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Brett Westen- W3R Consulting
Brett Westen is the Director of Data Strategy and Analytics with W3R Consulting. Brett will answer questions on ways of growing existing companies or establishing new companies using data and analytics. He's also available to coach on broader growth strategy, cloud/as-a-service offerings, omni-channel customer engagement and has deep expertise in healthcare.
Liang Downey -IBM
Liang works for IBM as a Solution Development Executive for IBM’s New Energy and Environment Global Industry. She promotes emerging solutions that leverage the IOT and analytics to better balance the distributed renewable energy supply and demand, eliminate energy waste via machine learning and reduce Green House Gas emission via cognitive computing. Her professional experience spans over 20 years in consulting, program management and emerging technology development across multiple industries.
Alok Sharma - Sharma Analytics
Sharma Analytics provides technology project management services. We help small organizations Scope, Cost, Plan, and Implement technology projects. Our flexible engagement model offers clients access to experienced IT Executives when they need them.
Salim Mom- KYBBA Accelerator
Salim is an experienced executive with a strong understanding of the global electronics/semiconductor market and ecosystem, combined with a proven track record in P & L/operations management, development of new products and services, strategic marketing and business development. With strong technical knowledge of automotive electronics and Systems Engineering, Salim has a wide global network of industry contacts at all levels—both at the OEM and the suppliers.
John Carney - Delphi
Doug Houseman- EnerNex (VP of Technical Innovation)
Doug has over 40 years of energy industry experience, technical, marketing, market analysis, product design, and engineering. His primary work is with electricity. His background spans everything from security to IoT, from generation to buildings, and from planning to operations.
Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
Kris Bergman, Managing Partner at BBC
Kris is an expert in grant and contract management including budgeting planning, government audit prep, indirect rate development and compliance as well as the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which provide $2.5B in non-dilutive funding annually to small firms working on high-risk technologies. Kris has 30 years of experience in managing schedules, finances and organizations,
Michael Kurek, PhD. , Principal Consultant - BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting
Becky Aistrup, MBA, Managing Partner -BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting
Mike Semanco - President and Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Business Finance
Mike has spent over 20 years providing companies with working capital loan solutions to help finance the growth of their business. As president and COO of Hennessey Capital before it was acquired by Hitachi Capital in 2012, Mike understands all facets of managing the operational needs of a business including finance, technology, marketing, and sales. He has helped launch two startups as an investor and partner.
Shayne Gleason-Bank of America (Small Business Banking)
For over 10 years, Shayne has advised clients from Start-up to $5 million in revenues on all aspects of banking that are important to every small business owner. He specializes in preparing clients to become credit ready while helping them improve all areas of cash flow management. Shayne has worked with many of the different TechTown programs/tenants over the past couple of years and can be a great source of advice on all banking needs.
Hardware & Electronics
Ben Lewis & Raymond Hobbs -Arrow Technologies
• Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow has a wide variety of services and solutions to support startups as they scale, from ideation to mass production. Arrow also has a partnership with Indiegogo to certify and fund new projects.
Zain Ismail- Henry Ford Health Systems (Senior Consultant)_
• Zain has unique experience working in various administrative roles within health systems in Canada and the United States, as well experience working in academic institutions. Zain has particular experience in health innovation, stakeholder engagement, project management and performance improvement.
Gabe Karp- Detroit Venture Partners (partner)
Executive team at ePrize, Inc. Crain’s Business General Counsel 2011 Winner for state of Michigan. Led efforts on multiple acquisitions, venture financings, credit facilities, and ultimately the sale of the company to a large private equity firm. Avid heliskier.
Jared Stasiak- Detroit Venture Partners (vice president)
Michigan-Ross BBA, Cal Berkeley-Haas MBA, current member of MVCA Fellows program. Spent five years as one of “The Bobs“, developing sales and marketing strategies for Fortune 500 clients. Now focused on DVP’s fund management, finances, and administration. Mildly obsessed with skyscrapers and maps.
Brandon Epstein- Detroit Venture Partners (analyst)
MSU graduate in Supply Chain Mgt. with an Environmental studies specialization. Spent two years in New York working in the Merchant Capital division of the Maxim Group, an investment bank. At the Maxim Group he worked with small to medium sized tech companies on fundraising. Currently an Analyst with Detroit Venture Partners specializing in dealflow related matters and portfolio company management.
Adrian Fortino- Mercury Venture Fund (partner)
Ken Kousky- Blue Water Angels
Blue Water Angels has been a vital force is assisting early-stage tech companies raise vital seed capital. Over the past three years BWA portfolio companies have had 2 IPOs and an acquisition valued at over half a billion dollars. Ken Kousky, president and a founder of BWA, has taken his own companies through angel and venture funding and led the IPO of a company he founded in 5 years from inception to exit.
Ryan Waddington - Huron Ventures
Jeremy Bisdorf & Justin Hanna- Jaffe Raitt (IP and business law)
Jo Balakrishnan- Jaffe Raitt (corporate and finance)
Matt Bower- Varnum Law Firm (start-ups)
Matt is a partner in the Varnum law firm where he focuses his practice on representing startup and early-stage technology and venture-backed companies. His practice includes, among other things, corporate formation and organization, venture financings, joint ventures, securities law, and intellectual property protection and transactions.
Jeanne Whalen - Dykema Gossett
Jeanne has spent nearly a decade advising technology companies on corporate matters, and companies in other industries on technology contracting matters. She has additional experience in the health care and long term care facility industries.
Michael “Max” Sneyd- Kerr Russell
• Michael “Max” Sneyd has 20 years of experience in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation and business law and leads the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. He appears regularly before state, federal and appellate courts on matters related to all aspects of civil business litigation. In addition, he utilizes alternative dispute resolution methodologies to achieve positive results outside of the courtroom.
Joshua Borson - Jaffe Raitt Law Firm
Bill Kerschbaum-InText Writing
Bill has over 12 years of experience in professional writing and digital marketing for small B2B companies. He has experience partnering with SaaS, robotics, medical device, and professional services companies.
Eric Weisberg-Global Chief Creative Officer + Naveen Passey- EVP, CFO & COO + Jarrod Corbett EVP, Group Digital Creative Director ---Doner Advertising Agency
President and CEO of MCS Multimedia, a progressive graphic design and printing firm located in Southfield, Michigan. Mays has been featured through a number of print and electronic media platforms such as: Detroit Free Press, Who’s Who in Black Detroit, Michigan Chronicle, WWJ News Radio 950, Detroit Black Pages, The Monitor, Entrepreneur Exchange Group, and more. Mays is a spring 2017 alumni of the Goldman Sach’s 10k Small Business Program, where she’s credited with starting MCS Multimedia’s new ma
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