Phil Tepley

Director of Technology Commercialization Services, Michigan Small Business Development Center

Under the leadership of Phil Tepley, beginning in 2007, the “Tech Team” grew to a statewide group of eight business consultants that assist Michigan’s emerging technology based companies with their commercialization, financing, and growth strategies. Since Tepley began managing the team, it has helped its clients raise over $200 million in capital formation and to create over 800 jobs. In 2008, Tepley launched the Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund with annual funding of $1.4 million to provide commercialization funding to match federal SBIR/STTR research and development grants and contracts. In 2012 he launched the $3 million Business Accelerator Fund that is accessed by Michigan’s business accelerator network to provide specialized services to their high-tech clients. He serves on the board of directors of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Local Development Finance Authority, BBC Entrepreneurial Training Corporation, and Recycle Ann Arbor. He is a former President and VP of Programming at Ann Arbor’s investor forum, the New Enterprise Forum.

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