The application period has opened for the 2011 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. This competition will award more than $1 million in cash, plus in-kind awards of services, staffing and, software. The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition also includes a competition for college students with an idea for an innovative business. Alternative energy is one of the areas that will be considered for this competition.
The application deadline is August 18 for companies and September 21 for student applications. The competition will conclude with investor pitches on November 16-17 at the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Marriott at Eagle Crest. The Competition Finals and Gala Awards Celebration will be held the evening of November 17 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is a collaborative effort of the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, the New Economy Initiative of Southeast Michigan and Accelerate Michigan (a strategic alliance between Business Leaders for Michigan and the University Research Corridor).
Additional information on this competition is available at http://www.acceleratemichigan.org/