Do you have a disruptive technology solution in need of funding?

Banner 2Do you have a #disruptive technology solution and currently seeking funding?  Submit your application for the TiECon Detroit 2017 Mobility Competition.

The Mobility Competition is aimed at recognizing the top six second stage startups working on disruptive technologies in broad based industries such as Mobility, Autonomous Transportation, Electric Vehicles, Connectivity, IoT, Automotive, Cyber Security, Smart Cities, and Big Data/Machine Learning. The six finalists will compete before an audience of automotive executives, venture capitalists, angel investors and Silicon Valley technologists.

The winner will be eligible to join the Kyyba Xcelerator with a $50,000 investment, support services, and mentorship from Kyyba Xcelerator’s extensive global network. With Detroit being the Auto Capital of the world, TiECon Detroit brings top players in the automotive industry, such as OEMs, tier 1 suppliers, investors & other autotech founders. This is a great opportunity to be showcased around the globe and to many investors. The competition is scheduled for November 9, 2017, 2pm-3:00pm at TiECon Detroit, and the winner being announced at 5pm. The last date of application is Sunday, October 22, 2017. Apply Now

Brief background about TiE & TiECon:
TiECon Detroit is Michigan’s largest entrepreneurship conference. TiECon is a conference hosted in 20 different cities around the globe. The “mother” of all TiECon’s is held in Silicon Valley, with roughly 6,000 people attending each year. TiECon is just one of the many programs/events hosted by TiE. TiE is the largest global non-profit for entrepreneurs, with 61 chapters in 18 countries.

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Nominations Open for MI Celebrates Small Business Awards

MCSB_Nominate_440x220Nominations for the 2018 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards program are officially open, including the ‘Michigan 50 Companies to Watch’ award! Why nominate a company for MCSB? Awardees of the program receive significant statewide exposure. The award says to customers, vendors and peers that the company is one to do business with. Submitting a nomination is easy, and self-nomination is encouraged. Visit to get started! Nomination deadline is November 15th.

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is proud to be an official Community Partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business and is committed to championing the success of our state’s entrepreneurs.

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Kyyba Xcelerator and Bodman PLC Launching Pitch Club for Startups and Entrepreneurs

Banner 1_Pitch ClubKyyba Xcelerator, Bodman PLC and TiE Detroit will launch “Pitch Club,” a mentoring and funding series held across Michigan, at SPARK in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, September 27. Aimed at connecting the various ecosystems and smart zones throughout Michigan, each event will educate, inspire and provide networking opportunities and valuable experiences for being investable.

Ten monthly events will be hosted on Wednesdays throughout the year in Michigan cities including: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids. Currently, announced meeting dates include October 18, as well as January 24, 2018, at TechTown in Detroit and November 29 at SPARK.

Hosted by Bodman Law Firm Partner Michael Melfi, who also is the founder of “Be Investable,” Pitch Club will provide entrepreneurs, especially those in the early stage, the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. As part of the process, three chosen participants will have the opportunity to practice their pitch and discuss their business plan with funding experts, giving them a better understanding of the mindset of an investor. The program also will feature a guest keynote that will speak about topics related to starting a company, technology trends and opportunities for entrepreneurs.

“Pitch Club provides a tremendous opportunity for cross-pollination and increased deal flow across Michigan, something that currently is not at the level it should be. This program will be very valuable for both the startup entrepreneurs and investors and will hopefully create a meaningful dialogue, as well as a technological and economic impact for the entire region,” said Tel Ganesan, Managing Director, Kyyba Xcelerator. “In order to make this initiative even more successful, I encourage seasoned entrepreneurs in each of these areas to join us by serving as a mentor.”

For this initiative, Kyyba Xcelerator and Bodman PLC are partnering with other established incubators and accelerators across Michigan, including TechTown Detroit and Ann Arbor SPARK.

