TROY, Mich., Dec. 13, 2012 — Watch up-and-coming entrepreneurs present their business plans, and then join in the discussion at the Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeast Michigan (EISEM) Entrepreneur's Forum, Jan. 15, 2013 from 8-11:30 a.m. at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy.
EISEM works to highlight regional entrepreneurs and to their businesses and further develop their message to reach customers and investors. The Entrepreneur's Forum features business plan presentations by emerging technology-driven companies. The short presentations are critiqued by attendees, including venture capitalists, angel investors and business professionals, who provide constructive criticism and guidance.
“A business pitch can make or break an entrepreneur. Perfecting that pitch takes practice and often some advice from experts,” said Automation Alley Senior Director Thomas Anderson, Ph.D., who will moderate the event. “This event will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from experts and also make important connections with investors.”
Presenting companies include:
• Coliant Corporation (John Swiatek): a global design, manufacturing and distribution leader for Powerlet's electrical accessories in the powersport industry.
• ElderCompass (Nancy Martens): a Web-based company founded to help families and caregivers understand and navigate senior care.
• Future Help Designs (Glen Konopaskie and Christian Marcillo): a smartphone app startup focusing on Apple's mobile technology platform.
• Stik.com (Jay Gierak and Nathan Labenz): a website using Facebook to bring the business referral process online.
The panel will include:
• Cascade Partners LLC (Rajesh Kothari)
• Fulcrum Edge (Mark Lundquist)
• Windward Associates, LLC (Terry Cross)
The event is free and open to members and non-members. Automation Alley Headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy.
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.
Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.