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MVCA Members Join the Judging Panel at AMIC

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Michigan Venture Capital Association members are lending their expertise to the judging panels at the 2016 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC) on November 3.  AMIC, one of the Presenting Sponsors at the 2016 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner, is Michigan’s premier business plan competition and highlights the state as a powerhouse for business opportunity and next generation technology. AMIC showcases the best and brightest seed-stage businesses to regional investors while awarding nearly $1 million in prizes. Previous AMIC prizewinners have gone on to create over 1,000 jobs and raise more than $550 million in venture capital.

Thirty MVCA members will serve as semi-finalist judges at the day-long competition, narrowing down the 36 semi-finalists to determine which companies will win a piece of the million dollar prize. During two sessions, the semi-finalists will each give a 10-minute presentation. The judges will then ask questions of the founders and score each company on the following categories:

  • Technology & Product Overview
  • Market Opportunity
  • Business Model
  • Team
  • Financials

Ten of the 36 semi-finalists will advance to the finals, to pitch at the AMIC Gala Award Ceremony at the end of the day. Each company will be given five minutes to present their consolidated pitch and the judges will have one minute to ask any remaining questions. The top four companies will be decided by the finalist judges and announced at the close of the evening.

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Meet the AMIC Semi-Finalist Judges

David Donovan
Capital Community Angel Investors
Tom Shehab
Arboretum Ventures
Doug Neal
eLab Ventures
Jody Vanderwel
Grand Angels
Mark Horne
Plymouth Ventures
Jeff Barry
Plymouth Ventures
Charles Hess
Firefox Ventures LLC
Brian Hamilton
Michigan Accelerator Fund I
Dale Grogan
Michigan Accelerator Fund
Jared Stasik
Detroit Venture Partners
Hugo Braun
North Coast Technology Investors
Jonathan Triest
Ludlow Ventures
Adrian Fortino
Mercury Fund
Walt Young
Angel Investor
Jonathan Murray
Draper Triangle Ventures
Gabe Karp
Detroit Venture Partners
Jim Adox
Venture Investors
Ryan Waddington
Arsenal Venture Partners
Paul Brown
eLab Ventures
Evan Ufer
Plymouth Ventures
James Chapman
Rock Ventures
Josh Beebe
Arbor Partners
Patti Glaza
Invest Detroit Ventures
Nancy Philippart
BELLE Michigan
Jason Townsend
Resonant Partner Ventures
Matt Bell
Cultivian Sandbox
Pete Farner
TGap Ventures
Tony Grover
RPM Ventures
Kevin McCurren
Grand Angels
Charlie Moret
Invest Michigan

Meet the Student Competition Judges*

John Bonhard
Sean Kearney
Three Leaf Ventures
Chris Stallman
Fontinalis Partners
Adrian Ohmer
Invest Detroit Ventures
Dan Ratliff
Fontinalis Partners
Brett DeMarrais
Ludlow Ventures
Reda Jaber
Sabrina Hadinoto
Venture Investors
Brian Yormak
Resonant Venture Partners
Blake Robbins
Ludlow Ventures

*For more information on the student competition, click here.