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Monday, June 18
 

8:00am

9:00am

Bamboo Detroit - Detroit Startup Week Open Work Days
Downtown for Detroit Startup Week? You can drop in and cool off inside Bamboo. We're located right around the corner from basecamp at 1420 Washington Blvd.

Stop in for a cup of coffee, cool off, plug into an open work area or conference room then get back out for networking. Just make sure to bring your Detroit Startup Week badge when you check in at the front desk. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the greater Detroit Startup Community!

Bamboo is proud to be a partner with Detroit Startup Week. Bamboo helps you start and grow, or land and expand into Downtown Detroit. We are on a mission to build a vibrant tech and startup hub. Learn more at BambooDetroit.com.

Program
avatar for Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Co-founder, Bamboo
Amanda Lewan is the Founder of Michipreneur.com, the only regional publication on entrepreneurship and innovation reaching 100,000 regular readers, and Bamboo Detroit a co-working space for entrepreneurs providing flexible and affordable work options in Downtown Detroit. She contributes... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 9:00am - Friday June 22, 2018 5:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

Beyond Your Idea: Interactive Startup Strategy Workshop
You’ve finally found your business idea, you've thought about it, talked about it, agonized over it, and finally decided to start your own company. So, where do you go from here? Starting a new company requires a lot of thought and planning. Author, Business Owner and Entrepreneur; Tim Augustine, Partner at Atwell, LLC and Co-founder of DSP-Start-up and Business Executive and Entrepreneur, Bill Shea, Managing Director at Accenture will explore the areas of the start-up often overlooked. They will examine the steps to bring your idea/concept to market and provide a strong foundation beyond just your business idea.
 
 In this interactive seminar, Tim and Bill will explore:
 The elements of developing your startup strategy and business plan
 Idea flow leveraging a mastermind
 Best practices to understanding your market
 The critical competencies of a business owner (I.E. Hustle, Curiosity, Discipline)
 Landing the first impression 

Program Partner / Speaker
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Tim Augustine

Partner, Atwell
avatar for Bill Shea

Bill Shea

Managing Director, Accenture


10:00am

Getting Your Small Business Online
Having an effective online presence has never been more important — but it has also never been easier. How can you cost-effectively create and manage a website and social media profiles? How can you be sure to show up in local search results? How can you get online sales? How do you make your website mobile friendly? Attendees will leave this session with a clear road map for growing their business through an effective online presence.

Program
avatar for Dawn Verbrigghe

Dawn Verbrigghe

Founder & CEO, Jottful
Dawn Verbrigghe is a speaker, educator, and executive with a passion for helping small business owners achieve their dreams through effective use of marketing and technology. Dawn has nearly 20 years of marketing experience and, for seven years, served as an adjunct professor at Parsons... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Free Headshots during #DETSW18
New 'do? Lose weight? Hate the background?

Whatever your reason for wanting a new head shot, we're providing FREE* shots during Detroit Startup Week at Cadillac Cafe @ The Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226) from 10am-3pm June 18-22, 2017. Sign up for a time here.

*First come, first serve. Sign up via the link above.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Pete Willette

Pete Willette

Techstars Startup Week Lead Team / Office Hours Manager


10:00am

Google Office Hours | Detroit Startup Week 2018 [10AM - 3PM]
Local Google experts will be available to consult one-on-one in person on how to get their businesses online, find the right digital advertising strategy and other assistance with Google products.  Area of expertise includes getting your business registered in Google search and maps, using AdWords for digital advertising, advice on Google Analytics for your website, and Google Shopping.

Please review names/bios of our mentors and sign up for NO MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS/DAY to allow opportunities for other mentees. You can sign up here.

All sessions will be held at Cadillac Cafe, ground floor, otherside of Opera House (faces Comerica Park). You will be marked as 'pending' until you confirm your identity by clicking a link in an email that Slotted sends you. You will need to confirm your identity to officially be added to the list.

11:00am

Preparing Projected Financials
Workshop on preparing complete financial projections including balance sheet, profit & loss, cash flow and variouse supporting schedules. Workshop is designed for people who have little or no accouting or financial experiance. Extensive handout materials and a projection excel file will be provided to attendees.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Gary Hessenaur

Gary Hessenaur

President, Hessenaur & Associates CPA, P.C.
Hessenaur & Associates, CPA provides a full range of accounting, tax, consulting and part time CFO services. The firm has a specialty in business startups and technology businesses. Gary has been involved with business startup community in the Ann Arbor area for over 25 years including... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

Making Your Project Personal: A Persona Workshop
As Jon, I want to attend a workshop that helps me understand my users.

Did that sound forced?


Yeah, we agree. Far too often startups creates cardboard personas with little true understanding of who's problems they are solving. In this workshop, we'll learn how to quickly bring the human element to your startup, helping to prioritize efforts and enhance user delight, through personas. Following examples from over a decade of experience, we learn the ins-and-outs of personas and scenarios through a series of rapid individual and team exercises. We'll center the lessons around a fictitious project and progress through a workbook. At then end of the workshop you'll have experienced how to effectively bring a human element to your company through personas and scenarios.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect, Pillar Technology
Jonathon has been designing and building digital experiences for over 20 years. His unique ability to understand and balance people, technology, and business has proven instrumental across companies of all shapes, sizes, and industries. He has designed experiences for everything from... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

Accessibility Creates Inclusivity
What is Accessibility and why is it so important for today’s digital products? Over the years we’ve seen how Accessibility applies to the physical world. Many locations provide helpful features that make life easier and more accessible for people with disabilities, but Accessibility in Technology is often overlooked excluding people without access to basic services. Accessibility has become a necessary development standard when building applications. How can you ensure an application is in compliance and what emerging technologies are also addressing accessibility? Come participate in an active conversation to learn more about how impactful Accessibility is in people’s lives. 

Program Partner / Speaker

12:00pm

Lunch @ #ChaseBasecamp

Feeling a little hungry after all that learning?

Lunch will be served daily via food trucks in #ChaseBasecamp/Grand Circus Park. 

Complimentary lunch will only be available for the first 150 attendees who: 

  • are RSVP'd here on Sched (each lunch/day)
  • AND 
  • acquire a hole punch at registration (each lunch/day)
If you miss out on complimentary lunch - No worries! 

Meals will be available for purchase from the trucks as well.



1:00pm

Is This a Presentation or a Firing squad?
7 hacks to creating and delivering killer presentations

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Charlie Wollborg

Charlie Wollborg

Chief Troublemaker, Moka Boka
Hello, Hello. My name is Charlie. I'm a purveyor of attention. I hang my hat at a marketing strategy and creative design firm called Curve Detroit. I'm the curator of the TEDx Conference in Detroit. | | I love big ideas and big mountains and big sandwiches. I hate poorly designed... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

Trials and Tribulations in Entrepreneurship
Canvas Legal is hosting a panel discussion with local Detroit entrepreneurs about what it means to be an entrepreneur in the City.  No one knows the real struggles involved and the highs and the lows of entrepreneurship better than the folks out there doing it.  Panelists will be at different stages in their respective businesses and representing different industries so there is sure to be something for everyone.
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List of Panelists:  

Gwen Jimmere, founder of Naturalicious, Inc., is a gifted visionary on an unrelenting mission to shatter the rules of the beauty game and change them for good. As CEO and founder of Naturalicious, she’s already cemented her place in history as the first African American woman to hold a patent for a
natural hair care product. She is the mastermind behind The Hello Gorgeous Hair Care System; the only sulfate, paraben, mineral oil,
petroleum, gluten, and cruelty free line of products that actually smashes your hair care routine into smithereens by combining several necessary steps for flawless hair into only 3 simple products.

A respected authority in the hair care industry, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the U.S. by the
Washington Post, she is the winner of the coveted Black Enterprise Elevator Pitch Competition, and has been featured on Fox News, TVOne, and in Entrepreneur, Essence, Fast Company, and more. Her products can be found in over 1000 locations around the world including select Sally Beauty and Whole Foods stores nationwide. 
Gwen’s irresistible charm and relatable personality make her an explosive and highly sought after speaker. She lights up stages across the country, giving keynotes and talks on what it takes to win in business, entrepreneurship, and life.

Based in Detroit, MI, when she’s not strategizing her next business move, you can find her hanging out with her son Caiden, Naturalicious’ CCC (Chief Candy Curator). 

Amy Latawiec, founder of Rebel Cycle, is a Senior Lecturer at Wayne State University where she teaches developmental and first-year writing courses. She earned her doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition in 2016. While her career in higher education continues to be fulfilling and productive, Amy has always had a passion for fitness. Upon completing her PhD, she decided it was time to open her own indoor cycling studio having spent 10 years in the fitness industry and 7 years as a cycling instructor. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012, Amy dedicated her work in the fitness industry to body-positivity: the belief that all bodies are worthy of health and happiness no matter their size or ability.  

Rebel Cycle Studio is Detroit’s first body-positive indoor cycling studio offering dynamic and entertaining spin classes for all fitness levels. The mission of Rebel Cycle Studio is to break down the barriers to the activity of indoor cycling through body diversity, representation, and education. The studio will be located in the new Detroit Fieldhouse at 3401 E. Lafayette in Detroit, MI. and will have its grand opening in September 2018.

Karen A.D. Burton, Assoc. AIA, NOMA - Co-founder & CEO of SpaceLab Detroit; founder and Chief Strategist at Building Industry Resources, LLC
Karen is a marketer, designer, entrepreneur, and urban explorer. She worked in architecture and construction for over 25 years on the design and technical teams for several entertainment, corporate, healthcare, and multi-family residential projects and as an adjunct instructor of architecture and interior design. Along her career journey, Karen found her passion for the business side of the AEC industry and shifted her focus to providing strategic marketing and business development services for architects, engineers, contractors and artists. As founder and chief strategist of Building Industry Resources LLC, she assists in increasing business through branding and communications.
Encouraging people and firms to reach their highest potential and fulfill their dreams is Karen’s passion. As a solo entrepreneur, she saw the need for those with small businesses like hers to explore new technologies and share ideas, best business practices, and workspace. She started SpaceLab Detroit as a MeetUp group, and now Karen and her husband, Bobby Burton, own and operate a 5200-square foot design and building industry-focused coworking and shared office facility in downtown Detroit. 


Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Erin Bonahoom

Erin Bonahoom

Attorney / Founder, Canvas Legal, PLC
Erin Bonahoom is the founding member of Canvas Legal, PLC, a practice based in Detroit that is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services to established businesses, startups, and nonprofits in Southeast Michigan. Erin advises nonprofit organizations and businesses from across... Read More →


1:00pm

Cultivating Narratives: The Importance of Powerful Storytelling To Secure Grant Funding
Trump's budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year boasts significant cuts to 22 federal agencies and centers, including grant programs and institutes, that provide vital funding for locally-developed economic plans. Whether you're an existing nonprofit, for profit, or a budding entrepreneur, it is imperative now more than ever to have a solid understanding of said cuts, and their impact on the Detroit entrepreneur ecosystem, in order to successfully compete and qualify for grants. 

In this workshop, Reda provides attendees with (1) an overview of said cuts, (2) an understanding of the types of grants available, (3) what type of business model is necessary to sustain funding, and (4) a discussion on the importance of creating powerful authentic narratives, through relevant samples of grants that were awarded or denied. 

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Reda A. Taleb

Reda A. Taleb

Founder and CEO, Dream Catcher Innovations, LLC™
A trailblazer, Reda is a first generation college graduate, first female attorney, and first Founder and CEO in her family. She passionately embraces that role in changing the trajectory of her family's lineage, intent on creating generational wealth, living a purposeful life, and... Read More →


1:00pm

How Your Startup Culture Can Survive Company Growth Through Workplace Design
This TEDTalk-style presentation is specifically geared toward startup entrepreneurs as they launch their promising new ventures. Success eventually means growth for most businesses, but that doesn't mean they have to outgrow their passionate + purposeful company cultures!
This session will focus on basic design principles that should be applied to any workplace, regardless of location or budget, to help entrepreneurs maintain their engaged cultures and innovative momentum.
dPOP CEO, Melissa Price is well-versed in the importance of workplace design and its role in successful company culture + business operations. Her expertise, acquired from 16 years of working in tech + facilities, has distinctively shaped her entrepreneurial approach to design.
Through this session, Melissa will offer insight on key strategies for workplace design to help emerging business leaders understand how they can enhance their team's creativity, collaboration, and culture, even as they grow. She will also provide them with research-based, low-cost action items for creating and sustaining inspirational environments for their teams.
Check out Melissa's latest interview, with Neighborhood SEEN here: https://neighborhoodseen.com/a-woman-seen-making-an-impact-melissa-rose-price/

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jennifer Janus

Jennifer Janus

COO, dPOP
As Chief Operating Officer of the dPOP studio, a women-led workplace + experiential design firm based in Detroit, Jennifer oversees the production team to ensure a client-focused, streamlined approach to every project. Focused on process and team development, she strives to continually... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

Real Property
Navigating the complex landscape of real estate in Detroit – from leases and
build-out to acquisition and development – can be a costly challenge for any
business, including start-ups. This panel of legal and other experts will provide
an overview of issues to keep in mind as you plan for the future of your business.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Lisa Berden

Lisa Berden

Linchpin Law
Lisa Berden of Linchpin Legal PLLC is a graduate of Michigan State University and a cum laude graduate of the Wayne State University Law School. After clerking for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly 15 years ago, Lisa amassed over a decade of in-depth experience in tax-based... Read More →
avatar for Lucas Polcyn

Lucas Polcyn

Miller Canfield
Luke Polcyn is an associate for Miller Canfield, a full-service international law firm headquartered in Detroit. He specializes in real estate issues including urban land and brownfield redevelopment, economic development incentives, and commercial real estate. He also works in... Read More →
avatar for Ben Rosenzweig

Ben Rosenzweig

Coolliers
Ben Rosenzweig is one of the top retail brokers in the Detroit market. Specifically in the City of Detroit, Ben has done more retail transactions in the last 7 years inside the city than pretty much any other single broker. Ben helps Buyers and Sellers, Landlords and Tenants of all... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

Neighborhood Program - Grandmont Rosedale [1PM - 4PM]
1:00 - 1:15pm - Welcome, registration and lunch
1:15 - 1:45 pm – Designer presentation with design examples (Joshua Smith, Who's That? and Kellie Bambach, Sparklfurry)
1:45 - 2:15 pm - Introduction to the Design Guide for Neighborhood Business (Cydney Camp, Design Core Detroit)
2:15 - 2:45 pm – Presentation from DEGC’s Motor City Re-Store program
2:45 - 3:00 pm - Q & A for all presenters
3:00 - 4:00pm Google My Business 

Program Partner / Speaker
KB

Kellie Bambach

Sparklfurry
CC

Cydney Camp

Design Core Detroit
JS

Joshua Smith

Who's That?
NT

Natalia Tortora

Natalia Tortora Design
avatar for Katrina Turnbow

Katrina Turnbow

CEO/Google Digital Coach, Google Digital Coaches
I am the founder/CEO of the boutique social media firm, Kanopi Social. We specialize in managing and training businesses and brands in the area of Digital Marketing and Technology. I am also 1 of 9 Google Digital Coaches who connect with communities and small business owners to promote... Read More →

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DE

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
DC

Design Core Detroit

Design Core Detroit


2:00pm

Launching a Digitally Connected, Design Thinking Ecosystem
Launching a Digitally Connected, Design Thinking Ecosystem

How will Pontiac CONNECT to Detroit? How might public spaces and places become human-centric vs. car-centric by design? And what might the FUTURE of Education look like from a learner-centered design point of view?

Our program uses a Connected Digital Design Thinking Process Platform to ask the deeper questions and look at the problems our social sector is facing while engaging in a broad, inclusive development conversation around the transformative possibilities in the areas of Education, Economic Development and the all important Transportation.

INTERACTIVE LINKhttp://bit.ly/DetroitStartupWeek - Leave a sticky note, let us know your thoughts on these topics! 

We’ll consider the challenges and opportunities within a handful of projects we are immersed in: The Regional Transit Authority Citizens Advisory Committee, the National Street Service Pontiac Pilot City Project and the Pontiac Youth Recreation Millage Initiative. We’ll have community practitioners and thought leaders from each of these projects participating and most importantly we’ll be looking to engage the audience in a dialogue on how to move our Southeast Michigan region forward.

The success of our region and state is dependent on Detroit’s success! How will smaller post-industrial cities around the state learn from Detroit and adapt and change according to their own unique cultures and ecosystems?

Pontiac has recently become one of five National Street Service (NSS) Pilot Cities. We’ve been testing the development of this program designed for citizens to become familiar with their streets while launching “tactical urbanism” experiments to make them more human-centric vs. car-centric. We’ll discuss this program within the context of the Pontiac Phoenix Center / Public Plaza conversation that has been an ongoing conundrum, now approaching resolution.

Pontiac NSS:
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20180501/pontiac-chosen-for-conceptual-design-thinking-national-street-service-program

Phoenix Center:
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20180502/pontiacs-phoenix-center-sees-tentative-settlement-deal-to-end-six-year-legal-battle

Additionally our incubator has been serving as one of five Oakland County representatives on the Regional Transit Authority’s Citizens Advisory Committee (RTA-CAC). During last year’s Detroit Startup Week we hosted a symposium with SMART Bus to engage our audience in a dialogue to advocate for deeper connections and success for the RTA, after it failed to pass in the November 2016 election. This year we intend to deepen that conversation and consider elements of the RTA “Connect” plan that are entrepreneurial in nature (the Home Grown and Innovation Initiatives) and that will require an “all hands on deck” approach to pass the plan this November 2018.

Lastly we will weave in a conversation on the transformation of Michigan’s dysfunctional K-12 Education system tasked with developing world-class 21st Century talent. What if schools connected to the world our students encounter? What if project-based learning connected young people and their imaginations to these great challenges our Region / State / World is undergoing and allowed them to see a role for themselves in creating change? 

We’ll share insights from our recent role in the Pontiac Youth Recreation Millage and the facilitation of innovative, conceptual grant development efforts inherent in the domains of “Design Thinking for Cities, Higher Education, K-12 Education and Libraries.” H. Bill Maxey, Community Leader and Activist will be in participating again this year and the Young Entrepreneurs Squad will showcase their ideas and businesses that will play a role in new incubation / co-working space opening in Downtown Pontiac at 7 N. Saginaw and in the Pontiac Power Week and Park(ing) Day 2018 upcoming events. Founder of Y.E.S Mary Evans will be shuttling us to Detroit with her Alternative Transportation Services company and will talk about her new product, Pet Poop Pod. Root Top Pontiac will discuss their sustainable greening projects happening in Downtown Pontiac.  

See more @ phinco.org



Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Monica Williams

Monica Williams

Pontiac Holonomy Incubator


2:00pm

How To Scale Your Startup
The internet—can't live with it, can't successfully grow a startup or small business without it. In this program, startup entrepreneurs and small business owners can learn the basics of digital growth tactics, the importance of it for all business models (SaaS, B2B, B2C, etc.), and essentials for creating a successful strategy.

We will focus on the most cost-effective ways to grow a successful startup through smart digital marketing—whether you're trying to drive foot-traffic, sales, or visitors to your site. This introductory talk will be taught by the founder of a Detroit-based startup, Marketing Supply Co., a digital growth agency that employs Silicon Valley growth tactics for their clients, including multiple Detroit-startups.

The topics we will cover in this talk will set you up to run your own startup growth strategy and/or save you time and money if you decide to work with an agency. From building a successful Facebook or Instagram campaign to setting up Google's suite of free marketing tools, like Google Analytics & Search Console, to understanding what is happening with Facebook—this talk is here to answer all of your questions—even those you haven't thought to ask!


Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Shane Bliemaster

Shane Bliemaster

Founder and CEO, Chief of Marketing Supply Co.


2:00pm

Podcasting as a Marketing Tool for your Brand
Podcasting has grown tremendously and it is not going anywhere. This session will share why entrepreneurs should consider podcasting as a marketing tool, how to get the most out of podcasting (whether as a guest or host) and local resources to utilize. It will also feature individuals and brands who currently utilize podcasting as part of their marketing strategy.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Robin Kinnie

Robin Kinnie

CEO, Motor City Woman
I am passionate amplifying the voices of women! This is achieved through my company, Motor City Woman, an internet-based radio station with an all-woman led lineup of hosts and podcast production studio. | I concentrate on representation of women behind the microphone but, also... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

Financial Blind Spots
Accounting and Financial processes that will ensure new and existing businesses will set themselves up for success. There are several items that will be covered and solutions provided. Not paying attention to these items has caused many unnecessary business hardships andmissed opportunities.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Lawrence F Jackson

Lawrence F Jackson

Managing Member, Emerging Enterprise Group LLC
Financial Professional who helps business owners with strategy and hearing what the numbers are saying | Lawrence F. Jackson has been an advisor and business advocate to profit and non profit businesses. His strength is the development and implementation of solid action plans by... Read More →


3:00pm

Don’t Stop Believin' - An Entrepreneur's Experience
Others will tell you to quit! They will tell you, “you don’t have what it takes”, Banks will look down on you and there will be days you will want to throw in the towel. I am here to tell you, Don’t Stop believing in yourself, listen to that inner voice and let it guide you.
Apna Ghar is the first senior care agency to serve the needs of elderly ethnic minorities, in the United States, we also train women who are victims of domestic violence for free as certified nursing assistants and home health aides.
Staying true to myself was more important to me than turning over massive profits!

Program Partner / Speaker
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Shaista kazmi

president, Apna ghar


Monday June 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

Alternative Fundraising: How Equity Crowdfunding Can Help You Raise Capital and Create a Stronger Community Around Your Business
Equity crowdfunding is a new avenue for startups looking to raise capital. Thanks to recent SEC regulations, companies can raise capital from anyone, including non-accredited investors, customers, friends and family, and the community. The regulations also allow companies to generally solicit, meaning they can do things like viral marketing to raise their round. Founders, come learn how to leverage these regulations to get your company funded! Investors, come learn about how these new rules make it easier to access deals. Not a founder or investor? You are welcome also! Come learn how to get more involved in the startup community.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Rob Burnett

Rob Burnett

Business Development, Netcapital
Rob Burnett is an entrepreneur and member of the business development team at Netcapital. Before joining Netcapital, Rob was at various times a founder, student startup attorney, Techstars associate, and venture capital associate. He has extensive experience in the early stage financing... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

Crypto Café - Basics of Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency
Crypto Café is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. Detroit Blockchainers will begin the week with a panel discussion on the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency on Monday, then on Tuesday, we will have a panel on how the technology is used in the music and art industries. Wednesday is our weekly Hack Night where business owners can talk to blockchain developers and ask questions privately. Thursday we will be speaking with Bethany Shrob who will discuss the process and experience of accepting cryptocurrency as a retail store, and finally, on Friday we will have a showcase of blockchain technology projects in the Detroit metro area followed by a fun mixer. Detroit Blockchainers hopes to provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand our network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ingrid LaFleur

Ingrid LaFleur

Chief Community Officer, EOS Detroit
I love to talk and read about all things futurist: decolonizing mars, AI, AR, VR, decentralized systems, blockchain technology, universal basic income and more. I'm a daughter of the D, a worshiper of Alice Coltrane, and enjoy djing occasionally.


