TiE Detroit Seeking Nominations for Inaugural TiE20 Midwest Industry Awards


FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., September 3, 2009 — The Detroit chapter of TiE, also known as Talent, Ideas, Enterprise, is pleased to announce its inaugural TiE Midwest 20 Industry Awards at its TiECon Midwest annual conference to be held at Ritz-Carlton Dearborn, October 23 and 24, 2009. TiE is currently seeking inventions or products demonstrating innovation, commercialization, success, and be a value to society, for nominations to the elite TiE Midwest 20 Industry Awards. The deadline for nominations is September 21, 2009.

“TiE20 will be a great opportunity for all entrepreneurs aspiring to become tomorrow’s stars. We hope this is a first step towards identifying the rising stars in the Midwest and revive the entrepreneurial spirit in the region”, said Tel Ganesan, President, TiE Detroit Chapter.

TiECon Midwest 2009 is an entrepreneurial conference, attracting hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other professionals. TiE Midwest 20 Industry Awards acknowledges excellence among 20 Startup and Emerging companies within five industry tracks including: Software, Wireless, Cleantech, Media and Life Sciences.

A combination of public opinion polls and an experienced panel of industry judges will select TiE20 finalists. Voting is open to the public beginning Thursday, October 1, 2009 and closes on Friday, October 09, 2009. In addition to the results of the public poll, the finalist companies will be judged on their product or service, market size and dynamics, leadership team, business model and progress since founding. The winning companies will be announced on October 12, 2009.

TiE20 winners will be honored with awards of excellence in front of several well-established entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, industry experts and other business professionals on Friday, October 23 at Ritz-Carlton Dearborn. Additionally, the TiE20 winners will present their companies in a live showcase at the conference and receive special invitations to PowerConnect premium networking sessions at TiECon. They will also be a part of the ongoing recognition from TiE Detroit.

Online nominations and more information on the Nomination Criteria, Eligibility, Submission Process and the Selection Process are available on-line at www.tieconmidwest.org. For more information about TiE Midwest 20 awards, please contact TiE Midwest 20 team at 248-635-8286 or e-mail awards@tieconmidwest.org.

TieCon Midwest 2009 is pleased to partner with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to actively engage in shaping and facilitating the conference to promote entrepreneurship in Michigan.  The MEDC is a platinum sponsor of TiECon Midwest 2009.

About TiECon Midwest 2009

TiECon Midwest is Michigan’s Largest Conference on entrepreneurship, designed for the Innovative Entrepreneur who thinks creatively, innovatively and resourcefully to create their own future regardless of economic conditions and uncertainties.  TiECon Midwest 2009 provides a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, explore new businesses, discuss emerging technologies, share growth strategies and obtain insight from global business leaders, community leaders and worldwide experts. For more information, visit http://www.tieconmidwest.org.

About TiE

TiE is a global, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its international network sponsored by top Venture Capital Firms, and Fortune 500 corporations; spread across 53 chapters in 12 countries comprising 1800 experienced entrepreneurs and business executives as charter members, 12000 aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals as members. TiE has grown to become the world’s largest non-profit organization for entrepreneurs. For more information, visit http://www.detroit.tie.org