverables – will be posted soon. However, it should be known that students from any Michigan-based college or university will be able to participate and compete for the winnings.
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Each year Accelerate Michigan attracts more than 500 attendees from across the region and awards more than $1,000,000 in cash & in-kind prizes. This is by far one of the most exciting venture-focused events in the state of Michigan, stay tuned for additional updates on the program, companies, investor judges & more!


Accelerate Michigan would not exist without the generosity of its private, foundation, and public partners. Through their vision of a new Michigan with a fast growing tech economy, we are able to bring this amazing event each year.