MIT Enterprise Forum to talk fundraising: The MIT Enterprise Forum will hold another in its “Savvy Entrepreneur Series” of meetings from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. Co-produced with and hosted simultaneously at the state’s leading innovation accelerators and research institutions, the series provides early to mid-stage technology entrepreneurs with networking opportunities and guidance on key topics. This session’s topic is Milestone-Based Fundraising. Learn how to develop a realistic strategy for attracting investors as you reach critical junctures in your venture’s development. This MIT Enterprise Forum Interactive Satellite-based series continues this month in 10 locations: Hillsdale County Economic Development, Hillsdale Service Center, Conference Room, 21 Care Drive, Hillsdale; Jackson County Economic Development, Jackson Service Center, Commonwealth Commerce Center, 209 E. Washington Street, Suite 100, Jackson; Lenawee County Economic Development, Lenawee County Human Services Building, Conference Room, 1040 S. Winter St., Adrian; Michigan Tech and Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance, Advanced Technology Development Complex, Michigan Tech Campus, 1402 Sharon Ave., Houghton; Mid-Michigan Innovation Center and SVSU, 4520 E. Ashman Road, Midland; MISBTDC-Michigan Works COG Conference Room, 1209 S. Garfield Ave., Suite C. (South Entrance), Traverse City; MITEF and University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship – Menlo Innovations, Third Floor, 410 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor; Kettering University – TechWorks, Kettering Campus Center, Room 5-200, 1700 W. Third Ave., Flint; Lawrence Technological University – TiE Detroit, Gallery in the Architecture Building, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield; Wayne State University – TechTown, Conference Room A, 440 Burroughs St., Detroit; University of Michigan Dearborn, 141 Fairlane Center South, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn; Grand Rapids – Atomic Object, first floor, 941 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids. Register at www.mitgreatlakes.org.
Entrepreneur Connect 2011: Registration is now open at www.gleq.org for Entrepreneur Connect 2011, a first-time event showcasing the energy and direction of entrepreneurship in Michigan. The two-day event is set for June 9-10, at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. Included in the program are exceptional opportunities to network and make important business connections, including Thursday’s reception hosted by the MSU Alumni Association and the 11th Annual GLEQ Business Plan Competition Awards Dinner, and Friday’s Entrepreneur Expo and the Entrepreneur/Investor Golf Scramble. Put your investor pitch to the test at Boost Greater Lansing on Thursday morning. The top two presenters will attend an on-the-spot advisory board meeting with the expert panel and win an opportunity to pitch to the BlueWater Angels. Learn more at www.entrepreneurconnectmi.org
Compuware VP to Present at Internet World: Detroit-based Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq:CPWR) announced that Matt Poepsel, vice president of performance strategies, will present a session titled: “How to Turn Web Traffic into Sales – eCommerce Trends in 2011” at the Internet World Conference 2011 in London, U.K. The session will begin at 5:10 p.m. Eastern time. The session will cover the latest eCommerce trends in 2011; how to ensure more Website traffic equals more revenue; what contributes to shopping cart abandonment and how to combat the issue; and how to meet customers’ Web experience expectations regardless of the browser or device they use. More at www.compuware.com.