ANN ARBOR — Anyone who doubts that entrepreneurship is red-hot in Michigan should check out Tuesday’s Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, 2 to 9 p.m. at Ann Arbor Skyline High School.

The ACE12 entrepreneurial leadership program had a large spike in new registrants in the past several days with some 500 new attendees now scheduled to attend.

“We’re excited to have a full throng coming to the variety of entrepreneurial programs.” said Grace Lee and Diane Durance, co-chairs of the 12th annual program.

Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership and a founder of, will launch Startup Michigan about 7 p.m. as part of the Startup America Partnership, the national effort dedicated to helping startups grow and jumpstart job creation throughout the country. To date, the initiative has launched eight regional affiliates and is offering startups $1.2 billion in resources. Michigan will join 10 more regions in launching on the tomorrow.

Fritz Seyferth, a known expert in leadership and executive coaching and founder of  “The Foundation of Winning” program taught to companies around the nation, will join by Dan Arbour and Kalyan Handique in a discussion of pillars of leadership at 6:15 p.m.

ACE brings together entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders from around the Great Lakes region to network, learn and connect. Participants will have an opportunity to attend a variety of exciting panels highlighting lean startups, innovation in urban Michigan and financing strategies; hear about opportunities and growth challenges of emergent sectors; get a personal consultation with industry experts; and watch Michigan’s most innovative startups pitch their ventures in an elevator pitch competition.

A new feature of ACE ’12 is “Ask an Expert” in which attendees may sign up for a free consulting session to get personalized guidance on their business ideas or startups.


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