Advanced Interactive Response System – named the ACE ’17 Challenger winner.

They received the grand prize of $5,000 and the following service prizes as well, totaling more than $22,000 in value.

Donating Organizations & Prize Description

Amy Cell Talent

Talent Search Package

Automation Alley

7C’s Growth Readiness & Alignment Assessment

Bluewater Angels

Review of pitch; constructive contributions and tikal items that would be asked for in diligence review

Everything HR

Six month subscription to Everything HR tool chest and website

LTU Collaboratory

Four months support including one-on-one coaching, lean startup workshops, prototype development assistance


One year MTAM Small Business Membership

Muskegon Innovation Hub

Mentoring sessions, pitch perfection session

Southfield Chamber

One year membership

Tech Highway

Consultation on customer discovery, process definition, product definition and more

The Hire Effect

The Hire Effect Tool chest & Two hours of coaching


ACE ’17 Challenge Explained579777_10151307895923789_1427780936_n

This year’s competition will award cash prizes and the time and knowledge of experts ranging from Michigan support services, sponsoring subject matter experts and support services from the LTU Collaboratory.

To qualify to participate entrepreneurs must:

  • own a business with IP that provides a competitive advantage
  • exhibit at ACE ’17
  • make multiple elevator pitches for investors, ESOs, sponsors, attendees at your Exhibit Booth to convince them to invest their ACE Dollars in your company.

ACE ’17 Challenge Registration is now CLOSED.


Choosing the Winner

Each attendee of ACE’17 will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite entrepreneur by receiving $10K ACE Dollars. Entrepreneur support organizations exhibiting will receive $25K ACE Dollars and registered investors (Angels, VCs, Seed) will receive $50K to $100K ACE Dollars to encourage their favorite entrepreneurs on to the winning spot.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to participate as an entrepreneur or help your favorite exhibiting entrepreneur win cash and prizes worth a total of $20,000.