Vision and Mission
The Great Lakes Entrepreneurís Quest is an engine for the formation of new, high-growth companies in Michigan. The mission of GLEQ, and its business plan competition, is to continually encourage and educate entrepreneurs on the creation, start up and early growth stages of high-growth businesses within the state of Michigan. This is accomplished by linking entrepreneurs pursuing high-growth opportunities with access to a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high quality education, management talent and capital at every stage of development.
GLEQís competition provides a venue for feedback from successful entrepreneurs and investors on ideas and plans submitted and recognizes the most promising entrepreneurs and their businesses.
Board of Directors
Diane Durance, Ex-Officio
Jack Ahrens, Chair - Managing Partner, TGap Ventures
Tom Anderson - Senior Director, Automation Alley
Carolyn Cassin - President and CEO, MI Women's Foundation
Aaron Crumm - Founder & President, Ultra Electronics AMI
Sam Hogg - Venture Partner, Open Prairie Ventures
Mark W. Holtz - Assistant Vice President, Bank of Ann Arbor
Ken Kousky - Chief Executive Officer, MidMichigan Innovation Center; President/CEO, IP3, Inc.; Executive Director, BlueWater Angels Investment Network
Remos J. Lenio - Founder and Principal, DWH
Carol Lopucki - Executive Director, Michigan Small Business Technology and Development Centers (MI-SBTDC)
Kevin McLeod - Vice President & Managing Director, Southwest Michigan First
Paul Neeb - President and CEO, RealBio Technology Inc.
Mahendra Ramsinghani - Managing Director, First Step Fund
Paula Sorrell - Managing Director, Entrepreneurial Services, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Jeff Van Winkle - Partner, Clark Hill, PLC[
Diane Durance is the executive director of Great Lakes Entrepreneurís Quest. GLEQ is Michigan-based statewide organization that offers entrepreneurial education and a technology-focused business plan competition for new ventures in alternative energy, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, homeland security and information technology. GLEQ connects early stage ventures to growth capital and business development resources.
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Miche Suboski is the Director of Strategic Initiatives of Great Lakes Entrepreneurís Quest. Micheís background in both entrepreneurship and corporate settings allows her to provide one-on-one advice to GLEQ participants and to design programs for the organization as well.