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Accio Energy

3600 Green Court, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Jennifer Baird

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Accelerate Michigan Business Plan Competition.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
We are still in technology development with plenty of input from future customers.

Where did you find your first employee?
We worked with him in the past.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
$2 million in capital to get the company to this point came from non-dilutive development contracts, as well as angel investors.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
We have a great workforce, improving entrepreneurial support, deep technical expertise in strong research universities, improving funding capabilities and a strong work ethic.

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?
We do indeed need to reinvent our economies, diversifying them with new and exciting growth businesses. Such reinvention can never be fast enough -- and requires everyone to learn, grow, and try to break out of old ways of thinking. Change is a challenge, but the results of changing is exactly what Michigan needs to rebuild into a robust, muscular economy that leverages and expands our strengths.

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