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CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT

KTISIS

With the tagline "the process of creating new," KTISIS' vision and culture is to encourage team members to apply engineering expertise and experience with creativity to achieve objectives. They provide practical full-system engineering solutions from defining the initial problem to guiding clients through the problem solving process to delivering the final solution. KTISIS offers services to a wide variety of technology industries, including professional motorsports, alternative fuel and natural gas, powersports, renewal energy, innovative designs and technologies and powertrain industries. One of the main areas of development is the natural gas for transportation sector because they believe it will offer this nation a domestic, economical and clean fuel solution for the next century.

"Despite having the experience to run a well-established business, starting one was a new challenge. I am grateful to the Macomb-OU INCubator because they have made the transition so easy and it feels like home immediately. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they do, and their advice and guidance is paramount to our road to success," Stephen Chue, principal and founder of KTISIS, says.



KTISIS


MAC-OU INC CLIENT NEWS
OU STUDENTS WITH DATASPEED PLACE FIRST IN INTERNATIONAL GROUND VEHICLE COMPETITION

The Troy office of Dataspeed Inc. was, for the most part, empty the first week of June. Four of its employees were preparing for, and competing at, the International Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), held for the past 21 years at Oakland University. Kevin Hallenbeck, Micho Radovnikovich, Steve Grzebyk and Mike Norman work full-time at Dataspeed on projects related to mobile robotics. In addition, they are working on their Ph.D., masters or bachelor degrees with Oakland University's School of Engineering.

All the hard work has paid off with Oakland University's team taking first place overall for their robot entered in the competition.

"I am really proud of the hard work and dedication that these guys have put forth, as well as their first place finish," Paul Fleck, President of Dataspeed Inc, says.



L to R: IGVC members Mike Norman, Micho Radovnikovich, Steve Grzebyk, Kevin Hallenbeck and Dataspeed President, Paul Fleck
 
COUPON WALLET PARTNERS WITH LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Mac-OU INC on-site client Coupon Wallet's Phil Kanaby and Christopher Papa are graduates of, and subsequent advocates for, the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology (UCMST) program. As a result, three high-school junior student interns from UCMST have spent the past three weeks at the incubator, under the tutelage of Coupon Wallet.

Zachary Brenz from Eisenhower High School and Andrew Venturini and Evan Agattas from Utica High School were all chosen, through a highly competitive selection process, to take part in the UCMST. This four-year program involves a half-day of English, social studies and elective coursework at the student's respective high school with the other half-day spent at UCMST. Of the 225+ applications to UCMST, 75 are chosen based on academic record, performance on achievement and aptitude tests and a letter of intent. All UCMST courses are taught at an accelerated or Advanced Placement level by faculty members holding masters or specialist degrees.



L to R: Chris Papa, Evan Agattas, Phil Kanaby, Zachary Brenz and Andrew Venturini

EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS

BUTZEL LONG: FEDERAL MENTOR-PROTEGE PROGRAMS

Participating in a federal mentor-protégé program can be one of the best ways for a small business to learn new skills and improve its competitive standing for government contracts. Mentors may benefit, too, by gaining socioeconomic and small business credit with procuring agencies, and in the case of the SBA mentor-protégé program, also by obtaining the ability to compete, together with protégés, as a joint venture on small business and 8(a) set-aside contracts.

Mentor-Protégé Agreements


Every federal mentor-protégé program requires the protégé and its mentor to execute a formal mentor-protégé agreement, setting forth the types of assistance the mentor will provide, benchmarks to ensure that assistance is provided, and so on. The SBA mentor-protégé program, thanks in part to new 8(a) regulations adopted in 2011, is particularly strict in the types of documentation it requires.


JIM RUMA: IMMEDIATE IMPLICATIONS OF THE EMERGING U.S. DEFENSE BUDGET

U.S. defense budgets have been on a downward slope since 2010, and the Pentagon now faces a 10 percent annual reduction over the next 10 years as a result of congressionally mandated cuts to all federal spending, according to Sandra Erwin, editor of National Defense Magazine. Therefore, it is important to note that the bright spot in the defense sector will be in affordable high-tech hardware and software in more connected global economies, says Charles F. Wald, retired Air Force general and head of Deloitte's defense practice. Products that will grow in demand include communication aids, information systems, cyberwar tools and tactical gear for special operations forces.

Needs specific to Michigan include end item products and services for US Army ground combat vehicles and support systems.



Q&A WITH MAC-OU INC STAFF

JOHN DEFOUR
IT INTERN


John DeFour is the newest addition to the Mac-OU INC team. A junior at Oakland University, he is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics.

