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ENRG Power Systems

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Milton Roye

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
TechTown's Fast-Trac and SmartStart programs.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
One of the Michigan utility companies did some early Beta test unit evaluations for us, and continues to work with us on a confidential basis. We connected with them through a school alumni network connection.

Where did you find your first employee?
No employees other than the founders have yet been hired. We do, however, have a list of a half-dozen former co-workers who are waiting for the opportunity to join us in this new venture when we begin hiring

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
To date the company has grown using internal funds from the founders.

We have applied for federal grant funding (SBIR); are in the process of applying for several SmartZone loans and grants through TechTown; and are looking forward to using our exposure through the Accelerate Michigan Competition to help us make introductions to the angel investing community.

It's often said that Metro Detroit and Michigan need to reinvent their economies to be competitive. Are we making those changes, and if so are we making enough of them or doing it fast enough?
As a graduate of the automotive industry I worked with great people in great companies, but in a traditional environment where if there was a winner, there had to be a loser, and where true collaboration was discouraged. That process is mirrored in our companies, state and local governments, etc.

In contrast, the entrepreneurial community in this area is a virtual underground network in which people freely connect with one another in ways not seen before (or still) in our mainstream organizations. People help someone not in any expectation of it being directly reciprocated, but because they want to and because they can.

Powerful change is happening at the grass-roots level, unleashing the natural creativity of the region.

What is one thing Michigan does better or has going for it that other more successful regional economies don't?
I have only been here for 25 years, so I am still a Bostonian at heart and use that economy for reference.

For all the challenges this area faces, it is still the heart of more engineering and problem-solving and creativity than around Route 128 in Boston or in Silicon Valley if allowed to flourish.

Our organizations and structures define us, for better or worse. The changing business model here in Michigan, rising up from the minds of the people with no established structures, is fostering incredible innovation. That is our strength, and that is why my company is based here in Michigan.


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