4:00pm

Business Agility
As entrepreneurs, our success is never guaranteed. If business success was obvious to others, we'd have lots of competition. But if we can more rapidly identify and mitigate risk, discover and exploit opportunities, and create and sell value to customers, we will win. Sustained agility drove the success of Facebook and Berkshire Hathaway, of Obama and Trump. Whether you are a cutting edge entrepreneur or selling insurance, whether you are running a Democratic or Republican campaign, embracing agility drives success. Four actions create near-term business agility: agreeing on a big goal, measuring progress, experimenting to improve, and limiting work to adapt fast. A couple more create sustained agility. We'll talk about how sustained agility drove these successes and how you can create successes of your own.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Daniel Greening

Daniel Greening

Managing Director, Senex Rex LLC
Companies hire me to teach, coach, and design agile management structures and practices for executives, departments, and teams. I have served in product and engineering leadership positions in startups and large enterprises. My mission is to help drive long-term value creation, sustainably... Read More →


4:00pm

Designing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for Urban Sustainability: Using Communication-as-Design for Arts/Creative, Tech, and Food
This program stems from my ongoing research project aimed at designing diverse, inclusive, and viable entrepreneurial ecosystems for long-term urban sustainability, in Detroit. The research team has thus far conducted interviews with 25 representatives from entrepreneurial support organizations (e.g., TechTown, Build Institute) and 18 local entrepreneurs, and attended public events/workshops in the city. During this session, we will first share our preliminary findings on how the existing Detroit entrepreneurial ecosystem is designed, and how entrepreneurs are able to access it (10-15 min).

Then, we will break up into small groups to engage in "live problem-solving," using communication-as-design principles, to think about the opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs in accessing ecosystem support in three entrepreneurial spaces -- lifestyle/creative, technology, and food (20-30 min). Each group will then share their thoughts with the rest of the session (10-15 min), and we will note down your feedback to convey to key entrepreneurial support organizations within the ecosystem. Session attendees are also invited to join the ongoing research project; to join, please email me at rahul.mitra@wayne.edu.
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Inredibly grateful to the following people for helping lead small group discussions at the session:
  • Matthew Lewis (Chief Communication Officer, New Economy Initiative): Prior to joining NEI as Communications Officer in March 2016, Lewis served as the managing editor of Model D, a local news site that covers what’s next in Detroit. Before that he worked at Wayne State University in the Office of Economic Development. He also worked on the team that helped develop the NEIdeas small business challenge for NEI. As a freelance writer, Lewis has contributed to various local and national publications, including Next City, Crain’s Detroit Business, Detroit Free Press and MLive. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a Master of Urban Planning degree with a focus on local economic development from Wayne State University. He lives in Detroit.
  • Amy Latawiec (Founder, Rebel Cycle Studio): Amy is a Senior Lecturer at Wayne State University where she teaches developmental and first-year writing courses. She earned her doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition in 2016. While her career in higher education continues to be fulfilling and productive, Amy has always had a passion for fitness. Upon completing her PhD, she decided it was time to open her own indoor cycling studio having spent 10 years in the fitness industry and 7 years as a cycling instructor. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012, Amy dedicated her work in the fitness industry to body-positivity: the belief that all bodies are worthy of health and happiness no matter their size or ability. Rebel Cycle Studio is Detroit’s first body-positive indoor cycling studio offering dynamic and entertaining spin classes for all fitness levels. The mission of Rebel Cycle Studio is to break down the barriers to the activity of indoor cycling through body diversity, representation, and education. The studio will be located in the new Detroit Fieldhouse at 3401 E. Lafayette in Detroit, MI. and will have its grand opening in September 2018.
  • April Jones Boyle (Founder & Exec. Director, Build Institute): April was a founding team member of D:hive, where she was Director of Small Business Initiatives and helped launch the Build program. She is also the co-creator of a number of small-scale ventures including the award-winning family Hootenanny kids concert series and CD, the critically acclaimed Indonesian pop-up restaurant Komodo Kitchen and the all mom rock band The Mydols- featured on the Cable television series Gene Simmons Family Jewels. She sits on the board of Kiva Detroit and the advisory board for Ponyride. She is also co-owner and investor in Gold Cash Gold, building and restaurant, in Corktown. April is married to Model DCo-founder Brian Boyle and is the mother of three amazing boys – Carter, Gram Henry and Rowen.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Rahul Mitra

Rahul Mitra

Assistant Professor, Wayne State University
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, studying organizational communication -- especially how organizations engage stakeholders and communities to implement decisions related to long-term and holistic sustainability. Presently, I am working on a research... Read More →


Monday June 18, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

4:00pm

3 Key Startup Ingredients Detroit’s Ecosystem Is Missing – a #StartupDetroit Happy Hour, presented by Techstars Mobility
As folks flock to Detroit from other startup ecosystems, what do we need to do to continue attracting and keeping talent, growing entrepreneurship in Detroit and building an inclusive city for everyone? There are 3 key ingredients that our startup ecosystem needs to explore. 

In this happy hour and interactive discussion, WeWork @ Merchant's Row (1449 Woodward Ave) will open up its 8th floor to the public for drinks, appetizers, a panel discussion and networking. 

Josh Kampel, CEO of Techonomy, will moderate a discussion between Ted Serbinski, managing director of Techstars Mobility, and Osnat Fainaru Benari, VP of programming for WeWork Labs, to highlight what key ingredients are still needed to accelerate Detroit's entrepreneurial scene and discuss what activitities and experiences from other startup ecosystems worked and can be replicated in our city. Ted Serbinski will also provide an overview of #StartupDetroit and how the community can continue getting involved. 

Schedule of Events: 
4 - 4:30 pm - Networking, drinks and appetizers
4:30 - 5:30 pm - Panel
5:30 - 7 pm - Networking, drinks and appetizers

About Techstars Mobility
Techstars Mobility, a Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Program, invests in mobility startups by providing access to network, capital and scale opportunities. These startups are driving rapid advancements that impact how people and goods move across all modes of transportation. Through its Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships, Techstars Mobility helps corporations connect and work with mobility startups through mentorship, pilot programs and other programming opportunities. Since 2015, Techstars Mobility has solidified itself as the longest-running mobility accelerator in the world, operating from downtown Detroit where it has invested in 33 startups worldwide that have raised a collective $45 million in capital. To learn more, visit: https://www.techstars.com/programs/mobility-program/.

About WeWork
WeWork is a community for creators, providing more than 150,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. WeWork’s mission is to help create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. WeWork currently has more than 160 physical locations in over 50 cities and 16 countries around the world. WeWork was founded in New York City in 2010 by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey. Follow us @WeWork on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook or visit www.wework.com to find out more.

About Techonomy
Techonomy is a media company with a mission: to elevate the dialogue about the central role of technology and innovation in business and social progress. Through their events, daily editorial coverage and video content, Techonomy seek to accelerate progress and productivity in business and society. For more information, visit www.techonomy.com.

Program Partner / Speaker
OF

Osnat Fainaru Benari

VP of Programming, WeWork Labs
JK

Josh Kampel

CEO, Techonomy
TS

Ted Serbinski

Managing Director, Techstars
DS

Dug Song

CEO and Founder, Duo Security


5:00pm

Opening Celebration - Detroit Startup Week
Join us on Monday night (aka Day 1 of Startup Week!) under the #ChaseBasecamp tents to kick off an incredible week of learning and connecting!

 
Tuesday, June 19
 

8:00am

8:00am

Bamboo Detroit - Detroit Startup Week Founders Coffee
Please Register here as well: ​https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-startup-week-founders-coffee-tickets-45973814918​​​

Downtown for Detroit Startup Week? Start off your morning for Founders Coffee, a casual meetup of founders in the Detroit area. We'll have fresh coffee from Ashe Supply and breakfast served.
It's a special journey being a founder, where every day can feel like your best day and your worst day. Other founders get it. Take time and space to network and meet others also on the journey of entrepreneurship. All founders or interested founders are welcome to come join us. Please do RSVP so we can get your breakfast.

Then, plug in and check out the full day's events at Detroit.startupweek.co. Come back throughout the day 9am-5pm to use the workspace too!

Bamboo is proud to be a partner with Detroit Startup Week. Bamboo helps you start and grow, or land and expand into Downtown Detroit. We are on a mission to build a inclusive tech and startup hub. Learn more at BambooDetroit.com.


Program
avatar for Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Co-founder, Bamboo
Amanda Lewan is the Founder of Michipreneur.com, the only regional publication on entrepreneurship and innovation reaching 100,000 regular readers, and Bamboo Detroit a co-working space for entrepreneurs providing flexible and affordable work options in Downtown Detroit. She contributes... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 8:00am - Thursday June 21, 2018 9:30am
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

9:00am

7 Steps to Social Media Swag
How to have swag in your social media so it can get your noticed - and get paid - like a rockstar - without burning yourself out. Learn how to leverage new, easy tools and apps to get your business exposure, PR and promotion.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Pam Perry

Pam Perry

Chief Visionary, PamPerryPR
Pam Perry is publisher of Speakers Magazine and podcast. She is an award-winning PR Coach and Social Media Strategist delivering online branding and marketing solutions for best-selling authors, speakers, nonprofits and experts. She is the Chief Visionary of Ministry Marketing Solutions... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

9:00am

The Future is Female, Flexible, and Family-Friendly: Why Moms Should be in Your Workforce - and Creative Ways to Retain Them
The top companies in the country know that female talent is crucial to their success. That's why they offer on-site childcare and ship their working mothers' breast milk across the country. Your business may be too small or too young to do the same, but that doesn't mean you can't create a culture that attracts and keeps top talent even through parenthood. Join Belle Detroit Creative Solutions in a live group problem solving session, where you'll learn why investing in a female workforce is so important to your business and leave with an armful of retention ideas that make sense for your size and industry.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Carmen Dahlberg

Carmen Dahlberg

Founder & CEO, Belle Detroit, L3C
With an honors English degree from the University of Michigan, Carmen's professional background in marketing and human resources led her to found Belle Detroit, L3C, a creative agency and consulting firm that trains and employs low-income Detroit mothers in creative services and assists... Read More →


9:00am

Necessary Tools to Attract and Retain Talent
Everyone knows that a business is only as good as the people behind it and every entrepreneur wants his/her company to be the best, so you should look to recruit the best employees. But, locating talent that aligns with the goals, mission and vision of a business is the #1 issue facing small business owners. It is your responsibility as a small business owner to understand how much of your role is really about your employees, as well as aspects of legislation, policy, and procedures that involve human resource issues. In this training, participates will learn the necessary tools to attract and retain talent.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Felicia Harris

Felicia Harris

President, EverythingHR
As the author of “Hire to Drive Business”, Felicia G. Harris, a HR and Financial consultant with 30 years of experience, believes it all starts with leadership. In addition to communicating your vision, seeking opportunities to change, and innovate is another vital component of... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

9:00am

Empowering Innovation with the US Patent and Trademark Office
Join us to learn about intellectual property basics and why it is important for startups to know about branding and protecting their products. The program will also discuss local resources available for small businesses, independent inventors, and entrepreneurs. Learn how the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, located in Detroit, can help you.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Denise Sylvester

Denise Sylvester

Regional Outreach Officer, Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional US Patent and Trademark Office
As the Regional Outreach Officer, I am the sole person responsible for coordinating outreach and engagement programming with the Detroit startup community. Learn about the different types of intellectual property, why an IP portfolio matters to you company, and the steps you can take... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

9:00am

Building Your Brand with Social Media | Construye tu Marca con Medios Sociales // Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center
This session is for the beginners out there who need to learn the basics of building your brand with social media. It's time to get your story out there! Learn how to build your business's presence online in this bilingual workshop. It's time to make Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even text messages work FOR you and your brand.

*Presented in Spanish and English*

Esta sesión es para pricipiantes que necesitan habilidades basicas para construir su marcaa través de medios sociales. ¡Es tiempo de contar tu historia! Aprende como construir la presencia de tu negocio en linea con éste taller bilingüe. Es tiempo de sacarle provecho a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, e inlcuso a tus mensajes de texto para ti y para tu marca.

*Presentado en español é ingles*

Program Partner / Speaker
JC

Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez

Featherstone Moments


Tuesday June 19, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Plaza Del Norte 2835 Bagley Ave Detroit, MI 48216

10:00am

Leading the Transformative Shift in Enterprise AI
How Professors and Researchers from The University of Michigan chose the Midwest over Silicon Valley, Redefined the Global Standard of Conversational AI and became one of the Fastest-Growing Startups

Conversational AI has seen a drastic rise in popularity and adoption over the past few years. However, survey a group of people that have actually used a chatbot and you’ll see an astounding amount of dissatisfaction with the experience. Professors at the University of Michigan researching virtual assistants and the AI, machine learning, and data centers required to produce them at scale, uncovered an entirely new approach to conversational AI, and in doing so, started Clinc. Our program will talk about this new machine learning approach and how a research and Michigan-based academic mindset led Clinc to become one of the fastest growing tech companies in the country.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Emma Furlong

Emma Furlong

Lead Content Strategist, Clinc, Inc.


Tuesday June 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Finding Work that Works for You
As artists in the 21st century, the old models for success are dead. Artists must define success on their own terms and craft their own path forward to build sustainable careers. In this workshop, performing artist and entrepreneur Jeff Ponders of The Better Company will guide artists through the Better method of building business models for artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jeff Ponders II

Jeff Ponders II

Detroit Startup Week Speaker, better
Director of Innovation, Leo Burnett & Co-founder, Fido Labs LLC


10:00am

Minority Supplier Partnership
Dr. Pickard will talk about building a billion dollar corporation through corporate partnerships.

Program Partner / Speaker

10:00am

Food and Licensed Beverage Business Legal Issues
Operating in the highly-regulated food and beverage industry can be challenging
even in the best of times. They can be much more difficult to launch and grow
than other service or manufacturing businesses. This panel will provide practical
legal advice to help you make your startup a success.

Program Partner / Speaker
KB

Kurt Brauer

Warner Norcross
avatar for Joseph Infante

Joseph Infante

Miller Canfield
Joe Infante is a principal for Miller Canfield, a full-service international law firm headquartered in Detroit. As the head of Miller Canfield's alcoholic beverage regulation team, Joe serves as outside general counsel to numerous breweries, wineries and distilleries and advises... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Start with Pop Ups: Create a Clear and Purposeful Plan
Whether you're taking your product to a table at a market for a day or popping up in a potential location for a few months, i'ts good to have a plan. From counting customers to tracking your exposure, it's always good to have a plan. Let Ebony Rutherford, from Trish's Garage, help you create a financial and marketing plan which will help you navigate through the most important components when it comes to doing a pop-up.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ebony Rutherford

Ebony Rutherford

Pop Up Planner, Trish's Garage
My passion is creating highly collaborative opportunities for businesses and the community to reduce the failure rate of minority owners. Through my series of workshops and “pop up” event, which are already in progress, I'm working with artisans to help them set and accomplish... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

10:00am

Free Headshots during #DETSW18
New 'do? Lose weight? Hate the background?

Whatever your reason for wanting a new head shot, we're providing FREE* shots during Detroit Startup Week at Cadillac Cafe @ The Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226) from 10am-3pm June 18-22, 2017. Sign up for a time here.

*First come, first serve. Sign up via the link above.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Pete Willette

Pete Willette

Techstars Startup Week Lead Team / Office Hours Manager


10:00am

Google Office Hours | Detroit Startup Week 2018 [10AM - 3PM]
Local Google experts will be available to consult one-on-one in person on how to get their businesses online, find the right digital advertising strategy and other assistance with Google products.  Area of expertise includes getting your business registered in Google search and maps, using AdWords for digital advertising, advice on Google Analytics for your website, and Google Shopping.

Please review names/bios of our mentors and sign up for NO MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS/DAY to allow opportunities for other mentees. You can sign up here.

All sessions will be held at Cadillac Cafe, ground floor, otherside of Opera House (faces Comerica Park). You will be marked as 'pending' until you confirm your identity by clicking a link in an email that Slotted sends you. You will need to confirm your identity to officially be added to the list.

10:00am

Signature Beverages, Social Media, & Mobility Collide
Popup Demo -Learn how to grow your business & expand on what you already have in place to get to the next level.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Mary Harvin

Mary Harvin

Proprietor, UdrinkImake
Mary Harvin is the Proprietor of UdrinkIMake LLC. UdrinkImake is Metro Detroit’s leading beverage service provider. 2017 Spirit of Detroit recipient, UdrinkImake continues to lead the way in Signature Mobile Bartending Experiences. Mrs. Harvin has led her team to Celebrity Bartender... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wildemere 3143 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221

11:00am

The Future of Design for AI
Creative problem solving is the smart way of working and finding solutions to problems that may not exist yet. As the amount of data available increases exponentially, artificial intelligence has started to help find relationships in this data. But helping AI perform better would mean understanding the problem presented to us better. I have worked on a system that will help negotiate a petabyte of data by finding relationships and visualizing insights making it easier for the end consumer to process.

Program Partner / Speaker

Tuesday June 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

MedTech Keynote: Bill Fandrich, Senior VP & CIO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM)
Technology continues to change the way healthcare organizations function. Industry leader Bill Fandrich is at the forefront of that change and will share his insights on trends in technology, fostering innovation and the future workforce with Startup Week attendees.



Program Partner / Speaker
BF

Bill Frandrich

Senior VP & CIO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM)


11:00am

It's Never Too Late to Be Great! Starting, Building, and Growing a Business at Any Stage of Your Life
You can use your prior and existing skills, experience, and interests to start and grow a viable business for yourself and your family outside of the traditional career path. (Based on my forthcoming book, "My Third Career: From Educator to Entrepreneur."

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Pamela Hilliard Owens

Pamela Hilliard Owens

CEO/Founder, Your Business Your Brand Creatively
I am an entrepreneur, a freelance business owner, a writer, an editor, a business consultant, a podcaster, an author, and a public speaker. I love to talk to people about starting, building, and maintaining a business, especially a freelance business. | After a 35+-year career in... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

But Where Do I Start? A Practical Guide to Putting Your Ideas in Motion
Potential entrepreneurs often have one big thing in common. They don't know where to begin to make their dream a reality. This talk will identify practical steps to getting them on their way.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Cora Cowles

Cora Cowles

Owner, The Kitchen Crew
Cora Cowles is owner of The Kitchen Crew, cooking classes for Detroit youth. When she's not teaching kids in the kitchen, she works as a User Experience Architect, finding ways to make people and technology work together harmoniously.


11:00am

Social Enterprises & Nonprofits
You want your business to also benefit the community. Do you wonder if a for-
profit, social enterprise or charitable organization is right for you? Then this is
the panel for you. Learn about the legal considerations for starting and running a
social enterprise or nonprofit.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Chair Celeste Arduino - Bodman Law

Chair Celeste Arduino - Bodman Law

Bodman PLC
Celeste E. Arduino represents community and family foundations, public charities, religious organizations, and other tax-exempt and charitable organizations in securing and retaining exempt status, advising on corporate governance issues, and counseling on general operational matters.  She... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Dana Thompson

Prof. Dana Thompson

Professor Dana Thompson is a clinical professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and is the founding director of the Law School’s innovative Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, which has provided legal representation to a large number of startup companies, existing ventures... Read More →
avatar for Bob Weins

Bob Weins

Bob Weins has extensive start-up, business turn-around, venture capital and triple bottom-line strategy experience. His start-up/turn-around work includes: co-founding the firm that created the pattern recognition algorithms commonly used to detect credit card fraud; turn-around... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

Media Training for Entrepreneurs
Earning media coverage can be a great way to spread the word about your business. After you've gotten the attention of local TV stations, and your segment is booked, how do you make the most out of the opportunity? Hint: you shouldn't wing it! Interviewing on-camera is a learned skill that every entrepreneur should take the time to hone. This session will teach you how to shine on camera so that viewers are left with a positive impression of you and your business.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Adela Piper

Adela Piper

co-founder, Siren PR
I'm an entrepreneur, creative, and a writer. As co-founder of Siren PR I'm naturally drawn to promoting worthy causes and not-just-for-profit businesses. Building and seeing through comprehensive brand strategies for my clients is the most rewarding part of my work. Talk to me about... Read More →


11:00am

Ponyride Tour
Come and tour one of Detroit's startup enclaves!
Ponyride's 30K square foot building is home to dozens of entrepreneurs. Many of the residents are focused on manufacturing and all give back to the community in a plethora of ways.

Attendees will hear the stories of up and coming businesses and how they've conquered challenges.

Program Partner / Speaker

Tuesday June 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ponyride 1401 Vermont St. Detroit MI

11:00am

Stand Up to the Geeks: IT Project Management for Everyone Else
If you don't have a technology background, but manage IT projects, it can seem like the geeks are pulling the wool over your eyes.  At this fast-paced session, Alok Sharma of Sharma Analytics is going to give you the tools you need to keep your technology team (and vendors) marching to your drumbeat. 

We'll discuss...
  • Storyboarding
  • Wireframing
  • Estimation
  • Keeping your team honest
  • Meeting cadence
  • Design reviews


Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Alok Sharma

Alok Sharma

Founding Partner, Sharma Analytics
Alok Sharma is the Founding Partner of Sharma Analytics, a technology project management consultancy based in Detroit. Sharma Analytics uses data to rationalize, select, plan and manage technology projects for small to mid-size organizations. | | Talk to me about... | -Data-driven... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

11:00am

Amazon Office Hours | Detroit Startup Week 2018 [11AM - 2PM]
There will be experienced mentors on site from Amazon in order to answer any of your questions related to their products and services. 

Please review names/bios of our mentors and sign up for NO MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS/DAY to allow opportunities for other mentees. You can sign up here.

