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A note from our director


Amy Butler

OU INC's mission to innovate, accelerate, and educate spans not only to our own backyard, but to companies seeking success around the world. In this newsletter, you will be introduced to the various ways that OU INC attracts and develops the talents of today and tomorrow. The roots of success stem from collaboration where we are always looking to share knowledge with those near and far.

The month of June brought many international and domestic professionals in the automotive and green technology industries through our doors for the Summit on Accelerating Innovation to Drive Sustainable Automotive Manufacturing Growth Across North America. It was a great opportunity to partner with the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment, The Commission for Environmental Cooperation and U.S. EPA in the Summit and contribute OU INC technology and expertise in the presentation of the program.

There are many opportunities highlighted in this volume of our newsletter. Let us know if there are additional types of newsworthy features that we can offer in future issues. We are thankful for your support and look forward to the continuing successes of our clients and affiliates.

Client spotlight
Belki Filtration LLC

BELKI Filtration LLC, the portal to the Americas for the parent company BELKI Technik ApS, established a tenant client relationship with OU INC during this past spring.

Hailing from Denmark, the global leader in liquid filtration has chosen to lay roots in the United States by taking up tenancy at OU INC.

The location of BELKI's tenant space allows Belki to educate guests about the growing prevalence of green technology in the automotive and manufacturing sector.

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Belki's tenant space in the OU INC Pavilion.
News
Automation Alley Senior Director Tom Anderson Offers Up Funding Tips to Entrepreneurs

What defines a captivating business plan? What are some of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make when seeking funding opportunities? As Automation Alley's senior director, Tom Anderson knows a thing or two about what startups can do to get noticed by investors and how they can set themselves apart in Southeast Michigan's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Anderson, with assistance from Automation Alley Entrepreneurial Services Manager Natalia Stasiw, oversees Automation Alley's technology business accelerator programs, which help entrepreneurs obtain an external review of their technology and business plan.

Article contributed by EntrepreNews

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TRCNA

As an international accelerator, OU INC establishes strategic partnerships with key organizations that aid in the transition of international companies developing businesses in Michigan.

The Turkish Resource Center of North America (TRCNA) is a major collaborator with OU INC.

TRCNA has both an office in East Lansing and in Turkey, as well as representatives located around the United States.

The organization was established by Steven Webster and Nurten Ural, who both serve as Co-Executive Directors for the TRCNA.

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Nurten Ural, Co-Executive Director
Staff feature
Steve Kent


Steve Kent joined the OU INC administrative team as the finance and operations coordinator this past April.

With a background in business spanning approximately 30 years and management positions held at companies such as Lenovo and Siemens Enterprise Communications, Kent has contributed his vast expertise in business development to OU INC.

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News
The Summit on Accelerating Innovation to Drive Sustainable Automotive Manufacturing Growth Across North America

Nearly 170 leaders from major automotive manufacturers, their suppliers and North American government officials, as well as exhibitors and students, met recently at Oakland University to explore ways to boost advanced manufacturing processes and accelerate environmental innovation in the North American automotive supply chain.

The Summit on Accelerating Innovation to Drive Sustainable Automotive Manufacturing Growth Across North America was co-hosted by the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP), the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), and Oakland University. 

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Participants listen to fellow teammates during a breakout session in the Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom.

Intern feature
Amanda Benno - Munetrix



Oakland University Undergraduate student, Amanda Benno, has been spending the last four months working closely with OU INC Accelerator Client, Munetrix, as their intern and office assistant.

Her duties include clerical support, data mining, website testing, building excel spreadsheets and event planning.

Munetrix, founded in 2010 by Bob Kittle and Buzz Brown, assists companies, governments, and schools with determining their financial health through data compilation and analysis, and presenting results in scorecards that contain visuals that the public can understand.

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Events
OU INC Teams Up With MidMichigan Innovation Center to Present a Free Entrepreneurial Sales Workshop 
"The Best Shot Workshop," will be held at the OU INC at Oakland University on Thursday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registered participants will receive instruction from industry experts and attend a panel discussion including lunch.

