Linking entrepreneurs with management expertise, joint venture partners, business services, capital, and other critical resources.


New Enterprise Forum (NEF) is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1986 to help entrepreneurs prosper and grow.

For more than 25 years we've linked entrepreneurs to management expertise, potential joint venture partners, mentors, business services, capital, and other critical resources.

Since its founding, NEF has been a model for similar groups and a magnet for entrepreneurs and investors throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Our success has captured national media attention and is unique among organizations of its kind in longevity, dynamism, and the number of deals assisted.


Next Event


Happy Holidays to you 
and your family 
from The New Enterprise Forum!
 See you at
ACE ‘14 
for the Premier of
NEF’s Pitch Pit
for Entrepreneurs!
Learn more at



Where:  Burton Manor Conference Center, Livonia

When:  Thursday, January 30     
              2 p.m. to 8 p.m.



Before you spend your grandmother’s life savings on it, vet your business idea in front of an expert panel and an encouraging audience. If selected, you and three other entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch about their startup business ideas to a panel of seasoned judges. The four-minute presentation should explain the business and why customers will buy your product or service. Get constructive feedback in what steps to consider in moving your business idea forward.
And, win a cash prize! The judges award the cash prize to the best presentation. Starting with a $100 pot, a suggested $5 per person donation adds to the cash prize. Bring your family, friends, and colleagues to drive up the cash prize and enthusiasm. The audience also gets in on the act by voting for their favorite business concept resulting in a bragging rights ‘Audience Favorite’ title. For details and to apply, go to Applications received before Dec 31, 2013 will be considered for the ACE Event on Jan 30, 2014 ( ). The four entrepreneurs will be notified by Jan 13.
Solving the world’s problems with inventions is engaging and fun! What is your idea? 


November Entrepreneur Updates

Presenter, November 2012
GANTEC pressed into market opportunities in turf, specialty agriculture, and biopesticide and saw swift product sales growth, especially in the turf market. Product sales in turf have risen four- fold from 2012 and are expected to grow at a fast pace in 2014. An initial meeting with EPA on the biopesticide registration has taken place. Development of new applications for the technology is also underway and has great potential to impact food production on a global scale. GANTEC is seeking $1.5 million to allow faster market growth.

Presenter, November 2011
IROA Technologies, LLC (formerly known as NextGen Metabolomics, Inc.) closed a Series A equity financing round to continue the company's strong commercial and operational growth. An affiliate of Bloomfield Hills-based O2 Investment Partners, LLC led the round, and Ann Arbor SPARK and Invest Detroit also participated. Proceeds will be used in part to fund the development of IROA(r) cell culture media for metabolic profiling. The firm is currently in discussion with potential marketing partners and expects their products to be widely available within one year.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

October Entrepreneur Updates

Presenter October 2012
Histosonics; Christine Gibbons
Since the NEF pitch, Histosonics has received regulatory approval for investigational testing of its device for the treatment of symptomatic BPH (enlarged prostate) in both Canada and the US. They also received Institutional Review Board approval at three sites (one Canada and two United States) and have initiated clinical trials at all three sites.

Treatment of their first patient has begun and they are actively recruiting more subjects (anyone with symptomatic BPH who is interested in clinical trial participation is welcome to contact Gibbons at 734/926-4630 or

One of Histosonics' patent applications was awarrded a patent by the US Patent Office and they have submitted four more since last October. In addition, the company has added a Senior Software Engineer, Clinical Research Manager and Business Systems Coordinator to their management team.

Presenter October 2011
3D BioMatrix; Laura Schrader
Since reporting in last year, the Company has added two new products serving the three-dimensional cell culture market. In 2012, it closed its Series A round of investment and reached its sales goals. The firm now has more than 25 distributors around the world who sell to pharmaceutical, biotech, academic and other research institutions. Other milestones:
- Filed a patent for hanging drop transfer plate technology that allows researchers to easily transfer drops containing spheroids from the Perfecta3D(r) Hanging Drop Plates to a receiving plate of the researcher's choice;
- Runner-Up Prize for a paper first describing the Perfecta3D Hanging Drop Plates in the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).
- Won the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the Medicine and Biotech category .Learn more at:

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

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