Entrepreneurial State

So many opportunities for Michigan Entrepreneurs! Here is a quick list of some I would like to pass along. This first one has a tight deadline if you are interested, act quickly!

Opportunities for Entrepreneurs…

GLEQ Business Plan Competition. Registered participants in the GLEQ Business Plan Competition must submit an Executive Summary by Friday, December 17, 9 p.m. Submissions are entered online and are judged by venture investors that provide written feedback and suggestions. Winners will be awarded cash prizes at ACE’11 on Monday, January 31, 2011.

Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship – ACE’11. Register Today. This is your chance to get in front of 1,000+ attendees as ACE celebrates its 11th year on Monday, January 31. Register now for a display table (the cost goes up as the event date approaches) and a chance to be selected for the ACE’11 Elevator Pitch Competition. During this fast-paced competition with emcee Chris Holman, six entrepreneurs present three-minute pitches to win awards and services. The competition is a highlight of this annual event. You must be registered for an entrepreneur display table to be selected. Use this link to register for a display table: http://ace-event.org/. Learn more about the event at http://www.ace-event.org/.

Momentum 2011. Apply Today. Momentum is a venture incubator that provides seed capital, intellectual capital, and extensive mentorship to internet start-ups. Momentum is looking for great ideas and new technology and it’s creating reasons for you to stay in Michigan. Momentum makes a small investment ($20K) in your venture for a small stake (8%) in your new company. Your team resides in West Michigan for 12 weeks while you have support to develop and launch your product, refine your business strategy, and connect with investors and resources to quickly accelerate your product to market. The application period opened November 4. For additional information e-mail Amanda@momentum-mi.com, or visit http://www.momentum-mi.com/.

NEF – Prepare Your Pitch. If you’re an entrepreneur seeking funding or other resources, New Enterprise Forum can match you with a coaching team and an opportunity to pitch your ten-minute investor presentation to the NEF audience of entrepreneurs and investors. To be considered, contact me at diane@gleq.org. Your NEF coaching team will prepare you to make a polished investor presentation. Get ready for pitch opportunities at ACE’11, Michigan Growth Capital Symposium — and other events. Learn more at http://www.newenterpriseforum.org/.

Blue Water Angels – Boost Michigan. Be one of the early-stage entrepreneurs selected to present to angel and venture capital investors this winter at a Boost Michigan. “Boosts” are informal Pitch Night opportunities to get in front of coaches and mentors that will help you prepare for investor presentations. You’ll talk about your business for two minutes and have the chance to win an impromptu Advisory Board dinner — and the opportunity to present to Blue Water Angels and other investors. Upcoming Boost events are scheduled for December 15, Lansing; January 12, Midland; and March 9, Flint. Check the GLEQ website for details at http://www.gleq.org/ or e-mail contact@gleq.org. For information on Blue Water Angels, contact Chris Moultrup at the MidMichigan Innovation Center (moultrup@mmic.us or 989-839-2336).

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