“From the elevator pitch to the public pitch to the investor pitch, the more successful entrepreneurs are pitching, the more integral this will become to their success. We are pleased to partner with Kyyba Xcelerator to help entrepreneurs to gain exposure, insights and support that will help them truly move the needle,” said Paul Riser, Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit.

“Access to investors and the opportunities to pitch without having to travel are signs of a healthy startup ecosystem,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “We are excited to have the Ann Arbor region included in Pitch Club; this new avenue for connecting startups and potential funders is a terrific addition to the existing ways entrepreneurs are able to attract capital as well as the investors already interested in what’s happening here.”

The select pool of the companies chosen to pitch at the monthly Pitch Club events will be provided investment opportunities in the form of presenting to the investment team of Kyyba Xcelerator and TiE Detroit Angels during their quarterly Angels meeting. Investment opportunities will range from $25,000 to $100,000. TiE Detroit Angels funded companies, if qualifications are met, also could have the chance to present to the TiE Global Angel Alliance (TGAA). TGAA is a global platform for funding that exposes startups to a broader investment pool and opportunities to raise additional funds much larger than any single TiE Chapter or local Angel Group. TGAA recently invested $395,000 in Zeto, and $450,000 for Hemex Health from the TiE Global network.

A startup seeking to present at Pitch Club must complete an application form. Applicants can apply, view the event schedule and learn about prizes and benefits at or by contacting Sarah Myrand at

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STEM@TIM reaches the Michigan Community

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Michigan’s first STEM Career Showcase, produced by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and the MI STEM Partnership took place on Thursday, September 7th at the 1st annual Technology in Motion (TIM) Detroit event.

Featuring exhibits such as Consumers Energy, MI Robotics Institute, MI-Light, MI Science Center, DASI Solutions and many more, the event provided an opportunity for students, parents and educators to get great information about in-demand STEM careers and educational opportunities, as well as to hear expert panelists on topics such as:

  • The Importance of STEM to Michigan’s Economy
  • Solving the STEM Talent Problem Thru Diversity
  • The STEM Gender Gap and How to Close It
  • How to Find a STEM Job in Today’s Market
  • Increasing the Availability of STEM Training
  • STEM Students; Are they prepared for STEM careers?

Panel members included representatives from firms such as:  Ford Motor Company, Birmingham Schools, Oakland University, Education Planning Resources, Workforce Intelligence Network, Consumers Energy, Mobile Technology Assn of MI, Oakland Community College, Lawrence Technological University, MI Science Center, Society of Automotive Engineers, University of MI, ardentCause, New Shore LLC, Sargon Partners, GTB, Moveable Bytes, GE, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Coretek Services, MI Afterschool Partnership, Project Lead the Way,, Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Eco-system, Amy Cell Talent, Robotic Intelligence Software, RIIS and NHacks.

Sponsors for the STEM@TIM event included: MI Afterschool Partnership, Consumers Energy, Oakland Community College, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office Washtenaw Community College and Henry Ford College.

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Less than a Month to go to Mobile World Congress Americas!


There is less than a month left till the doors at Moscone Center open, and what a whirlwind it will be!

MTAM is a media partner for the event and we, along with the team at GSMA, are looking forward to a brand new and exciting MWC Americas. But in the meantime, there is still so much to do. While we’re getting ready for the event, we want to make sure you’re informed with the latest news so you will be best prepared.

Start off with getting yourself a copy of the latest eBrochure. It contains the most recent announcements, updates and program details for everything MWC Americas! A digital publication that’s designed with the attendee in mind, it’s your perfect arsenal of information.

Registration is key, so make sure you have completed your registration before heading onsite. You will need to have your Final Confirmation with QR code and an ID to collect your badge. Learn more about badge collection HERE.

Have you started planning your trip? There are tons of great HOTEL OPTIONS within the venue that will make getting to and from the Moscone Center a breeze. We also rounded up TRAVEL OPTIONS to make your journey easier.

