Our Sponsors

Groundbreaker 

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s sales and marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, tourism and economic growth. We offer a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban development. Discover Pure Michigan at www.MichiganAdvantage.org and www.Michigan.org.

Invest Michigan

Invest Michigan is a nonprofit corporation which manages the Michigan Pre-Seed Fund 2.0 under a contract with the Michigan Strategic Fund. A portion of the fund is dedicated to “University Commercialization” to help universities transfer technology to the marketplace. Investments are made to turn innovative early stage Michigan tech companies into viable businesses, which expand and strengthen our state’s economy. http://investmichigan.org/

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion, retention, and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK represents all communities in the Washtenaw County. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Michigan Works!/ETCS, Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, the Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please visit www.annarborusa.org.

Ralph C Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. believes effective change should make an impact from the start, yet carry long into the future. To do both, he earmarked a portion of his estate and the eventual sale of his beloved Buffalo Bills to fund his namesake foundation. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation began operations in 2015 to continue his legacy—one of generosity and innovation, healthy risk taking and collaboration, and an unshakeable community focus. http://www.ralphcwilsonjrfoundation.org/


Influencer

Marketing Supply Company

Marketing Supply Company uses proven marketing, advertising, and optimization techniques to scale your online presence efficiently and effectively. No matter the size of your business, our data-driven techniques will scale your company growth. Our dedicated account managers are with you every step of the way to make sure you’re getting the most out of our work. http://www.marketingsupply.co/

WeWork

When we started WeWork in 2010, we wanted to build more than beautiful, shared office spaces. We wanted to build a community. A place you join as an individual, 'me', but where you become part of a greater 'we'. A place where we’re redefining success measured by personal fulfillment, not just the bottom line. Community is our catalyst.

Our workspace design features private offices (for teams of 1–100+) with glass walls to maintain privacy without sacrificing transparency or natural light. Common spaces have a distinct aesthetic and vibe that will inspire your team, as well as the guests you bring into our buildings. https://www.wework.com


Gala

GM Ventures

GM Ventures LLC formed in June 2010 to identify, engage and build relationships with other venture capital firms and innovative companies.

Our equity investments deliver innovative technology to the global transportation sector. GM Ventures' investment strategy includes growth-stage companies with focus on the areas of automotive clean-tech, infotainment, advanced materials, and other automotive-related technologies.


Reception

Bank of Ann Arbor

Bank of Ann Arbor's Technology Industry Group provides a full range of banking and investment management products to emerging and later-stage technology and life sciences companies, venture capital firms, angel investors and entrepreneurs. We are working to build Michigan's 21st century economy by providing banking products and services to help innovation-based businesses succeed and by partnering with like-minded individuals, businesses, organizations, and universities. https://www.bankofannarbor.com

Belle Michigan

The BELLE Michigan Fund, LP is an early stage investment fund building great companies in Michigan, the Midwest, and other regions. We provide a premier source of human and financial capital to women-led companies. We look for capital-efficient enterprises with a unique product or service that fill an urgent market need. BELLE Michigan partners believe human capital is just as valuable as financial capital. We seek investments in high growth, capital efficient and scalable enterprises that welcome our expertise and insight, and seek to leverage our leadership and experience. http://www.michbelles.com/


Accelerator

Accelerate with Google

Accelerate with Google believes in leveling the playing field for people with unequal access to technology and economic opportunity. To accelerate their participation in the digital economy, we provide success stories, resources, and programs driven by Googlers and designed for communities who are currently underrepresented online. accelerate.withgoogle.com

Grand Circus

Grand Circus bootcamps prepare you for a career in one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. You’ll learn the most in-demand programming languages and hone your skills as you collaborate with other students.And before you’re done, you’ll present your class project to an audience of industry professionals, including companies ready to hire tech talent. https://www.grandcircus.co/

Plante Moran

Plante Moran is one of the nation's largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with financial, human capital, operations to assist with consultations in audits, international business, taxes and wealth management. Serving a wide range of clients across sectors: business & professional services, construction, consumer goods, education, energy, family office services, financial services, government, healthcare, manufacturing, not-for-profit, private equity, real estate https://www.plantemoran.com/


Incubator

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, a full-service law firm since 1885, has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Phoenix, Arizona, and maintains a presence in Florida. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including: Business & Finance; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health & Life Sciences; Intellectual Property; Labor & Employment; Litigation; Private Client; Real Estate; and Tax http://www.taftlaw.com/

