Inside the Mind of an Angel Investor Coming: For most entrepreneurs, raising seed and early stage capital is arguably one of the most challenging steps of starting a company.  This financing stage is usually too early for most professional venture capital firms. And after you’ve put in most of your own money and that of some close friends and family, it is probably time to seek out some Angel investors. The MIT Enterprise Forum Savy Entrepreneur Series will tell you how in a program available Tuesday, Feb. 21 at one of the seven Michigan sites. Panelists include John Nemazi, an engineer and patent attorney at Brooks Kushman; Dale Grogan, managing director of the Michigan Accelerator Fund, a Grand Rapids-based venture capital fund that invests in early-stage, Michigan-based companies; Don Baker, founding member of the law firm Safford & Baker; and moderator Pavan Mazumdar, managing director of Pieris Capital LLC. Register online in advance for free admission at The host site is the University of Michigan Dearborn’s 141 Fairlane Center South at 19000 Hubbard Drivein Dearborn. Satellite sites include the Mid-Michigan Innovation Center 4520 E. Ashman Road in Midland; the Kettering University Innovation Cetner, 1300 Bluff St., Flilnt; the Grand Valley State University University Club, 107 C DeVos, 401 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids; the Michigan Technological University Advanced Technology Development Complex, 1402 Sharon Ave., Houghton; Menlo Innovations, 410 N. Fourth Ave., third floor, Ann Arbor; and the Walsh College Blackstone Launchpad, Room 200, 3838 Livernois Road, Troy. The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Learn more at .

Bizdom Detroit and MTAM Schedule ‘Mobile Matchup’: Are you a mobile software developer? Or are you a startup that needs to connect with a great mobile developer? And do you like martinis, beer specials and free appetizers? Then attend the Mobile Matchup sponsored by Bizdom Detroit and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan on Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Centaur Bar, 2233 Park Ave., Third Floor, Detroit. The event aims to connect great mobile software developers with incredible entrepreneurs so that you can create amazing projects and startups together.  More at

Trivalent To Host ‘Manage Your Business Not Your Technology’ Workshop: Trivalent Group, one of Michigan’s largest technology firms, will host “Managing Your Business Not Your Technology,” a free workshop for Business owners and IT decision makers, Thursday, March 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the  Regional Manufacturing Technology Center at Ft. Custer, 405 Hill Brady Road, Battle Creek. Companies today want to automate and reduce their technology burden — do more with less or better yet more with what they have — yet many have not been able to achieve this through existing, industry standard practices.. Learn how to free up resources, save on cost, and improve productivity with Trivalent’s proactive approach.  Registration and breakfast begins at 7 a.m. The program starts at 7:30 a.m. To register, or for more information, contact Margy Sneller via email or by phone (616) 301-6301.  Participants may also RSVP online at Go to for details regarding future programs.


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