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Ann Arbor Spark

NEF Showcase Presentation and Panel Discussion: Building Your Team – Filling The Void

Thursday, June 21 2018 at 5:00pm - 7:30pm

New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses.

Showcase Presentation

We showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event.
This event gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.
Join us at this meeting to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with people who support the local start-up community.

HLX Engines

Evan Collins, Founder and CEO. Military equipment, both tactical and non-tactical, is increasingly electrified and computerized, and there is a significant need for compact, efficient, and high-quality power generation. HLX (www.hlxengines.com) has built an innovative, hybrid, multi-fuel, combustion engine, designed to improve fuel efficiency by 50%, while decreasing weight and complexity.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Building Your Team – Filling the Void
In addition, in this month’s forum we have a panel of experts who will guide you through understanding importance of building a great team for your startup. Building a solid team for a startup is extremely important. Generally, founders begin with sharing roles as CEO, CTO and CMO in early stages. However, once you raise funds and gain investments from either angels or VCs, the team building exercise needs to be done with professional and thoughtful insights. As the roles evolve, the executive team and the staff you bring on-board need to be adept in “executing” business strategies, achieving the “promised” milestones and building an organization for growth and scalability. To build the business, you need a business savvy team. The panel will discuss:

This enlightening panel discussion, from entrepreneurs and investors who have gone through this journey and are eager to share their experiences, will be ideal for you and will assist with making your company venture-ready. Come and learn how to grow your business, learn about the challenges, the opportunities and the strategies in building an effective team your venture.

We hope that this will be of greater interest and value to founders and it will be a dynamic discussion between founders, investors and the audience.

See the event details here.


Mark your calendar. The meeting opens at 5:00 pm with networking and appetizers. Around 5:45 pm, the program portion of the meeting begins with an introduction from our President including upcoming entrepreneurial events and past NEF Showcase Presenter news. The program continues with our featured Showcase Presenter(s) who are graduates of the NEF coaching process. Depending on the month or otherwise noted, the program includes the engaging NEF Pitch Pit or intriguing topic and panel. The program typically finishes at 7:15 pm with more networking afterwards. Please feel welcome to join us.

The event is FREE. Registration is not required but recommended for planning purposes.

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330 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor