Semi-Finalists for the 2017 Student Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Announced

Semi-Finalists for the 2017 Student Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Announced

Semi-Finalists for the 2017 Student Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Announced

Twenty-seven semi-finalists to compete for $21,000 cash prizes

DETROIT – October 26, 2017 – The Student Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is pleased to announce today the semi-finalists for its annual program.

Student Accelerate is an incredible opportunity for Michigan’s young entrepreneurs to step out and take risks,” said Paul Jaques, Director of Community and Student Engagement at Spartan Innovations. “Today’s semi-finalists come from colleges and universities all across Michigan and represent the top student-based startup ideas. I’m honored to announce our 2017 Student Accelerate Michigan Class.”

Over fifty companies applied to compete in 2017’s program. The applicant pool is representative of eleven universities across Michigan, including Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Northwestern Michigan College, Northwood University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Western Michigan University.

“Each year, Student Accelerate brings together some of our most motivated talent,” said Jaques. “All of the competition participants are to be congratulated for demonstrating true innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship.”

After an intense review process conducted by various directors of entrepreneurship programs from various Michigan colleges and universities, 27 semi-finalists have been selected to compete for up to $21,000 in cash prizes.

About Student Accelerate, Accelerate Michigan, and Partners

Student Accelerate is a partnership between Invest Detroit and Spartan Innovations that collaborates with Michigan colleges and universities. This partnership provides for a student-centric pitch competition that awards over $21,000 in cash prizes to the top student-led businesses across the state. Students from any Michigan-based college or university are able to participate and compete for the winnings.

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is one of the largest business competitions in the nation celebrating its eighth year highlighting the best and brightest early-stage business to regional investors. The competition continues to showcase the state as a powerhouse for business opportunity and the next generation of technology. Participating companies have raised more than $550 million in funding and have created more than 1,000 jobs in Michigan. Since 2014, the program has been led by Invest Detroit as its presenting partner.

Made possible by grants from the New Economy Initiative and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Jobs Fund as well as a significant amount of corporate and community support, Accelerate Michigan has had a significant positive impact on the state’s economy, bolstering and advancing Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. For competition & registration information for the November 3rd event, please visit

Competition Timeline

  • Student Semi-Finalist Pitches will be presented from 11:20am–12:20pm on November 16th, 2017 at the Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit, MI 48201.
  • Student Finalist Pitches will comprise 9 student finalists from 3.00pm–4.00pm
  • Winners will be announced at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition dinner reception at  8pm

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2017 Student Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Semifinalists

Central Michigan University
Elemental, Co LLC.
Guarded Safety

Grand Valley State University
Locker Lifestyle™
The Deployment

Hope College
Deep Sight


Michigan State University
Agri-Tech Pvt., Ltd.
Giggot LLC
Vloggle, LLC
What’s Cookin’

Michigan Technological University

Northwood University

University of Michigan
Arbor Automation Inc.
Points Machine
Ponix Inc.

Wayne State University
It Comes Naturally LLC

Western Michigan University
MP Insert Engineering