Walsh Leads Cyber Day Camp for Girl Scouts

Walsh hosted and facilitated Cadette Cyber Day Camp for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan from June 18-21 at its main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy. A second session of Cyber Day Camp will take place on August 13-16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at Walsh’s Troy location.

Scouts grades six through eight participated in workshops and activities led by faculty from Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department. Workshops covered safe online behavior and “netiquette,” the Internet of Things, encryption, networking basics, how to conduct accurate online research, and more. Other activities included Raspberry Pi coding with handheld computers, an escape room exercise and a session on career paths in the field of technology.

“We were pleased when the Girl Scouts approached Walsh to lead Cadette Cyber Day Camp,” said Dave Schippers, CISSP, Assistant Professor and Chair of Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department. “We encourage young people’s curiosity in technology and welcomed the opportunity to teach the girls skills that will help them make safer choices online today and give serious consideration to the field of technology as a career path in the future.”

Scouts completing the camp will earn their Netiquette badge as part of the Girl Scouts’ expanded STEM-(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related programs. For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decisions Sciences programs, please visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/bachelors-bs-degree-information-technology.


ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN

The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. There are currently 1.8 million Girl Scouts across the United States.

Chamber Chief Financial Officer and Elite Member Executives Among Crain’s ‘Notable Women in Finance 2018’

Crain’s Detroit Business recently released its “Notable Women in Finance” report, distinguishing women who work in finance roles for Michigan companies. This year, Karen Belans, chief financial officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber, as well as 11 Elite member company executives, were awarded the distinction. These women were nominated by their peers and are being recognized for their ability to navigate restructurings, advise on acquisitions, and lead mergers. View the list of Chamber member companies below:

  • Marlene Beach, Principal, UHY LLP
  • Karen Belans, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Rita Sola Cook, Midwest Region Executive, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bridgett Feagin, Chief Financial Officer, DMC Harper-Hutzel and Detroit Receiving Hospitals
  • Gretchen Holloway, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, ITC Holdings Corp.
  • Pamela May, Partner, UHY LLP
  • Christine Moore, Executive Vice President and General Auditor, Comerica Inc.
  • Margaret Scheske, Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, AAA – The Auto Club Group
  • Tosha Tabron, Vice President and Relationship Manager, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Terri Weems, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.
  • Loni Winkler, Principal, UHY LLP
  • Donna Zuk, Vice President, Financial Operations, Beaumont Health

View the full list of 2018 Notable Women in Finance here.

Lee Meadows, Ph.D., In-Demand Keynote Speaker

Professor Lee Meadows, Ph.D. is always a favorite among Walsh College students. His schedule is also filled with numerous speaking engagements at local businesses and organizations. As a highly sought-after speaker and presenter, Dr. Meadows combines organizational research with fundamental principles to help today’s managers succeed in an ever-changing work environment.

Upcoming speaking engagements include:

Event: Monthly Meeting of BOMA of Metro Detroit
Hosted by: Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA Detroit)
Topic: Developing strategies to insure long-term retention of talent and best practices for mitigating major threats
When: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 8am
Where: Glen Oaks Country Club, Farmington Hills

Event: The Annual Small Business Workshop
Hosted by: Hosted by the LEE Group in conjunction with Fifth Third Bank
Topic: Attracting and Retaining Customers
When: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 8 am – 1pm
Location: TechTown, Detroit


WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college. It offers 16 undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. One of the region’s largest business schools and one of Michigan’s top three graduate business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation, and other fields. The faculty integrates theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. It includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan. There are about 28,000 alumni, most of whom live or work in Michigan.
Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

TiE Detroit organizes an Interactive Session with Sheena Monnin at Tech Town, Detroit

The Detroit chapter of TiE, is organizing an interactive session with Sheena Monnin at The Garage, Tech Town Detroit ,440, Burroughs St., Wayne State, Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Sheena is a TV host and reporter and is a twice-published author of self-help books that have received acclaim with readers across the country. She has been interviewed by CNN’s AC360, Inside Edition, Today Show, USA Today, Guardian, BBC, Buzz Feed, and many other media outlets. Sheena won the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 and competed at Miss USA in 2012. Sheena is the CEO of Custom Life Design Consulting.

