TUESDAY, 13-NOVEMBER
Location:Guardian Building
5:30pm-7:30pm Opening VIP Reception
Hosted by Wayne County Edge; Sponsored by Bank of America & Comcast
WEDNESDAY, 14-NOVEMBER
Location:Westin Book Cadillac
8:00am-8:45am Registration & networking breakfast
8:45am-9:00am Welcome & opening remarks
Julie Gustafson, Executive Director, Macomb-OU INCubator
9:00am-11:00am Semi-Finalist Company presentations
11:00am-11:15am Networking break
Sponsored by Macomb-OU INCubator
11:15am-12:45pm Semi-Finalist Student presentations
12:45pm-2:00pm Networking lunch
Sponsored by Spartan Innovations
Panel Session — Sponsored by Detroit Regional Chamber
Detroit 2.0: VC Funded Companies
Venture capital investment plays a key role in the success of entrepreneurial ventures. Hear how successful entrepreneurs in our region have leveraged this resource and survived through this difficult economic period of the past three years. They will share their journey and how a challenging environment can create strategic decision-making and success.
2:00pm-4:00pm Semi-Finalist Company presentations
4:00pm-4:15pm Networking break
Sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK
4:15pm-5:30pm Semi-Finalist Student presentations
5:30pm-7:00pm Evening Reception
Sponsored by the Growth Capital Network & Cascade Partners
THURSDAY, 15-NOVEMBER
Location:Westin Book Cadillac
8:00am-8:45am Registration & networking breakfast
Sponsored by the Automation Alley
8:45am-9:00am Welcome & opening remarks
Leslie Smith, President & CEO of TechTown
9:00am-11:00am Semi-Finalist Company presentations
11:00am-11:15am Networking break
Sponsored by TechTown
11:15am-12:45pm Semi-Finalist Student presentations
12:45pm-2:00pm Networking lunch
Sponsored by Spartan Innovations
Panel Session - Sponsored by Brooks Kushman
Entrepreneurship & International Trade — Transformational Growth through Exports
Over the next five years, 85 percent of the world’s economic growth will occur outside the United States. Already, U.S. companies are realizing the business potential in exporting. A January 2012 survey conducted by Industry Week magazine revealed that the majority of executives reporting increased company exports said their businesses are thriving. The panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities companies experience as they pursue increasing their sales through export, the benefits of international trade, strategies for growing the international businesses, and how to network with other executives to explore collaborative opportunities for business growth.
2:00pm Finalist Students and Companies announced
2:15pm-3:15pm Finalist Students present
3:30pm Competition adjourns and moves to Orchestra Hall
THURSDAY, 15-NOVEMBER
Location:Orchestra Hall
5:00pm-5:30pm Opening reception
5:30pm-6:00pm Welcome remarks

Keynote: John Fernandez, Fmr. Asst. Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

Student Award Winners Announced
6:00pm-7:00pm Company Final Presentations
7:00pm-8:00pm Strolling Supper
8:00pm-8:40pm Keynote:Terry Jones, Founder and Former CEO of Travelocity
8:40pm-8:50pm Spirit of Michigan Award

Recipient: Dan Gilbert & Rock Ventures

8:50pm-9:30pm Company Award Winners Announced