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), Michigan STEM Partnership to Host STEM Career Showcase at Technology in Motion Detroit

Diversity of STEM-related career opportunities for high school and college students, career changers to be showcased with interactive exhibits, panels, expert speakers, videos

STEM logo from Crain's with MTAM & PartnershipThe Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM), the Michigan STEM Partnership and Technology in Motion (TIM) announced that they have joined forces to create a STEM Career Showcase at the inaugural TIM Detroit conference and trade show. TIM Detroit, scheduled for Sept. 6-8, 2017, will feature a STEM Village of exhibitors for the duration of the event, as well as STEM-focused speakers, panels and activities on September 7th from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“Careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields are the fastest-growing careers in the global marketplace and they’re also the most in-demand jobs in Michigan,” said Gary Farina, Executive Director at the Michigan STEM Partnership. “Partnering with MTAM and TIM Detroit on the STEM Career Showcase provides a real-world platform for the Michigan STEM Partnership and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan to demonstrate exactly what it takes to prepare the next generation for careers in the automotive and technology fields.”

TIM Detroit is a three-day event co-produced by Crain Communications and MSX International, and will serve as the intersection of automotive and technology, highlighting the rapidly-growing interest in connectivity, autonomy, mobility and the shared economy. It will highlight the future of mobility by showcasing the most advanced technology for the next generation of vehicles. TIM Detroit will also include on-site events, product exhibitions, presentations and panel discussions   featuring leading innovators in transportation and technology.

“It is not only critical that we engage students in a program like this to clearly demonstrate the opportunities and benefits of working in the automotive and technical industries and living in Detroit, but many of our sponsors, participants and exhibitors coming to TIM Detroit have a direct need for highly trained, technically skilled and creative workers,” said Dave Graff, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for MSX International.

The STEM Careers Village will feature exhibits from companies seeking to increase awareness among students, parents,   educators and career-changers on the mobility / connected technologies career opportunities that exist for students and career-changers to pursue, and the type of education and skills required to succeed in such careers. The STEM Career Showcase will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, videos from STEM professionals, interactive opportunities and more to increase enthusiasm about pursuing STEM-related careers.

Topics to be discussed during the STEM Career Showcase event include:

  • How to find a STEM job in today’s marketplace
  • Solving the STEM talent problem through diversity
  • The STEM gender gap and how to close it
  • The importance of STEM to Michigan’s economy
  • Increasing the availability of STEM training

MTAM Executive Director, Linda Daichendt indicates, “Skilled STEM talent is in exceptionally high demand – nationally, and in Michigan – particularly in fields associated with mobility and connected technologies. Studies have shown that Michigan will have a need for 100,000 additional people in these fields by 2020. Therefore, it is critical that we educate students and those seeking second or alternative careers about the lucrative, challenging and fulfilling career opportunities available to them once they’ve completed STEM-related training programs so they will make the choice to pursue these fields.”

Students from local universities and high schools will be given complimentary attendance for the STEM @ TIM event and will be invited to attend and participate in event demonstrations. They will also be able to view the TIM Pitch competition – where start-ups showcase their innovations to industry leaders – as well as the Hack-a-thon, which will challenge software experts to solve specific tasks. The TIM Pitch Competition will take place starting Sept. 6 at 3:00 p.m. and continue into Sept. 7, when the winners are announced. The Hack-a-thon will take place throughout the event.

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Understanding the growth of the autonomous car market

Most of us are well aware of the on-going evolution of connected and autonomous vehicles and the way it will change our personal and business lives. Experts are predicting that autonomous vehicles will decrease accidents, improve fuel efficiency, decrease traffic jams, and likely have a positive impact for consumers on insurance rates as well. But there is still much that we don’t know. To help us gain a better understanding about connected and autonomous vehicles, we suggest a review of this “Get Off Road” infographic about the growth of the autonomous car market. The Growth Of The Autonomous Car Market

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Mobile Monday Detroit: Connected Mobility – Beyond the Car

Mobile Technology Association of Michigan’s Detroit Chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan explores connected mobility – beyond the car – to learn how Michigan is engaging in this high-growth area of connected technologies across all transportation sectors

MobileMondayMichigan-LogoDETROIT, MI – Mobile Monday Detroit will explore connected transportation / mobility to help our audience understand what it means beyond the car.  Expert speakers will discuss connected mobility as it applies to all modes of transportation, the infrastructure that facilitates the connection, the laws that regulate it, and the software that enables the connection. The event takes place on Monday, June12th, 5:30 p.m. at RIIS in Troy.

