Kettering swarms ACE

Feb 6, 2012

The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) witnessed Kettering's cutting-edge advantage at this year's conference.

ACE 2012More than 30 Kettering University students, faculty and alumni attended Michigan’s largest event for aspiring entrepreneurs, the 2012 Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) in Ann Arbor on Jan. 31.

The event featured entrepreneurship workshops, start-up company kiosks, business plan competition awards and elevator pitches by eight entrepreneurs. More than 1,000 participated from all parts of Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, making it the largest in the history of ACE, said Art DeMonte, Kettering's McDonald Professor of Entrepreneurship.

DeMonte said students from his Innovation and New Venture undergraduate and MBA classes and the Kettering Entrepreneurial Society (KES) were treated to more than seven hours of practical know-how delivered by successful entrepreneurs, professional investors and small business experts. "KES President Alex Masters and Marketing VP Kevin Kral did a terrific job organizing the attendee registrations and transportation to the event," DeMonte said.

Kettering was represented by science, engineering and business students, along with Mechanical Engineering Professor Massoud Tavakoli, TechWorks Director Neil Sheridan and DeMonte.  The group from Kettering was kept busy highlighting the University’s entrepreneurial activities to ACE attendees throughout the entire day, he noted.

Kettering students at ACE'12 (Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship)

“It was great to see such a strong showing from the Kettering campus," said DeMonte. “I’m told we had more students attending than any other school and I know our presence was appreciated by the ACE committee and noticed by many others."

DeMonte said watch for the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium in May.  More details will be available closer to the symposium.

Contact: Art DeMonte
McDonald Professor of Entrepreneurship