All sessions will be held at Cadillac Cafe, ground floor, otherside of Opera House (faces Comerica Park). You will be marked as 'pending' until you confirm your identity by clicking a link in an email that Slotted sends you. You will need to confirm your identity to officially be added to the list.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Pete Willette

Pete Willette

Techstars Startup Week Lead Team / Office Hours Manager


12:00pm

Google my business - Southwest Detroit
Join us in Southwest Detroit with Katrina Turnbow a local digital Google coach who connects with communities and small business owners to promote digital literacy and education.

Tuesday June 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mexican Town Latino Cultural Center 2835 Bagley Ave. Detroit MI

12:00pm

Lunch @ #ChaseBasecamp

Feeling a little hungry after all that learning?

Lunch will be served daily via food trucks in #ChaseBasecamp/Grand Circus Park. 

Complimentary lunch will only be available for the first 150 attendees who: 

  • are RSVP'd here on Sched (each lunch/day)
  • AND 
  • acquire a hole punch at registration (each lunch/day)
If you miss out on complimentary lunch - No worries! 

Meals will be available for purchase from the trucks as well.



12:30pm

Maximize Business Results with QuickBooks Online
Interactive QuickBooks Online Demonstration and Overview

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Lawrence Price

Lawrence Price

The PLLUS Group, The PLLUS Group
With over twenty five years of combined experience as an accounting/finance professional, entrepreneur and college professor, Lawrence Price has a wealth of knowledge and experience in finance, accounting, consulting and small business development. | | Realizing that many small... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

1:00pm

Keynote: Josh Luber, CEO of StockX
Josh Luber, co-founder and CEO of StockX, the world’s first online ‘stock market of things’ for high-demand consumer products, will lead a keynote on the future of digital retail and how StockX has positioned itself as one of the fastest growing startups in Detroit, followed by a Q&A.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Josh Luber

Josh Luber

CEO, StockX


1:00pm

Design for Innovation
INNOVATION IS FOR EVERYONE!

This session will include a brief talk and workshop on how design can be used as a strategic tool for accelerating innovative thinking in business. While innovation is often used as a buzz-word, design can help to de-mystify the meaning and assign tangible practices that can lead to innovation. Design methods can help you to better understand your niche audience, differentiate from competitors and reduce risk and uncertainty. 

So yes, INNOVATION IS FOR EVERYONE! Not just for the large organizations like Apple and Google, but for startups and small businesses too. The workshop will demonstrate strategic design thinking / human-centered design collaborative process.

At the conclusion of this session, participants will have a better understanding of how design can support their business goals and be provided with a design tool to use right away.  Attendees of this session will also have a special opportunity to participate in the next Design for Innovation training at Grand Circus Detroit, August 8th and 9th. 


Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Terri Burch

Terri Burch

Design Strategist & Service Designer, BUSINESS DESIGN CO LLC
Terri Burch is a Principal Design Strategist for Detroit-based consultancy, Business Design Co. LLC and Service Designer for DesignThinkers Group, a global innovation agency. She has worked with leading organizations in Detroit, U.S. and abroad leading innovation and transformative... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

Kinetic Visual Storytelling Animation Workshop
Hands-On Animation Workshop with Academy Award nominated animator Gary Schwartz

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

Director, SINGLE FRAME FILMS
“Magic inspires my art; the something that comes from nothing.”Artist-Animator-Educator Gary Schwartz is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker, award winning animator, director, artist & educator. Mr. Schwartz conducts intensive hands-on Kinetic Visual Storytelling Animation workshops... Read More →


1:00pm

Organizing the Chaos - An Entrepreneur's Startup Management Toolkit
From discovering the great idea to getting things done, this workshop captures the numerous components of starting a business.

In this session you will piece together your startup and move an idea out of your head and into the community. Learn how to connect your vision, business strategy, customer discovery, budget, stakeholders, project plan, marketing, operations, and more. This method helps you become targeted at an audience to generate profits, agile to methodically and quickly get things done, and adaptable to pivot as your startup evolves.

You will receive a startup management toolkit to help organize and execute your vision.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Catherine Cheung

Catherine Cheung

Consultant, PwC
Catherine is what you call a roaming professional. She seizes opportunity to learn the ins and outs of businesses and industries with experience across tech, government, healthcare, and consumer markets. Every project allowed her to practice her favorite skill - the art of tidying... Read More →


1:00pm

JillTalk - Diverse But Included
The JILLTALK speaking series will feature influential women, thought leaders and entrepreneurs who will deliver a 14 minute TED-style presentation, followed by a panel discussion.

Moderators
avatar for Jillian  Blackwell

Jillian Blackwell

Partner Sales Executive, Microsoft
Jillian started her love for business and entrepreneurship at the age 10 with her paper route in Detroit, MI.  Now with over 20 plus years of professional sales and marketing experience, Jillian has held various positions at some of the top Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft... Read More →

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for LaRonda Chastang

LaRonda Chastang

CEO and Founder, Chastang Group
LaRonda Chastang is the CEO and Founder of The Chastang Group, LLC a minority owned consultant firm that specializes in helping individuals and organization identify and leverage their strengths to produce maximum impact. She is regarded as a skilled facilitator, dynamic speaker... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
House of Pure Vin 1433 Woodward AveDetroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

Fast is Easy, Slow is Painful: How I Created a Global Organization in Less Than 15 Months
At this free live event, you'll learn how to position your business for growth before you miss out on big opportunities.

I'll detail the steps I took to turn my business idea to a global organization with over 12,700 members in 15 months, discover how to use the Lean Startup method to scale fast, and even learn how I positioned myself as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and gained corporate sponsorships and global consulting contracts!

Heck, you may even walk away with ideas that you can implement immediately to take your business to the next level.

In fact, here's just a sample of what you can expect at this free live event:

* Learn First-Hand Which Ideas Work And Which Ones Don't...
* Discover How to Avoid The Common Startup Mistakes That Most Founders Make...
* Understand Why it's Important to Fail Fast and Fail Forward...
... and much, MUCH More!

Don't miss this free event where you can learn the methods most startups use to create momentum and massive growth.

Register Now!

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Cynthia Barnes

Cynthia Barnes

Founder and CEO, National Association of Women Sales Professionals (NAWSP) and Barnes Sales Institute
A pioneer in the Women in Sales space, Cynthia Barnes is CEO and President of both Barnes Sales Institute and the National Association of Women Sales Professionals (NAWSP). As a Women in Sales Expert, she is passionate about advancing #WomenWhoSell, increasing the number of women... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

Organizational & Tax Considerations
One of the first issues facing a Startup—if not the first issue—is the question ofwhat type of entity and formation the company should take. And, as with allcompanies big or small, every Startup will have to address tax issues (which couldeven affect the first issue of entity formation). Butzel Long attorneys and otherexperts will answer all of your questions on these very important issues.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Geaneen Arends

Geaneen Arends

Butzel Long
Arends concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate.She assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation andmaintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification... Read More →
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Mark Lezotte

Butzel Long
Lezotte has substantial experience in corporate, health care, tax, and exemptorganization matters, including start up tax and legal issues, corporate and nonprofitgovernance, board duties and responsibilities, regulatory investigations, tax aspects ofbusiness acquisitions and dispositions... Read More →
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Chair Paul Mersino - Butzel Long

Mersino is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group where herepresents companies in a number of areas including complex commerciallitigation, contract disputes, and non-competition and trade secret disputes. Healso represents and advises a number of Startup companies, assisting them withtheir... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

"Put the Fun in Funding your Business" | Como Obtener Capital Para Levantar Su Negocio
Learn how to increase your chances of getting your business funded!

Luck favors the prepared and 80% of getting funded happens before the first meeting and before the first time you pitch!

Understand the process of raising money for your business, which types of financing are most appropriate for your needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, and tips on improving your chances for success. This session will help you understand what options you have and how you can best prepare yourself for the process and how to pitch your business for maximum impact.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of:
- What lenders look for
- How to match the right financing program to your needs
- How to prepare for a meeting with a lender
- The issues that will “kill” your deal
- How to be concise and confident with your pitch

Attendees will receive a Capital Readiness Checklist!
 *Support for Spanish Speakers Available*

Quiere aumentar la probabilidad que su negocio recibirá capital?
80% de negocios reciben fondos antes de la primera junta y antes que uno presente su negocio.

En este taller, vamos a enfocarnos en el proceso de agregar capital para levantar su negocio. Este proceso incluye: cuáles tipos de financiación son más adecuados para sus necesidades,  las calificaciones que buscan los prestamistas en un prestatario, y surgencias para que su negocio sea exitoso.

Esperamos que con este taller, todos que participen sentiran mas comodos y confidentes con el aspecto de  la presentación de un negocio, cómo encontrar los recursos financieros, para las necesidades de su negocio, y cómo preparar para una junta con un prestamista.

Program Partner / Speaker
MB

Matthew Bihun

Senior Loan Officer, ProsperUS Detroit
CC

Cassie Coravos

Capital Programs Manager, Build Institute
MM

Meaghan McLaughlin

Manager,Entrepreneurial Initiative, Michigan Women Forward
PP

Portia Powell

Assistant Vice President, Banking Center Manager, Chemical Bank


1:30pm

Engaging Youth in Global STEMpreneurship
Hands on highly interactive session , solving world problem utilizing entrepreneurship mindset and STEM! You can take this to your classroom!

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Faris Alami

Faris Alami

Chief Excuctive Officer, International Strategic Management
Faris Alami is the founder and CEO of International Strategic Management, an international technology company in which he works with international companies on technology, leadership, entrepreneurship and culture programs. In addition, Alami is a consultant with the WorldBank as an... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

2:00pm

Building Successful and Innovative Teams
Emily has been building and leading teams for over 11 years at Google. In this talk, she shares her experience and best practices for attracting and retaining great talent as well as creating teams that are empowered and excited to do great things. Emily will share how adopting self managed team principals and Google's research to create a culture that enables your teams to thrive in thoughtful, human centered work cultures. 

Speaker: Emily Meinke, Canada Agency Lead

Program Partner / Speaker
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Google

Google
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Emily Meinke

Agency Lead, Canada Market, Google
Emily has been at the Ann Arbor Google for 11 years. In this time she has worked across several Sales teams focused on supporting and creating strategic relationships with Google clients as well as role of manager to sales teams. In her current role Emily manages a sales team and... Read More →


2:00pm

Keynote: Detroit Tech Talent Panel
Teresa Wynn, Senior Vice President of Technology at Quicken Loans, will lead a panel discussion focused on the technology hiring and recruiting landscape in Detroit. The panelists will share challenges and successes in their quests to find creative ways to employ homegrown programmers, coders and technologists.

Program Partner / Speaker
GA

Gail Alpert

President, FIRST (Michigan)
JL

Jim Livingston

VP, Talent Acquisition, Quicken Loans
DR

Damien Rocchi

DEO, Grand Circus
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Teresa Wynn

Senior Vice President of Technology, Quicken Loans


2:00pm

Insurance for Start-ups: What Do You Need, and When?
Businesses have life cycles, just like people do.  The needs of your business will change over time.  This program will provide information on the basics of business insurance for small and start-up businesses. How well you manage your risk can make a difference in the success of your business. In doing business, you risk financial loss; loss of your own property, loss by others that you cause. An insurance policy transfers that risk to an Insurance company that will take on the specific financial risks for you that are spelled out in your policy.
 

Program Partner / Speaker
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Rosemary Moore

President/CEO, Sharpe & Associates Insurance Agency


Tuesday June 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

2:00pm

Experiential Marketing & Immersive Brand Experiences - Your Brand = Their New BAE
Detroit entrepreneurs gain insight into how to develop meaningful strategies that deliver cool experiences to their customers that immerse them in their brand culture.

Emotional connection. Warm and fuzzies. This is what all business owners want from their targets and the public, but how do we achieve it? There are several advertising and marketing efforts that can be utilized to create these brand ambassadors, and experiential marketing is a hot and measurable one that can provides potentials the opportunity to directly connect with your brand with a variety of engaging experiences that leave an unmatched lasting impression.

Come out and get immersed in a real, live brand experience and take home strategies and tactics that can turn brand potentials into brand lovers.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Carlotta Tutt Hollaway

Principal, True Root Marketing


Tuesday June 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

Contracts 101-Know What You Are Getting and Getting What You Want
Contracts 101- Ensuring that you Know What You’re Getting, and Getting What
You Want. This panel will provide actionable ideas for all businesses necessary
to avoid contractual legal issues.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Joseph Vernon

Joseph Vernon

Miller Canfield
Joe Vernon is a principal for Miller Canfield, a full-service international law firm headquartered in Detroit. He is an experienced business lawyer and commercial litigator who has represented clients in a variety of industries in arbitration proceedings and state and federal... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

2:00pm

Consumers Want More: Values-Based Marketing
Doing good is good business. Companies can and should contribute in some way to their communities. It’s the right thing to do, and it can differentiate a company from its competitors while benefiting the bottom line.

Consumers and businesses aren’t buying just based on their needs, they increasingly want to purchase from companies that represent their values. Technology and globalization have helped foster this change. Both have resulted in more convenience and product choices for consumers and businesses. There are also numerous mature product categories, meaning there are multiple offerings of essentially the same product, with less opportunity for differentiation.

Values-based marketing campaigns often involve nuanced and complex human emotions. The interactive nature and targeting tools available with digital marketing are ideal for having such a dialogue with your target audience. Social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube allow a company to engage with their audience on more sensitive topics.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Kevin Ketels

President, Kyrris
Kevin Ketels is President of Kyrris Marketing, a Detroit marketing and communications agency, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing in the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.


2:30pm

Retail Boot Camp Mini-Workshop: The 4 P’s of Popping-Up: A Strategic Approach

Please join Mary Aviles of Connect 4 Insight and Sarah Donnelly from TechTown Detroit in this interactive workshop covering the “4 P’s of Popping-Up”: price, product, packaging, and promotion.

Retail-Focused Topics Include:
- how to create your own pop-up opportunities
- how to research and develop the right mix of area market involvement (considering investment, audience, and potential competition)
- how to conduct a DIY merchandising audit
- how to increase your discoverability by incenting user-generated content
- and, what to do in the aftermath to retain and reactivate your customers

Attendees will identify action items for pre/during/post events.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Mary Aviles

Mary is an associative thinker with 20 years expertise encouraging economic developmentin industries like consumer electronics, data security, financial services & banking, grocery,healthcare, insurance, retail, and small business. As a market strategist and researcher,she connects marketing with the insights that make it matter. A thought leader in the field ofonline digital qualitative research, her work informs: marketing strategy andcommunications... Read More →
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Sarah Donnelly

Director, Retail Services, TechTown Detroit
| Sarah Donnelly is the Retail Services Director at TechTown Detroit, where she leads the Retail Boot Camp program and other retail incubation initiatives including pop-up opportunities such as The Shop at TechTown and the Cass Collective, a collaboration with Midtown Detroit Inc... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

3:00pm

How to Build a 55,000 sq. ft. Business Incubator/Accelerator
The program will capture how the Accelerator has been able to survive and thrive over the past 7 years, culminating in the purchase of a 55,000 sft facility.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Arthur Barbut

Arthur Barbut

CEO, Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator
My name is Arthur Barbut and I am CEO of the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, located in Windsor, Ontario. With over ten years of research and practical experience I have developed great insight of how successful businesses are created and nurtured. Entrepreneurship is an art... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

Business Development & Etiquette 101
Business Development and how to carry yourself to increase Awareness/Focus/Self-Esteem. 

Program Partner / Speaker
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Karen Thornton

Operations - Retail Partners Lead, Detroit Delivers
Greetings, Detroit Delivers, a Personal Planning and Etiquette Services Company. Detroit Delivers provides Concierge Level Executive Personal Assistant and various Etiquette Services to successful Women, Men, Businesses in the city of Detroit, Michigan and surrounding areas. Detroit... Read More →


3:00pm

Employment Legal Issues for Startups
In this panel, presenters will provide a practical and clear discussion of key
employment law issues that startup businesses should expect to encounter.
Attendees will learn practical guidance for hiring, retaining, disciplining,
compensating and terminating employees, including but not limited to an
understanding of what employment laws they need to comply with at each stage
of their growth.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Chair Richard Warren - Miller Canfield

Chair Richard Warren - Miller Canfield

Richard Warren is a principal for Miller Canfield, a full-service international law firm headquartered in Detroit. He defends employers facing all types of wrongful discharge lawsuits, including discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims filed by employees. He also has a... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

Songwriting - How To Never Get Writers Block Ever Again" and The Essential Steps to Networking in the Entertainment Industry
The workshop will focus on two important elements of the music industry, songwriting and networking. Learn from two leading music  industry experts the formula for song writing that allows you to write any song at anytime and how to defeat writers block and always have the ammunition to write a potential hit song.  Attendees will also learn how set goals both long and short term, research and form a strategic plan for achieving said goals, also how to execute and build the lasting relationship.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Diarra "Uncle P" Collazo

Diarra "Uncle P" Collazo

Founder and President, Sp Marketing Promotions/Detroitrap.com
Uncle P, a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta with a Degree in Music Entertainment Management specializes in Strategic Planning and Brand Building. With over 25 years in the business ranging from radio, recording studios, record labels, management and event planning Uncle P... Read More →
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Brandon Smith

Educational Director, Adidas​ Sound Labs​


3:00pm

Crypto Café - Moving into the Future: Blockchain Tech + the Arts
Crypto Café is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. Detroit Blockchainers will begin the week with a panel discussion on the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency on Monday, then on Tuesday, we will have a panel on how the technology is used in the music and art industries. Wednesday is our weekly Hack Night where business owners can talk to blockchain developers and ask questions privately. Thursday we will be speaking with Bethany Shrob who will discuss the process and experience of accepting cryptocurrency as a retail store, and finally, on Friday we will have a showcase of blockchain technology projects in the Detroit metro area followed by a fun mixer. Detroit Blockchainers hopes to provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand our network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Program Partner / Speaker
DH

Devin Haselwood

Unstable.art
JI

Justin Ivey

Unstable.art
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Ingrid LaFleur

Chief Community Officer, EOS Detroit
I love to talk and read about all things futurist: decolonizing mars, AI, AR, VR, decentralized systems, blockchain technology, universal basic income and more. I'm a daughter of the D, a worshiper of Alice Coltrane, and enjoy djing occasionally.
AT

Andre Terrell

DJ/Street Cash


3:00pm

Southwest Detroit - Design for Neighborhood Business Workshop
A hands on workshop for brick and mortar entrepreneurs. RL Concetti, a Detroit interiors firm, will coach you on how to make your business more appealing to target customers and more competitive in your market through coordination of brand and space design.  Participants will create a materials board inspired by their existing brand, which can be used to initiate future design projects for their business.  Please bring a printed copy of existing logo or brand assets.  Light refreshments will be served.

Location:  Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC), 2826 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Date and time:  Tuesday June 19 3:00 - 5:00pm

Cost:  Free

Program
BF

Bonnie Fahoome

Director of Business Programs, Design Core Detroit
Design Core Detroit offers services to strengthen, grow and attract design businesses, increases market demand for design services, and tells Detroit’s design story locally and globally. Design Core is the steward of Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation and is a partnership... Read More →


3:30pm

Retail Boot Camp Mini Workshop: Are You Ready For Retail?
Opening a retail shop is more than a notion. Do you have what it takes to launch and grow a retail shop? This workshop will inform entrepreneurs with retail concepts about the critical areas of focus to assess readiness.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Faris Alami

Faris Alami

Chief Excuctive Officer, International Strategic Management
Faris Alami is the founder and CEO of International Strategic Management, an international technology company in which he works with international companies on technology, leadership, entrepreneurship and culture programs. In addition, Alami is a consultant with the WorldBank as an... Read More →
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Sarah Donnelly

Director, Retail Services, TechTown Detroit
| Sarah Donnelly is the Retail Services Director at TechTown Detroit, where she leads the Retail Boot Camp program and other retail incubation initiatives including pop-up opportunities such as The Shop at TechTown and the Cass Collective, a collaboration with Midtown Detroit Inc... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

4:00pm

Keynote: Marketing In The Age of Assistance
In today's age of digital assistance, consumers are more curious, impatient, and demanding than ever. Join Ashley Lepczyk to hear Google's perspective on this newly empowered consumer, their heightened expectation of all digital experiences and brands, and what these shifts mean for the future of marketing. Ashley will walk you through the 3 things every marketer must know to win in today's Age of Assitance. 

Program Partner / Speaker
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Google

Google
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Ashley Lepczyk

Senior Digital Consultant, Google
I partner with automotive clients, helping them leverage the best of Google's digital advertising solutions to develop effective and scalable programs that build their brands, connect with the right customers (with the right message... at the right time!) and drive measurable results.I... Read More →


4:00pm

Funding and Financing Issues for Startups
External funding is important to the development of start-ups and to create and
maintain a successful business. This panel, consisting of lawyers and other
experts in the finance industry, will explore the various finance opportunities
available to start-ups in the metro-Detroit area and what they need to do to obtain
such financing.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jason Barnett

Jason Barnett

Invest Detroit
Mr. Barnett joined Invest Detroit in October 2016 with over 12 years of commercial banking and underwriting experience. He is focused on the activities of the Small Business Fund and Urban Loan Fund, designed to provide financial support to neighborhood retail businesses in targeted... Read More →
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Kurt Baumgarten

Applied Licensing
Kurt has a background in public policy and law, and is a member of the State Bar of | Michigan and the State Bar of Wisconsin. He founded Applied Licensing, an angel investment | organization specializing in the development and monetization of intellectual property, and | serves as... Read More →
avatar for Chair Lauren Verbiscus – Miller Canfield

Chair Lauren Verbiscus – Miller Canfield

Lauren Verbiscus is an associate for Miller Canfield, a full-service international law firm headquartered in Detroit.She represents national, regional and local financial institutions in real estate, construction, working capital, equipment and aircraft financing, including syndicated... Read More →
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Michael Cole

Bank of Ann Arbor
Michael Cole is the Founder and President of the Technology Industry Group atBank of Ann Arbor. Founded in 2002, the Technology Industry Group providesbanking and financial advisory services to more than 150 regional technologyand life sciences based businesses, venture capital firms... Read More →
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Joseph Morrison

Bodman
“Joseph R. (Joe) Morrison, Jr., represents early and high-growth companies in an outside general counselcapacity. He focuses on technology-enabled emerging companies and the venture capital firms thatinvest in them. His business and technology background gives him the ability to... Read More →


Tuesday June 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

4:00pm

Let me get 2 Coneys w/fries, Red Pop, and a Vertical: Understanding Vertical Integration through Creative Brand Strategy + Digital Marketing for the Independent Artist
As your latest single is uploading to the digital music distributer, you are thinking; “all I need is1 million downloads, whole lot of streams, then life will be good.”  You may not have fully considered how you will get people to enjoy the music, buy the single, add it to their playlist,repost and double tap on your posts. Let’s keep it 100…you really don’t know how to creatively position your product for the most effective brand expansion beyond the single.
 
