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Ann Arbor Spark

NEF: April Pitch Pit Competition and Showcase Presentation

Thursday, April 21 2022 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Showcase Presentation: Betterfrost
Derrick Redding, CEO. Betterfrost’s solution defrosts and defogs electric vehicles’ windshields with 20 times less power than current technology and extends the range of an EV by 38 km in winter. The system provides high-voltage, pulsed power to the conductive layer inside of windshields. and is based on decades of research at the Dartmouth Ice Lab. Betterfrost’s patented system provides only the minimal amount of heat necessary to reach the correct penetration depth to melt the boundary layer of ice for easy removal.

Pitch Pit
Selected entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. PowerPoint slides are not permitted. Think of it as the proverbial “elevator speech.” After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize.

Judges
Dawn Batts manages the capital program for tech entrepreneurs at TechTown Detroit.
Dennis Carmichael is co-founder and President of Cimulus, Inc., a custom software company in Ann Arbor.
Nathan Owen is a General Partner in Grand Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in very early-stage companies in Michigan and the Midwest.

Networking
At the conclusion of the forum, stick around and network with your fellow attendees over Zoom. We will break out into smaller groups so that you can rub virtual elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.