“We are excited to have the bold and amazing Sheena Monnin, a trained psychologist, Author, Founder and CEO of Custom Life Design, and Ex-beauty Queen address and engage with the entrepreneurial community. She has a passion for excellence that is unrivaled and life’s experiences in dealing with conflicts are great lessons for anyone let alone entrepreneurs”, said Tel Ganesan, President TiE Detroit.

In accepting the invitation to be the guest speaker at the TiE Detroit monthly event, Sheena Monnin said, “I will be discussing on my entrepreneurial journey towards starting my own consultancy company as well as giving some tips and tricks that I have learnt as far as how you keep conflict out of your life as you journey towards success. I hope to see everybody there.”

“All are cordially invited to attend the keynote and fireside chat with Sheena Monnin. Admission is FREE but limited to the first 50 and registration is mandatory.”, said Jacqueline Perry, Executive Director, TiE Detroit. Online registration and more information are immediately available at www.detroit.tie.org
Click Here to register directly.


About TiE Detroit
TiE Detroit is a chapter of TiE- Global, the largest global not-for-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship. The Detroit Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs is based in Farmington Hills, MI. TiE Detroit has been supporting entrepreneurs by offering education, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities. The organization represents a diverse set of industries, including information technology, manufacturing, healthcare, financial services and other emerging markets. TiE-Detroit members leverage the global network of members from 61 chapters in 18 countries. TiE has 12,000 members throughout the world, and has contributed over $250B in wealth creation.

 

 

Jacqueline Perry
TiE Detroit
248-254-4087

Three Upcoming Chamber Events You Do Not Want to Miss

In March and April, the Detroit Regional Chamber has approximately 15 events. For Chamber members, it can be difficult to know which events are the most important to attend. Non-members often have the same issue, especially considering the numerous obligations and events around the region that can quickly fill calendars.

To help you slim down your choices, check out three key events for businesses the Chamber is hosting over the next two months:

  1. State of the State: Now and in the Future. During a conversation over lunch on Tuesday, March 27, Gov. Rick Snyder will discuss how the state has grown over the past eight years while also looking at the long-term impact of those accomplishments. Following his remarks, the Governor will participate in a moderated discussion with business leaders from three key industries to forecast how Michigan will continue to grow in the coming years. This Chamber members-only event is $65. Please note that prices will increase on March 20. Register here.
  2. Inside the CEO Mind: Patti Poppe. Hear from Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe on Thursday, April 19 as she shares her journey in the energy and automotive industries that have led to her current position and how her commitment to customer-first management allows her to be a successful leader. Following her presentation, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session. This event is $30 for Chamber members and $50 for non-members. Please note that prices will increase on April 12. Register here.
  3. Networking Reception: Meet the Candidates. Attendees will meet the candidates who are running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 9th, 11th and 13th districts while mingling with fellow Chamber members in attendance. This event offers early access and the first opportunity to meet the declared candidates. This Chamber members-only event is $15 and takes place on Tuesday, April 24. Please note, pricing will increase to $25 on April 10. Register here.

For a full list of upcoming Chamber events, visit the events page.

 

Five Tips to Strengthen Your Leadership Detroit Application

Leadership Detroit is entering its 40th year and is currently seeking high-potential leaders in the Detroit region to join the upcoming class. Please consider nominating a leader from your organization, or if you have been nominated and want to learn more about the program, consider attending an informational breakfast.

Leadership Detroit is a transformational program, led by the Detroit Regional Chamber, for existing and emerging leaders in the Detroit region. For the past 40 years, this program has provided the foundation for a lifelong commitment to leadership by creating awareness of key issues that affect the Detroit region. Approximately 70 individuals are selected for the class every year, representing a cross section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, health services and community organizations. The program takes place over a 10-month period, with a graduation ceremony in June.