Dean Watts, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Codeblu, will chat about Understanding Vertical Integration through Creative Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing for the Independent Artist.

Description:
We will explore understanding the direction of your brand, effectively communicating through the digital impressions, conversion of passion to revenue, and leveraging the digital marketing platform to have effective conversations across the brand’s vertical.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Dean Beanz

Dean Beanz

Founder of Evry Music / Creative Director, Endy Loft
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Dean Watts

Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Codeblu
Dean Watts is the Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Codeblu. She has over 15 years of music industry experience working with independent and major label signed artists.   Codeblu is a Creative Agency with an exclusive focus on Lifestyle and Entertainment. Codeblu launches August... Read More →


5:00pm

Happy Hour @ #ChaseBaseCamp
Come join us and mix, mingle and network with entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leads from around the area and beyond! Free drinks and snacks

5:00pm

5 Tools to Create a Predictable Prospecting System
Without clients, customers or patients paying for whatever it is you are offering, your business will not survive the first year. Creating a predictable prospecting system will help you start and grow your business with the best possible future clients coming to you for more. Discovering and using this 5 tool will almost guarantee your marketing and sales success.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Sandy Barris

Sandy Barris

President, Business Marketing Services
Sandy Barris “The Measurable-Marketing-Madman” When people ask me, Sandy, what exactly do you do every day?—many times—depending on who I’m talking to, I start by saying that "I fix marketing that's not working" and add to that "I write and create direct response marketing... Read More →


5:00pm

Jobs To Be Done- How to Ensure You Are Building Things People Need
It seems crazy, but many startups fail because they build things that people just don't need. Ensuring that you are building a product or service that serves a real need for a market is challenging.

Jobs to Be Done (JTBD) is a conceptual framework to help you build, market and sell things that people, want, need, and use regardless of industry, product type, or vertical. It helps you understand why clients or customers "hire" different products for the jobs they need done, and gives you the ability to build better and more refined solutions not based on solutions, but on the problems facing the end user.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Sean jackson

Founder & CEO, Sift
Founder and Product Guy working on solutions to help the future of work be more collaborative. Background at the intersection of technology, policy, operations, and data analysis. Former Marine and Venture for America Fellow.


5:00pm

Intellectual Property Issues for Startups
Every innovative company – small and large – must plan to leverage its intellectual property rights and avoid IP pitfalls. In this session, a panel of experienced IP lawyers and a recent start-up entrepreneur will highlight key patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other IP issues for start-ups and innovators.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for David Berry

David Berry

Of Counsel, Brooks Kushman PC
I am a patent attorney. I advise clients on intellectual property issues, including patents, licensing, trademarks, and IP disputes. I teach patent law at WMU/Cooley Law School and Wayne State Law School.
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Tiffany Fiddler

Brooks Kushman
Tiffany Fidler focuses her practice on domestic and foreign patent prosecution and counseling for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in the electromechanical arts.  Her practice also includes design patent prosecution, and intellectual property agreements including... Read More →
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MIKAI GREEN

Principal Attorney, GreenLaw Virtual Intellectual Property, P.C.
Attorney Green specializes in protecting and preserving Intellectual Property Rights, she handles novel and complex copyright infringement matters, and has advanced knowledge of Federal Trademark prosecutions. | Some of Attorney Green’s clients include: the MC Breed Estate, Black... Read More →
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Blake Osecki

Founder, Modular Home & Garden
Modular DIY Projects | Future of Agriculture | Easy to Use Consumer Products | Selling online & with Amazon | Entrepreneurship & Startup Coaching


Tuesday June 19, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

5:00pm

Get Your Business Online: Google My Business and AdWords
Looking to increase your online presence and advertising? Google can help!
The Google My Business and AdWords talk will be a workshop-style session meant to give start-ups the tools they need to succeed in the online marketing ecosystem. This session will teach companies how to successfully show up on Google Search and Google Maps, and how they can harness the power of online marketing to help customers find them.

This talk will help Detroit businesses advertise effectively on Google using Adwords.


Program Partner / Speaker
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Google

Google
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Alex Rainone

Account Strategist, Google
Alex Rainone is currently an Account Strategist at Google based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She specializes in advertising products including Google AdWords, Analytics and Shopping and overall online marketing strategy.Outside of her day job, Alex leads the Google Community Office... Read More →


5:00pm

Real Resources for Product & Hardware Entrepreneurs
New $10,000 Hardware Innovator Prize Competition – Real Resources for Hardware Entrepreneurs.
Introducing Hardware Massive and a $10,000 Cash Prize from LTU Collaboratory for Hardware Startups for the 2018 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and other resources available to product, hardware and manufacturing companies in Partnership with Invest Detroit, Accelerate Michigan, and PlanetM.
June 19 at Lawrence Tech Design Center - 4219 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
Agenda
5:00pm-5:30pm           Hardware Massive Meet & Greet for Hardware Entrepreneurs
5:30pm-5:00pm           LTU Collaboratory Hardware Accelerator – Mark Brucki LTU Collaboratory and Dan Radomski LTU Collaboratory
6:00pm-6:20pm           Accelerate Michigan Hardware Prize Announcement Accelerate Michigan - Mark Brucki LTU Collaboratory, Martin Dober Invest Detroit
6:20pm-6:40pm           Make in MI – Charlie Tyson PlanetM and Pure Michigan Business Connect
6:40pm-8:00pm           Networking Reception


Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Mark Brucki

Mark Brucki

Executive Director, LTU Collaboratory
LTU Collaboratory is focused on helping small manufacturers, hardware entrepreneurs and related technology companies scale-up for success. We are launching a "Hardware" prize for Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.


Tuesday June 19, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
LTU Detroit Center for Design and Technology 4219 Woodward Ave

6:00pm

Thinking Past Failure, Mistakes and Toward Success
In entrepreneurship, professional careers and all other aspects of life, you need mental agility to be successful. There will be difficult times that we all face consistently. Without the power of positive thinking, your confidence and overall mind state can cause you to give up and become stressed or depressed, before you even reach your goals. This program will focus on the power of positive thinking, through affirmations and vision and past experiences. There will be data and facts given on positive thinking and motivation to continue to reach goals and turn dreams into reality.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Christopher Scott

Christopher Scott

CEO, Positive Thought Solutions, LLC
Chris Scott has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, a MBA and a Master’s Degree in Automotive Systems Engineering. He has been an employee of the Department of Defense, for the last 16 years. Within those 16 years, he has accomplished a lot in the field of engineering... Read More →


6:00pm

How to Structure Your Startup So You Can Scale Easily
Startups are so consumed with their product and funding that they tend to overlook the necessity to streamline their operations. This can quickly become an issue when growth happens. Internal accountability, communication and reporting structures are absolutely essential to ensure proper functioning of people, processes and tools. This talk will cover operational aspects startups can incorporate that will be key to scaling and seeing repeatable results.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ronald Lazaro

Ronald Lazaro

Business Product Owner, Ford Motor Company
About Me: Results-oriented leader with significant experience motivating and guiding teams to implement major application development products, projects and programs in a global environment.Talk to me about: I worked for 11 years in a startup environment and I am currently part of... Read More →


6:00pm

Cannabis Business Legal Pitfalls and Possibilities
Considering a Medical Marihuana Business in the City of Detroit? This panel will explain the application process that is required by the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) of the State of Michigan and the current viable business options for the City of Detroit.

Program Partner / Speaker

Tuesday June 19, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

6:00pm

Intro to Coding for iOS
Learn the basics for beginning coding for iOS from a nationally recognized guru in app development.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Dave Koziol

Dave Koziol

CEO, Arbormoon Software, Inc
Arbormoon Software, Inc. builds apps. Since 2004, our experts have been building mobile applications for clients throughout Southeast Michigan and beyond. We’ve worked with the University of Michigan, the Weather Channel, Peterbilt, SPARK, and many others to construct chart-topping... Read More →


6:00pm

MedTech Founders - Straight Talk Panel
Rockstar entrepreneurs in Health and Wellness, Life Science and Medical Innovation skip the slides and Get Real. We'll unpack opportunities, identify growth challenges, and swap success stories at every stage of startup development. MedTech is hard. Share Best Practices from the pros.


Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for David Bloom

David Bloom

Clinical Faculty, University of Michigan
David 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. | | David leads startups in Business Canvas and... Read More →


6:00pm

Power | Scale - Reverse Pitch Competition
Apply to PITCH, SOLVE, or WATCH here!

What Is Power | Scale?Power | Scale is a reverse ‘shark tank’ style pitch competition for entrepreneurs to pitch business issues they have to a panel of expert investors, serial entrepreneurs, and industry professionals. At stake are mini-grants designed to help take their businesses to the next level.Power | Scale is Wednesday, June 19, 2018 at 7:00pm.

Expert Panel includes: Chase, Comcast, Google, Invest Detroit Ventures and more.

Power | Scale is powered by Comcast Business and Invest Detroit Ventures.

Event Itinerary:
  • 6:00 pm - Registration Open / Networking
  • 6:45 pm - Rules / Panel Intro
  • 7:00 pm - Elizabeth Gore, Founder/CEO, Alice (AI -powered platform that works as a personal business adviser to aspiring entrepreneurs)
  • 7:10 pm - Batch #1 of Entrepreneur Pitches
  • 8:00 pm - SmartTV audience giveaway sponsored by Comcast Business
  • 8:10 pm - Batch #2 of Entrepreneur Pitches
  • 8:55pm - Invest Detroit Prize Announcement
  • 9:00 pm - Event Close

Power | Scale was created by Simple Ventures and a part of Techstars Detroit Startup Week (June 18 - 22, 2018) , 150+ FREE programs over five days celebrating, learning and teaching entrepreneurship in Detroit.  Tracks include Entrepreneurship 101, Growth Stage Entrepreneurship, Technology, Retail Entrepreneurship, Female Founders Track,  Mobility, Disruptive Industries, Food Entrepreneurship, Art + Design, Civic Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, FinTech, MedTech, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Music and Youth Entrepreneurship!



7:00pm

Engaging Clients with Collaborative Newsletters
For those Detroit entrepreneurs that need to go beyond just tagging customers with newsletters and specials, but instead need to collaborate with clients, there are new tools and methods available to provide web based Topic specific environments for clients. This is know as Collaborative Intelligence. Collaborative Intelligence is the combination of multiple people, along with multiple computational resources and provides the most powerful reasoning available. In this presentation we will discuss how to create and evolve your newsletters. This will be of value to both independents as well those within larger corporations, as both groups need to engage their readers in this evolving world. Tools reviewed will include: creating rich topic based news source environments to help entrepreneurs identify newsletter content; rich webpage creation; chat tools; archiving; sharing the entrepreneur's reasoning process through links, search tools, and news feeds. We will be using TopicHero.com.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Justin Coven

IT Maturity, Inc.
Dr. Coven, is a founding member of IT Maturity, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University, specializing in Artificial Intelligence and systems that reason about themselves. He was a professor at Bellarmine University before entering industry, where has... Read More →


7:00pm

Millennials Change Fireside Chat: Using Social Action to Inspire & Innovate

It's just about time for RIZZARR's monthly event! In continuation of our Millennials Change Event Series, our next event will be held during Detroit Startup Week! This event will be held on Tuesday, June 19th at Grand Circus and is titled, "Millennials Change Fireside Chat: Using Social Action to Inspire & Innovate."

Now more than ever, Millennials are aspiring to become entrepreneurs to drive civic engagement and build their greater communities. They are especially leading this movement in Metro Detroit. Join us for this inspiring discussion that will feature Promote the Vote Deputy Director, Brandon Jessup, and Sit On It Detroit Co-Founder, Kyle Bartell. We will discuss their impact, their entities, and the power Millennials have in using social action and social entrepreneurship to create the positive changes that they wish to see in our society. We look forward to seeing you!


Program Partner / Speaker
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Ashley Michelle Williams

Founder and CEO, RIZZARR
Ashley M. Williams is the leading Millennial strategist, spokesperson, consultant, and speaker for brands that want to reach Millennials — helping brands to create the right campaigns, craft the right messages, and produce events that bring brands and Millennials together... Read More →



Tuesday June 19, 2018 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Grand Circus 3-3 The Snug 1570 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

8:00pm

Intro to Coding for Android
Learn the basics for beginning coding for Android from a nationally recognized expert and guru in app development.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Dave Koziol

CEO, Arbormoon Software, Inc
Arbormoon Software, Inc. builds apps. Since 2004, our experts have been building mobile applications for clients throughout Southeast Michigan and beyond. We’ve worked with the University of Michigan, the Weather Channel, Peterbilt, SPARK, and many others to construct chart-topping... Read More →


 
Wednesday, June 20
 

8:00am

9:00am

My Business My Basics
This identified issues outlined in the workshop serve as the basis for recommendations for more effective and efficient ways of performing business tasks. The Utilize Consulting Service and Management's motto is "One Start, One Move, One Triumph". To live up to its motto, UCSMG balances consistency and diversity, keeping both at the forefront of their efforts to aid and assist businesses to go from Good too Great and achieve outstanding success.
We created a 150 page, journal that provides real world examples, worksheets, journal sheets, and numerous educational elements that will enhance any business plan or aid in formulating business strategies for the future.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Brandi C Shelton

Business Manager, Utilize Consulting Svc & Mgmt Grp
Brandi C Shelton, also known as B, has dedicated her life to the development of the company Utilize Consulting Service and Management Group. Brandi is a native Detroiter, focused on being the developer of dreams. Since Brandi’s younger days she has always been driven to be different... Read More →


9:00am

Protecting Your Ideas
Join us to learn about intellectual property basics and why it is important for startups to know about branding and protecting their products. The program will also discuss local resources available for small businesses, independent inventors, and entrepreneurs. Learn how the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, located in Detroit, can help you.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Denise Sylvester

Regional Outreach Officer, Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional US Patent and Trademark Office
As the Regional Outreach Officer, I am the sole person responsible for coordinating outreach and engagement programming with the Detroit startup community. Learn about the different types of intellectual property, why an IP portfolio matters to you company, and the steps you can take... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

9:00am

How to Get & Leverage News Media Coverage to Land the Funding You Need
This program will cover how having "earned media" or "media coverage" gives companies a hand up when going into a pitch competition or meeting with a potential funding source, why it matters and how an entrepreneur can get coverage without hiring a PR firm and breaking the bank.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jason Barnett

Jason Barnett

Invest Detroit
Mr. Barnett joined Invest Detroit in October 2016 with over 12 years of commercial banking and underwriting experience. He is focused on the activities of the Small Business Fund and Urban Loan Fund, designed to provide financial support to neighborhood retail businesses in targeted... Read More →
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Tyler Clifford

Breaking News Editor, Crain’s Detroit Business
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Jennifer Foster

President, Catalyst Media Factory
Foster has more than 15 years in public relations. Her company works with start-up, small and growing companies across a variety of industry sectors, helping businesses garner media coverage to build third-party credibility, improve SEO through online content and gain increased f... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Madison Building Loft 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

9:00am

How to Have a Balanced View of Marketing in Social Media
Discover what you need and don't need in social media trends. This session will focus on what you really need to be successful in your Go- To -Market plan from start to finish. Get ready to bring your idea to life.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for April Davis

April Davis

President, Breakout Marketing Group
April Davis a native of Buffalo New York, she currently serves on the New Enterprise Forum, Program committee of Ann Arbor. Providing entrepreneurs with coaching and support in preparing presentations, that will successfully receive funding from investors for their innovative ideas.For... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

9:00am

Upgrading to Wordpress
A workshop how to make the upgrade to a high quality professional wordpress site, such as budgeting, managing the CMS.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Steven Hawring

Marketing Lead - Graphic Design, Hexagon creative


Wednesday June 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Madison Building Auditorium 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

9:00am

Defining Success as Momprenuer
It may have started with Tupperware parties but, now the Mompreneur Movement is being lauded worldwide in all industries. Take advantage of this power-packed session which will include information for women who maybe haven't started their business yet and for women who are already in business and looking to grow it.

Beyond sharing local resources and spotlighting local momprenuers, this session will include a frank conversation on obtaining the tools to manage the stress that comes with maintaining a household and a family. Success can not be defined by profits alone. Join Charlie Ponders, Founder of MyMomCode and Robin Kinnie, Founder of Motor City Woman Radio for an afternoon of indepth dialogue, connection cultivation and a wealth of knowledge.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Robin Kinnie

Robin Kinnie

CEO, Motor City Woman
I am passionate amplifying the voices of women! This is achieved through my company, Motor City Woman, an internet-based radio station with an all-woman led lineup of hosts and podcast production studio. | I concentrate on representation of women behind the microphone but, also... Read More →


10:00am

Can you AI your professionals out of a job?
Join a candid discussion and debate among legal professionals about whether Artificial Intelligence can replace human-delivered professional services.

Adding to the growing dialogue around the present and future of AI and business opportunities for Detroit entrepreneurs to bring AI products to market with professional services.

Understanding where artificial intelligence can serve to improve delivery of professional services and where tech businesses can successfully focus AI product development opportunities for professional services and addressing risks and benefits to relying on AI for all or a portion of professional services.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Kimberly Clayson

Kimberly Clayson

President and Attorney, Clayson, Schneider & Miller, PC
I am a lawyer and advisor to businesses in the scale-up or maintenance phase of growth and represent industries that span social innovation, design, food service and real estate investment and services. Talk with me about taking your family business into the 21st Century or maintaining... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Navigating Through Crisis: Preserving Your Business When Disaster Strikes
How do entrepreneurs adjust and ensure their business survives and thrives when a death in the family, divorce, serious health problems, or other difficult personal crises occur?

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ellen Lyle

Ellen Lyle

Founder & Executive Director, Pink Elephant Products and Events L3C
I run a triple bottom line, community-focused social enterprise that manufactures eco-friendly cleaning products and housewares, personal care products, and cosmetics. We offer recycling programs for businesses and individuals that earn funds for our nonprofit partners that focus... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Madison Building Auditorium 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Women Tech Founders 2.0 - We're Back!
Program Description:
Back for a second year! 4 women tech founders from four different technology segments. Please join them in a discussion about struggle, triumph and being a technology founder. Discussion topics and learning lessons focus on:
1. Making the transition to full time entrepreneur – planning, preparation, and taking the plunge!
2. Milestones – how you set and reach them. (Including your first hire and first customer.)
3. Being a women in a male dominated field and resources that are available for you.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Kylee Guenther

Kylee Guenther

CEO, Spectalite, LLC
Kylee Guenther is an entrepreneur and Michigander. A self-proclaimed green little hippie since birth, Kylee is passionate about finding environmentally friendlier solutions to solve present day dilemmas such as light weighting and reducing plastic waste. These passions led her to... Read More →
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Elizabeth Mays

CEO, MCS Multimedia
Elizabeth Mays is the CEO of MCS Multimedia formed in 2011, after inheriting Mays Printing, founded in 1946 by her late grandfather, J. Caulton Mays. Mays is a 3rd generation printer, entrepreneur and visionary who works closely with entrepreneurs and executives by using branding... Read More →
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Lori McColl

Lori McColl is a creative technology executive with more than 15 years of experience across mobile, web, and emerging cloud-based applications, as well as enterprise solutions. Within the last 2 years she founded Detroit-based Whim, a creative and strategic digital consultancy that... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Norton-Schock

Kathleen Norton-Schock

An ex-New Yorker, happily transplanted to the Midwest over 3 decades ago, Kathleen Norton-Schock has 30-plus years in global & national profit and loss management and marketing leadership, particularly in the tech arena. She has worked for, and led large worldwide teams at Fortune... Read More →
avatar for Nicol Pasuit

Nicol Pasuit

Founder and CEO, TechStak
Nicol Pasuit is a ‘corporate intrapraneur’ turned entrepreneur. She is the Founder and CEO of TechStak, a young company focused on helping small businesses find and hire the right outsourced technology providers through a B2B online platform - the Angie’s List for tech and IT... Read More →
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Dusty Welch

Founding Partner and Community Engagement Manager, Cause Activators


Wednesday June 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Madison Building Loft 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Develop Your Personal Brand
In this workshop, Taylor will help you define, find and manage your personal brand. The audience will be expected to work through a series of exercises that help them develop their personal brand.



Program Partner / Speaker
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Google

Google
avatar for Taylor Holmes

Taylor Holmes

Marketing Strategist, Google
Taylor has a passion for branding and helping small businesses succeed. She is an Account Strategist for businesses that utilize Google's marketing solutions and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager by day while working as a Brand Strategist who helps illuminate and... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Marketing Tips and Tricks
This session focuses on setting up free accounts to help with marketing a startup. While cash is tight for most startups this session focuses on inexpensive and free tools like social media scheduling, making how to videos, email marketing and more.

Program Partner / Speaker

10:00am

Tour of Durfee Community Innovation Society
Come experience the newly renovated Durfee school that has been transformed into a mix-use building by the nonprofit organization Life Remodeled.  Durfee now features makerspaces and co-working space for Detroit entrepreneurs.
The tour will have several stops including: 
  • Toarminos Pizzeria
    • Michigan based company that has been selling the best quality and best tasting pizza in the state of Michigan. 
  • Holy Yoga Detroit 
    • Myreya Amezcua, Tammy Notoriano, Nakia Reeves/Holy Yoga Instructors lead participants through movement, breath-work, and offer God's Word as the meditation.  Yoga helps us get healthy in our bodies, and God's Word transforms lives. Believers and Seeker/Non-Believers all welcome.  Serving all bodies, men, women and children.  Chairs (if needed) mat, and props provided. Website: holyyogadetroit.com
  • D.Cipher
    • D.Cipher is a Detroit based nonprofit co-founded by Detroit based musicians Nique Love Rhodes, Insite the Riot, and Wayne Ramocan dedicated towards advancing Detroit's music economy.  Website: www.dcipher.org
  • Pretty Professionals
    • Tenicia Johnson/Tenecia is a Communication professional with over a decade of customer service, outreach and engagement, and relationship management experience delivering clear, concise, and strategic messaging to desired stakeholders.
    • Specializing in corporate and community relations, she has earned a reputation for developing creative processes to improve both internal and external communication. 