Michigan Venture Capital Association

The Michigan Venture Capital Association is a catalyst for building a strong, diverse, and entrepreneurial Michigan business ecosystem. MVCA represents venture capitalists, angel investors, industry service providers, economic development organization, and high-education institutions – all working together to create new business opportunities and foster Michigan’s growing role as a center of innovation, entrepreneurship, and company creation. To that end, MVCA facilitates communication, builds relationships, promotes advocacy, and sponsors program and other events that support the interests of its members – and everyone else who lives, works, or invests in Michigan. michiganvca.org

Michigan Small Business Development Center

The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies. With offices statewide, the MI-SBTDC positively impacts the economy by strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success.The State Headquarters, located at Grand Valley State University, supports 12 regional offices and over 30 satellite offices, each providing counseling and training to small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the 83 counties in Michigan through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. http://sbdcmichigan.org/

Endeavor Detroit

Endeavor is the only non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Our “mentor capitalist” model breaks down economic and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship through advising from our network of world-class business leaders. With their guidance, our 1,300+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. have created 587,000 high-value jobs and in 2015, generated $8.16 billion. http://www.endeavordetroit.org/

Varnum LLP

Varnum is a leading Michigan law firm providing business and personal legal services to meet the complex needs of its clients. Varnum clients represent a diverse range of business and legal interests: manufacturers, financial institutions, health care providers, professional groups, municipalities, colleges and universities, school districts, developers, publishers, retailers, governmental units, transportation, trade associations and charitable organizations. For more than 125 years, clients have trusted Varnum for excellence, innovation and superior results in the delivery of legal services. Over the years, as the needs of our clients have become more complex, we have kept pace by constantly expanding our areas of practice, our understanding of evolving trends and issues, and our ability to harness technology effectively. http://www.varnumlaw.com/

MedHealth

The MedHealth Summit and MedHealth Challenge are projects of the MedHealth Regional Innovation Cluster, comprised of numerous health care providers, universities and economic development organizations in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario. "Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario are hotbeds for med-tech and digital health innovation, with a unique opportunity for cross-border collaboration. The ideas coming out of this Summit and the Challenge, and the ongoing work of the MedHealth cluster, will shape the face of health care in the region in the years and decades to come." https://medhealthinnovation.org/#partners


Innovator

Bull Run Press

Bull Run Press, Inc is a full-service print and marketing materials provider that has been serving the U.S.A. since February 2012. Our services for non-profit organizations and for-profit companies include graphic design development or re-design, as well as printed promotional materials such as business cards, signage and introduction kits. We also offer mailing services, event invitations, custom printed window/vehicle decals and much more. For more information about our services, please visit our website at www.bullruninc.com.

JR Turnbull

JR Turnbull Communications is a full-service cause marketing and event production company combining experience and vision to design custom programs that build strong relationships between businesses and community organizations through brand awareness. http://www.jrturnbull.com

Lambert Edwards

LE&A is a top-10 Midwest-based PR firm and a top-15 investor relations firm nationally with clients based in 20 states and six countries. As Michigan’s largest PR firm – with offices in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit – LE&A serves middle-market companies and national brands across a wide array of industries and is the state’s largest bipartisan public affairs firm. 

LE&A has posted 18 years of growth, been named PR Week and PRNews Small Firm of the Year, honored as an Edward Lowe “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” and earned Crain’s “Michigan’s Healthiest Employers” and “Coolest Places to Work” awards. LE&A is also a global partner in PROI Worldwide, the largest partnership of independent PR firms in the world spanning 120 cities on five continents. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter @LambertEdwards.

Amy Cell Talent

Amy Cell Talent was launched in March of 2015 to help Michigan startups and small businesses have access to high quality, yet affordable talent acquisition services.  In the prior decade, Amy had led talent programs for Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and had designed dozens of programs to help attract, retain and develop talent.  She understood the gap in programs to help job seekers and employers, and felt that she had a unique background and passion for this issue. Since launching her "talent agency" her team has grown and has been able to help dozens of employers and hundreds of job seekers connect to resources and each other.  She is honored to work with an incredible team, an amazing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Michigan, and with hundreds of people that trust her resources and support to find their next career adventures. https://www.amycelltalent.com

Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Since 1987, Entrepreneurs' Organization has been transforming the lives of the entrepreneurs who transform the world. As the global thought leader on entrepreneurship, EO plays an integral role in businesses, industries and the lives of leading entrepreneurs everywhere. EO was founded to help leading business owners on their path to greater professional success and personal fulfillment. EO is a global community that enriches members’ lives through dynamic peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and connections to experts. EO is the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, supporting today’s business owners in all aspects of their entrepreneurial journey.


Media Partner

WDET 101.9FM

WDET 1o1.9FM  is the authentic voice of Detroit. We serve an engaged, diverse and curious audience through trusted news, inclusive conversations and cultural experiences that empower the Detroit region to move forward.


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