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ANN ARBOR, MI November 6, 2013 – The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurs (ACE) event is Michigan’s premier business showcase for launching entrepreneurs and unveiling Michigan business startups and exhibitors to the growing Michigan entrepreneurial community.  ACE’14 will be held Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI., and anticipates more entrepreneurs and exhibits than ever before, and more new companies introduced via the popular ACE Elevator Pitch Competition.  ACE’14 is an afternoon and evening event and is expected to be the best-attended ACE event in the organization’s 14-year history.

Diane Durance, Executive Director at Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest (GLEQ) and chair for the ACE’14 Planning Committee said, “It’s a high profile forum where entrepreneurs and Michigan’s business elite meet face-to-face.  In the start-up world, speed is vital, and at ACE’14 important connections will get made fast.”

The ACE Elevator Pitch Competition has grown in impact over the years.  At ACE’14 six applicants will be chosen to participate in the final ACE’14 Elevator Pitch Competition.  The winner will receive media exposure, their name on the coveted ACE Pitch Cup, and will be awarded with a video of their three-minute pitch to be promoted on the ACE website at

Chris Holman, a leading commentator on Michigan’s startup business climate, calls the ACE Pitch Competition “the Stanley Cup of regional entrepreneurship” and ACE’14 promises to top them all with more and better business ideas, exhibits and a competitive line-up of innovative entrepreneurs.

Also, new programming this year at ACE includes the New Enterprise Forum (NEF) introducing a new format (The Pitch Pit) for entrepreneurs to find out if their pitching is up to snuff.  Four lucky entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to stand in front of an investor panel and get their feedback on what was great and, more importantly, what wasn’t so interesting.  The four entrepreneurs get only four minutes to convince the panel and audience that they should win the cash pot on the spot.

ACE’14 will be Michigan’s standout entrepreneurial event in 2014, and you won’t want to miss it.  Register to attend today, admission is only $25.  Exhibit or partner with ACE’14 at and take advantage of early bird registration savings of up over 66% off.

Early registration for exhibitors – until November 30, 5 p.m. – $95

Standard registration for exhibitors – until December 31, 5 p.m. – $145

Late registration for exhibitors – until January 18, 5 p.m. – $245

Save the date! Entrepreneurs seeking to exhibit should register now for 66% savings and to secure premier display space and exhibit location at ACE’14.  To register early and save, exhibitors should contact

About the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship

The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) began as an Ann Arbor event in 2000.  In 14 years it has grown from a modest local business-building event into the largest event of its kind in the State of Michigan.  For more event information visit