Program Partner / Speaker

10:00am

Design Thinking Workshop: A Path to Entrepreneurial Innovation
Everyone talks about innovation, but how can you really innovate with the time constraints and limited budget startups have? Beyond that, how can you really ensure that what you come up with is valuable or different? In this hands-on design thinking workshop the Pillar Digital Experience team will guide you through a series of activities helping you proceed through a design challenge. We’ll utilize a wide variety of techniques employed at Google, Facebook, Netflix, and many other leading technology companies to break through roadblocks and learn a proven methodology to innovation. This workshop is an abbreviated version of a Pillar Discovery Sprint. The firsthand experience will give you practical training in a methodology to ideate and iterate on ideas, bringing you rapidly along the path to innovation for your startup. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a new set of tools to solve real-world challenges facing your company today. Prepare to roll up your sleeves and dig in!

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect, Pillar Technology
Jonathon has been designing and building digital experiences for over 20 years. His unique ability to understand and balance people, technology, and business has proven instrumental across companies of all shapes, sizes, and industries. He has designed experiences for everything from... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Circus 3-1 The Sun Room 1570 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Free Headshots during #DETSW18
New 'do? Lose weight? Hate the background?

Whatever your reason for wanting a new head shot, we're providing FREE* shots during Detroit Startup Week at Cadillac Cafe @ The Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226) from 10am-3pm June 18-22, 2017. Sign up for a time here.

*First come, first serve. Sign up via the link above.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Pete Willette

Pete Willette

Techstars Startup Week Lead Team / Office Hours Manager


10:00am

Google Office Hours | Detroit Startup Week 2018 [10AM - 3PM]
Local Google experts will be available to consult one-on-one in person on how to get their businesses online, find the right digital advertising strategy and other assistance with Google products.  Area of expertise includes getting your business registered in Google search and maps, using AdWords for digital advertising, advice on Google Analytics for your website, and Google Shopping.

Please review names/bios of our mentors and sign up for NO MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS/DAY to allow opportunities for other mentees. You can sign up here.

All sessions will be held at Cadillac Cafe, ground floor, otherside of Opera House (faces Comerica Park). You will be marked as 'pending' until you confirm your identity by clicking a link in an email that Slotted sends you. You will need to confirm your identity to officially be added to the list.

10:00am

Chase for Business Office Hours | Visit the BizMobile for a Mini Consult. [10AM - 4PM]
The Chase for Business BizMobile will be onsite from 10am-4pm at Grand Circus Park.  Experienced consultants will be available in the BizMobile to provide mini 1:1  sessions on digital marketing and social media to help your business get established  or grow.  Click on www.chasebizmobile.com to schedule a time to meet one of our consultants.  Walk-ups will be accepted based on availability.  You can also stop by and network with fellow business owners.  We will provide the tools to help you engage and connect!

HOW IT WORKS

1) Visit
  • We show up in your town with our team of consultants.
2) Sign Up
  • You sign up for a 20-minute free appointment online or on-site, and bring your questions, ideas, and curiosity along with you.
3) Connect
  • Gain access to strategic insights, network with other business owners, and walk out with a new swagger.

11:00am

Engage Risk as Your Friend, not a Foe—to Impact Investor DNA—& Raise $ for Your Venture
FIRESIDE CHAT
The most frequent complaint I hear from entrepreneurs in Michigan is the lack of risk capital; investors willing to finance start-ups and early-stage companies vs. those with confirmed product/market fit and solid revenues. Michigan founders frequently travel to the E/W Coast seeking money and connections. While some raise cash, may don’t—and return home empty-handed—to face an unknown future. 
With millions of dollars invested in not just tech/innovation, but food & beverage, fast-moving consumer goods, logistics, wholesaling and construction to name just a few, plenty of money exists in Michigan. So, if there is so much capital seeking opportunitieswhy is it such a struggle to get local investors to open their pocketbooks and finance technology, 1st-time entrepreneurs and early stage SMEs?
The culture of risk in the Michigan ecosystem is rarely spoken about, yet its impact is felt daily by entrepreneurs. In this talk, I speak to these issues and actions Michigan entrepreneurs can implement to ‘shape’ their business models to the risk attitudes and behaviors of local investors + learn to ‘sell risk, then opportunity’—to raise $ for their ventures?
 
Value for Detroit Entrepreneurs *
 
Success in raising money from local investors is not only about the ‘pitch,’ but the business model selected and executed which local $ will finance. Certainly, entrepreneurs must create and deploy business models which meet customer requirements for commercialization and revenue generation; but they frequently overlook which models the best match the risk behavior of wealth too. Selecting the business model which impacts the DNA of investors is the path to open their wallets—to finance your dreams, your hopes, and your aspirations.  This talk is not only of use to Michigan entrepreneurs but to the development of the Michigan ecosystem.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Adrian Fortino

Adrian Fortino

Partner, Mercury Fund
I'm an early stage investor interested in transformational physical science, internet of things and industrial technologies. I'm passionate about the opportunity in the Midwest given the level of engineering talent and research investment across the region.  | | My startup operating... Read More →
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Thomas Nastas

President and Founder, Innovative Ventures Inc
After an early career in product development with Ford Motor, Multifastener, DonnellyMirrors, Lear-Siegler, Votrax & Park Chemical, THOMAS NASTAS founded InnovativeVentures Inc. (IVI) in 1986, creating VC, PE, grant and cash flow funds in the USA, Canada,Europe, Sub-Sahara Africa... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

The Nite to Five
The shift that budding entrepreneurs have to work on their craft and dreams.
So you have that idea of the next big thing, but how do you go about bringing it to life? Maybe you have a business on the side, but how do you bring it mainstream especially when you’re working a full time job. The “Nite to Five”, the time you get home from work to the early morning, is the shift that you have to put in the work and actualize your vision. Learn from the entrepreneurs that have made that very transition to working on their own business on a full time basis. 


Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Javier Evelyn

Javier Evelyn

CEO, Alerje
Founder and CEO of Alerje, an early stage IoT MedTech startup with a mission of improving the overall quality of life of those suffering from food allergies. Javier recently served as the 2017 Google for Entrepreneurs x CODE2040 Detroit EIR at Grand Circus. In this EIR role, he hosted... Read More →
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Jereshia Hawk

Founder, JereshiaHawk.com
Jereshia Hawk went from leading $400 Million pipeline projects as an engineer to doubling her corporate salary and quitting her job within the first year of starting her online business. She teaches every day side hustlers proven corporate strategies to specialize their skill set... Read More →
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Sergio Rodriguez

CEO, ToDoolie
Sergio has a degree in Biomedical Physics and is currently finishing a masters in Biomedical Engineering. Sergio has over 7 years of experience in the casual labor industry and a clear understanding of where the market is headed. He paid his way through college and graduated debt... Read More →


11:00am

Alternative Idea Stage Funding

This unconventional session will discuss multiple alternatives to "idea stage" funding. Attendees may even walk away with cash or resources to help them test their first (or next) "hypothesis".


My name is Adam and I will moderate/facilitate. I like challenging entrepreneurs to tie resources to binary, short-term outcomes. I am a co-founder of Salt Collaborative, a community of experts using modern management and human centered design to create new structures that will support impact entrepreneurship and enterprise investment.

Joining me will be

  • Cassie Coravos representing Detroit Soup, one of the inspirations of this event!

  • Mike Westcott representing student entrepreneurs and change makers around the world and right here in Michigan.

  • Rob is representing a new TV SHOW doing something totally disruptive in the space.  This innovative TV show opens up investment opportunities to the adult TV and media viewing audience through its equity crowdfunding partner, the Independent Stock Market (ISM) for as little as $250 per investment. 

  • Jeff Pituch representing optiMize, a social innovation incubator at UofM that grants $200K each year to students working on early stage impact projects.


We will spend the first part of the session exploring the macro problems related to getting funding to early stage folks who are trying to do good, trying to learn, or trying to hunt unicorns. The attendees will play a highly active role in this first part, we want to hear from you. We will spend the second part of the session exploring the macro solutions (crowdfunding, contests and hackathons, selling cereal boxes, etc). Finally we will talk about the specific solutions offered by each of our guests and we will encourage everyone in the audience to make a commitment to follow through with one or all of them!


And just for fun... and for mature audiences only, more fun. 



Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Adam Berk

Adam Berk

Coach, FUNding for Founders
Adam travels the world asking entrepreneurs one question, “What problem are you solving?”. | | He then helps them design and run experiments to help them identify and manage the biggest risks in their business model. He teaches entrepreneurs from early stage founders to massive... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madison Building Auditorium 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

Entrepreneur’s Equity Roadmap; How to Raise Money Without Giving Away the Company
How to successfully raise external funding for your business from Garage To Greatness. My talk is 2 hours on how to navigate the venture capital process.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Stewart Nelson

Stewart Nelson

Partner, MODG
I have been in and around startups for the past 30 years both as entrepreneur and investor. I have been an active angel investor and I am a serious student of all types of fundraising options for high technology businesses. | | I developed a unique way for entrepreneurs to become... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

Tweeting Your Way to Stardom
How to leverage Twitter to showcase your brand's human side and organically generate massive engagement and reach.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jeff Dwoskin

Jeff Dwoskin

CEO, Hashtag Roundup
Jeff (@bigmacher) is an Internet marketing pioneer. In 1995 he founded an online marketing venture that rapidly established its dominance. Under Jeff’s skillful leadership, the venture blossomed into a highly successful, multi-million dollar enterprise. USWeb — at the time the... Read More →


11:00am

Why Multicultural Marketing is Important - By Blended Collective
The future is multicultural. Brands can become quickly irrelevant when they don't adapt their marketing strategies by considering inclusivity. How are you reaching an increasingly diverse audience?

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Lydia Michael

Lydia Michael

CEO & Founder, Blended Collective
About me: My multicultural background and international business experience led to the creation of Blended Collective, a multicultural marketing, branding & strategy company. Blended Collective is defined by its core values of authenticity, culture, and diversity with the purpose... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

12:00pm

Lunch @ #ChaseBasecamp

Feeling a little hungry after all that learning?

Lunch will be served daily via food trucks in #ChaseBasecamp/Grand Circus Park. 

Complimentary lunch will only be available for the first 150 attendees who: 

  • are RSVP'd here on Sched (each lunch/day)
  • AND 
  • acquire a hole punch at registration (each lunch/day)
If you miss out on complimentary lunch - No worries! 

Meals will be available for purchase from the trucks as well.



12:00pm

Tour of Durfee Community Innovation Society
Come experience the newly renovated Durfee school that has been transformed into a mix-use building by the nonprofit organization Life Remodeled.  Durfee now features makerspaces and co-working space for Detroit entrepreneurs.
The tour will have several stops including:
  • Toarminos Pizzeria
    • Michigan based company that has been selling the best quality and best tasting pizza in the state of Michigan. 
  • Holy Yoga Detroit 
    • Myreya Amezcua, Tammy Notoriano, Nakia Reeves/Holy Yoga Instructors lead participants through movement, breath-work, and offer God's Word as the meditation.  Yoga helps us get healthy in our bodies, and God's Word transforms lives. Believers and Seeker/Non-Believers all welcome.  Serving all bodies, men, women and children.  Chairs (if needed) mat, and props provided. Website: holyyogadetroit.com
  • D.Cipher
    • D.Cipher is a Detroit based nonprofit co-founded by Detroit based musicians Nique Love Rhodes, Insite the Riot, and Wayne Ramocan dedicated towards advancing Detroit's music economy.  Website: www.dcipher.org
  • Pretty Professionals
    • Tenicia Johnson/Tenecia is a Communication professional with over a decade of customer service, outreach and engagement, and relationship management experience delivering clear, concise, and strategic messaging to desired stakeholders.
    • Specializing in corporate and community relations, she has earned a reputation for developing creative processes to improve both internal and external communication.

Program Partner / Speaker

12:00pm

Cash Flow Forecasting - Gingras Global
Cash Flow Forecasting -   Want to forecast like a pro? Join this powerful session and learn tips and tricks from a seasoned veteran in the financial field, Romy Kochan of Gringas Global. All legal structures and business styles/stages of business welcome. Learn about forecasting different types of revenue streams, associating costs, projecting personnel, expenses, and asset purchases. All participants will receive a coupon for fall classes hosted by Gingras Global. Best Audience: entrepreneurs and related business consultants.

 “Impact Investing is not about rescuing. Rather, it is about empowering and enhancing the good in others.”  While innovation, solution design, and bold disruption mark the trail Romy has been forging, the true markers of her work are the testimonies of her love for others. Speaking the truth, demonstrating impact, and declaring life abundance over others is what Romy loves.  

Social media: @gingrasglobal on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn

Website: www.gingrasglobal.com


Program Partner / Speaker
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Romy F. Kochan

Romy is the Managing Partner of  Gingras Global Inc. and Gingras Global Groups, L3C. Both companies focus on sustainability and standards for impact investing fund services and social enterprise. Gingras Global is based in Michigan serving a local and global clientele.


1:00pm

How Industry Leaders Use Augmented Reality to Innovate
Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) are some of the hottest buzzwords in technology across the globe. Major tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft are all investing heavily in AR/VR because they see a $200+ billion market opportunity in 2022. But how are companies utilizing AR/VR technology today? What can AR/VR technologies do for MY business? We'll take a deep dive into REAL use-cases of AR/VR and the data behind the results. At the end, we'll demo some of the latest and greatest AR/VR products and open it up for Q&A.

Program

Wednesday June 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

Start Up and Stay Up: Health + Wellness for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurship, especially in the startup phase, can pose real and significant
threats to the entrepreneur’s health and wellness. Stressors that are unique to entrepreneurial pursuits place entrepreneurs at a higher risk for a range of health problems including depression, anxiety, and addiction. This panel will consider the context, construct, and contents of a healthy lifestyle for entrepreneurs. Each panel guest is an entrepreneur in their own right and offers expertise in their respective field and will provide anecdotal and research-based information on the topic of health and wellness. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with panelists during a Q&A.

Panelist Biographies:
Lars U. Johnson is a professor of psychology at Wayne State University focusing on
Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Kerrie Trahan is a certified yoga instructor and owner of Yoganic Flow, a yoga program offering classes for all ages at public and private spaces across metro Detroit

Monique Dooley is a nutritionist and owner of Fresh 101, a health food business focusing on delicious, light, nutritious snacks for people on the go.

Brandon Christopher is a teacher and artist/arts advocate who owns CANVASxDetroit, an arts engagement platform dedicated to arts exposure, arts engagement, and arts solutions.



Moderators
BC

Brandon Christopher

Teacher and Artist, CANVASxDetroit

Program Partner / Speaker
MD

Monique Dooley

Nutritionist and Owner, Fresh 101
LU

Lars U. Johnson

Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University
KT

Kerrie Trahan

Instructor and Owner, Yoganic Flow


1:00pm

What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Tax Reform
Tax reform passed six months ago, but what does that mean for you? As an individual and as an entrepreneur, it’s likely you’re in for some big changes. Learn about a new code in tax law called Section 199A, and why it may save you lots of money on taxes if you use it the right way. Learn about the new rules for write offs – something critical to many entrepreneurs, especially those who work in shared space or from home. It’s mid-year and luckily, it’s not too late to best position yourself for the new tax reform. Have your most critical questions answered, as we reserve time for Q&A with Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP®, CFA, who’s also managing partner and CEO of LJPR Financial Advisors.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Leon LaBrecque

Leon LaBrecque

Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP®, CFA, Managing Partner & CEOFor Leon LaBrecque, who has been featured in media outlets like InvestmentNews, CNBC, USA Today and Forbes, reducing uncertainty is a theme that runs throughout his professional life.  As a practicing attorney, CPA, CFP... Read More →


1:00pm

JillTalk - Marriage, Money and Handling My Business
The JILLTALK speaking series will feature influential women, thought leaders and entrepreneurs who will deliver a 14 minute TED-style presentation, followed by a panel discussion.

Moderators
avatar for Jillian  Blackwell

Jillian Blackwell

Partner Sales Executive, Microsoft
Jillian started her love for business and entrepreneurship at the age 10 with her paper route in Detroit, MI.  Now with over 20 plus years of professional sales and marketing experience, Jillian has held various positions at some of the top Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft... Read More →

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Toy Banks

Toy Banks

Founder, Toy Banks International
A graduate of Dr. Myles Monroe’s Kingdom Institute, Toy Banks is a sought after motivational speaker who has helped transformed the lives of many. With her straight to the point and without compromise approach, she cuts to the real issues, gives real answers, and teaches real skills... Read More →
avatar for Dorethia Kelly

Dorethia Kelly

Founder, #MoneyChat
#MoneyChat Founder and CEO, Dorethia Kelly is a Personal Finance and Business Expert. She is also the author of #MoneyChat THE BOOK.  Known for her charismatic, no-nonsense personality, Dorethia empowers people to reach their financial and entrepreneurial goals with her coaching... Read More →
avatar for LaTrice McClendon

LaTrice McClendon

Owner, Toarminas Pizza
A Detroit Public School graduate. Her passion for community and entrepreneurship has led her to a successful career in corporate America for education to the owner of two successful business to recently be appointed by Mayor Mike Duggan to the Deputy Manager for District 1 Department... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
House of Pure Vin 1433 Woodward AveDetroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

Taking the Mystery Out of Micro-Lending
In today’s economy most aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners are struggling to start and grow their businesses. The number one issue being access to capital. Many would be entrepreneurs never “hit the go button” because that their less than perfect credit history will prevent them from being able to acquire capital. Writing business plans or securing business planning services can be laborious and costly. Too many are ill prepared to approach a bank or conventional lender, microlender, or a grant funder. This workshop will take the fear, lack of preparation, and mysticism out of the business planning and funding process.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Tina Williams

Tina Williams

COO, QT Business Solutions
We write business plans and grant proposals for For-Profit and Non-Profit businesses in need of funding. Our For-Profit clients are guaranteed* to be approved for business funding as long as they have at least a 575 credit score and meet some other basic requirements. | *Ask about... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Madison Building Auditorium 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

Using Lean Startup Methodologies To Build PR and Marketing Strategies That Deliver Measurable Commercial Impact
An introduction to Lean Communications Methodology - a combination of Lean Startup method and PR and marketing fundamentals.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Johnson

Founder, COMMS.BAR
I'm a broadcast journalist turned communications specialist that wants to make PR and marketing advice available to every entrepreneur. I've redesigned everything, from a workflow to measurement tools to help entrepreneurs build and test effective public relations and marketing strategies... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

STEM21: Developing the Next Gen of Innovators Using Lab Based Research Models and Impact Investment
The global economy is being propelled by STEM innovation. Competition for the brightest minds and the best ideas is no longer limited to where you live or where you went to school. Many communities throughout Metro Detroit are still struggling when it comes to the "3 way match"-i.e. developing a pool of diverse talent; managing an effective innovation ecosystem and providing seed capital for funding high potential STEM concept companies.

To change this narrative requires more risk taking, more effective methods for developing untapped talent within our community, and strategically leveraging socially conscience investment networks. The purpose of this program is to highlight how Ecotek Lab, a research facility for young inventors and innovators, has used its lab based research model-STEM21; partnerships with UN member countries and financial support from impact investment firms (IIFs) around the world to help youth in the City of Detroit launch and grow a portfolio of high potential STEM concept companies.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Keith Young

Keith Young

CEO/Founder, Ecotek Lab
Ecotek Lab is a K-12 research facility for young inventors and innovators. It specializes in exposing student scientists to hands-on science research with member countries at the United Nations, national laboratories, innovation hubs and universities that result in the formation of... Read More →


1:00pm

Legal Office Hours | Detroit Startup Week 2018 [1PM - 4PM]
You will be paired with a team of attorneys for free legal advice, based on your need.

Please sign up here for no more than ONE SESSION to allow opportunities for others. Walk-ins accepted based on availability. 

All sessions will be held at Cadillac Cafe, ground floor, Madison Avenue side of Opera House (faces Comerica Park). You will be marked as 'pending' until you confirm your identity by clicking a link in an email that Slotted sends you. You will need to confirm your identity to be added to the list.

2:00pm

Corporates and the Startup, Working Together
Navigating the corporate world can be difficult, time consuming and confusing for the creative startup-minded mentality. Likewise, speed in innovation and implementation of new technology can be challenging for the large multi-national organization. We aim to clear the confusion with some real-life examples of strategic partnerships.

Moderators
Program Partner / Speaker
KB

Kevin Bopp

Vice President of Parking and Mobility, Bedrock
RM

Rohit Makharia

Senior Investment Manager, GM Ventures


2:00pm

Be Your Own Publicist
Every small business has a story to tell. During this interactive workshop, Danielle Smith, owner of Detroit Maid*, will offer tips for sharing your story to generate greater visibility of your product or service. Public Relations is one of the most cost-effective methods for small businesses to raise awareness and, ultimately, secure partnerships, customers and funding.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

Founder, Detroit Maid
Danielle Smith is the owner and founder of Detroit Maid, a residential and commercial cleaning service for busy Detroiters. A native Detroiter, Danielle established Detroit Maid in January 2013 to simplify life for Detroiters on the go and free them up to discover all the city has... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Madison Building Auditorium 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

2:00pm

Leveraging Innovation for Educational Transformation
When it comes to education achievement, Michigan students of all races and income levels are near the bottom of the pack, when compared with their peers in other states. We can’t rely on “business-as-usual” to fundamentally improve outcomes for our students, so an innovative approach must be taken to rethink schooling for a new generation of learners. During this session, participants will dive into case studies from other cities to serve as inspiration, and then participate in a “design sprint” to reimagine the educational landscape in Detroit.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Drew Schantz

Drew Schantz

Founder & Executive Director, VentureSchool
Drew Schantz is Founder and Executive Director of VentureSchool, and a firm believer in the power of crazy ideas. He is passionate about giving young people the opportunity to develop their passions and unleash their full potential through entrepreneurship. Drew has extensive expertise... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

2:00pm

Designing for Mobile
Mobile presents unique design opportunities and challenges. Hear from the lead designer at Michigan's premier app development shop how to create a design vision for successful app development.

