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Michelle Crumm, WIPP NP, Finalist for Entrepreneur Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year- Please Vote!

Thursday, September 17, 2009  
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Michelle Crumm, WIPP National Partner and Adaptive Materials co-founder and chief business officer, is a finalist for Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year award.  The award, which recognizes entrepreneurial leadership and excellence, pits Crumm against four other entrepreneurs from around the U.S.

“To represent Adaptive Materials in a national competition, much less to be the only woman finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year competition, is humbling,” said Crumm.  “The constant culture of innovation at Adaptive Materials fuels our success in the market.  Being a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes the meaningful advancement of our efforts to bring real, portable power to soldiers in the field and consumers who want to go off-grid.” 

To qualify as a finalist, Crumm had to submit written essays on entrepreneurial challenges as well as her approach and outlook on start-up success.  Crumm also had to produce a video on her entrepreneurial vision and her vision for Adaptive Materials.
She needs your votes in this final phase of the competition! 
Please vote here: 

Crumm’s profile and video are available to view at

Under Crumm’s leadership, Adaptive Materials has enjoyed run away success.  The company’s achievements include placing second in a national wearable power prize competition sponsored by the Department of Defense Research and Engineering, achieving a record-breaking 10-hour fuel cell-powered aircraft flight and a 40-mile unmanned ground vehicle test drive. 

About Adaptive Materials, Inc.
Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Adaptive Materials is the leader in fuel cell innovations.  At the forefront of portable power innovation, Adaptive Materials is the first company to develop, demonstrate and deliver a portable, affordable, and fuel flexible solid oxide fuel cell system.  Unlike other fuel cells, Adaptive Materials’ systems are powered by lightweight, inexpensive and globally available propane.  Adaptive Materials’ fuel cell system provides portable power to the United States Armed Forces as well as industries including recreational vehicles, boating, and medical devices.  For more information, visit

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