General Atlantic’s Advisory Director Peter Bloom to Deliver Keynote Address at ACE ’14

Extensive risk management, technology development and market making background fuel real world insight that Bloom will share with entrepreneurs attending the 14th Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE ‘14)

ANN ARBOR, MI January 15, 2014 – Investment banker, technology security expert and philanthropist Peter Bloom, will draw on his years of experience on Wall Street, high tech industry, and social entrepreneurship in his keynote address to ACE ’14, the Fourteenth Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship event to be held Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI.  Mr. Bloom’s extensive resume includes Senior Management and Director positions at GETCO, General Atlantic, Passur Aerospace, Gavilon, and Salomon Brothers Technology Division.  With a degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University, he has become a nationally recognized expert in information technology and risk assessment and investing in high tech companies.  Bloom led the team that was responsible for recovering the trading capability of 11 firms following the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.  He is an active member of the Business Executives for National Security and the FCC Technical Advisory Council.

In the non-profit world, Mr. Bloom is the Board Chairman of DonorsChoose.org, which was named the most innovative charity in America by Stanford Business School and Amazon.   He is also co-founder and Chairman of Peak Rescue Institute, which teaches advanced rescue skills to first responders in law enforcement, public health and the military. His depth of experience touches on every aspect of entrepreneurial advancement including product and service development, market building, funding, growth, and exit strategies.

In his keynote speech entitled  “Investing for Profit and Social Benefit: Expanding the Boundaries of Entrepreneurial Success”, Mr. Bloom will bring the energizing perspective of a successful entrepreneur giving back. “Past keynote speakers have been Michigan based entrepreneurs and investors” said Miche Suboski from the ACE ’14 Program Committee and GLEQ, “but this year we grabbed a special opportunity to bring Peter from Washington, DC.   His experiences as an investor, philanthropist and innovator, give him a unique perspective on entrepreneurism that will be inspiring to both technology and social-minded entrepreneurs.”

Organizers of ACE ’14 anticipate attendance to be over 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors and business enthusiasts to participate in Michigan’s largest gathering devoted to education, connecting, and participating in new business start ups.  Key activities and events are the ACE ’14 Elevator Pitch Competition, awards for the GLEQ Business Plan Competition, Consultants Corridor, ten breakout sessions, and the exhibit area for business start ups and support organizations.

ACE ’14 will be Michigan’s standout entrepreneurial event in 2014 and is not to be missed.  Register to attend today, admission is only $25 for online registration and $40 at the door the day of the event.  Exhibit applications will only be accepted until noon, Monday, January 20.  For more information or registration, go to www.ACE-event.org.

Late registration for exhibitors – until January 18, 5 p.m. – $245

About the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship

The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE) began as an Ann Arbor event in 2000.  In 14 years it has grown from a modest local business-building event into the largest event of its kind in the State of Michigan.  Sponsoring organizations include: GLEQ, MIT Entrepreneurs Forum, New Enterprise Forum, Ann Arbor SPARK, Arbor Moon, Automation Alley, Baird, BBCetc. Bizdom, Brinks Gilson & Lione, CMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Global Food Protection Institute, in2being, Inform Center for Leadership, Innovate 3D Great Lakes, LEAP, Logic Solutions, Michigan Corporate Relations Network, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Menlo Innovations, Michigan Venture Capital Association, MidMichigan Innovation Center, New Economy Initiative, Oakland County Medical Main Street, OU InCubator, Rehmann, Small Business Association of Michigan, Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, Spartan Innovations, Start Garden, TechTown, Walsh College Blackstone LaunchPad, Witzke, Berry, Carter & Wander and the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurship.  For more event information visit  www.ACE-event.org

 

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