The "Best Shot: Hitting Your Target Market Workshops and Competitions," is a recently created program. The Innovation Center has had record attendance at all of the workshops and competitions in this new series.

This educational and interactive workshop consists of three areas: defining your ideal customer; defining the ideal distribution channel(s); and developing the sales pitch. These three areas will be delivered and rewarded in the competition round.

Article contributed by MMIC
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Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition


Entrepreneurs and students will be presenting their business concepts at the 2013 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition on November 12-14. The goal of the competition is to seek out the best and brightest new ideas to invest capital to help foster growth within Michigan. AMIC was founded by New Economy Initiative, Ann Arbor Spark, Automation Alley and MAComb-OU INC. The winning company vision will receive $500,000, while the winning student business concepts will win $25,000.

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2013 EYOU Competition 


The Michigan Women's Foundation, along with Walsh College, Inforum, and Huntington Bank, will be hosting a competition seeking to award the women entrepreneurs of Michigan for their ideas in the 2013 EYOU Business Plan Competition. Competitors will be divided into three categories: professional/companies, high school students, and collegiate students.

Students must be enrolled in a Michigan high school or university. The competition will be judged by a panel of venture capitalists and other investment groups. Company winners will receive a monetary prize, along with launch and development support.

The competition will take place on September 24, 2013.


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Clients in the news
AutoBike: Detroit Free Press


OU INC Accelerator Client, AutoBike, was mentioned by the Detroit Free Press both online and in print on Sunday, July 28. The article discusses a recent sales forecast made by Edmunds.com.

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Call For News: 
The OU INC Team welcomes any news or article ideas that you may have for us to post in our newsroom, as well as in our newsletter. We are looking for ideas ranging from information about upcoming events to profiles about inspiring professionals. Please send any ideas to ouinc@oakland.edu, or call Sarah Blanchette at (248) 648-4803.
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Calendar

OU INC

August 22, 2013
"The Best Shot" Workshop
When:
 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: OU INC
One Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309
Contact: Heather Fortin
(231) 995-7119
fortin@mmic.us
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September 10, 2013
"The Best Shot" Competition
When: 
 4-8 p.m.
Where: OU INC
One Golf View Lane
Rochester, MI 48309
Contact: Heather Fortin
(231) 995-7119
fortin@mmic.us
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Around the Neighborhood

August 20, 2013
Innovator Spotlight: Jacquetta Dantzler
When:
noon-1 p.m.
Where: 2007 Austin Street, Midland, MI 48642
Contact:  (989) 839-2333
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August 28, 2013
ThumbWorks: Best Shot Sales Workshop
When: 
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: ThumbWorks
3270 Wilson St, Marlette, MI 48453
Contact: (989) 839-2333
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August 1, 2013
Interns and Apprentices: Models to Design and Construct Future Talent
When: 
9:00 am-12:00 pm 
Where:
Henry Ford Community College
3601 Schaefer Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Contact: Automation Alley Resource Center info@automationalley.com
(800) 427-5100
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September 12, 2013
Michigan Energy Forum: Energy Management Technologies
When:
5-7 p.m.
Where: SPARK Central
330 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Contact: alissa@AnnArborUSA.org
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September 13, 2013
13th Annual Automation Alley Awards Gala
When: 
6-11 p.m. 
Where: The Henry
300 Town Center Dr.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Contact: Automation Alley Resource Center info@automationalley.com
(800) 427-5100
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October 3, 2013
Michigan Energy Forum: Energy Myths
When: 
5-7 p.m.
Where: SPARK Central
330 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Contact: 
alissa@AnnArborUSA.org
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October 24, 2013

Michigan Energy Conference: Powering the Future
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November 6-8, 2013
Medical Main Street Conference: Inno-Vention 2013
Where: Marriott Hotel
200 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
Contact: Leslie Smith
(248) 353-0735, extension 152 innovention2013@esd.org
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November 7, 2013
Michigan Energy Forum: Balancing Energy & Environmental Demands
When: 
5-7 p.m. 
Where: SPARK Central
330 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Contact:
alissa@AnnArborUSA.org
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