Posted on August 22, 2012Posted in: events, General News
Tomorrow, we’re heading to Grand Rapids for the Impact of Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a day-long event featuring prominent members of Michigans angel and venture capital community, Michigan Entrepreneurs and execs. (If you’d like to attend, the event is free).
The event is being hosted by Turnstone, a division within Steelcase that caters to small (and startup) businesses.
For the keynote address, Scott Case, CEO of Startup America Partnership, will discuss the JOBS Act and the Startup America Partnership. Case is a technologist, entrepreneur and inventor, and was founding CTO of Priceline, which reached a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. Other participants include members of Michigan’s Venture/Investment community, Media, and Entrepreneurial community.
One of the highlights of the event will be the afternoon pitch event, where 10 Startups pitch their business ideas to Investors and state media. The top three winning companies will be highlighted nationally by Startup America. The ten startups presenting include:
- An ad platform for (free-based) mobile applications
- Research, tools and analysis for the global crowdfunding industry
- Mobile application developer catering to Travel destinations
- From what we can tell, a more economic fueling solution?
- Improve and develop effective products to boost crop yields and improve plant health
- Making product safety ratings and reviews more accessible/understandable
- Making college admissions more efficient
- Helping manage athletic equipment inventory online
Many of these are EXTREMELY early-stage, (think idea stage with a landing page), while others are revenue generating with mobile apps already in production — so it will be interesting to hear the Entrepreneurs’ unique perspectives, and where they hope to take their respective projects.
Alex Southern is a Detroit based Marketing Executive with Midcoast, a leading 3D Studio. Formerly, he served as Associate Editor of DBusiness, a leading business publication, where he reported on emerging Detroit startups and technology-based companies.