PREMIER SPONSORS
The 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.
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Quicken Loans
Quicken Loans — Committed to Our Clients for More than a Quarter Century! For a quarter century, we’ve been creating innovative mortgage solutions for people just like you. The result: exclusive technology providing unparalleled service and the fastest, easiest mortgage available.
PLATINUM SPONSORS
DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon.
Masco Corporation Foundation
The Masco Corporation Foundation supports not-for-profit organizations in areas of the arts, culture, housing and environmental initiatives. Additionally, the Foundation makes limited grants to a number of very specific civic, educational and human service initiatives in the communities where it does business. The Masco Corporation Foundation was founded in 1952 and is funded with contributions from Masco Corporation. Masco Corporation is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer products for the home including Behr® paint, Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures, and KraftMaid® and Merillat® cabinetry. For more information on the Foundation and the Masco family of brands, visit www.masco.com.
NextEnergy
NextEnergy is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization established in 2002 to drive advanced energy investment and job creation in Michigan. Located in Midtown Detroit’s innovation corridor, NextEnergy serves as a catalyst for advanced energy technology demonstration and commercialization in the state. Since its inception, NextEnergy has helped to attract more than $1 billion of new investment, including over $150 million generated by programs in which we have directly participated.
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Brooks Kushman
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a nationally ranked intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California. Brooks Kushman represents clients of all sizes, ranging from some of the world’s largest corporations to small start-ups, and provides legal counsel on patent prosecution, IP litigation, trademarks, trade secrets, open source compliance, technical design consulting and e-discovery. With more than 80 highly specialized, IP-focused legal professionals, Brooks Kushman’s breadth of technical expertise ensures that clients are matched with a legal professional who has the background and expertise of their unique industry. For more information, please visit: www.brookskushman.com
VENTURE PARTNERS
Michigan Venture Capital Association
The MVCA is a trade organization designed to bring together venture capital industry participants in the state of Michigan. The organization’s goal is to grow and sustain a vibrant venture capital community in Michigan. Our membership includes private and corporate venture capital firms, angel investors, and other entrepreneurial infrastructure participants, such as Universities, entrepreneurial and economic development organizations. The MVCA is a vehicle to bring together industry participants and to provide a concerted voice for Michigan’s venture capital industry.
National Association of Seed & Venture Funds
The National Association of Seed & Venture Funds (NASVF) is an international membership organization that advocates for the growth of seed and early-stage innovation capital. NASVF connects the people in the world of venture capital and regional economic development. We collaborate with public and private fund managers and tech transfer professionals, the folks who are committed to building their local economies by investing in entrepreneurs.NASVF began in 1993 as an ad-hoc group of practitioners seeking the best models to encourage capital formation in their states, particularly for new technology ventures. These founders continued to meet each year and in 1997 formally incorporated the group as a not-for-profit named the National Association of State Venture Funds. The name was changed in 2000 to reflect the Association’s expanding service to private sector funds and programs.
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Quicken Loans
Quicken Loans — Committed to Our Clients for More than a Quarter Century! For a quarter century, we’ve been creating innovative mortgage solutions for people just like you. The result: exclusive technology providing unparalleled service and the fastest, easiest mortgage available.
Detroit Venture Partners
We’re a Detroit-based Venture Capital firm on a crazed mission. We back seed and early-stage technology companies who have a purpose. Our purpose is to help rebuild the Detroit area through entrepreneurial fire. We view business building as a palate for creative expression and an opportunity to make a difference and change the world. If not, why bother?We are creative business builders, not money managers. We are entrepreneurs helping other entrepreneurs build and grow meaningful companies. It’s not just about the idea or the industry. To us, it’s about backing passionate entrepreneurs that can both dream and execute. Great thinking trumps fancy diplomas. Imagination beats pedigree.Looking for investment opportunities in these sectors: internet, digital media, marketing technology, direct-to-consumer, sports & entertainment, social media, e-commerce, software. Your biotech or advanced manufacturing idea may be groundbreaking, but that’s not our focus. We’d just screw it up if we got involved.
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Detroit Innovate
Detroit Innovate is a new initiative recently launched with the support of New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan. It will help launch technology companies in Southeast Michigan in life sciences; digital clean tech, which uses software to reduce energy use or waste generation; advanced manufacturing and transportation; and business-to-business software.
Spartan Innovations
Spartan Innovations provides the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU research technologies into successful Michigan businesses – and spur entrepreneurship in the Michigan economy. Spartan Innovations is co-located with and complements the work being done now by MSU Technologies, the university’s technology transfer office organized in 2007, and Business-CONNECT, created in 2009 as MSU’s portal for engagement with the business community. All three units are part of the MSU Innovation Center. The MSU Foundation, which serves as fiduciary and trustee for MSU’s charitable annuities, trusts, and gifts of property, provides major funding for the initiative.
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RECEPTION SPONSOR
Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan
Since 1984, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has served as a vehicle for donors, volunteers and community members to identify important issues, share ideas and build financial resources to make positive long-term change.Every day, the Community Foundation is helping individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other foundations meet their charitable and financial goals by providing tools and resources that make giving to one’s community easier, flexible and effective.The Community Foundation exists in perpetuity to enhance the quality of life of the citizens in southeast Michigan in the seven counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston and St. Clair. We also help donors invest.
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Michigan Venture Capital Association
The MVCA is a trade organization designed to bring together venture capital industry participants in the state of Michigan. The organization’s goal is to grow and sustain a vibrant venture capital community in Michigan. Our membership includes private and corporate venture capital firms, angel investors, and other entrepreneurial infrastructure participants, such as Universities, entrepreneurial and economic development organizations. The MVCA is a vehicle to bring together industry participants and to provide a concerted voice for Michigan’s venture capital industry.
