Neil deGrasse Tyson To Visit Grand Valley: Astrophysicist and well-known space exploration expert Neil deGrasse Tyson will give a presentation at Grand Valley State University Nov. 13. Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He has written 10 books on the topic of space exploration, is the host of the national radio program StarTalk, and is currently working on a remake of the TV series “Cosmos,” which will air on Fox Network in the spring of 2014. During his presentation, Tyson will discuss the scientific process as a way to make and discover answers to large and small questions. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the fieldhouse of the Allendale Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Starting Oct. 21, students, faculty and staff members can get tickets at the 20/20 Desk in the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus. Tickets will be available to the public starting Friday, Nov. 1, at 20/20 Desk or online for a minimal handling fee. K-12 educators may request tickets online for groups of students starting October 9. For more information and to order tickets, visit

ACE ’14 Coming Jan. 30: ACE ’14, Michigan’s 14th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, will be held for the second straight year at Burton Manor in Livonia. The date set for the all-day event is Thursday, Jan. 30. ACE ’14 is already shaping up to be the biggest and best-attended ACE event in its 14 year history. This year’s program will provide a larger selection of breakout sessions than in past ACE events. There will also be more experts available for one-on-one advisory sessions in the Consultants’ Corridor. A day of panel discussions, breakout sessions, networking mixers, keynote speech and presentations designed to foster and support entrepreneurial activity in the State of Michigan all lead up to the announcement of winners of the ACE ’14 Elevator Pitch Competition and the GLEQ Business Plan Competition. David Fuehrer, CEO of Bloomfield Hills based CureLauncher, an online clinical trial matchmaking service that connects patients with specific conditions to clinical trials that could help them or even save their lives, won last year’s ACE ’13 Pitch Competition — an event that is only one of ACE ‘14’s anticipated highlights. Throughout the 8-hour event on January 30th, Livonia’s Burton Manor will teem with innovation and deal flow. Eight breakout sessions covering diverse areas such Michigan Funding Sources, Entrepreneur War Stories, and Detroit – Fostering Urban Startups and more will stimulate and educate anticipated record attendance of over 1000 entrepreneurs, investors and business enthusiasts. More at

Automation Alley To Sponsor Detroit Business Storytelling Challenge: Do you have what it takes to be under the spotlight sharing your exceptional business story? On Nov. 21, eight select peak-performance entrepreneurs will compete in Global-SLAM, a business storytelling challenge, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bleu Detroit, 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is partnering with Entre-SLAM, a storytelling competition for entrepreneurs, on Global Entrepreneurship Week, powered by the Kauffmann Foundation, to sponsor Global-SLAM. GEW is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups. The theme of Global-SLAM is “The Unexpected,” and the event will feature a special mystery guest. Attendees will also enjoy hearing true entrepreneurial stories straight from the innovators themselves. To date, Automation Alley has invested more than $8.27 million in 37 technology-driven companies or projects across Southeast Michigan. To submit a Round One Storytelling Video for Global-SLAM, visit The submission deadline for videos is Oct. 31. The cost to attend Global-SLAM is $10 if registered by Nov. 4 or $15 at the door. The cost includes dinner. Register online at