If you are considering applying to Leadership Detroit, or have a colleague in mind you would like to nominate, read the five tips below to strengthen your application:

  1. Work with your employer, not against him or her. To give yourself the best chance of success, it is smart to work with your employer on the nomination and application process, rather than informing him or her after the process is complete. There are many reasons for this: you and your employer can decide how your participation in Leadership Detroit best serves the organization; your employer can write a recommendation letter to strengthen your application; and your employer can approve the dates you will need to miss work for sessions ahead of time.
  2. Accept the time commitment. Before filling out the application, it is crucial that you look at the schedule of classes. Leadership Detroit class members are required to attend a certain number of the classes. Failure to fulfill this requirement could prevent members from graduating. Once you have been nominated, be sure to review the class schedule and approve these dates with your employer.
  3. When filling out your application, be authentic. The Leadership Detroit application is all about authenticity. Be transparent about who you are and exactly why you want to be in the class. What do you hope to gain from the experience?
  4. Attend an informational breakfast. If you have been nominated for Leadership Detroit, it is highly recommended that you attend an informational breakfast to learn more about the program and the application process. There are three informational breakfasts in 2018: March 13 at Plante Moran PLLC in Southfield, March 21 at the PNC Building in Troy, and April 17 at Detroit PAL in Detroit.
  5. Do not be discouraged if you do not get in on the first try. Many Leadership Detroit applicants do not get accepted to the program on their first try, and many apply to the program multiple times. Do not be discouraged if you are not selected, and try again next year.

To learn more, visit the Leadership Detroit page on the Detroit Regional Chamber website.

Pitch Club News Release Mar 29, 2018

Kyyba Innovations, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit are hosting Pitch Club on Thursday, March 29th at Start Garden in Grand Rapids. Pitch Club is a mentoring and funding program aimed at connecting the various ecosystems and smart zones throughout Michigan. Pitch Club has ongoing monthly events that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. The events are meant to educate, network, inspire and provide valuable experiences for being investable. As part of the events, 3 lucky entrepreneurs will receive the opportunity to practice their pitch and discuss business plan with funding experts, giving them a better understanding the mindset of an investor. Events are hosted monthly on Wednesday evenings in Michigan cities including: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

The March 29th event at Start Garden will include 3 startup presentations, a pool of judges, and a special guest “Founder & CEO” keynote speaker. The application deadline for startups is Sunday March 04 , 2018.

Registration and application can be found at: www.PitchClubMI.com

Judges
Rishi Narayan, Investor & Founder & Owner, Underground Printing
Jeffrey Rinvelt, Principal, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund
Austin Dean, Principal Consultant, BBCetc
Robi Mitra, CEO, K&A Resource Group

Agenda
5:00pm – 5:25pm Registration
5:25pm – 5:30 pm Opening Remarks
5:30pm-6:30pm Company Presentations
6:30pm-6:35pm – Introduction of Keynote
6:35pm-6:55pm –Keynote
6:55pm – 7:10 pm – Q&A with Audience
7:10 pm – 7:30 pm Networking

Thank you to our sponsors
Bondman PLC
Start Garden
Be Investable

Check out the entire calendar and get registerd here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/calendar-registration.php

The select pool of the companies chosen to pitch at the monthly Pitch Club events will be provided investment opportunities in the form of presenting to the investment team of Kyyba Innovations and TiE Detroit Angels during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities will range from $25,000 to $100,000. TiE Detroit Angels funded companies, if qualifications are met, also could have the chance to present to the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). TGAA is a global platform for funding that exposes startups to a broader investment pool and opportunities to raise additional funds much larger than any single TiE Chapter or local Angel Group. TGAA recently invested $395,000 in Zeto, and $450,000 for Hemex Health from the TiE Global network.

Testimonials

“Pitch Club provides a tremendous opportunity for cross-pollination and increased deal flow across Michigan, something that currently is not at the level it should be. This program will be very valuable for both the startup entrepreneurs and investors and will hopefully create a meaningful dialogue, as well as a technological and economic impact for the entire region,” said Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Innovations. “In order to make this initiative even more successful, I encourage seasoned entrepreneurs in each of these areas to join us by serving as a mentor.”

