2017 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Registration and competition submission are available beginning Friday, July 14th.

$50 Early Bird application fee through Friday, August 4th.
$100 application fee between Saturday, August 5th & Friday, August 25th.
$150 application fee between Saturday, August 26th & Friday, September 1st.

The final deadline for submissions is at 11:59pm on Friday, September 1st.

Payment can be made through PayPal or Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

Eligibility

The official eligibility and rules can be found at acceleratemichigan.org

Technology

  • Innovative & past the proof of concept stage
  • At a commercial stage
  • Must be a scalable product-based business (service businesses are not eligible)
  • Must qualify in one of the following sectors:
    • Advanced Materials / Manufacturing
    • Alternative Energy
    • Business Services
    • Consumer Products
    • Information Technology
    • Life Sciences / Healthcare
    • Media
    • Mobility
    • Other
Finance
  • Potential to achieve $10M+ in annual revenue by 2021
  • Have raised no more than $2M in private investment (including angel & venture rounds / does not include private or public grants)
  • Have current annual revenue of no more than $5M
Miscellaneous
  • Accelerate Michigan is targeted at innovation-based, technology-led companies
  • US companies must provide their EIN
  • Winners must be located in the state of Michigan to receive the award 
  • Companies that have previously won a total value of $25,000 in AMIC awards are not eligible
  • Companies that have competed as a Semi-Finalist at least twice are not eligible  

Deliverables
First Round: Preliminary Application
Deadline Friday, September 1st
  • Two page executive summary
  • Slide Deck (10 slides max)
  • Documents may consist of:
    • Problem
    • Solution & Value Proposition
    • Market Fit & Market Size
    • Customer Acquisition / Product Distribution
    • Business Model
    • Competitive Landscape 
    • Financial Projections (2017-2021)
    • Team
Second Round: Semi-Final Pitches
Onsite Judging on Thursday, November 16th
36 companies
  • Slide Deck (10-15 slides) 
  • 10min Presentation
  • 10min Q&A
Final Round: Final Pitches
Onsite Judging on Thursday, November 16th
10 companies
  • NovemĀ­ber 16, 2017 during the Gala Award Dinner
  • 5min Elevator Pitch (6 slides)