ACE’12 Event will Host Scott Case to Launch Startup Michigan Initiative

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Ann Arbor, MI – Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership and a founder of Priceline.com, will be in Michigan on January 31st for the launch of Startup Michigan and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Startup America Partnership, the national effort dedicated to helping startups grow and jumpstart job creation throughout the country. To date, the initiative has launched eight regional affiliates and is offering startups $1.2 billion in resources. Michigan will join ten more regions in launching on the 31st.

Startup Michigan is bringing together Michigan entrepreneurs and organizations to provide access to resources and networks to accelerate the growth of the state’s business startups. Startup Michigan has already started assembling commitments from a wide range of Michigan-based companies and organizations to provide assistance to the state’s startups.

Case will launch Startup Michigan at the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurs, or ACE’12, in Ann Arbor, MI.  ACE is a yearly event that celebrates entrepreneurism in the state with education and networking with peers, funding sources and support resources. Attendance at ACE is expected to exceed 1,000 participants from the entrepreneurial community.

“ACE’12 is the perfect setting to announce Michigan’s participation in an important national initiative,” said Diane Durance, executive director of the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, which is the coordinating organization for Startup Michigan.  “We are delighted to have Scott, an icon for entrepreneurism in the U.S., help us launch Startup Michigan at this event, where we gather each year to celebrate the success of our innovators and entrepreneurs.”

“This launch is a call to action for leaders across the state to direct entrepreneurs to the resources of the Startup America Partnership,” she said. “The Startup Michigan initiative offers a clear path for innovative companies of all stages and industries in Michigan to connect with potential customers, partners and resources across the nation.”

“I’m excited to be in Ann Arbor for the big launch of Startup Michigan,” said Case. “It’s fantastic to see Michigan’s entrepreneurial leadership focus on helping startups across the state grow.”

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