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Growth Capital Network
The Growth Capital Network (GCN) serves the early state to mid-market business community by executing programs to connect growth companies with the necessary capital to accelerate their vision. With this platform, GCN runs the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, the Green Technology Entrepreneur Academy and the Midwest Midmarket Capital Survey. Our team can connect highly qualified companies who are candidates for capital to venture, mezzanine and private equity firms. Our team has extensive global capital and corporate connections that they bring to bear in a number of programs for the benefit of high value companies and capital sources. We have extensive experience deal sourcing for capital as well as screening and preparing companies to move to the next level of success.Lauren Bigelow and her team at GCN serve the business community by executing programs to connect entrepreneurial and growth companies with the necessary capital to accelerate their vision. With this platform, GCN runs the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, the Green Technology Entrepreneur Academy and the Midwest Midmarket Capital Survey.The Growth Capital Network has developed dozens of programs for universities, economic development organizations and commercial organizations in Europe, Asia and North America. Core to these programs is an understanding of the value neeeded to motivate investors and high value companies to connect in a highly efficient manner. Find out more at www.GrowthCap.net.
Cascade Partners LLC
Cascade Partners LLC is an investment banking and private investment firm serving entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors active in the middle market. Drawing on the deep management, investment and transaction experience of its principals, Cascade Partners provides the guidance and resources necessary to navigate the complexities of managing growth as well as acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic initiatives. Having partnered for nearly the past decade, the team has formed Cascade Partners to better serve the middle market. In select situations, Cascade Partners provides mezzanine or equity capital, directly or with its partners, to fund growth financings, acquisitions or change of control transactions involving companies serving the healthcare, technology, business services and the manufacturing industries. Cascade Partners manages Cascade Growth Partners, an operationally focused private investment fund targeting healthcare, value-added manufacturing and technology-enabled service businesses. In addition, Cascade’s principals continue to manage Seneca Health Partners, a venture capital fund supporting emerging healthcare businesses. For more information please visit www.cascade-partners.com.
INNOVATION SPONSORS
Bizdom
Bizdom is a startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs launch, fund and grow innovative, web and tech-based startups. Our startups receive seed funding, intense mentoring and access to expertise from our extensive network, a dynamic workspace, potential introductions to outside investors and more. We are a nonprofit that was founded by Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and general partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Bizdom is located in the cities of Detroit and Cleveland.
Michigan Small Business & Technology 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.
Varnum Law
For more than 120 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. Today, with over 150 lawyers practicing in five offices, Varnum is firmly established as one of the region’s premier law firms. A full service-provider of legal counsel, Varnum has a strong core of expertise.
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, charitable organizations, and utilities. Our team approach to client service provides an outstanding model for maintaining the close personal relationship that traditionally exists between lawyer and client, while ensuring the clients also have available to them the full resources of the firm. One of our lawyers will assume primary responsibility for the client relationship, and he or she will be assisted as needed by other lawyers within the firm who can offer their expertise on a particular matter.
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MEDIA
Corp! magazine
Corp! magazine was founded in 1998 to inform, intrigue, and entertain business owners and top level executives by providing features, news and profiles. In 2006, the publication was acquired by the publishing team of Editor-in-Large Edward Deeb and Jennifer Kluge, Publisher. Keeping pace with today’s communications industry, Corp! Magazine is proud to produce informative and intriguing business feature content in two distinct publications — print and online. Corp! in print provides business features, news and profiles with a Michigan emphasis. In 2006, Corp! magazine’s print circulation was expanded to reach 31,000-plus business owners, executives and management throughout Michigan. The Corp! online edition, which contains its own original content, goes to opt-in subscribers every other week and has a reach into the Midwest and beyond. Special online editions focus on Human Resources, Green/Sustainability, Digital/Technology and other special topics.
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Michigan Business Network
Michigan Business Network.com is The resource for communication and information for the entire Michigan business community. MBN is now the hub of all business communications in the state of Michigan.The 24/7 broadcast component features Internet radio broadcast with shows that features business news, information, legislative updates and profiles. Listeners can tune in to shows that speak to the diversity of businesses as well as those that highlight businesses and business leaders.Other shows cover aspects of running a business, from human resources issues, to shows dedicated to accounting, marketing, event planning, technology and so much more. Together, these shows are “the Toolbox” that every business needs to utilize.
Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio is an NPR News Station that strives to inform, educate and enlighten listeners about the world around them. In addition to carrying a full range of programming from NPR and the BBC, the station also produces local features like The Environment Report, Michigan Watch investigative reports, and local news reports and specials dealing with Michigan’s most pressing issues. The station’s Changing Gears initiative is exploring the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest, through the stories of people driving and experiencing this change.
Michigan Radio is the state’s most listened to public radio service, reaching over 500,000 listeners each week across southern Michigan. The station broadcasts from three transmitters: WUOM 91.7 FM in Ann Arbor/Detroit, WVGR 104.1 FM in West Michigan, and WFUM 91.1 FM in Flint, as well as online at michiganradio.org. Michigan Radio is a service of Michigan Public Media, the public broadcasting organization at the University of Michigan.
XOLOGY Magazine
X-OLOGY Magazine is a hybrid of technology and lifestyle topics infused with dynamic graphics. As the official publication of Automation Alley, X-OLOGY was created to promote Southeast Michigan’s unparalleled technology innovations and lifestyle opportunities. In-depth articles cover the region’s emerging tech sectors, including life sciences, alternative energy, robotics and automation, advanced manufacturing and more.
Each issue also explores educational opportunities, business success stories and personal profiles highlighting executives, educators and leading experts in diverse tech industries. Rounding out the scope, X-OLOGY touches on the best reasons to live and play in Southeast Michigan..