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Mar 06, 2018
Opera House, 106 E. Front St., TC
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Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 - 6:00pm


Michigan Business Model Pitch Competition

TCNewTech, MSU’s Spartan Innovations and Northern Michigan Angels

invite Traverse Region entrepreneurs to

participate in an exciting competition

for $100,000 in cash

$40,000 to the winner!

  • Since 2013, Greenlight! and its partner MEDC have awarded over $300,000 to startup businesses through this annual competition, which routinely attracts over 150 entries each year from across the state.
  • New Innovation for 2018—TCNewTech will host a REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP on March 6, 2018. Winner to receive;
  1. $500 cash,
  2. guaranteed spot in the State Finals on March 28 in East Lansing, and
  3. Coaching and mentoring to help get ready for the Finals
  • Judges will be successful regional entrepreneurs and investors.
  • All contestants will remain eligible to be selected by Spartan Innovations for the finals as well.
  • Your business must be less than 2 years old.

No Cost to enter. For details and two chances to enter, go to:, for your 2nd Chance entry (winner goes straight to the Greenlight Competition), enter at TCNewTech here: (select March)

ACT NOW – Entries Close February 28




Mane Content of Traverse City will be doing the video and Facebook live feed for this event. The production value of the event is getting turned up a notch.  Thank you Mane Content!


We are pleased again that a major sponsor this month is Traverse LegalSpecializing in internet law, trademark law, copyright law, patent law, and other intellectual property areas. The team at Traverse Legal has been involved and a supporter TCNewTech and local technology entrepreneurs since the beginning and we are fortunate to have them once again sponsoring our event.


Another repeat major sponsor this month is Michigan Broadband Services.  From small businesses to large corporations, Michigan Broadband Services offers a service option that fits your needs at the most competitive rates. Michigan Broadband Services have been involved with TCNewTech for quite a while now and we are fortunate to have them now participating as a major sponsor for our events.


Another ongoing supporting sponsor this month is Boomerang-Catapult, LLC. Venture Capital investing in Traverse City companies that create high-value through intellectually intensive effort and exporting it to the world.


Northern Michigan Angels are a repeating supporting sponsor as well. The mission of the angel group is to help grow the economic base of the region through investment in early stage companies. They have invested in numerous successful local start-ups already and are looking to continue.


For 2018 we are happy to announce that SCORE (Senior Corps of Retired Executives) will be joining the effort as a supporting sponsor. SCORE is volunteer mentor group of local business veterans. SCORE is committed to building a strong and prosperous Northwest Michigan business community through face-to-face mentor/client meetings to provide guidance and advice on how to start a new business or grow an existing one.


Networking begins at 5:30, presentations start at 6:00pm. A social hour will be held immediately following the presentations.  There is no charge for the event.


Be sure to sign up and RSVP your attendance through the app which is linked at



LOCATION:  106 E. Front Street in downtown Traverse City, MI (City Opera House).


TIME:  Tuesday, March 6th, 5:30 pm


There is an opportunity for audience members to make technology related announcements between speakers. For instance, job openings, members seeking employment, other technology events going on in the area, etc. We will also be making some announcements related to various TCNewTech initiatives such as the fiber-optic committee, a Tech Center, etc.


We will be live broadcasting this meetup via Facebook live stream. You can watch the live stream on the TCNewTech Facebook page. The video will also remain there for later viewing.


TCNewTech Membership Donations.

TCNewTech is going to remain free to the public and to the presenters. However, in order to maintain our financial viability as an organization, we are asking for members to kick in a minimum $15 a year, which will go towards covering costs like website hosting, software expenses, etc.  What your $15 subscription fee gets you is the right to run for and/or vote for our Board of Directors and a TCNewTech tee shirt (while supplies last). You can pay the $15 fee by cash, check or credit card at the door.



How TCNewTech works:

We have 5 presenters each month. Each presenter is allowed 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes of Q&A (time limits are politely enforced). Between presenters the audience is allowed to make brief announcements for things such as job openings, persons seeking employment, and other events happening in the area related to technology. We also make announcements related to various TCNewTech initiatives such as the area wide fiber-optic, co-working/incubator space, etc.


The audience is typically made up of technology-minded people and consists mostly of programmers, IT staff, people looking for opportunities for their tech company, tech companies looking for staff, individuals looking for investment opportunity, start-up founders at all stages looking for investors and tech geeks that just like learning about new offerings.  Meetups are broadcast live via Facebook live stream. You can watch the live stream on the TCNewTech Facebook page. The videos remain there for later viewing.


After the presentations, attendees mingle for refreshments, food, and networking.


There is no cost to attend or to present at TCNewTech.


If you would like to present your technology related product or service at a future meeting, please submit you request via the form on the pitch request page linked at the top of the page and here. For additional information you can contact Russell Schindler at or Lisa Baker at with TCNewTech in the subject line and a brief description of your question or request.

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