Susan Packard Announced as Keynote Speaker for Fifth Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Accelerate Michigan to feature co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV, Susan Packard

DETROIT--()--The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, one of North America’s largest business competitions, today announced that Susan Packard, co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV, as the keynote speaker at this year’s gala event.

Previously, Packard held a variety of senior positions at Scripps Networks Interactive, the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet. Recognized by industry peers, colleagues and employees as an innovator, pioneer, role model and mentor, Susan created and served as president of Scripps Networks New Ventures, where she oversaw the development and launch of HGTV, DIY Network, Fine Living Network, and online interactive platforms. She was also president of worldwide distribution for the Scripps cable brands.

“As a Michigan native, it’s an honor to speak at this year’s Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, especially given its contribution and success in reviving our resilient state and the city of Detroit,” said Susan Packard. “I hope to provide some insight on entrepreneurship from my perspective, specifically as an advocate for women in business and an entrepreneur myself.”

Investors, entrepreneurs, funders and experts in the innovation sector will attend this year’s competition along with 51 semifinalist companies who will compete for more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes. In addition to the business competition, Accelerate Michigan aims to showcase every facet of Detroit’s rich, artistic culture, including exhibitions from Leadhead Glass, Adora Bella Ceramics and Detroit Scroll.

“We’re honored to announce Susan Packard as this year’s keynote speaker given her unique background and wild success as an entrepreneur,” said Lauren Bigelow, Executive Director of Accelerate Michigan. “Her deep knowledge of the technology and media industries in conjunction with her experience living in metro Detroit exemplifies what Michiganders can do, and for that reason we’re thrilled to have her join us.”

Accelerate Michigan is designed to bring together later stage entrepreneurs with local, national and international investors. Since 2009, AMIC semi-finalists and winners have raised more than $123 million in funding and created more than 600 jobs in Michigan.

About Accelerate Michigan and its Partner Organizations

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC) is an international business competition celebrating its fifth year of connecting later-stage entrepreneurial companies with national and international investors. The competition showcases the best and brightest businesses to the investment community in order to foster engagement and economic growth. Made possible by grants from the New Economy Initiative and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s 21st Century Jobs Fund as well as a significant amount of corporate and community support, the Accelerate Michigan Competition has had an immediate and positive impact on the state’s economy, bolstering and advancing Michigan’s entrepreneurial eco-system. For more information and November 4-6 event registration, please visit

Competition Timeline

  • Semi-finalist company and student pitches will take place on November 4-6, 2014 at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit.
  • Accelerate Michigan 2014 culminates on November 6 at Orchestra Hall in Detroit where a $500,000 Grand Prize and 10 additional awards totaling $500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be presented.

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The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition announces Susan Packard, co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive, as the keynote speaker at this year’s gala event


Racepoint Global
Kate Hassett, 617-624-3200