DETROIT – David Bloom, University of Michigan Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, has joined the judging panel for the Chinese-government backed InnoSTARS competition that concludes the day-long IoT Techconnect Conference April 29 at the Michigan Science Center.

Bloom works at the UM’s School of Information that develops digital and computer skills for more than 500 students.

“InnoSTARS helps break down barriers and connect Michigan’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem with Chinese investors, corporations, and strategic partners,” Bloom said. “It’s great to see these innovative technologies find compelling applications in complex global markets, like China.”

David Bloom

The Detroit InnoSTARS quarter finals are open for applicants until April 15. Ten companies will be selected to pitch to a panel of judges, including Bloom, from 5 to 7 pm at the Michigan Science Center Ballroom. The quarter final winners or winners will then compete in Houston in May at the semifinals. The winners in Houston will be provided with an all-expenses paid trip to China in the fall to compete in the worldwide finals.

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Bloom is a veteran of twelve startups, an advisor or director with four emerging companies, and a mentor for scores of entrepreneurial ventures in Life Science/Medical Devices, Mobile/SaaS Applications, and Big Data/Analytics.

He leads startups in Business Canvas and Customer Development, Translational Research/Commercialization, Revenue Generation, and Networking. He serves as coach and connector for Factotem’s portfolio of companies, and as executive director in economic development and entrepreneurial education programs.

In 1995, Bloom founded the Factotem Constellation, a global team of senior business formation and development professionals who provide hands-on engineering, marketing, and analyst/diligence services to entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to Factotem, Bloom worked as a product developer, project manager, magazine writer, and editor.

Bloom is a founding director of the a2geeks educational foundation, an organizer of the a2newtech meetup and Ann Arbor Ignite, and he chaired the Marketing Roundtable from 2011 to 2013. He serves as a commercialization expert for the National Science Foundation, a judge for the American Technology Awards, and he reviews startups for the NYU New Venture Competition and the China Business Challenge.

He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering, and an MSE in Industrial & Operations Engineering, both from the University of Michigan, where he teaches at the Ross School of Business, the Taubman College of Architecture, and the School of Information.

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