What we're about

With 35 years of providing value to entrepreneurs, New Enterprise Forum invites anyone interested in entrepreneurship to join us at our monthly Forum to connect with entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and businesses. Innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors are always in search of the "next-big-thing." Every month, we showcase an outstanding team of entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital for their venture. They have gone through an extensive coaching from our experienced coaches and these founders are eager to present their venture to the entrepreneurial community at this event. They would greatly appreciate your feedback, insights and encouragement. You will also learn a few tips and techniques in sharpening your own pitch for your venture.

In addition, at every Forum event, we have a panel discussion or a pitch pit.

In the panel discussion, the NEF continues to bring to its Forum meetings the most relevant topics that are important to entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Join us to keep current on critical start-up issues and learn from our experienced panel members.

In our pitch pit, four entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged but no Power Point presentations. After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a cash prize, in addition to the invaluable advice and commentary from the judges.

New Enterprise Forum is an all-volunteer organization of experienced service providers, entrepreneurs and executives who coach start-up companies to perfect their investor pitches. The coaching is provided at no-cost to the entrepreneur. We critique and provide insights on the pitch’s content, including both business and investor perspectives to help the team succeed. We also help the company connect with local and regional investors and other resources. The start-up then has the opportunity to present their pitch to the entrepreneurial community at one of the NEF’s monthly Forum meetings, with follow-on distribution of their Executive Summary to the NEF’s curated list of investors.

In our 35 years, NEF has coached over 400 companies. To read the story of how we got started and what’s happened including a year by year summary of companies coached, awards given, and rosters of NEF Board members, go to About NEF page on our website and download the NEF Book illustrating our history of coaching, perfecting, and connecting.

Also, look for "Help For Entrepreneurs" in the Resources section. You will find a lot of good information for your startup.

To learn more about NEF and join us, please visit our website at http://newentepriseforum.org .

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NEF January Forum Meeting - Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit Competition

New Enterprise Forum, along with our featured stakeholder partner, Invest Detroit Ventures, is excited to announce our upcoming NEF Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit Competition happening on Thursday, January 20, beginning at 5:00 p.m. online.

Milan Bidare, Founder and CEO of Mouvit, will give her ten-minute showcase investor presentation, after having completed the rigorous NEF coaching process. Mouvit has developed an autonomous robot platform that lowers the development cost for companies entering the autonomous mobility space. Its first application is a food and beverage vending bot for entertainment venues.

NEF will also be presenting the first of our Pitch Pit Competitions of the year for early-stage startups. Competing will be: Patricia Deldin and Mood Lifters; Arnold Kadiu and Intermode; Jordan Shamir and BotNot; and Christien White and Imagine Chat. Our judges will include Dave Morin, Founder and Managing Partner of Care Technology Advisors, and 'Tember Shea, Venture Portfolio Manager at Invest Detroit Ventures.

The forum will conclude with a half hour of networking opportunities in breakout rooms.

For further information on the event, please go to: https://preview.jottful.com/Jlm/events/january-pitch-pit

To register via Eventbrite and receive the Zoom link, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/january-2022-pitch-pit-registration-243175874587

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