Fulton Innovation Wins Best in Biz 2011 Bronze Award for Technology Executive of the Year: Fulton Innovation, the Ada-based creator and exclusive licensor of eCoupled intelligent wireless power, announced that Dave Baarman, its director of advanced technologies, is a bronze award winner for Technology Executive of the Year in the Best in Biz Awards, the only national business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. Baarman is the driving force behind the development and success of Fulton Innovation and its eCoupled wireless power technology. Baarman leads a team of scientists who develop solutions for partners in various industries to bring eCoupled intelligent wireless power technology to market and into the hands of consumers. Fulton Innovation helped deliver version 1.0 of the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi standard that leverages near-field inductive coupling technology, and supports highly resonant (also known as further field) wireless power transfer.  Baarman and his team have spearheaded this initiative, opening the door for full interoperability between device manufacturers and OEMs worldwide. Best in Biz Awards 2011 were presented in more than 30 categories, including Best Overall Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Executive of the Year and Best New Product of the Year. More than 150 entries were received in this year’s awards program, from an impressive array of public and private companies from a variety of industries, sectors and regions. The companies that won gold, silver and bronze awards in this year’s program represent the best in American business. With over 700 patents granted, published, or pending, Dave Baarman and Fulton continue to develop eCoupled technology in order to create wireless charging environments in the home, in the office, and on-the-go. The engineers behind eCoupled have been developing, advancing, and perfecting the technology for over 12 years.  eCoupled technology has been incorporated into Amway’s eSpring™ water purification devices for 10 years. More at www.ecoupled.com.

Jandernoa to Receive “Spirit of Michigan” Award at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition: The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC) has announced that its 2011 “Spirit of Michigan” recipient is Mike Jandernoa, founder of Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring and former CEO of Perrigo. Jandernoa will be honored during the AMIC’s second annual gala awards on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.  As CEO, Jandernoa took Perrigo from a $30 million company to a $2.5 billion firm. Most recently he founded Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring, which is dedicated to bringing mentors and mentees together to help businesses stay on track. He currently is a general partner of Bridge Street Capital Fund 1, LP; a director of Fifth Third Bank – West Michigan, a Michigan banking corporation; and a director of Steelcase Inc., a manufacturer of case good products and furniture systems for the office furniture industry. Jandernoa also serves on the boards of the Michigan Technology Tri-Corridor (formerly Life Science Corridor), and Business Leaders for Michigan. The “Spirit of Michigan” award recipient must epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit, have built a business that employs a solid workforce, be a significant contributor to the economic recovery here in Michigan and serve as a mentor within the entrepreneurial community. Last year’s recipient was Samuel Valenti, independent chairman of the board of TriMas Corp. The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business competition offering more than $1 million in cash awards. Designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity, the competition fuels innovation-based business growth by uncovering the best and brightest new business concepts from local and global entrepreneurs, exposing those opportunities to potential investment capital and fostering their growth within Michigan. The mission is focused on job creation, increased capital and statewide economic and resource development. The competition is a collaborative effort of the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, the New Economy Initiative, Business Leaders for Michigan, the University Research Corridor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. More at www.acceleratemichigan.org.