Business pitch contest, big new R&D lab, wireless web expansion, and more, on June 10 M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK—A business pitch contest, a big new research lab in Ann Arbor, website sales conversion, and a wireless internet expansion headline the guest lineup for the June 10 episode of the M2 TechCast, heard live at 2 p.m. on

Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit, will kick off the show by offering details of the $100,000 business contest that began last week. Hatch Detroit has run a contest in partnership with Comerica for the past eight years, offering up-and-coming entrepreneurs a cash grant and a package of in-kind services to build out brick and mortar storefronts. (Details at

At 2:15 p.m., John McLaughlin, senior director at KLA-Tencor Corp., will preview Tuesday’s grand opening of the company’s $70 million new research and development laboratory in Ann Arbor. The lab will support semiconductor manufacturing to support the growing automotive electronics industry.

At 2:30, Melih Oztalay, founder of Birmingham-based Smartfinds Internet Marketing, will provide details on a webinar June 18 about how webmasters can convert website visitors into paying customers.

The show wraps up at 2:45 with Dominic Serra, president of Metro Wireless, which is expanding its high-speed wireless internet service into cities such as Rochester, Novi, Livonia, Romulus, and surrounding areas.

The M2 TechCast airs live from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time every Monday at Podcasts of earlier shows are also available there, as well as on other podcast distribution web sites, from Soundcloud to iTunes. It’s co-hosted by veteran Michigan technology journalists Mike Brennan, owner of the tech news web site, and Matt Roush, director of media relations at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered the Michigan technology scene for more than 20 years.

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