Applications are Open for $500K Accelerate Michigan Prize

By Amanda Lewan on August 14th, 2017 / Comments

The biggest and one of the best prizes for startups in Michigan is back. Accelerate Michigan applications are open for the 2017 challenge. The annual event hosted in Detroit each November is one of the largest startup pitch competitions.

Hosted as a program of Invest Detroit Ventures, hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors will gather for the event in November.

“Our goal is to connect Michigan startups to capital and mentorship both regionally and nationally. We want everyone to know about the incredible small business innovation happening across the state of Michigan,” said Martin Dober, VP and Managing Director of Invest Detroit Ventures.

Startups can apply for the competition here. More than 200 companies are expected to participate in the Detroit-based competition pitching for a chance to win up to $1 million in prizes. One startup team will walk away with a grand prize award of $500,000. Companies that apply must be tech-enabled or product-based and past the proof-of-concept stage in one of the following sectors:

  • Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
  • Alternative Energy
  • Business Services
  • Consumers Products
  • Information Technology
  • Life Science / healthcare
  • Media
  • Mobility
  • Other

Past winners have included Banza Pasta, ride-sharing company SPLT, Varsity News Network and more. Learn more about the Accelerate Michigan 2017 conference here.


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