Program Partner / Speaker
PL

Peter Lauwers

Lead Designer, Arbormoon Software


Wednesday June 20, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

2:00pm

Tour of Durfee Community Innovation Society
Come experience the newly renovated Durfee school that has been transformed into a mix-use building by the nonprofit organization Life Remodeled.  Durfee now features makerspaces and co-working space for Detroit entrepreneurs.
The tour will have several stops including:
  • Toarminos Pizzeria
    • Michigan based company that has been selling the best quality and best tasting pizza in the state of Michigan. 
  • Holy Yoga Detroit 
    • Myreya Amezcua, Tammy Notoriano, Nakia Reeves/Holy Yoga Instructors lead participants through movement, breath-work, and offer God's Word as the meditation.  Yoga helps us get healthy in our bodies, and God's Word transforms lives. Believers and Seeker/Non-Believers all welcome.  Serving all bodies, men, women and children.  Chairs (if needed) mat, and props provided. Website: holyyogadetroit.com
  • D.Cipher
    • D.Cipher is a Detroit based nonprofit co-founded by Detroit based musicians Nique Love Rhodes, Insite the Riot, and Wayne Ramocan dedicated towards advancing Detroit's music economy.  Website: www.dcipher.org
  • Pretty Professionals
    • Tenicia Johnson/Tenecia is a Communication professional with over a decade of customer service, outreach and engagement, and relationship management experience delivering clear, concise, and strategic messaging to desired stakeholders.
    • Specializing in corporate and community relations, she has earned a reputation for developing creative processes to improve both internal and external communication.

Program Partner / Speaker

3:00pm

Starting Small: Playbook for Building an Investment Strategy
StockTwits Detroit has the uncommon mission of liberating small investors to take control of their investment decisions by discussing the best investment practices while augmenting our approach with useful fintech tools.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Vincent Calimazzo

Vincent Calimazzo

independent investor and community co-organizer, StockTwits Detroit
high finance, stock market investing, active trading, real asset speculation, process design, digital content creation


Wednesday June 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

So You Say You Want to Start a Business
I am looking to share the trials and tribulations of beginning a business from a family recipe (or hobby)while being employed. I will share the challenges of growing your customer base, where does the money come from, how to find local, state and federal resources to try and assist with the growth of your business. Handling the everyday tasks of being a business owner and transitioning from an owner to an actual entrepreneur. 

Program Partner / Speaker
NF

nicole franey

Holy Cannoli's, Holy Cannoli's


3:00pm

Mobility At It's Best!
Take an idea and let it expand. No longer are the days of obtaining a brick & mortor the only way to run a business. Instead, create the businesses that have your customers literally following you!

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Mary Harvin

Mary Harvin

Proprietor, UdrinkImake
Mary Harvin is the Proprietor of UdrinkIMake LLC. UdrinkImake is Metro Detroit’s leading beverage service provider. 2017 Spirit of Detroit recipient, UdrinkImake continues to lead the way in Signature Mobile Bartending Experiences. Mrs. Harvin has led her team to Celebrity Bartender... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

Crypto Café - Stack Magic: What are Smart Contracts and Where They Come From with Kinnard Hockenhull
Learn about smart contracts and how they work.

Crypto Café is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. Detroit Blockchainers will begin the week with a panel discussion on the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency on Monday, then on Tuesday, we will have a panel on how the technology is used in the music and art industries. Wednesday is our weekly Hack Night where business owners can talk to blockchain developers and ask questions privately. Thursday we will be speaking with Bethany Shrob who will discuss the process and experience of accepting cryptocurrency as a retail store, and finally, on Friday we will have a showcase of blockchain technology projects in the Detroit metro area followed by a fun mixer. Detroit Blockchainers hopes to provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand our network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ingrid LaFleur

Ingrid LaFleur

Chief Community Officer, EOS Detroit
I love to talk and read about all things futurist: decolonizing mars, AI, AR, VR, decentralized systems, blockchain technology, universal basic income and more. I'm a daughter of the D, a worshiper of Alice Coltrane, and enjoy djing occasionally.


4:00pm

BrandMasters - Master Your Personal Brand
Who you are, who you want to be, and who others think you are - all of this constitutes your Personal Brand. You don't create your brand - you uncover it. Personal Branding is all about discovering your authentic self, developing the strategy that matches your passion to your purpose, and delivering your message to your target audience. It's all about mastering YOU! We are all "Uniquely Created and Uniquely Called." BrandMasters will give you the tools to master YOU and exercise influence with expertise from a place of authenticity.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Judy Cuningham

Judy Cuningham

Owner, J. Cuningham & Associates, LLC
As a Certified Personal Brand Strategist, my greatest joy comes from helping entrepreneurs and those in leadership “discover, develop, and deliver” the authentic and creative purpose that only they can fulfill. My own journey of diversified experiences, on-the-job training, and... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

4:00pm

Detroit Startup Job Fair (& Networking)
Detroit Startup Job Fair (& Networking) is held in partnership with Quicken Loans and re:purpose. Up to 40 of the region’s best companies will be on-site to recruit their next hires!

Check out the list of confirmed companies below:

Argonomo

Autobooks

Benzinga

BrainFx

Creative Circle

Duo Security

e-Zest Solutions

Everdays

FemEx

Groove.id

Huntington Technology

Integral.

LegacyBuilders

Linkedin

May Mobility

Northend Capital

PayLow Rate

Perficient

Pillar Technology

Quicken Loans Family of Companies

Red Ventures

Roasting Plant First National

Robert Half Technology

StockX

The Gamer’s Gallery

The Outloud Group

ToDoolie

Total Vision Enterprise

W Design and Development

Wright Energy Partners


5:00pm

Entre-SLAM: A Business Storytelling Competition: Yes, It's Possible
Entre-SLAMJoin us at ALOFT for a raucous afternoon of business storytelling where entrepreneurs will keep it real about how each has made a way out of no way. #nopitchzone

Theme: Yes, It's Possible
Register: http://www.entreslam.com/register

5:00pm

Fireside Chat with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office)
Enjoy a fireside chat with management of the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) to discuss needs of startups and how the USPTO can help fill in gaps.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Denise Sylvester

Denise Sylvester

Regional Outreach Officer, Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional US Patent and Trademark Office
As the Regional Outreach Officer, I am the sole person responsible for coordinating outreach and engagement programming with the Detroit startup community. Learn about the different types of intellectual property, why an IP portfolio matters to you company, and the steps you can take... Read More →


Wednesday June 20, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

5:30pm

Complimentary Wine Tasting during #DETSW18
Join local wine shop and bar The Royce Detroit for their weekly complimentary Wine Tasting.

Location:
The Royce Detroit
76 W Adams Ave. Detroit, MI 48226


6:00pm

High Growth Happy Hour: Growing a User Base from Scratch
Please Register here as well: ​https://www.eventbrite.com/e/high-growth-happy-hour-growing-a-user-base-from-scratch-tickets-43316253079​​​

Join the New Economy Initiative for a special High Growth Happy Hour talk featuring entrepreneurs who are helping to rebuild their city.
We'll hear from founder of MiPadrino, a technology startup who launched and gathered 50,000 users in their first month. This event will be hosted in conjunctor with Detroit Startup Week!
Agenda
6-6:30 p.m. - Networking & drinks


Wednesday June 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

6:00pm

Blockchain and ICO Panel
This panel will provide a basic intro into blockchain technology, as well as a deep dive into what the future of blockchain could look like in different sectors. We will discuss funding opportunities for cryptocurrency startups, including SAFT's and ICO's, and how those options differ from the traditional venture capital sources of funding. Other topics include: difference between utility tokens & security tokens, thoughts on regulation, and exploring when it makes sense for companies to explore a blockchain strategy. We will also explore what factors are considered before making an investment in this space.

Panelists:
  • Ari Nazir, Founder and Managing Partner at Neural Capital
  • Jacob Cohen, Partner at Detroit Venture Partners
  • Ittai Svidler, Partner at Ambient Ventures
  • Bryan Culver, Senior Partner / CTO at Argonomo

Program Partner / Speaker
JC

Jacob Cohen

Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
BC

Bryan Culver

Senior Partner / CTO, Argonomo
avatar for Reda Jaber

Reda Jaber

Partner, IncWell
Reda Jaber, MD, MBA, is an investor and entrepreneur who has focused on healthcare innovation. He is currently the Director of Business Development at Gemphire Therapeutics, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company based in Livonia, MI. Reda also serves as a Partner at IncWell... Read More →
IL

Ingrid LaFleur

Chief Community Officer, EOS Detroit
AN

Ari Nazir

Founder and Managing Partner, Neural Capital
IS

Ittai Svidler

Partner, Ambient Ventures


6:00pm

The Future of Talent
Digital transformation is changing the world we live in dramatically, yet the way we approach talent is still mired in the "Mad Men" era. Dare to be different and curate a true talent pipeline for the future of work.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Robi Mitra

Robi Mitra

CEO, K&A Resource Group
We build talent pipelines for Industry 4.0. Our purpose is to provide a better human capital management experience for our customers and contractors reducing the friction of finding talent.


Wednesday June 20, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

6:00pm

Intellectual Property Programs & Resources
Do you have an AMAZING product idea that you want to protect? Do you also have limited funds and time to dedicate to this idea?

This session will highlight my experience as a hardware entrepreneur and the vast amount of FREE & low-cost resources out there to help protect your idea!

Along with how to protect your hardware invention/innovation we will also cover what you can do to refine your business concept, promote your product and company and build the confidence to take the steps necessary to launch your company!

This will be an interactive discussion with enough time for Q&A about REAL-LIFE experiences, both positive and negative.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Blake Osecki

Blake Osecki

Founder, Modular Home & Garden
Modular DIY Projects | Future of Agriculture | Easy to Use Consumer Products | Selling online & with Amazon | Entrepreneurship & Startup Coaching


6:00pm

App Development - Native Vs. Cross-Platform
The debate continues - is it better (budgetary or otherwise) to develop your app in a cross-platform environment or to focus on native (iOS, Android) platforms. There is a right answer, but it depends...

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Dave Koziol

Dave Koziol

CEO, Arbormoon Software, Inc
Arbormoon Software, Inc. builds apps. Since 2004, our experts have been building mobile applications for clients throughout Southeast Michigan and beyond. We’ve worked with the University of Michigan, the Weather Channel, Peterbilt, SPARK, and many others to construct chart-topping... Read More →


7:00pm

Independent Recording Artist Revenue Streams
Showing independent recording artists where the revenue exists and how to obtain it.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Seven the General

Seven the General

Owner, Seven the General
Seven the General – is an award winning Lyricist/actor/songwriter from Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science (Music Business) & Inductee into the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit After Dark: Photgraphs from the DIA's Collection. photos by Jenny Risher)


7:00pm

Entre-SLAM (Neighborhoods Edition)
Join us for a special edition of Entre-SLAM at FREC Eastside for a night of business storytelling where entrepreneurs will keep it real about how each has made a way out of no way. #nopitchzone
Theme Yes, It's Possible 

Register: http://www.entreslam.com

7:00pm

Ethereum Build Night
Ethereum build nights are meetups for software developers wanting to get their hands dirty building applications and tools related to Ethereum. We do this biweekly in conjunction with the Detroit Blockchainers' Hack Night at Red Door Digital, but this week we are doing it at the Crypto Cafe during Detroit Startup Week.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Josh Crites

Josh Crites

Blockchain Developer
I like to build blockchain apps on Ethereum.


 
Thursday, June 21
 

8:00am

9:00am

Process & System Excellence - Going Paperless
Sharing resources, processes and strategies with small businesses

Program Partner / Speaker
RA

Reima Abouarabi

Èlan Events


10:00am

Building Economically Viable Business Models
Financial projections and analysis frequently an after thought to motivated entrepreneurs driven, and often blinded, by their passion. It is believed that many business owners are disconnected form their "numbers" and only review their financial statements to file taxes or present to a potential investor. Such approach leads to the decay of profitability and cash flow and often to the demise of the business.

This lecture/discussion promises provide a lively and engaging discussion where the speaker will provide guidelines to entrepreneurs on how to use financial projections to place and economic value on their idea and motivate business owners to take steps to increase the viability and value of their company.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Paul Jones

Paul Jones

Managing Partner, Tiva Capital Advisors
Serial Entrepreneur, Finance Expert, Wine Enthusiast!!! | | About Paul: | Over the last 15 years, Paul Jones has acquired an unique combination of institutional finance, small business advisory and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to starting TIVA Capital, Mr. Jones was co-founder... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Madison Building Loft 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Business Plan Workshop
Participants will start/complete a draft of a business plan during this one hour, interactive workshop.

Program Partner / Speaker

10:00am

Google for Small Businesses- hosted by Osborn Business Association
Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Google

Google

Google
avatar for Katrina Turnbow

Katrina Turnbow

CEO/Google Digital Coach, Google Digital Coaches
I am the founder/CEO of the boutique social media firm, Kanopi Social. We specialize in managing and training businesses and brands in the area of Digital Marketing and Technology. I am also 1 of 9 Google Digital Coaches who connect with communities and small business owners to promote... Read More →


10:00am

Social Media Marketing in 2018: From Your Office to the World in 60min; for $1/Day
How the Facebook/Instagram's ad platform leveled the advertising playing field and allows any organization, business, band, and personal brand entity to compete with the worlds biggest corporations for coveted space in users smart phones.

The end goal is for attendants to visually see a global campaign take shape from ideation - development - launch (via fb/instagram ads) in less then 60 minutes using tools that every entrepreneur has access to, while the presenter is providing instruction and guides/manuals that will allow them to do the same with their own ventures.

We'll provide a brief overview of FB's business platform including an explanation on the latest Facebook changes due to recent events and what they mean to small business.

-We'll providing materials/checklists that guide them through the process of setting up their business to be able to carry out sophisticated, highly targeted national and global campaigns.

The format will be collaborative - we will pick one Detroit based brand or business that registers (most likely picked beforehand) and our creative team will be on hand to create a one minute video (b-roll, talking head, narration,) that they will put together in the background while the talk/workshop is starting (quick, guerilla style video using only an iphone, a usb mic, and a macbook) -

We guide attendants through the process of creating a FB page, Business Manager, Ad account (15 minute process) and then we will take that video and create a FB ad campaign (another 15-20 minute process with most of the research and content done beforehand) that will be submitted and launched nationwide before the talk is over. By the time the talk ends, they will have the ad showing up in their newsfeeds (with several contingencies set in place for any unforseen issues)


Program
avatar for nahum (myself)

nahum (myself)

Founder, GaldaMedia LLC
Digital Marketing Strategist at GaldaMediaMarketing Consultant at KeeVee


Thursday June 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Madison Building Auditorium 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Master Your Sales Funnel
Often entrepreneurs hear the words sales funnel and their eyes gloss over. In this interactive session it will be detailed so they have a clear understanding. There are not only examples, but also activities and an opportunity for participants to outline their own sales funnel for their physical/digital product or service. A dynamic session that allows attendees to walk away with an actionable plan to implement in their businesses.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Dorethia Kelly, MBA

Dorethia Kelly, MBA

CEO, #MoneyChat & Conner Financial Coaching
Financial Expert Dorethia Kelly, is a Personal Finance and Business Coach. She is also the founder of #MoneyChat and author of "#MoneyChat: THE BOOK". Known for her charismatic, no-nonsense personality, Dorethia empowers people to reach their financial and entrepreneurial goals with... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Grand Circus 3-1 The Sun Room 1570 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Quantum Changes
The tiny particles that make up our universe behave very differently at the sub-atomic scale. Actually, they behave in awesome ways. Researchers and high tech companies have begun to build computers that take advantage of these behaviors. This is called Quantum Computing. It will change everything. At Accenture, we’re working with our clients to prepare them for the innovation and disruption this technology will bring! 

Program Partner / Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Google Office Hours in Grandmont Rosedale [10AM - 12PM]
Join us in Grandmont Rosedale where a local Google expert will be available to consult one-on-one in person on how to get their businesses online, find the right digital advertising strategy and other assistance with Google products. Area of expertise includes getting your business registered in Google search and maps, using Adwords for digital advertising advice on Google Analytics for your website and google shopping.

Thursday June 21, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Grand River WorkPlace 19120 Grand River Ave. Detroit MI

10:00am

Legal Office Hours | Detroit Startup Week 2018 [9AM - 12PM]
You will be paired with a team of attorneys for free legal advice, based on your need.

Please sign up here for no more than ONE SESSION to allow opportunities for others. Walk-ins accepted based on availability. 

All sessions will be held at Cadillac Cafe, ground floor, Madison Avenue side of Opera House (faces Comerica Park). You will be marked as 'pending' until you confirm your identity by clicking a link in an email that Slotted sends you. You will need to confirm your identity to be added to the list.

10:00am

Free Headshots during #DETSW18
New 'do? Lose weight? Hate the background?

Whatever your reason for wanting a new head shot, we're providing FREE* shots during Detroit Startup Week at Cadillac Cafe @ The Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226) from 10am-3pm June 18-22, 2017. Sign up for a time here.

*First come, first serve. Sign up via the link above.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Pete Willette

Pete Willette

Techstars Startup Week Lead Team / Office Hours Manager


11:00am

Imaging Your Brand: Using Photography for Your Business Goals
This hands-on workshop teaches you how to successfully use images to tell the story of your business, while also giving you tips of how to make better pictures, whether of products, installations, or editorial stories. You'll be able to better promote your brand through social media and visual campaigns, using the equipment you already have. Participants should bring whatever camera they intend to use regularly, whether that's a DSLR or your phone.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Javier Garcia

Javier Garcia

President, Darkroom Detroit
Photography and visual story telling.


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Circus 3-1 The Sun Room 1570 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

11:00am

The Credit Conundrum: How it Helps Your Access to Financing
Come ready to review financing options for your business and leave with valuable insight into the important process for obtaining credit. Attend this sessin to learn and discover what credit products may be the most appropriate for your business.

This session provides:
  • an overview of different credit options (including SBA loans)
  • what lenders review when reviewing your application for funding
This workshop will be led by a local SBA expert - bring all of your burning credit questions!

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Michael V. Shepherd

Michael V. Shepherd

Midwest Regional Sales Manager, JPMorgan Chase
Michael Shepherd is the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for JPMorgan Chase Specialty Finance responsible for a 7 state territory. He has been with JPMorgan Chase since 2011. | | He has over 25 years SBA lending experience ranging from a small community banks to regional and national... Read More →


11:00am

Aligning Food Safety Controls with the Food Safety Modernization Act
Provides food entrepreneurs examples of food safety preventive controls and food recalls when they are not correctly applied.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Mark Hodorek

Mark Hodorek

Food Safety Specialist, MI Food Safety
I help companies that create and package food develop or refine their food safety programs making their products safer, more valuable and marketable. I also develop and provide training to comply with regulations and prepare companies for food safety and quality certifications.


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

Finding Talent...in the Middle of a War for Talent
With unemployment continuing to be at record lows, how do you find people as you begin to scale? When do you make that decision? What options do you have? Are you better off hiring full-time, hiring part-time, using temps, outsourcing, partnering or just continuing to work 100 hours a week?

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Colleen Geyer

Colleen Geyer

Talent & Community Ambassador, Pillar Technology
Connecting people to others and great opportunities is my passion, if I can help you with yours, reach out! Outside of work, you'll find me networking with other Talent folks, serving my community &/or chauffeuring my boys to the sport of the season!
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Thomas Leeper

Executive Director, Client Solutions, Sevenstep
Two passions in my life include helping companies find the right talent and exploring the city of Detroit. | | With over 30 years of talent acquisition and human resources experience, I have worked for a wide variety of companies, both big and small. And while I have helped these... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madison Building Loft 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

Business Marketing for Entrepreneurs
This session will help guide entrepreneurs how to begin, market, and grow their business through marketing & public relations tactics and knowledge. 

Program Partner / Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Madison Building Auditorium 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

Amazon Retail / Business Office Hours [11AM - 2PM]
There will be experienced mentors on site from Amazon in order to answer any of your questions related to their products and services. 

Please review names/bios of our mentors and sign up for NO MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS/DAY to allow opportunities for other mentees. You can sign up here.

All sessions will be held at Cadillac Cafe, ground floor, otherside of Opera House (faces Comerica Park). You will be marked as 'pending' until you confirm your identity by clicking a link in an email that Slotted sends you. You will need to confirm your identity to officially be added to the list.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Pete Willette

Pete Willette

Techstars Startup Week Lead Team / Office Hours Manager


12:00pm

Lunch @ #ChaseBasecamp

Feeling a little hungry after all that learning?

Lunch will be served daily via food trucks in #ChaseBasecamp/Grand Circus Park. 

Complimentary lunch will only be available for the first 150 attendees who:

  • are RSVP'd here on Sched (each lunch/day)
  • AND 
  • acquire a hole punch at registration (each lunch/day)
If you miss out on complimentary lunch - No worries! 

Meals will be available for purchase from the trucks as well.



12:00pm

12:00pm

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Office Hours | Detroit [11AM to 2PM]
Limited Capacity full

The LIFT Labs team will be in Detroit hosting office hours + coaching sessions for startups focused in Media, Entertainment + Connectivity (including: Connected Home/Life, Next Gen Marketing, Entertainment Everywhere, Technology Solutions, Digital Wellness, Smart Cities)

Sign up for office hours here!

About LIFT Labs:
Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs for Entrepreneurs gives talented entrepreneurs access to Comcast NBCUniversal's renowned network of partners, brands, and mentors to foster rapid breakthroughs in media, entertainment, and connectivity.


12:00pm

Google Office Hours | Detroit Startup Week 2018 [10AM - 3PM]
Local Google experts will be available to consult one-on-one in person on how to get their businesses online, find the right digital advertising strategy and other assistance with Google products.  Area of expertise includes getting your business registered in Google search and maps, using AdWords for digital advertising, advice on Google Analytics for your website, and Google Shopping.

Please review names/bios of our mentors and sign up for NO MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS/DAY to allow opportunities for other mentees. You can sign up here.

All sessions will be held at Cadillac Cafe, ground floor, otherside of Opera House (faces Comerica Park). You will be marked as 'pending' until you confirm your identity by clicking a link in an email that Slotted sends you. You will need to confirm your identity to officially be added to the list.

12:00pm

Chase for Business Office Hours | Visit the BizMobile for a Mini Consult [10AM - 4PM]
The Chase for Business BizMobile will be onsite from 10am-4pm at Grand Circus Park.  Experienced consultants will be available in the BizMobile to provide mini 1:1  sessions on digital marketing and social media to help your business get established or grow.  Click on www.chasebizmobile.com to schedule a time to meet one of our consultants.  Walk-ups will be accepted based on availability.  You can also stop by and network with fellow business owners.  We will provide the tools to help you engage and connect!

