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CLIENT COMPANY SPOTLIGHT
KA-CHING! LLC

Ka-Ching! LLC is developing Pythia, a disruptive training system that will audibly stream step-by-step directions to a mobile-headset audio device, with completion-time reports for each step. Pythia uses a patent-pending interface between voice response, text-to-speech, and Wi-Fi technologies to link custom databases to the device.

Products will include Pythia @ GYM to deliver workout steps, Pythia @ WORK to deliver steps to any consistent work process, Pythia @ HOME to deliver recipes and do-it-yourself (DIY) steps, and Pythia @ REHAB, designed to help low IQ individuals hold real jobs and become self-sufficient.




MAC-OU INC POSITIVE IMPACT
BUSINESS ADVISORY BOARD EXPANSION OF SERVICES

Mac-OU INC's Business Advisory Board (BAB) program is undergoing an expansive revamp to more specifically address each small business' needs. Now known as the Business Advisory Services program, separate components not only include the Boards, but also Business Advisory Mentors and the Business Advisory Virtual Community.



MAC-OU INC HAPPENINGS
$20,000 PITCH COMPETITION APPS DUE OCTOBER 14

"Macomb Pitch: A Competition for Small Businesses" is currently open for applications, due on October 14! This is Mac-OU INC's largest pitch competition to date, including $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. For applications and competition details, visit Mac-OU INC's official application form or contact Joan Carleton at macINC@oakland.edu.


MICHIGAN DEFENSE INDUSTRY MATTERS

"Michigan Defense Industry Matters," a morning reception held on Sept 26 at Velocity Center, highlighted and celebrated the importance and significance of Michigan's defense industry. This collaborative effort, spearheaded by the City of Sterling Heights along with Macomb County and Mac-OU INC, brought together legislators, government officials, community leaders and notable defense-industry professionals.



CLIENT NEWS

MAC-OU INC CLIENT COMPANY FINALISTS FOR ACCELERATE MICHIGAN INNOVATION COMPETITION

Mac-OU INC would like to congratulate their client companies who made it as finalists in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC)! Our best wishes with BEET, GaPro, LogiCoul Solutions and Stony Creek Labs, as well as the rest of the finalists. We look forward to witnessing the live competition!



LOGICOUL SOLUTIONS REFLECTS ON A SUCCESSFUL MONTH

LogiCoul Solutions, an early-stage company with the technology of sending signals to batteries to improve performance, has made exciting progress within the course of a single September week.

With the help of NextEnergy, LogiCoul was offered the opportunity to share the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's booth at the Battery Show, an exhibition and conference in Novi featuring over 600 exhibitors and three different tracks of technical presentations. David Stout, LogiCoul's EVP and Business Development champion, gave an overview of the technology at the session on Breakthrough Transportation Battery Technology, moderated by Dan Radomski, NextEnergy VP.



MICHIGAN DARPA MD.MFP
EVENT REVIEW: UNDERSTANDING AND NAVIGATING DARPA RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, A MICHIGAN SPONSORED WORKSHOP

The Michigan Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Matching Funds Program (MD.MFP) recently wrapped up the final training for 2014 on September 24 at Ann Arbor SPARK Central. Budgeted for 25 participants, the capacity was increased to 30 to accommodate the level of interested parties. The purpose of the workshop was to provide attendees a broad overview of the DARPA program and teach them how to navigate the application process to compete for and win contracts. With a final wait list of 12, it is clear there is a high interest level in Michigan of DARPA opportunities.

 
SEPTEMBER OPPORTUNITY INSIGHTS SHEET

The Opportunity Insights Sheet is an aid for all small businesses wanting to work with DARPA and MD.MFP. It highlights actively targeted solicitations; open office-wide unsolicited ideas; trend analysis and observations; and notes, news and insight.

View the Opportunity Insights Sheet for September via michigandarpa.org.

EXECUTIVE-IN-RESIDENCE NEWS
BUTZEL LONG: "WILL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SURVIVE?"

Two different federal appeals courts handed down conflicting rulings Tuesday, July 22, 2014, regarding federal subsidies of health insurance premiums for people using the insurance exchanges. The cases address those states that elect not to create a state exchange, but use the federal insurance exchange (Michigan is one of them). The Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond VA upheld the legality of the subsidies for those individuals using the federal exchange, while the DC Circuit Court ruled that the federal government could not subsidize individuals purchasing insurance through a federal insurance exchange. The government is expected to ask for an en banc hearing before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals which will be an eleven (11) judge panel versus the three (3) judge panel that heard the case originally.



JIM RUMA: DEFENSE ARTICLE OF INTEREST

DefenseNews.com: Pentagon says website improves communication between DoD, industry

If your customers knew about your research and development projects and you had improved face-to-face contact with those customers, the likelihood of a 'sale' would be increased. This is achieved by a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) website, Defense Innovation Marketplace, that helps defense contractors interface with military counterparts that need their products and services. This allows the Pentagon to post the types of technology it is seeking and companies can post the types of research they're conducting. The information is stored securely, so only certain people within DoD can access it. The information is not shared between companies.


PARTNER HAPPENINGS

MICHIGAN DEFENSE CENTER'S INTERNATIONAL LANDING ZONE

The International Landing Zone at Velocity Collaboration Center is officially open for business. This collaborative effort between the Michigan Defense Center, Macomb County and the Macomb-OU INCubator is strategically located in Michigan's defense corridor to provide a place for international companies, with proven and tested technologies in the defense and homeland security industries, to land and explore the feasibility of opening and/or expanding their operations in the United States.


PURE MICHIGAN BUSINESS CONNECT: RESOURCES TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 5:30 - 8 PM
LORENZO CULTURAL CENTER


Macomb County has partnered with Pure Michigan Business Connect to offer this evening consisting of a light dinner; welcoming remarks from County Executive Mark A. Hackel; a rapid-fire overview of resources to help with talent, capital and strategic growth; and a discussion of the Personal Property Tax Reform. Please register for this free event by registering online or calling (596) 469-5285.




MICHIGAN AUTOMATED SYSTEMS COLLABORATIVE

The Michigan Automated Systems Collaborative (MASC) recently gathered at the Macomb-OU INCubator to review a recently-completed competitive analysis of the robotic and automated systems industry. Automated systems include anything from the sensors that are integrated in improvised explosive detection robots to the precision optics found in surgical equipment. It is the technology that drives the automation line, as well as the innovation that drives our expertise for smarter and safer vehicles on our roads.

The MASC is a strategic partnership consisting of industry, academia, research and professional associations, and government, with the vision of making Michigan the national leader in design, development, and manufacturing of automated systems and related robotic technologies.







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






SEPTEMBER 2014



UPCOMING EVENTS


Capital Raise Meetup
Mike Brennan
October 7, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Defense Contracting Series: "Proposal Management"
In Collaboration with Logistic Specialties, Inc (LSI) and the Michigan Defense Center
October 9, 9 - 11 a.m.

Social Media Connect - Detroit
In Collaboration with Social Media Club Detroit
October 10, 8 - 6 p.m.

Macomb Pitch: Application Due Date
October 14, by 5 PM













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