“From the elevator pitch to the public pitch to the investor pitch, the more successful entrepreneurs are pitching, the more integral this will become to their success. We are pleased to partner with Kyyba Innovations to help entrepreneurs to gain exposure, insights and support that will help them truly move the needle,” said Paul Riser, Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit.
“Access to investors and the opportunities to pitch without having to travel are signs of a healthy startup ecosystem,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “We are excited to have the Ann Arbor region included in Pitch Club; this new avenue for connecting startups and potential funders is a terrific addition to the existing ways entrepreneurs are able to attract capital as well as the investors already interested in what’s happening here.”


About Kyyba Innovations :
Kyyba Innovations is a global second stage startup accelerator investing in technology and IP related startups in broad based industries. Kyyba Innovations provides a custom acceleration program and scaling services to startups, including Customer Development, Product Development and Investment in exchange for equity. Industries Include: Health, Mobility, IoT, Industrial, Energy, Automotive, BlockChain and Fintech.

About Bodman PLC:
With more than 150 attorneys in offices throughout Michigan, Bodman PLC has delivered extraordinary results to our clients for more than 85 years. Our attorneys provide savvy business counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, and we provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm with the talent and skill expected of the nation’s leading law firms.

About TiE:
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Sarah Myrand
Kyyba Innovations
sarahm@kyyba.com

Pitch Club News Release Feb 28, 2018

Pitch Club, for Entrepreneurs and Startups,
Will be Hosted at MSU Innovation Center in East Lansing

Kyyba Innovations, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit are hosting Pitch Club on Wednesday, February 28th at MSU Innovation Center in East Lansing. Pitch Club is a mentoring and funding program aimed at connecting the various ecosystems and smart zones throughout Michigan. Pitch Club has ongoing monthly events that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. The events are meant to educate, network, inspire and provide valuable experiences for being investable. As part of the events, 3 lucky entrepreneurs will receive the opportunity to practice their pitch and discuss business plan with funding experts, giving them a better understanding the mindset of an investor. Events are hosted monthly on Wednesday evenings in Michigan cities including: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

The February 28th event at MSU Innovation Center will include 3 startup presentations, a pool of judges, and a special guest “Founder & CEO” keynote speaker. The application deadline for startups is Sunday February 04 , 2018.

Apply here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/pitch-club-application.php

Judges
Kris Bergman, Managing Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
Michael Terhorst, Vice President, Antares Capital, L.P.
Reuben Levinsohn, Partner, Financial Advisor, Washington Avenue Advisors

Agenda
5:00pm – 5:25pm Registration
5:25pm – 5:30 pm Opening Remarks
5:30pm-6:30pm Company Presentations
6:30pm-6:35pm – Introduction of Keynote
6:35pm-6:55pm –Keynote
6:55pm – 7:10 pm – Q&A with Audience
7:10 pm – 7:30 pm Networking

Thank you to our sponsors
Bondman PLC
TiE Detroit
MSU Innovation Center
Be Investable

Check out the entire calendar and get registerd here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/calendar-registration.php

The select pool of the companies chosen to pitch at the monthly Pitch Club events will be provided investment opportunities in the form of presenting to the investment team of Kyyba Innovations and TiE Detroit Angels during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities will range from $25,000 to $100,000. TiE Detroit Angels funded companies, if qualifications are met, also could have the chance to present to the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). TGAA is a global platform for funding that exposes startups to a broader investment pool and opportunities to raise additional funds much larger than any single TiE Chapter or local Angel Group. TGAA recently invested $395,000 in Zeto, and $450,000 for Hemex Health from the TiE Global network.

Testimonials

“Pitch Club provides a tremendous opportunity for cross-pollination and increased deal flow across Michigan, something that currently is not at the level it should be. This program will be very valuable for both the startup entrepreneurs and investors and will hopefully create a meaningful dialogue, as well as a technological and economic impact for the entire region,” said Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Innovations. “In order to make this initiative even more successful, I encourage seasoned entrepreneurs in each of these areas to join us by serving as a mentor.”

“From the elevator pitch to the public pitch to the investor pitch, the more successful entrepreneurs are pitching, the more integral this will become to their success. We are pleased to partner with Kyyba Innovations to help entrepreneurs to gain exposure, insights and support that will help them truly move the needle,” said Paul Riser, Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit.

