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Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

A pitch competition that supports Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their companies to investors while building connections with entrepreneurs, business acceleration resources, and experts in their sector during carefully curated individual meetings.

2018 Prize Awardees:

Grand Prize: VerteCore
Second Prize: GreenMark Biomedical Inc.
Third Prize: Shoptelligence
Woman-Led Prize: SpellBound
Caregiver Prize: MyNurse
Social Enterprise Prize: Derq
Hardware Prize: S3D Precision Dispensing
People’s Choice Prize: VerteCore

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AMIC's Impact

Accelerate Michigan supports entrepreneurs who are taking risks and driving innovation in high-tech industries. The competition features the best and brightest seed-stage businesses and introduces them to angel and venture capital firms while awarding up to $1,000,000 in cash and prizes including a $250,000 investment from Investment Sponsor, Ann Arbor SPARK

The pitch competition takes a format that gives startups more individual time with investors and high-profile mentors, the opportunity for investors to pitch their firms, and a public event with a seated dinner during the final presentations.

Previous Grand Prize Winners include:

2010: Armune BioScience
2011: Celsee
2012: Algal Scientific
2013: VNN
2014: SkySpecs
2015: Banza
2016: SPLT
2017: Orbion Space Technology
2018: VerteCore

In addition to investing $250,000 in the winner of the 2018 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, Ann Arbor SPARK has invested $2 million in past winners of the competition.