StartUps in Your Backyard

  • 18 Jun 2014
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Eberhard Center - GVSU
  • 31


  • Any full time student.

Registration is closed
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 
Networking Time: 5:00 pm 
Panelists Take Stage: 6:00 pm 
After-party: 7:00 pm 
Location:  Eberhard Center - GVSU (map)

Parking: FREE in lot across Fulton St.

Join us for an exciting evening to hear from local innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors right in your Grand Rapids area backyards. Learn about exciting new startups that have invented products to improve your skateboard while providing clean water, uniquely record marriage proposals, heat your ski gloves automatically, create a smart garage door that opens hands free and promote your high school athletics online. 

Startup Panel:

Jared DeMeester -
Milk Surfers will give your favorite board a smooth, fast ride and help build clean water wells at the same time.

Russell Fyfe -
The proposal camera allows you to record your once in a lifetime event in the best way possible.

Michael Kurley -
Soletics integrates smart technology into apparel for the use of automatic heat regulation.

Justin Menkveld -
Open-Me uses WIFI, Sonar and GPS technology to turn your existing garage door opener into the smartest garage door on the market.

Ryan Vaughn -
VNN is a recognition engine for high school athletes. Over 350 schools use VNN's product to celebrate athletic accomplishments from every sport, from football to field hockey.

Sponsorships are available for this event:
Contact Tim VanderMel, Sponsorship Chair, at 616-259-4625 or


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