Connected transportation / mobility is a very diverse field requiring knowledge, resources and involvement from many partners to make it happen, and correspondingly, it provides many unique and interesting opportunities in a wide variety of specialty areas that can enable extremely rewarding careers. Michigan is leading the way nationally and internationally in many of these fields, and our speakers will give us context to understand the state’s role in this segment of the connected technologies industry.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Smart, Chief Technology Officer, American Center for Mobility
  • Collin Castle, Connected Vehicle Specialist, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Mark de la Vergne, Chief of Mobility, City of Detroit

The event is free to attend but advance reservations via Meetup ARE REQUIRED in order to attend; make your reservation at Refreshments will be served courtesy of our host and sponsor, RIIS. Free parking is available onsite.

Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) and RIIS.


About Mobile Monday Michigan

Mobile Monday Michigan, a subsidiary of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a mobile/wireless industry networking and education organization which is a branch of the international Mobile Monday organization. Here in Michigan we currently have 4 chapters (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids) with over 3000 members state-wide.

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) Partners with Vision Mobile on 13th International Developer Survey

MTAM is again partnering with VisionMobile to seek input from mobile, IoT, desktop, cloud, web, AR/VR, machine learning and game developers

DETROIT, MI – The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is once again partnering with VisionMobile to seek developer input on the Developer Economics Q3 2017 survey. This is the 13th developer survey, focusing on tools, training and career development. Every year more than 40,000 developers around the world participate in this survey, so this is a chance for MTAM’s developer audience to be part of something global and to make your own contribution to the larger developer community.

The survey features questions on topics such as development resources and where to find them, tutorials and courses, distribution channels, developer tools and SDKs, as well as languages, platforms, app categories, new technologies, and revenue models. What’s great about this survey is that it’s 100% relevant since it has been made by a developer. Plus you’ll have an opportunity to learn about new tools – in only 15 minutes of your time!

de13_200x200_technomancer - banner1The Developer Economics survey is always designed to offer an extra fun factor. So this time, while taking it, your answers will be gradually forming a profile – showing you what kind of character you’d be in a sci-fi developer universe. When you finish, you’ll get to read your full profile. What’s your character going to be? A cyborg trooper, a technomancer, a smuggler? Take the survey and find out!

Participants can win one of the many prizes available including an iPhone 7, Pixel phone 32 GB, Oculus Rift and more. MTAM community participants will also have an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon voucher!

Last but not least, VisionMobile will show you how your responses compare to other developers’ in your country, so you’ll get a sense of how you compare to other devs. You’ll also be among the first to receive the Developer Economics Q3 2017 report (published August 2017) based on key survey findings. To participate, go to



About VisionMobile

VisionMobile is the leading analyst firm in the developer economy, tracking global software developer trends via the largest, most comprehensive developer surveys worldwide. Our research helps the top technology firms understand who developers are, what tools they’re using, and where they’re going next. Developer Economics is VisionMobile’s flagship research program reaching more than 40,000 software developers annually in over 150 countries across all platforms, technologies and developer segments, from mobile, IoT, cloud, and desktop to games, AR/VR and machine learning.

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Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) Seeks Career Videos from Connected Tech-related STEM Professionals

MTAM is partnering with Michigan STEM Partnership and Inforum on an initiative to collect and share videos from STEM professionals to enable student awareness of, and encourage student participation in, STEM career opportunities

Video Initiative LogoDETROIT, MI – As part of the recently launched ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’, the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan is requesting its’ members and statewide audience contribute videos to the initiative about their connected technologies-related careers.

