The Premier Michigan Event for Innovators

Honoring the best and brightest early stage entrepreneurs and rewarding them with more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes.

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View 2013 Company Finalists and Award Winners

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November 14 Gala Keynote: Tony Scott, CIO, VMware

Tony Scott, CIO, VMWareFrom Microsoft to Walt Disney Co. to General Motors, Tony Scott has been shaping the direction of some of the country’s most recognizable companies. Join us as this CIO Magazine Hall of Famer talks about how creative vision and leadership can profoundly shape the technology enabled business landscape.


November 13 Keynote: Carla Harris, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, brought to Accelerate Michigan by Inforum.

Hear from Morgan Stanley Managing Director Carla Harris, one of Wall Street’s most powerful and respected voices, on the changing landscape for women entrepreneurs and the increasing opportunities for investors and advisors in creating the next economy in Detroit and Michigan.

Recently appointed by President Barack Obama to chair of the National Women’s Business Council, Ms. Harris has extensive industry experience in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and health care sectors. Over the course of her 26-year Wall Street career, she has navigated several IPO transactions, including UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and Immunex Corporation, the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history.


The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business competition designed to bring together later stage entrepreneurial companies with local, national and international investors.

It showcases the best and brightest new business concepts to investment capital to help foster their growth within Michigan. Targeting entrepreneurs with mid-to-late seed-entrepreneurial businesses — the competition has an immediate and positive impact on Michigan’s economy.  In 2012, sixty venture capitalists from fifty one firms judged the competition – providing a great network across the country as well as constructive feedback to help the participating companies in their persistent drive for excellence.