"This internship is a great fit for me, as I love to teach people new things, it satisfies me to solve a problem and also, I wanted to learn more about the incubation industry with the hands-on technology experience. Working with a server of this volume during an internship is a unique experience, and having a paid internship is a great bonus!" John says.

Favorite Pastime:
"Video games, as they have been a source for a lot of my inspiration."

Favorite Book: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"

Favorite Food:
Chicken Risotto

Summer Plans: "I am planning on a Cedar Point trip and plenty of beach time with friends."

Best OU Memory: "My favorite memories include making new friends in my classes, as I enjoyed sharing experiences with other OU students and reveling in the friendly environment they created."

John DeFour

 

MAC-OU INC EVENTS
BLOGGING & DEFINING YOUR CONTENT BUBBLE
JUNE 25: DAVID MURRAY, BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
IN COLLABORATION WITH SOCIAL MEDIA CLUB DETROIT

The Macomb-OU INCubator has partnered with the Social Media Club Detroit (SMCD) to bring social media education classes to Macomb County. Mac-OU INC strives to develop a region of partnership by bringing native-Detroit programs to the metro Detroit suburbs of Macomb County. The series to date has included classes such as "Demystifying Social Media" and "Are You Listening?," and will continue on into 2014. We hope to see you at the next session on September 17! Thank you to SMCD for these great events!




BOOK REVIEW

"MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN"
BY SCOTT BELSKY
REVIEWED BY DAVID BONI


As many creative professionals may already know, ideas tend to be a dime a dozen. The real value a creator can bring to the table is follow-through on those ideas. But how do we, as entrepreneurs and inventors, go about turning these ideas into reality? That is exactly what is covered in the book "Making Ideas Happen" by Scott Belsky.

Belsky explains that in order to make an idea happen, one must be willing to rearrange his or her life in order to provide an atmosphere and lifestyle that is conducive to productivity. It must be understood that in order create; one must make time to create. Though this theme is common in many books that deal with productivity, there is still enough supplemental information to make this a worthwhile read.

The real value is in the many smaller concepts and guidelines that are sprinkled throughout the book. For example, one great tip Belsky gives is to act quickly, because the biggest threat to ideas is other ideas. More specifically, entrepreneurs often will fall into a cycle of simply developing ideas, as opposed to actually completing these ideas. As an entrepreneur, I can absolutely relate to this. Often times I will be set on completing something and then change my mind when I believe I have found something better to focus my time on. Acting quickly and focusing time and energy into an idea will give that person a vested interest in completing that single project. Another vital piece of information is that it is advantageous for the creator to explain his or her idea to trusted friends and family. In doing so, the creator is more likely to be held accountable.

Overall this book was a great read. The author hit the nail on the head, with what types of problems entrepreneurs actually face. Though at times the book may be slow, it is made up for with the vast amounts of useful information.




VELOCITY HAPPENINGS
VELOCITY JR. COMMUNITY EDUCATION 2013 STEM SUMMER PROGRAMS
SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF STERLING HEIGHTS, UTICA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS AND MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Over 23 fun, hands-on, innovative summer programs aimed at creating excitement for elementary and middle school students in engineering, computer science, robotics, electric racecars and more will be offered at Velocity Jr., previously Rose Kidd Elementary, this summer. Students from any school district are welcome to participate. For more information, visit the City of Sterling Heights Velocity Jr. webpage.

 



Macomb-OU INCubator at Velocity Collaboration Center
6633 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Phone: (586) 884-9320 | macINC@oakland.edu




JUNE 2013



LATE SUMMER 2013

EVENTS

Lunch & Launch:
"Creating Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances"
John Carter, Witzke Berry Carter & Wander
July 25, 12 - 1 p.m.

Capital Raise Meetup:
Mike Brennan
August 6, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Proposal Prep, DoD Focus:
In Collaboration with BBC
August 8, 9 - 3 p.m.

Gov't Contracting 101:
In Collaboration with PTAC
August 15, 10 - 12 p.m.

Capital Raise Meetup:
Mike Brennan
September 10, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Bookkeeping 411:
An EIR event by BiancoCPA
Sept. 11, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Social Media Education:
In Collaboration with Social Media Club Detroit
Sept. 17, 9 - 10 a.m.

Lunch & Launch:
"Ready, Aim, Hire"
Cyndi Gave, The Metiss Group
Sept. 19, 12 - 1 p.m.

BOOST!:
In Collaboration with MMIC
Sept. 24, 4 - 7:30 p.m.











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