HOW IT WORKS

1) Visit
  • We show up in your town with our team of consultants.
2) Sign Up
  • You sign up for a 20-minute free appointment online or on-site, and bring your questions, ideas, and curiosity along with you.
3) Connect
  • Gain access to strategic insights, network with other business owners, and walk out with a new swagger.

1:00pm

The Real: Launching a Black Startup in Technology....Specifically Artificial Intelligence
The trials and tribulations, as well as the rewards to starting a fully black owned tech startup in Artificial Intelligence. Topics will include the realistic expectations, the motivations that lead to launching a tech startup. Facing the stigma of starting a black owned business and fighting personal fears of failure. Finding your partners and sticking to mission. Building value, learning on the fly and owning failure and realizing it's an opportunity for growth. Targeting the right market and not compromising the mission.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Aubrey Agee

Aubrey Agee

Co-Founder, trainX.ai + Wayne State University
AUBREY C. AGEE II is heading up this year's Detroit Startup Week's 24 hour hackathon, DHack 2018. Aubrey has led the last two annual hackathons associated with DSW. DSW’s hackathons have brought together computer programmers, designers and entrepreneurs to build mobile apps, websites... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

Understanding Consumers and Effectively Communicating to Them
The market continues to evolve and change at the speed of technology.  It’s more diverse, consumer-centric, technology-driven and demanding.  Developing a strategy focused on communicating directly (or, indirectly) to consumers, in a cost-effective manner, is essential to laying the foundation for business success.  Consumers are more discerning, want to be communicated to on their terms and will more likely to respond to relevant messaging and vehicles.

Irrespective of the size, or the state of your business, this interactive session will probe how to identify and use integrated marketing communications effectively in a hyperactive, competitive marketplace.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Mark S. Lee

Mark S. Lee

Founder, President & CEO, The LEE Group, MI LLC
Mark S. Lee is President & CEO, The LEE Group (TLG), MI LLC, an independent integrated marketing consulting firm focused on providing marketing, branding and communication solutions to clients. Additionally, TLG provides training & development to organizations in the areas of branding... Read More →


1:00pm

Cannabis Compliance: What Can Your Business Do in the State of Michigan?
Q & A session on the law and structure in Michigan

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Margeaux Bruner

Margeaux Bruner

Principle Director/ Benefactor of Synergies, Quantum Mechanic Services LLC
Margeaux Bruner is an impressive thought leader, drug policy reformer and compliance & supply chain strategy consultant for the cannabis industry. | | Her industry stylings are predicated on over 15 years of automotive supply chain management spanning materials planning, procurement... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

Build an App for your Small Business
In this session we'll review how to and why you should consider building an app for your small business.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Stephanie McKire

Stephanie McKire

Hype Digital Innovations, LLC


1:00pm

How to Scale Your Business By Tapping Into The $81 Billion Market Your Competition Is Ignoring
Mobile Apps, The New Business Growth Too

This program will show you...

How to use mobile apps as a distribution channel to 10x your sales. 
How to use mobile apps to drastically decrease your business operational cost.
How to build these robust and high-ROI mobile app solutions fast and cost-effective.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Stephanie McKire

Stephanie McKire

Hype Digital Innovations, LLC


1:00pm

Surviving and Thriving in Tech (When You're Not a Techie)
Tech is hot. Being a techie (app dev, software engineer) is hotter. What the non-techie brings to the party can be even more valuable. How to personal-inventory and create your value story. From a non-techie who has successfully navigated this path.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Rob Baxtresser

Rob Baxtresser

Mobile Strategist, Arbormoon Software, Inc.
Greetings! | | I'm a Mobile Strategist at Arbormoon Software, a leading app dev shop in Ann Arbor. We've created successful, innovative apps for large name brands, and startups like yours. | | We'll help you go mobile, whether that's your main strategy, or an integrated component... Read More →


1:00pm

JillTalk - Grown Folks Business and Life After Your J.O.B.
The JILLTALK speaking series will feature influential women, thought leaders and entrepreneurs who will deliver a 14 minute TED-style presentation, followed by a panel discussion.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Leslie Andrews

Leslie Andrews

Owner / Principal, Leslie Andrews Consulting
After a successful tenure as the Director of Community Relations and Corporate Partnerships for Rock Ventures, LLC since 2012, Leslie Andrews launched Daisy Ventures LLC which is the parent company for three other businesses: Leslie Andrews Consulting – specializing in nonprofit... Read More →
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Jillian Blackwell

Partner Sales Executive, Microsoft
Jillian started her love for business and entrepreneurship at the age 10 with her paper route in Detroit, MI.  Now with over 20 plus years of professional sales and marketing experience, Jillian has held various positions at some of the top Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft... Read More →
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Sabina Jackson

Sabrina Jackson Enterprises
Dr. Sabrina Jackson, a native Detroiter and Cass Technical High School graduate, has taken the world by storm! She completed her Master’s Degree at the tender age of 23 from Wayne State University.    She is known as “The People Expert” as she travels the world helping people... Read More →
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Cathy Nedd

Owner, Nedd 6.0
A perennial entrepreneur, Cathy Nedd is a longtime marketing communications consultant.  She is the former owner of Nedd/Worldwide Public Relations, which at its height earned $2 million in annual sales making it the largest African American owned public relations firm in Michigan... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
House of Pure Vin 1433 Woodward AveDetroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

Entrepreneurs and IoT (Internet of Things)
For many entrepreneurs the rapid advancements in the IoT landscape is dramatically changing the way they operate their business and create new services for customers. IoT is providing lower cost entry points for entrepreneurs to take on major human and business problems. It’s an awesome time to be an entrepreneur!!! Come participate in this exciting topic and help us ideate on how we can develop a “Smart City” here in Detroit. 

Program Partner / Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Madison Building Auditorium 1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

2:00pm

Keynote: Marcus Lemonis from CNBC’s “The Profit”
Marcus Lemonis of CNBC’s “The Profit” is a self-made business titan and serial entrepreneur. Marcus will share secrets of business success and productivity and take questions from attendees.

This headlining keynote is presented by Chase Ink®.


**Seating is first come, first seated. RSVPing does not guarantee a seat to this session.**

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Marcus Lemonis

Marcus Lemonis

From CNBC's "The Profit" / CEO, Camping World / Serial Entrepreneur
As an impressionable youth, Marcus Lemonis read the description of Entrepreneur  to his mother from the dictionary while working on a school project, which inspired him to challenge himself and make his dreams come true. His humble beginnings and journey through life represent the... Read More →


2:00pm

2:00pm

Starting Your Start Up Right
Before you can put your idea into practice, you need to protect yourself and your intellectual property ... attorney Max Sneyd will provide quick, actionable feedback on how to protect yourself and your ideas early in the entrepreneurial process

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Max Sneyd

Max Sneyd

Partner, Intellectual Property, Kerr Russell
I lead Kerr Russell’s Intellectual Property practice group. This is a fascinating time as the pace of entrepreneurial activity online and in-person far exceeds anything we’ve ever seen. It’s a lot of fun to support the growth in our community. I have 20 years of experience in... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

2:00pm

Panel: Startups driving Detroit’s mobility transformation
Mobility startups are moving quickly to lead nearly every major innovation at the intersection of automotive and technology. From autonomous vehicles to safer roads through AI to keeping vehicle sensors clean, automotive and tech giants are learning from and acquiring their way into the mobility startup ecosystem in Detroit.

In this interactive panel, participants will hear startup stories from a few leading mobility entrepreneurs driving change throughout the world. Attendees will be able to ask questions about startup successes and failure and mingle with Detroit’s mobility community.

Program Partner / Speaker

3:00pm

Intro to Apache Spark
Apache Spark is one of the premier programming models for developing AI applications. In this session, you will be introduced to the Spark programming model by walking thru the process of cleaning the data, extracting features from the data, modeling and predicting an outcome based on the dataset. You will walk away with a good understanding of AI and an example that you can leverage in your own projects.

Program Partner / Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

Federal Government Procurement and Small Business Certifications
Doing business with the federal government and small business certifications

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Thomas Vargo

Thomas Vargo

Lead Business Opoortunity Specialist, US Small Business Administration
I assist small businesses with doing business with the federal government. I also work with other federal agencies with meeting their small business subcontracting goals. Theses goals include small, small disadvantaged business, woman and economically woman owned. The federal government... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

3:00pm

Understanding Detroit’s Mobility Startup Ecosystem
As Detroit continues to establish its reputation as a hub for global mobility startups, how do entrepreneurs navigate and utilize the variety of world class services and opportunities available in the region? This session will bring together leaders behind key organizations and resources vital for startups to grow and succeed on a global scale, including; testing, funding, physical space, and professional services.

Moderators
SP

Seun Philips

MEDC/PlanetM

Program Partner / Speaker
SK

Soraya Kim

Chief Innovation Officer, American Center for Mobility
MM

Michael Melfi

Partner, Bodman PLC
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Devon O'Reilly

Manager, Entrepreneurship & Detroit Engagement, Detroit Regional Chamber
Entrepreneurial resources, small business engagement in Detroit
CT

Chris Thomas

Fontinalis Partners


3:00pm

Crypto Café - Accepting Crypto as a Small Business
Crypto Café is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. Detroit Blockchainers will begin the week with a panel discussion on the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency on Monday, then on Tuesday, we will have a panel on how the technology is used in the music and art industries. Wednesday is our weekly Hack Night where business owners can talk to blockchain developers and ask questions privately. Thursday we will be speaking with Bethany Shrob who will discuss the process and experience of accepting cryptocurrency as a retail store, and finally, on Friday we will have a showcase of blockchain technology projects in the Detroit metro area followed by a fun mixer. Detroit Blockchainers hopes to provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand our network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Program Partner / Speaker
RK

Rob Konsdorf

EOS Detroit
BS

Bethany Shorb

Well Done Goods


4:00pm

Live Podcast - A Story of Detroit Entrepreneurship
I am honored to be sharing the stage with Fares Ksebati, the founder of MySwimPro. I'll be asking him about his journey and be going over tangible advice for aspiring entreprneurs!

Links to the Jibs Podcast, where I showcase Detroit's entrepreneurs, activists, and creatives:

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jibran Ahmed

Jibran Ahmed

Executive Director, Resurge Detroit
My company: Resurge Detroit (@resurgedetroit) | | My podcast: Jibs Podcast (@jibs_podcast) | | Myself: @jib___s


4:00pm

inGAGE Master Class Role Model Panels
Join us for a stellar panel of Detroit Female Founders and Inforum inGAGE™ Master Class Alum, or as we like to call them Role Models!

This panel session is an extension of Inforum's inGAGE Role Model & Investor Series that creates a supportive community of women entrepreneurs. This quarterly event series connects emerging and experienced entrepreneurs with inspiring founders – women who have made the leap to pursue their dreams and forge their own futures. This session will strengthen professional networks, foster collaboration, and cultivate new opportunities.

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Katie Bigelow, Founder & CEO, Mettle Ops.With the vision of Warfighters Serving Warfighters, this defense contracting company focuses on three primary competencies including program management, engineering, and business development. Katie launched her business in 2013 and now holds over $13M in contracts that focus on materials and solutions for soldier survivability. Katie served her country as a soldier for more than 10 years. As an Army Aviator, code for Blackhawk Chopper Pilot, she piloted and commanded missions in Korea and Iraq as well as the United States. Katie spent the bulk of her aviation career as a medical evacuation pilot.

Gwen Jimmere, Founder & CEO, Naturalcious. Gwen is the first black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair care product. As the founder and CEO of Naturalicious, she has grown her beauty industry startup into one of the fastest growing hair care companies in the U.S. The line is sold in select Whole Foods stores, all Mustard Seed Market locations and other fine retailers and boutiques across the U.S., Indonesia and Trinidad. This year Naturalicious began selling in Sally's Beauty Supply and sold out in three days.

Christina York, Founder & CEO, ALTality (Spellbound AR). Spellbound is a digital pain and anxiety management tool that gets pediatric patients to cooperate with medical treatment and is used in top hospitals across the country. Spellbound uses mobile devices to bring the hospital environment to 3D, digital life. The Spellbound app uses the screen of the mobile device to place digital experiences on top of the real world, gamifying the hospital experience. Spellbound reduces cost of care by lowering procedural cost and risks, and also increases revenue opportunities by improving patient experience and satisfaction. 19 hospitals have paid for and use Spellbound with their patients including, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the Cleveland Clinic, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

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inGAGE™ is Inforum’s strategy to position Michigan as the Midwest hub for high-growth women entrepreneurs. Our approach delivers programs to increase the number of women angel investors in Michigan; provides women access to our network of investors and advisers, guides women through the process of commercializing technology and assists emerging second-stage companies in identifying and seizing new market opportunities enabling them to scale.

The inGAGE™ Master Class provides a confidential peer-to-peer founders forum where emerging second-stage entrepreneurs assess their companies operations, management, finances and personnel to examine strengths and challenges. Through this process, participants will identify and formulate innovative strategies to realize new opportunities.

Since the 2012 launch of inGAGE™, 101 women have participated in Inforum’s entrepreneurial programs; those women have incorporated 42 new companies, created 385 jobs, and been granted 35 patents. Additionally, inGAGE™ supported women founders have raised over $44.2M in new capital and over $13M in government contracts.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Tember Shea

Director, inGAGE, Inforum
Responsible for leading inGAGE™, Inforum’s strategy to position Michigan as the Midwest hub for high-growth women entrepreneurs. The approach delivers programs to increase the number of women angel investors in Michigan; provides women access to our network of investors and advisors... Read More →


4:00pm

Operating in a Male Dominated Field
As a woman owned construction company it can be hard at times for people to take me seriously. I have to always remain calm and do not allow my emotions to control me nor my business. Learning to separate my feelings from the business has made a huge difference.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Asia Denson

Asia Denson

Owner, Denson Construction Services, LLC
Asia Denson, president of Denson Construction Services, LLC provides real estate investors a peace of mind that their residential or commercial projects will be completed to the highest quality standards through a customized communication policy using technologies that fit the client's... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

4:00pm

Alternative Funding Sources - hosted by Osborn Business Association
We will uncover other funding sources outside of your traditional banks to get your business capital.

Program Partner / Speaker

4:00pm

Detroit Solving Global Mobility Problems
As society and cities continue to change, new technological innovations have the ability to alleviate
mobility challenges around the globe including street congestion, individual access to transportation
methods, and safety concerns. This session will bring together examples of mobility issues plaguing
modern society and several industry players who are working to solve global mobility problems.

Moderators
JR

Justin Robinson

Detroit Regional Chamber

Program Partner / Speaker
AM

Alisyn Malek

COO, May Mobility
NM

Nick Mattar

Condor Detroit
avatar for Devon O'Reilly

Devon O'Reilly

Manager, Entrepreneurship & Detroit Engagement, Detroit Regional Chamber
Entrepreneurial resources, small business engagement in Detroit
KS

Kevin Smith

Senior Advisor, Mobility, DEGC


5:00pm

Happy Hour @ #ChaseBaseCamp
Come join us and mix, mingle and network with entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leads from around the area and beyond! Free drinks and snacks

5:00pm

Fuel for Growth: Collaboration Over Competition
A rich fireside chat diving into sustainable business practices and growth using the fuel of organized collaboration. Conversation will surround working with industry partners both as collaborators and healthy competitors. Participants will leave with tools to confidently disrupt the traditional capitalist perception of negative competition and fear based approaches to growth. Building stronger businesses, business leaders and a stronger industry network.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Leslie Lott

Leslie Lott

Founder + Principal Attorney, Lott Legal PLLC
Leslie S. Lott is the founder and principal attorney of Lott Legal, PLLC. She focuses her practice on providing attentive and cost effective outside general counsel services to start ups, established businesses and real estate investors. Being an entrepreneur and commercial real... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

5:00pm

Be Investable: Angel Funding Happy Hour
Please Register Here as well: ​https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-investable-angel-funding-happy-hour-tickets-44687976942​​​
Looking to grow or ask for investment someday? Join us for a casual and informative series with our friends at Be Investable, a group of leaders helping to demystefy the funding proccess and make it more fun.

Join us for happy hour with leading angel ivnestors in Michigan. We'll have a Q&A and light discussion too. We're excited to welcome the following investors to join us:
Skip Simms Ann Arbor Spark & Michigan Angel Fund Network
Skip Simms joined Ann Arbor SPARK in 2006 as Director of Entrepreneurial Services and was its second employee. In 2011, he was named Senior Vice President. Skip oversees all the entrepreneurial activities including incubators, business accelerator programs, and all capital programs.

He was the architect of the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund co-investment program, the multiple microloan programs managed by SPARK, and the MI Innovation Equipment Depot. His newest initiative is the Michigan Angel Fund.

About Bamboo Detroit LLC
Bamboo helps companies start and grow or land and expand into Detroit. Bamboo offers workspace that is turnkey, with both shared and private workspaces, an inclusive founder community and growth programming. Amenities include Rocket Fiber Gigabit Internet, conference rooms, printing and mail services, networking, startup and innovative peers and mentors, funding resources and more. Learn more at: BambooDetroit.com.

Program Partner / Speaker
SS

Skipp Simms

Ann Arbor Spark & Michigan Angel Fund Network


Thursday June 21, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

5:30pm

Bourbon & Broadband - Rocket Fiber and Aerohive
Limited Capacity full

As part of Detroit Start Up Week, Rocket Fiber and partner Aerohive will be hosting an exclusive event at the historic Detroit Scarab Club on June 21st from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
 
It will include an insightful panel discussion on the intersection of connected infrastructure and the future of mobility.
 
The panel discussion will be followed by a networking event themed: Bourbon and Broadband. We will be serving a selection of complimentary Bourbon cocktails for guests to sample as well as local-to-Detroit snacks.

PARKING  Limited spots are available in the adjacent parking lot. Additional street parking is available through the Park Detroit app or kiosk, as well as the DIA's parking lot.

Program Partner / Speaker
MH

Marc Hudson

Co Founder and CEO, Rocket Fiber
AM

Alisyn Malek

COO, May Mobility
AR

Amanda Roraff

Operations Manager, PlanetM


Thursday June 21, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm
The Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth Street, Detroit, MI, USA

6:00pm

America’s Real Deal
This is a new innovative and disruptive business platform. The only one of its kind.
America’s Real Deal is the most interactive and engaging TV ‘shark tank’ like tv show ever created that actually makes real businesses grow and succeed. Instead of the ‘sharks’ getting to set the terms, the control stays in the hands of the business owners. Any investor can participate using an interactive crowd funding portal thru a new App. Powering America’s Real Deal is the Independent Stock Market.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Rob Schwalm

Rob Schwalm

TV Show Talent Scout, America's Real Deal
I'm a talent scout for new TV show hosted by Kevin Harrington (former Shark on Shark Tank) and Forbes Riley of the home shopping network. Our show will showcase exciting new entrepreneurs and inventors similar to Shark Tank except instead of Sharks deciding who gets funding and business... Read More →


6:00pm

Prospecting 101 - Guerilla Marketing
You've made the decision to tip toe into entrepreneurship or perhaps you began your entrepreneurship journey years and ago, and you're searching for a breakthrough. Learn About Strategies & Tactics that work when initially launching your business. Inexpensive hacks to engage prospects and build relationships. 

What you can expect to learn
  • How to Transition from Cold Market to Warm Market
  • How to Build Your Network from Zero to 3,000 prospects in less than 2 months
  • How to use LinkedIn to Build Your Prospecting Funnel
  • How to Identify Your Key Performance Indicators (Revenue Generating Activities)
  • How to Network a Room & Set an Appointment Shortly Thereafter
  • How to Communicate Your Value Proposition in less than 1 Minute
  • How to Cold Call Effectively (It's Your Punishment for Not Asking for Referrals)
  • How to Effectively Re-Launch & Rebrand Yourself
  • Etcetera 

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for JuJuan Buford

JuJuan Buford

CEO, J.S. Buford Financial Companies, LLC
I'm an effective sales professional, writer, activist, and public speaker. In the capacity of a former investment advisor, advocate for entrepreneurship, LegalShield & GoSmallBiz broker, and QT Business Solutions executive I'm dedicated to helping families, entrepreneurs, and business... Read More →
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Tina Williams

COO, QT Business Solutions
We write business plans and grant proposals for For-Profit and Non-Profit businesses in need of funding. Our For-Profit clients are guaranteed* to be approved for business funding as long as they have at least a 575 credit score and meet some other basic requirements. | *Ask about... Read More →


6:00pm

Economic Gardening
How to reinvigorate the brick and mortar in depressed areas

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Laura Sigmon

Laura Sigmon

Small Business Strategist, Best Practices Consulting Services, LLC
I'm a Small Business Strategist. Entering the market is easy, but sustaining or growing is a much larger challenge. Come out to our workshop to learn how to expand your pipeline and how to build technology and community into your stagnant operation.


Thursday June 21, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

6:00pm

Successful Independent Retail in the Amazon Age
Strategies for independent retailers to survive and thrive in an age dominated by Amazon and big chain players.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Stefan Sysko

Stefan Sysko

Founder/CEO, Citizen Retail
Stefan Sysko is an entrepreneur with a diverse background and 20+ years of experience, much of which has been spent advising small business owners on developing strategy and on executing at a high level. His career includes broad experience in strategic marketing planning, market... Read More →


6:00pm

Female Founder Strategies: How to Scale
Limited Capacity seats available

Detroit is Top 10 in the country for the number of female founders and business owners, but Detroit doesn't rank for Cities where women-owned businesses have been able to scale, hire additional employees, expand, earn revenue and gain investments.  

