Automation Alley Hosts Entrepreneurial Forum


TROY — Automation Alley, a Michigan technology business association, will host the Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeast Michigan Entrepreneur’s Forum from 8-11:30 a.m. May 7 at Automation Alley headquarters in Troy.

The association works to highlight regional entrepreneurs and their businesses and further develops their message to reach customers and investors. The Entrepreneur’s Forum features business plan presentations by emerging technology-driven companies. The short presentations are critiqued by attendees, including venture capitalists, angel investors and business professionals, who provide constructive criticism and guidance.

“This event offers startup business owners the opportunity to network with experienced entrepreneurs, and it also gives them the chance to refine their business pitch — often the first step to customer attraction, revenue and potential funding,” said Automation Alley Senior Director Tom Anderson, who will moderate the event. “We will have experts on hand to give their advice.”

Presenting companies include:

  • Are You a Human replaces hated  with games that make people smile.
  • Avegant Corporation commercializes exciting new next-generation projection display technologies.
  •  Portal Architects makes it possible for you to find, move, sync and control files … no matter where they’re stored.
  •  SurClean is developing noninvasive laser-based technology to remove paint and other coatings from aircraft, vessels and bridges undergoing maintenance.

Panelists include:

  • Terry Cross, Windward Associates, LLC
  • Rajesh Kothari, Cascade Partners LLC
  • Antonio Lück, MEDC, Pure Michigan Venture Match Fund

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is appreciated. Visit to register.

Automation Alley headquarters is located at 2675 Bellingham in Troy.