MCWT offers program for long term unemployed: Have you been out of the workforce for 1 1/2 to 2 years? The Michigan Council of Women in Technlogy’s new in-transition workshops will help you better understand your strengths, improve your interview and communication skills, and find opportunities working your network. These workshops have a capacity of about 15 women, with a preference toward MCWT members. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory for participation. Special thank you to ANXeBusiness for designing and hosting and Epitec for its collaboration. Notification of acceptance will occur via e-mail by Sept. 9. The dates for the event are Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and 23, Nov. 6 and Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free. Register at If you have questions, email

Lawrence Tech Hosting IP Event: Lawrence Technological University will host an intellectual property symposium, “The Detroit Branch of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and its Effect on Current and Future Patenting Activity in Southeast Michigan,” on Wednesday, Oct. 2, on the Lawrence Tech campus in Southfield. Speakers and panelists include Faris Almatrahi, supervisory patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Virinder Moudgil, president of Lawrence Tech; AutoHarvest chairman David Cole; and Paul Prestia, senior strategic advisor at RatnerPrestia. Matt Roush, technology editor at WWJ Newradio 950, will moderate the event. Attendees will learn about collaborative intellectual property development strategies including IP mining in your own backyard; hear USPTO updates on inventor resources, including the congressionally mandated “Pro Bono Program” of the America Invents Act; discuss real life stories of implemented collaborative intellectual property development endeavors; and network with USPTO, industry, innovators, inventors, faculty and students. This event is sponsored by the Lawrence Tech Entrepreneurial Collaboratory, the USPTO, AutoHarvest, CBS Detroit, and RatnerPresia. It is open to all industries, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and includes lunch. It will be held in Room S100 of the Science Building at LTU, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Souithfield. The event is free, but space is limited, and you must register in advance by Sept. 27. More at

Ann Arbor Spark To Host Crowdfunding Weekend: Join the Mid-Michigan Innovation Center, Ann Arbor Spark, and the founders of RocketHub, one of the world’s top crowdfunding platforms that has recently partnered with A&E Networks, for a unique workshop on Oct. 12 and 13. The event will be held at Ann Arbor Spark, 330 E. Liberty in Ann Arbor, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13. RocketHub founders Brian Meece and Alon Hillel-Tuch have lectured on crowdfunding at SXSW, TEDxBrooklyn, Columbia University, Maker Faire, White House Roundtables, and have even testified before the U.S. Congress. Their goal? To teach entrepreneurs, creatives, and makers how to leverage the crowd for funding their endeavors. Plus you and your idea could be featured on A&E TV and Those chosen by A&E Project Startup have a chance to be featured on-air, online, and in A&E’s magazine, The Idea Book for Educators. If you launch a project on RocketHub, A&E could become one of your funders. A&E Project Startiup has committed significant funds to pour into select RocketHub projects. The price is $129 a person. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, camera and any video equipment you want to use to create your crowdfunding campaign. Registration includes Crowd Camp activities, Saturday and Sunday continental breakfast and lunch. Enjoy a night on the town in Ann Arbor Saturday. Overnight accommodations are not included in the registration fee; please contact MMIC at (989) 839-2334, for suggestions about local hotels. More at


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