“Access to investors and the opportunities to pitch without having to travel are signs of a healthy startup ecosystem,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “We are excited to have the Ann Arbor region included in Pitch Club; this new avenue for connecting startups and potential funders is a terrific addition to the existing ways entrepreneurs are able to attract capital as well as the investors already interested in what’s happening here.”


About Kyyba Innovations :
Kyyba Innovations is a global second stage startup accelerator investing in technology and IP related startups in broad based industries. Kyyba Innovations provides a custom acceleration program and scaling services to startups, including Customer Development, Product Development and Investment in exchange for equity. Industries Include: Health, Mobility, IoT, Industrial, Energy, Automotive, BlockChain and Fintech.

About Bodman PLC:
With more than 150 attorneys in offices throughout Michigan, Bodman PLC has delivered extraordinary results to our clients for more than 85 years. Our attorneys provide savvy business counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, and we provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm with the talent and skill expected of the nation’s leading law firms.

About TiE:
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Sarah Myrand
Kyyba Innovations
sarahm@kyyba.com
248-254-4043

IoT Tech Connect to Feature IoT Pitch Club Competition

IoT Tech Connect to Feature IoT Pitch Club Competition;
Applications for $50,000 Investment Opportunity Due March 4th

IoT Tech Connect and Kyyba Innovations have partnered to bring the IoT Pitch Competition to IoT Tech Connect, Michigan’s largest conference for IoT (Internet of Things) entrepreneurs. The contest will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, at the Troy Marriott.

Aimed at identifying the six top-level entrepreneurs and startups working on disruptive IoT technologies in broad based industries, the IoT Pitch Competition will center on Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Connected Tech, Smart Cities/Smart Homes, Industry IOT and Cyber Security IoT. During the contest, the six finalists will compete before an audience of automotive executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and Silicon Valley technologists. They will have a total of 10 minutes to pitch the judges and answer questions, in addition to two minutes for transition.

The winner, whom will be announced at 6:00 p.m., will be eligible to receive $50,000 in investment and support services from Kyyba Innovations, as well as mentorship from the organization’s extensive network.

“The manufacturing technologies are undergoing an unprecedented transformation with the current trend of “Industry 4.0”, said Tel K. Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Innovations, President, TiE Detroit. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the participants have innovated that will help catalyze the future of Industry 4.0, in addition to other areas of application, highlighted in the IoT Tech Connect conference.”

IoT Tech Connect, “A Survival Guide to the Internet Of Things,” co-produced by MITechNews.Com and CloudTech1.Com, will feature Michigan companies, experts, and products in the rapidly growing IoT segment. Content tracks focus on Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, STEM education, Connected Tech, Smart Cities/Smart Homes, Cybersecurity IoT, Industrial IoT, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and the incubators, accelerators and training available for IoT startups.

“We’re very excited to be working with Kyyba and my old friend Tel Ganesan to offer IoT entrepreneurs the opportunity to win a very large investment that could help propel their companies into commercialization,” said Mike Brennan, Editor & Publisher of MITechNews.Com. “We encourage IoT entrepreneurs statewide to nominate themselves.”

Applications for the IoT Pitch Competition are due no later than Sunday, March, 4th.
For more information or to apply visit http://kyybaxcelerator.com/iot-pitch-competition.php, or contact Jacqueline Perry at 248-254-4087 or jacquelinep@kyyba.com.


About IoT Tech Connect
Iot TechConnect is co-produced by MITechNews.Com, an Ann Arbor media group covering technology and entrepreneurs statewide, and CloudTech1.com, a Rochester Hills managed service provider that offers Satellite always on Internet business connections, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity products – all part of its Virtual IT department for business.

About Kyyba Innovations (KI)
Kyyba Innovations is a global second stage startup accelerator investing in technology and IP related startups in broad based industries. We provide a custom acceleration program and scaling services to startups, including Customer Development, Product Development, and Investment in exchange for equity. Industries Include: Health, Mobility, IoT, Industrial, Energy, Automotive, BlockChain, and Fintech.