Targeting those working in all STEM fields, the ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’, will feature self-produced smartphone videos from STEM professionals across all industries throughout Michigan. These STEM professionals will be providing videos, typically 3 – 5 minutes in length, that will discuss the work they do, the type of education required, what they love about their job, and the “opportunity” from their perspective (ie: why students should pursue that career). These videos will then be hosted on the Michigan STEM Partnership website (at, and in the case of the connected tech-related videos, also on the MTAM website ( for review and use by students, parents and educators. The videos will also be shared in social media and public presentations by representatives of the involved partner organizations.

Goals for the initiative include:tablet - cell phone

  • Increasing student awareness of the wide variety of STEM-related careers, requirements to work in those careers, and the opportunity those careers provide for exciting, challenging and lucrative careers
  • Increasing parent awareness of the same in order to enable parents to see the value in supporting their children to go into STEM-related careers – particularly females and minorities who are currently severely under-represented in many STEM fields
  • Providing educators with a tool they can use as a part of their curriculum
  • Providing Michigan businesses an opportunity to showcase their firms and their employees as a potential recruitment tool
  • Providing STEM employees across every industry in Michigan an opportunity to showcase their expertise

Those working in connected technologies-related fields are aware of the high-demand for these skills and the severe shortage of available talent. U.S. Department of Labor and analyst studies have indicated that by 2020 the U.S. will be faced with a shortage of 1.4 million persons in connected tech-related fields; here in Michigan our share of that shortage is expected to exceed 100,000 persons.

MTAM Executive Director, Linda Daichendt indicates, “We’re at a critical juncture in Michigan; in less than 3 years we need 100,000 people that we won’t have unless we do something drastic.  We already have about 15,000 connected tech-related jobs in the state going unfilled. If we don’t find a way to solve this problem by getting our students, and those seeking second or alternative careers, interested in filling these jobs, then the jobs will go elsewhere, companies will leave and Michigan and its economy will be left behind. What likely isn’t well-known is that these jobs are very well paid. A study by MTAM and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation indicated that the average compensation for someone working in a connected tech-related position is about $89,000 per year, much higher than the average wage in the state!”

Daichendt further indicates, “We hope that those currently working in connected tech-related fields will be excited to share their enthusiasm about the work they do, and the companies they work for, by providing videos that we can share all around the state. We believe this can have significant impact on increasing participation in these fields in Michigan.”

Videos for the ‘Michigan STEM Careers Video Showcase’ are currently being accepted. Those interested in participating can obtain details at


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 About the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan

Based in Detroit and serving all of Michigan, MTAM is a non-profit trade association for connected technologies in Michigan, the firms who provide them, and the firms – in all industries – who use them. The organization’s mission is facilitating collaboration between varied sectors of the connected tech eco-system and other non-tech industries in order to drive innovation and opportunities involving these technologies; to increase the use of Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally; to diversify Michigan’s economy thru the growth of connected technologies-enabled innovation in industries that otherwise would remain stagnant; to increase the productivity and profitability of every industry vertical in Michigan via the use of these technologies; to create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state based on the use of these technologies, thereby achieving substantial growth of Michigan’s economy; and to help the communities we serve via the use of these technologies. Information about MTAM can be found at

About the Michigan STEM Partnership

The Michigan STEM Partnership, a 501c3 non-profit, promotes the impact of STEM careers on economic development across the State of Michigan, and strives to influence the career decisions of students as they prepare for their future. The Mission is to provide statewide connections and communications between employers, educators, students and parents, community and professional organizations, and policy-makers, providing strategic support for the development of resources and programs that provide for the effectiveness and sustainability of STEM education and talent development. Information about the Partnership can be found at


Inforum combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies. Information about Inforum can be found at

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