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M2 TechCast Features Auto Tech, Life Sciences, Comcast for Business, Renewable Energy

ROYAL OAK — The Monday, June 12 edition of the M2 TechCast features four terrific guests on a wide variety of the latest technological trends.

Automotive expert David Cole, chairman of AutoHarvest, kicks off the show at 3 p.m. Eastern time, updating listeners on the latest automotive technology trends.

At 3:15, Tember Shea of Inforum will interview Alexa Jones, CEO of TheraB Medical, an East Lansing startup working to launch its first product, SnugLit, a wearable, portable treatment for infant jaundice.

At 3:30 p.m., Comcast Vice President of Business Services Jeff Marston will introduce himself to Michigan, and talk about some of Comcast’s business products.

Wrapping up the show at 3:45 will be John Freeman, executive director of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. He’ll provide an update on the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Conference, coming up June 23-25 in Traverse City.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Leaders and Innovators event at LTU Feb. 16, ‘Starting a Business’

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – If you’re ready to start a business, an event Thursday, Feb. 16 at Lawrence Technological University will help you figure out how.

LTU is hosting the next WWJ Newsradio 950 “Leaders and Innovators” breakfast session Feb. 16 on the topic “Starting a Business: Entrepreneurism.” The event begins with networking and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The discussion and a question-and-answer session runs from 8 to 9 a.m.

This event will feature expert advice on the steps would-be entrepreneurs need to take to get their businesses up and running. Attendees will find out what resources are available to new companies in the Detroit area.

The event is hosted by WWJ Business Editor Murray Feldman. Panelists are to include Jack Aronson, founder of Clean Planet Foods and Garden Fresh Gourmet, and Karen Evans, director of LTU’s Detroit Center for Design + Technology Business Accelerator.

To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leaders-innovators-series-starting-a-businessentrepreneurism-21617-tickets-26907144995. The event is free.

Future Leaders and Innovators events include “Social Media and the Small Business” on Thursday, March 16, and “Work-Life Balance” on Thursday, April 13.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

ACE ’17 Coming Jan. 26

SOUTHFIELD — The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship 2017, better known as ACE ’17, will be held Jan. 26 at the Westin Southfield hotel.

ACE celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship in the Great Lakes region by bringing together entrepreneurs, service providers, investors, students, government agents, and other members of the business community to network, learn, and connect.

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LTU prof gets two grants for robotics and entrepreneurial education

SOUTHFIELD — A Lawrence Technological University assistant professor of biomedical engineering has been awarded two new grants – one to explore touch-sensitive feedback in robots, and another to expand entrepreneurial education in biotech.

Mansoor Nasir is principal investigator on a $50,000 grant from the DENSO North America Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation.

The DENSO grant will be used to acquire laboratory instrumentation to help LTU students design, develop and evaluate haptics, the science of touch-based human-computer interfaces, for applications like auto interiors, medicine, and virtual reality.

“We want to introduce a sense of touch into robots to give them the ability to interact with objects,” Nasir said.

Working with Nasir on the DENSO grant are Eric Meyer, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; James Kern, robotics lab instructor; Franco Delogu, assistant professor of psychology; and Nabih Jaber, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Meyer is also co-principal investigator on the Kern Family Foundation grant.

The focus of the Kern grant is broadening the scope of entrepreneurial education in engineering classes, making it more widely available through such digital media as web videos.

Earlier, in 2014, Nasir and Meyer received a grant through a Kern Family Foundation program, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), to develop course modules on entrepreneurship for engineering classes. In 2015, they received funds through KEEN to organize three half-day workshops on entrepreneurship for engineering professors.

The Kern Family Foundation, based in Waukesha, Wis., has as one of its goals building entrepreneurship into engineering education. More at http://www.kffdn.org/ or http://engineeringunleashed.com/keen/.

About the DENSO North America Foundation

A registered 501(c)3 corporate foundation, the DENSO North America Foundation is dedicated to helping Students advance their education in engineering, technology and other related programs. Founded in 2001, the Foundation provides grants to colleges and universities throughout North America, helping our communities prosper through the development of a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Foundation also provides disaster relief grants through the American Red Cross to aid persons and communities in which DENSO Corporation operates. For more, visit http://densofoundation.org.

About DENSO in North America

In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more, go to http://www.densocorp-na.com or connect with DENSO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica.

Lawrence Technological University, http://www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

UM ‘Entreprelooza’ Event Focuses On Diversity

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan’s Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is joining forces with entrepreneurship programs across the university to host the annual entrepreneurial symposium “Entrepalooza” on Friday, September 25.

The theme of this year’s Entreprelooza is “Entrepreneurship Through The Kaleidoscope.” The event will explore how diversity in teams, ideas and backgrounds can empower an entrepreneurial journey.

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Verizon, Techweek Sponsoring Big Tech Conference In Detroit

SOUTHFIELD — Verizon Wireless is partnering with the technology conference promoter Techweek on the Techweek Detroit 2015 conference April 13-19, part of its Emerging Cities Summit series.

Verizon Wireless Region President Lauren-Love Wright, a Detroit native, will keynote the summit.

“Our mission is to build a better world through tech entrepreneurship,” said Sam Kennedy, executive director at Techweek. “Techweek Detroit brings together tech leaders and innovators who are rebuilding the city.”

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UM Awards $129K To Top Student Startups

ANN ARBOR — The Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business announced the winners of the 32nd annual Michigan Business Challenge, as well as recipients of the Applebaum Dare to Dream and Mayleben Family Venture Shaping Grants.

These business plan competition and grant programs, which recognize promising student-led startups, provided grants and funding totaling $129,500 this year.

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MSU Engineering Gets $1.3M Endowment

EAST LANSING — A Chicago couple who met in a calculus class at Michigan State University in the 1970s has endowed a professorship to support entrepreneurship and diversity in the MSU College of Engineering.

The $1.3 million gift, established through their estate plan, creates the Bob Nuber and Betty Shanahan Endowed Professorship and supports Empower Extraordinary, the $1.5 billion campaign for MSU that publically launched in October 2014.

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UM’s Entreprelooza Returning

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan’s annual entrepreneurial symposium, Entreprelooza, will return for 2014 on Friday, Sept. 12.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UM’s Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave. in Ann Arbor.

Entrepalooza is sponsored by the Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at UM’s Ross School of Business.

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UM VC Event Names Presenting Companies

ANN ARBOR — The Michigan Growth Capital Symposium Thursday announced the 32 companies that will be presenting at the venture capital fest.

The event’s medical device, life sciences, healthcare, technology and clean tech tracks will showcase the Midwest’s best early stage and growth companies seeking funding.

Also, a new university research pitch track will feature four universities that will present on the startup landscape and profile emerging companies coming out of their programs.

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