First Ever Michigan Entrepreneur Summit

Michigan's inaugural pitch competition and entrepreneur conference

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About MES

Michigan Entrepreneur Summit is a school-wide conference + pitch competition jointly hosted by StartUM and Maximize from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. This yearly virtual event combines a select keynote speaker, a roundtable discussion with successful entrepreneurs hosted by Our Future, and a pitch competition into one signature event. Join us on April 16th, 2021 for our virtual event of the year!

Event Schedule:

  • Opening: 2:55 PM ET
  • Keynote: 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
  • Entrepreneur Panel: 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET
  • VC Presentation: 5:00 - 5:30 PM ET
  • Pitch Competition: 5:30 - 7:30 PM ET
  • Closing: 7:30 - 8:00 PM ET

MES 2021 Speakers

Lindsay Tjepkema

CEO and Co-Founder at Casted Lindsay Tjepkama

Marketing maven turned SaaS founder. Passionate about authentic brand-building based on conversation, women in leadership, strong workplace cultures, and content marketing that prioritizes audiences over algorithms. A lifelong information junkie, she is a first-time CEO. CEO and Co-Founder at Casted, the first Amplified Marketing Platform and only podcast solution for B2B marketers.

Alex Lieberman

CEO and Founder at MorningBrew Alex Liberman

Alex Lieberman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Morning Brew, a media company he founded with fellow University of Michigan student Austin Rief in 2016. Every morning, Morning Brew delivers informative and digestible business news to the email inboxes of over 2.5 million readers. He is also the host of the Founder’s Journal podcast, where he shares lessons and learnings to other builders.

Greg Schwartz

COO and Co-Founder at StockX Greg Schwartz

Greg Schwartz is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of StockX, the Detroit-based online resale marketplace for high-demand consumer goods that connects buyers and sellers using dynamic pricing mechanics. Founded in 2016, the company employs about 1,000 people in 13 offices and authentication centers around the world, and facilitates sales in more than 200 countries and territories. Greg received his B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2003, and lives in Detroit.

Chuck Muth

CGO at Beyond Meat Chuck Muth

Chuck Muth is the Chief Growth Officer of Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat company producing healthy, environmentally-friendly meat substitutes emulating beef, meatballs, ground meat, and pork sausage links, patties, and more. Chuck joined Beyond Meat in 2017 to spearhead growth, and implemented a disruptive merchandising strategy in supermarkets that propelled net revenues from $16m in 2017 to $298m in 2019. He holds a BS from Montclair State University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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