About TiE
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Jacqueline Perry
TiE Detroit
jacquelinep@kyyba.com
248-254-4087

Pitch Club News Release Jan 24, 2018

Kyyba Innovations, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit are hosting Pitch Club on Wednesday, January 24th at Next Energy, Detroit. Pitch Club is a mentoring and funding program aimed at connecting the various ecosystems and smart zones throughout Michigan. Pitch Club has ongoing monthly events that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. The events are meant to educate, network, inspire and provide valuable experiences for being investable. As part of the events, 3 lucky entrepreneurs will receive the opportunity to practice their pitch and discuss business plan with funding experts, giving them a better understanding the mindset of an investor. Events are hosted monthly on Wednesday evenings in Michigan cities including: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

The January 24th event at Next Energy in Detroit will include 3 startup presentations, a pool of judges, and a special guest “Founder & CEO” keynote speaker. The application deadline for startups is Sunday December 31, 2017.

Apply here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/pitch-club-application.php

Judges
Robi Mitra, CEO, K&A Resource Group
Steve Jbara , Owner, Grand Rapids Drive
Charlie Moret, Presdient & CEO, Invest Michigan
Lori J. Birman, VP of Membership & Development, SBAM
David C. Bloom, Founder and Principal, Factotem

Agenda
5:00pm – 5:25pm Registration
5:25pm – 5:30 pm Opening Remarks
5:30pm-6:30pm Company Presentations
6:30pm-6:35pm – Introduction of Keynote
6:35pm-6:55pm –Keynote
6:55pm – 7:10 pm – Q&A with Audience
7:10 pm – 7:30 pm Networking

Thank you to our sponsors
Bondman PLC
TiE Detroit
Next Energy

Check out the entire calendar and get registerd here: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/calendar-registration.php

The select pool of the companies chosen to pitch at the monthly Pitch Club events will be provided investment opportunities in the form of presenting to the investment team of Kyyba Innovations and TiE Detroit Angels during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities will range from $25,000 to $100,000. TiE Detroit Angels funded companies, if qualifications are met, also could have the chance to present to the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). TGAA is a global platform for funding that exposes startups to a broader investment pool and opportunities to raise additional funds much larger than any single TiE Chapter or local Angel Group. TGAA recently invested $395,000 in Zeto, and $450,000 for Hemex Health from the TiE Global network.
Testimonials

“Pitch Club provides a tremendous opportunity for cross-pollination and increased deal flow across Michigan, something that currently is not at the level it should be. This program will be very valuable for both the startup entrepreneurs and investors and will hopefully create a meaningful dialogue, as well as a technological and economic impact for the entire region,” said Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Innovations. “In order to make this initiative even more successful, I encourage seasoned entrepreneurs in each of these areas to join us by serving as a mentor.”

“From the elevator pitch to the public pitch to the investor pitch, the more successful entrepreneurs are pitching, the more integral this will become to their success. We are pleased to partner with Kyyba Innovations to help entrepreneurs to gain exposure, insights and support that will help them truly move the needle,” said Paul Riser, Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit.
“Access to investors and the opportunities to pitch without having to travel are signs of a healthy startup ecosystem,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “We are excited to have the Ann Arbor region included in Pitch Club; this new avenue for connecting startups and potential funders is a terrific addition to the existing ways entrepreneurs are able to attract capital as well as the investors already interested in what’s happening here.”

About Kyyba Innovations :
Kyyba Innovations is a global second stage startup accelerator investing in technology and IP related startups in broad based industries. Kyyba Innovations provides a custom acceleration program and scaling services to startups, including Customer Development, Product Development and Investment in exchange for equity. Industries Include: Health, Mobility, IoT, Industrial, Energy, Automotive, BlockChain and Fintech.

About Bodman PLC:
With more than 150 attorneys in offices throughout Michigan, Bodman PLC has delivered extraordinary results to our clients for more than 85 years. Our attorneys provide savvy business counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues, and we provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm with the talent and skill expected of the nation’s leading law firms.

About TiE:
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 18 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating, and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.