How do we bridge that gap?  Join us as we get a first-hand look at the programming and techniques used by Brazen Detroit to help Detroit women grow their businesses:

The evening will include:

  1. Opening remarks, Monica Wheat, Aimee Dunne, Danielle Smith
  2. Live demonstrations of mini:
  • Peer Advisory Growth Groups - Bring your business challenges and experience how a Growth Group can help you find a solution
  • Roundtables -  How to Scale and Get Funding in Consumer Packaged Goods Businesses, How to Scale and Get Funding in Social Media / Consulting, How to Scale and Get Funding in Food/Beverage,  How to Scale and Get Funding in Place-Based Businesses
3. Opportunity to connect with sister CEOs and learn how to scale your business

Program Partner / Speaker
PD

Pamela Davis

Founder / CEO, Hidden Spirits
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Gwen Jimmere

CEO, Naturalicious
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Danielle North

Founder, Kidz Kingdom
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Katrina Turnbow

CEO/Google Digital Coach, Google Digital Coaches
I am the founder/CEO of the boutique social media firm, Kanopi Social. We specialize in managing and training businesses and brands in the area of Digital Marketing and Technology. I am also 1 of 9 Google Digital Coaches who connect with communities and small business owners to promote... Read More →
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Monica Wheat

Co-Lead / Advisory Board, Techstars Startup Week Detroit
Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, and Venture Developer. She is the Founder and Partner at Venture Catalysts, a venture and ecosystem development group. Ms. Wheat proudly serves as the Entrepreneur In Residence at Grand Circus Detroit where she leads projects focused on techEd... Read More →


6:00pm

Veterans in Residence Pitch Event
Bunker Labs Detroit is putting on a pitch event for Veteran Entrepreneurs to allow them to showcase their businesses to the Detroit community during Start up week. Veterans will be pitching their new or existing business ideas to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs to receive feedback and opportunities for investment. This event will also be the capstone for our first Veterans In Residence Cohort, a Bunker Labs / WeWork Partnership where Veterans receive business incubation in the Campus Martius offices with mentorship and guidance provided by Bunker Labs staff. We'll also be having some great food, drinks and an environment suitable to meet other success-minded people from 6-9pm Thursday night!

Program Partner / Speaker
TT

Thomas Typinski

Bunker Labs Detroit


6:00pm

D-HACKS Powered by AngelHack (June 21, June 23-24, 2018)
** THIS EVENT REQUIRES A SECOND REGISTRTION AT HTTPS://DHACK.ORG/ **

This year Wayne State University, is the main host of DHack 2018, the Detroit Hackathon! It’s replacing HackWSU which ran annually for the past 3 years. It was always open to ages 11 and older and heavily targeted towards Detroit youth, college students, and citizens but this year Wayne State University Library Systems, Techstars Startup Week Detroit and AngelHack is bringing Detroit’s hackathon to…..Detroit! These three organizations have committed to bringing computer coding technology as well as entrepreneurship over the last few years, the rename is the natural next step.

7:00pm

Mapping Your Journey: What the Age of Exploration Can Teach Us About Product Roadmaps
Roadmaps are be a critical aspect to your startup pitch. In this talk, we will discuss how user insight plays a vital role in the prioritization of a roadmap. We will use a data-driven approach, leveraging design thinking and user validation. Taking inspiration from the cartographers of the Age of Discovery, we will discuss the ins-and-outs of maps and walk through a technique used to help companies from startups to Fortune 50 companies identify and prioritize opportunities for innovation based on the needs of their users. By collaboratively constructing a roadmap during the talk, you will have hands-on practice with this methodology that you can take to your startup.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jonathon Baugh

Jonathon Baugh

Experience Architect, Pillar Technology
Jonathon has been designing and building digital experiences for over 20 years. His unique ability to understand and balance people, technology, and business has proven instrumental across companies of all shapes, sizes, and industries. He has designed experiences for everything from... Read More →


7:00pm

Branding for Beginners
Basics of Business and Personal Branding over Digital Media. We’ve invited some of Detroit’s most seasoned Branding specialists in various industries to discuss their strategies in successfully Branding their own businesses, as well as helping others launch their brands.

From Becoming Your Brand, to asking questions like - What does your brand smell and sound like - this hour long session will activate your creative juices to navigate the branding process over social media properly.

Moderated by Robert Courtney - Brand Strategist

With Panelists:
  • Nick Haddad - Experience Specialist / Talent Buyer / DJ 
  • Christophe’ Kyle - Owner of HashTag Props & Photobooth313 
  • Brittni Brown - Head Publicist at The Bee Agency 
  • Doug Schwartz - Creative Director DETROITWICK // EasternMarket 
  • Jay Success - Owner of Motown Printing & AquaHolics

Program Partner / Speaker
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Robert Courtney

Brand Strategist, Robert Courtney & Associates
Robert Courtney and Associates are a seasoned team of brand building experts. We focus entirely on leveraging your brand by aligning all aspects of your business with it, unlocking its full potential. We are strategic thinkers with practical know-how, who inexorably point strategy... Read More →


7:00pm

Valiant Vibes - A Confident Approach to Digital Marketing.
We will discuss two core topics: 1) The importance of a confident brand identity and presentation. 2) Today's landscape of digital marketing and how to utilize it to gain more leads, increase conversions, grow your audience, and maintain customer relationships. All to further enhance the brand identity itself as reference in the first topic. We will present the current options of the large selection of marketing services offered not only by us but by the industry, as well as cover the appropriate timeline and order of steps that we recommend taking.
Some Digital Marketing services covered: Sales Funnels, Social media marketing, SEO, Retargeting Campaigns, Google Adwords, YouTube Campaigns, & Influencer Marketing
Common questions that we will also be answering:
-What is digital marketing?
-What are the best ways to utilize social media in 2018 on-wards?
-How can we find your target demographic for your brand and how can we best market to them to strengthen your conversion rate?
-Why does a unified brand presentation matter in today's time?
-How to know what your competitors are doing and how to gain an edge in your industry
-What are the proper steps to take in terms of branding when just starting a new business?

Program Partner / Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand Circus 3-3 The Snug 1570 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

7:00pm

Creating Collaborative + Sustainable Solutions for Detroit
This engaging discussion will feature sustainable retailers, organizations, and thought leaders that are trailblazing Detroit's sustainable future. With an emphasis on a culture of collaboration and education, our discussion will focus on actionable items being taken to make an inclusive sustainable future in Detroit.

Meet our Panel:
- Amy Kaherl, Director of Curation, Ponyride
- Kristin Shaw, Manager of Digital & Social Media, Cobo Center
- Taylor Thorn, Marketing Coordinator, Rebell Nell

Moderated by: Candice Simons, Owner of Brooklyn Outdoor

Hosted by: Not Sorry Apparel
Not Sorry Apparel is stitching together creative & sustainable solutions to combat the growing fast fashion problem. By re-branding & upcycling pre-loved garments, they provide stylish, one-of-a-kind pieces that customers can afford and feel good about wearing.


Program Partner / Speaker
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Jessica Minnick & Dy-Min Johnson

Co-founder, Not Sorry Apparel
Dy-Min Johnson, Co-Founder | Dy-Min Johnson graduated in 2013, earning a double major from the University of Michigan, studying psychology and women’s studies. She then went on to earn an Industrial Sewing Certification. Together with her years of work experience in marketing... Read More →


7:00pm

Unlocking Ubiquitous Learning: The Power of Community
Free and low-cost (online) learning resources are ubiquitous. Yet they still have not reached widespread adoption. What's holding them back? How can society unlock the power of these resources to lower the cost of training in software development and other digital skills? Three students at Shift_Up, a new Detroit co-learning startup, share the stage with its founder to discuss their experience in the program and how co-learning could shape the future of education & training.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ray Batra

Ray Batra

Executive Director, Shift_Up
I am the founder and executive director of Shift_Up, a modern vocational school for digital skills, and a venture associate at Entangled Group, a San Francisco-based venture studio that builds, invests, and consults in higher education. I previously led growth and special projects... Read More →


Thursday June 21, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

8:00pm

Social Entrepreneurship: Disrupting Business as Usual
Social enterprises use business strategy to solve social or environmental problems. They aim to generate both profits and measurable social impact, making money while doing good. This fast growing sector is disrupting industries from fashion to finance, transportation to manufacturing. They represent the future of business. Learn about various Detroit-based social enterprises, how they are creating change, and where to start if you have an idea or next steps if you are trying to grow a social enterprise.

Program Partner / Speaker

8:00pm

Getting Started with Ecommerce - Future of Online Retail
Online retail is expanding at an astounding pace. In the past few years, global ecommerce sales have eclipsed $1 trillion, and we’re well on our way to reaching $2 trillion per year. Doing business online has become part of daily life for many of us.

Despite the growth of online retail, starting and growing an ecommerce isn't a piece of cake! This program will start with a keynote led by Mike Gojcaj, ecommerce expert and founder of Mirgo Digital. Mike with discuss the following topics: 

  • The importance of developing a consumer-focused shopping experience
  • How to make data-based decisions in ecommerce 
  • Conversion-stiumulating tactics
  • Much more!

The second half of the program will include a live panel and Q&A with local ecommerce merchants including:


We invite you to join us at Detroit Startup Week for an hour of anything and everything ecommerce!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mike Gojcaj at mike@mirgodigital.com



Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Mike Gojcaj

Mike Gojcaj

Founder & Ecommerce Strategist, Mirgo Digital
Mike is the Founder and Ecommerce Strategist at Mirgo Digital, a small ecommerce agency that works with Shopify merchants on creating conversion-driven shopping experiences.


 
Friday, June 22
 

8:00am

9:00am

Craft for Creatives
This lecture will be given by Clare and Wayne, who together formed a business called Mutual Adoration. They opened a furniture and home goods store in a former post office. They have a space where they host workshops. We think they are the perfect speakers to tell you about craft and starting up a small business. Plus, they are just really good humans. 
We hope you enjoy this session.

Thank you.  

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Anne Marie Sumner

Anne Marie Sumner

Host, Creative Mornings Detroit
We are a local chapter of a global organization. We host a monthly lecture series with a local creative talent and have that speaker give a lecture centered around that month's theme. We have chapters in almost 200 cities around the world. Talk to us about everything. We believe everyone... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
TechTown Detroit 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

9:00am

Women's Networking Breakfast & Female Founders Panel
Pamela Prince-Eason, President & CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), will moderate a panel discussion with four women founders. Each founder will share their journey through entrepreneurship and lessons that they’ve learned along the way. The panel follows a free networking breakfast, provided by Chase Ink®.

Breakfast will be available from 9-10am. The panel discussion will begin at 10am.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Adrienne Bennet

President and CEO, Benkari Mechanical LLC
Adrienne Bennett, President and CEO of Benkari Mechanical LLC, has the proud distinction of being a pioneer in the construction plumbing/piping industry for the last 40+ years. | | • America’s first female Licensed Master Plumber | • America’s first female Licensed Plumbing... Read More →
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Melissa Butler

CEO, The Lip Bar
I'm Melissa, founder and CEO of The Lip Bar! I'd like to thank you for being a part of my journey as I work to challenge the standard of beauty through our products, pricing and ingredients. We focus on our beliefs to guide the products we produce, imagery we create and price point... Read More →
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Pamela Prince-Eason

President & CEO, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
Pamela Prince-Eason is the President and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).  She assumed the role in 2011 after holding the position of Vice President of Worldwide Procurement for Pfizer Inc. In 2014 Prince-Eason was appointed for a 3 year term to... Read More →
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Carrie Schochet

CEO, Purple Squirrel Advisors
Carrie Schochet is the Founder and CEO of Purple Squirrel Advisors, a boutique executive search firm based in Troy, Michigan. With a passion for helping companies grow by creating exceptional leadership teams, Carrie has spent the past 15 years connecting C-level and senior executives... Read More →
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Kirsten Ussery

Co-owner & General Manager, Detroit Vegan Soul
Kirsten Ussery is co-owner & general manager of Detroit Vegan Soul, Detroit’s premiere vegan soul food restaurant with locations in Detroit’s historic West Village and Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods. | | Prior to becoming a restaurateur, Kirsten spent over ten years building... Read More →


10:00am

Startup Marketing 101: Identifying Goals, KPI's & Traction Channels
This talk presents the primary questions and considerations for building and executing effective, predictable and scalable marketing initiatives with limited resources.

WE WILL DISCUSS:
- “Lean” principles and how they can be applied to your growth efforts
- How to determine the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will lead to your success
- How to test and choose the best channels and messaging for your marketing campaigns
- How to run efficient, evolving marketing campaigns that save you time and money
- Maximize your business growth and the impact of your marketing budget
- Tested and proven “growth hacks” you can start using today

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Shamir Ozery

Shamir Ozery

Sivenso
I'm a Growth Marketing Strategist and I help startups and businesses build, plan and execute digital marketing initiatives that focus on growth, business impact and ongoing optimization, while making the most of existing resources. | | Feel free to talk to me about marketing, advertising... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Free Headshots during #DETSW18
New 'do? Lose weight? Hate the background?

Whatever your reason for wanting a new head shot, we're providing FREE* shots during Detroit Startup Week at Cadillac Cafe @ The Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226) from 10am-3pm June 18-22, 2017. Sign up for a time here.

*First come, first serve. Sign up via the link above.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Pete Willette

Techstars Startup Week Lead Team / Office Hours Manager


11:00am

The Art of Pitching
In this 2-hour workshop participants will learn the essential elements of three different kinds of pitches (elevator, business and investor). They will learn to focus their pitch to the appropriate audience and receive tips on delivery that will enable them to communicate with confidence, credibility and passion. They will create a 1.5 min. elevator pitch, practice delivering it and get feedback from the instructor and the other participants in the room.

Program Partner / Speaker
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Barbara Boldt

Principal Pitch Polisher, Barbara Boldt Global Communications, LLC
My passion is helping people to communicate with clarity, coherence and impact. For more than 20 years I have been empowering managers, entrepreneurs and students to deliver messages with poise, passion and resonance. Talk to me about how to pitch like a pro!


Friday June 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

How to Write a Press Release: Get Your Startup Story in the News
Walk away with your own branded press release template, story ideas and how to work with the media to get your story in the news.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Sharon Tatom Garcia

Sharon Tatom Garcia

President, Startup Communications
Startup Communications offers communications and public relations strategy and execution to startups, small businesses, nonprofits, and companies looking for outside consult and expertise on a short term PR campaign or project. Whatever you are starting up, Startup Communications... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

Strength in Numbers: Growing Your Online Presence With Google Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Google has a ton of business tools, but do you know which are best suited to help grow your online presence whether business or brand? Attend these workshops, in the neighborhood and downtown, to understand how Google products and tools empower you to reach your online goals

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Google

Google

Google
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Katrina Turnbow

CEO/Google Digital Coach, Google Digital Coaches
I am the founder/CEO of the boutique social media firm, Kanopi Social. We specialize in managing and training businesses and brands in the area of Digital Marketing and Technology. I am also 1 of 9 Google Digital Coaches who connect with communities and small business owners to promote... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

12:00pm

Lunch @ #ChaseBasecamp

Feeling a little hungry after all that learning?

Lunch will be served daily via food trucks in #ChaseBasecamp/Grand Circus Park. 

Complimentary lunch will only be available for the first 150 attendees who: 

  • are RSVP'd here on Sched (each lunch/day)
  • AND 
  • acquire a hole punch at registration (each lunch/day)
If you miss out on complimentary lunch - No worries! 

Meals will be available for purchase from the trucks as well.



1:00pm

Getting Beyond "No": Why your Business Idea Isn't Getting Funded.
A guide to telling your story in a way that makes sense and lets investors know exactly how your idea will create value and a return on their investment.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ethan Dunn

Ethan Dunn

Owner, MAXWELL DUNN PLC
I help entrepreneurs get through the challenges of running a small business. | We educate our clients on how to make a profit while protecting them from all of the ways the law can slow down or stop their growth.


Friday June 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

How To Keep Your Business "Accountable"
Overview of the importance of business accounting, how to keep your accounting records up-to-date, types of accounting software to use for your small/med sized business, how to create an annual business budget, business use taxes and filing requirements, etc.

Program Partner / Speaker

Friday June 22, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

1:00pm

JillTalk - Leading & Loving It
Limited Capacity filling up

The JILLTALK speaking series will feature influential women, thought leaders and entrepreneurs who will deliver a 14 minute TED-style presentation, followed by a panel discussion.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Joy D. Calloway

Joy D. Calloway

President and Chief Executive Officer, New Center Community Mental Health Services
JOY D. Calloway is a charismatic, transformational leader with 25 years healthcare and non-profit experience.  Currently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of New Center Community Mental Health Services in Detroit, JOY is a three-time graduate of The University of Michigan... Read More →
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Christen Rochon

Diva's and Dorks
An influencer, media personality and serial digital entrepreneur, Christen Rochon engages women around the world with her genuine approach celebrating a well-balanced digital lifestyle. Christen has explored media, fashion and technology through her 15+ year marketing career in TV... Read More →
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Ngum Suh

NLS Consultants
After spending several years as a sports/lifestyle model and art director consultant, Ngum Suh, developed an eye for talent, marketing and product placement. In 2010, Suh founded her niche in brand management and activation services.Landing her first client, NFL defensive lineman... Read More →


1:00pm

KEYNOTE: Startup Week Venture Capital Panel
Does your business make sense for venture capital? How do you go about accessing venture capital? This annual Startup Week venture capital panel addresses these and other questions for businesses pursuing growth.

Moderators
Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Adrian Fortino

Adrian Fortino

Partner, Mercury Fund
I'm an early stage investor interested in transformational physical science, internet of things and industrial technologies. I'm passionate about the opportunity in the Midwest given the level of engineering talent and research investment across the region.  | | My startup operating... Read More →
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Gabe Karp

Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
Gabe is a Partner at Detroit Venture Partners, a Detroit-based Venture Capital firm that backs seed and early-stage technology companies. He serves on several boards within DVP's portfolio. Gabe is also the Chief Development Officer of Marxent Labs, the leader in Augmented Reality... Read More →
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Greg Robinson

Managing Director, 4490 Ventures
Greg has a blend of venture capital investing and startup operational experience. Greg was a Managing Director at Palo Alto based Peninsula Ventures, and a cofounder and COO of Cogent Technologies, an enterprise software company that successfully exited via acquisition to a publicly... Read More →


1:00pm

Value Creation from Boards of Directors
With the Michigan ecosystem populated with smart, energetic yet inexperienced CEOs, much work is needed to build density & depth in human talent, especially in CEOs and their participation in the company’s Board of Directors. If CEOs raised investor capital, some will insist on a Board seat as a condition of investment, whether or not that investor representative actually provides value-added, i.e., the heavy lifting which CEOs & the company needs for growth and prosperity.

In this talk, I discuss the disconnect which develops in Boards as the company transitions from seed to series D financing, solutions to overcome thru the management and composition of the Board and the creation of KPIs as the accountability measure for Board member continuation.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Thomas Nastas

Thomas Nastas

President and Founder, Innovative Ventures Inc
After an early career in product development with Ford Motor, Multifastener, DonnellyMirrors, Lear-Siegler, Votrax & Park Chemical, THOMAS NASTAS founded InnovativeVentures Inc. (IVI) in 1986, creating VC, PE, grant and cash flow funds in the USA, Canada,Europe, Sub-Sahara Africa... Read More →


1:00pm

Fireside Chat: Music and Entrepreneurship: A missing key to business innovation and success
In business, music and music skills are a defining source of skill building, inspiration, and even bonding. Join Def Jam Music Exec and Industry Expert, Drew Rives and surprise Celebrity Musical Guest, as they discuss some of Def Jam's most prolific artist and how their creative traits can be applied to your business and brand today.

**Seating is first come, first seated. RSVPing does not guarantee a seat to this session.**

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for KanopiSocial

KanopiSocial

KanopiSocial
avatar for Drew Rives

Drew Rives

Def Jam
Drew began his career with Def Jam in 1999. He is responsible for breaking new artists and getting #1 hits on radio for Big Sean, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Jeezy, 2Chainz and more. With over 25 yrs. total experience in the music business, Drew continues to break new artist and support... Read More →
avatar for Katrina Turnbow

Katrina Turnbow

CEO/Google Digital Coach, Google Digital Coaches
I am the founder/CEO of the boutique social media firm, Kanopi Social. We specialize in managing and training businesses and brands in the area of Digital Marketing and Technology. I am also 1 of 9 Google Digital Coaches who connect with communities and small business owners to promote... Read More →

Sponsors
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Google

Google



2:00pm

Protecting and Monetizing Your Intellectual Property
This program will have a legal focus on what IP is, and how to protect entrepreneurs concepts, ideas, trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets.

The other half of the presentation will focus on how to monetize and generate wealth from entrepreneurs IP. This will include licensing, assignments of IP, joint ventures with already reputable industry partners, and negotiating buy-outs.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for MIKAI GREEN

MIKAI GREEN

Principal Attorney, GreenLaw Virtual Intellectual Property, P.C.
Attorney Green specializes in protecting and preserving Intellectual Property Rights, she handles novel and complex copyright infringement matters, and has advanced knowledge of Federal Trademark prosecutions. | Some of Attorney Green’s clients include: the MC Breed Estate, Black... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
20 Witherell 20 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226

2:00pm

For The Creators + Innovators
Live Inspirationally is proud to present to you "For The Creators + Innovators". We are a Detroit based multimedia company created to redefine Personal Development while sharing and showcasing the stories of the creative and innovative millennials. We will be hosting a launching event/workshop for our brand and the amazing people that we've worked with. This event is for any creative and entrepreneurial millennials looking to connect with like-minded individuals, inspire those around them, and begin their journey to becoming their best self. Our attendees will be inspired, receive resources to help enhance their business, mix, mingle and create new friendships in an amazing environment.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ally Baird

Ally Baird

Founder, Live Inspirationally
Ally Baird is a multi-talented Personal Development Entrepreneur, most recently known for her role as a Thought Leader in creating a brand that represents togetherness and self-help for the Creative + Innovative Millennials. At the of age 21, she decided to use her passion, creativity... Read More →


Friday June 22, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
YMCA 1401 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

3:00pm

Crypto Café - Showcase of Blockchain Projects in Metro Detroit
Crypto Café is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. Detroit Blockchainers will begin the week with a panel discussion on the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency on Monday, then on Tuesday, we will have a panel on how the technology is used in the music and art industries. Wednesday is our weekly Hack Night where business owners can talk to blockchain developers and ask questions privately. Thursday we will be speaking with Bethany Shrob who will discuss the process and experience of accepting cryptocurrency as a retail store, and finally, on Friday we will have a showcase of blockchain technology projects in the Detroit metro area followed by a fun mixer. Detroit Blockchainers hopes to provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand our network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Ingrid LaFleur

Ingrid LaFleur

Chief Community Officer, EOS Detroit
I love to talk and read about all things futurist: decolonizing mars, AI, AR, VR, decentralized systems, blockchain technology, universal basic income and more. I'm a daughter of the D, a worshiper of Alice Coltrane, and enjoy djing occasionally.


5:00pm

Teacherpreneurs: Unleashing Teacher Led Innovation
Being an teacherpreneur means creating a new capacity. It could be a new tool or a new school, a new way to learn or a new way to share. Some teach, some lead, some fix, teacherpreneurs start something new.

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jeannette Washington, M.Ed.

Jeannette Washington, M.Ed.

Educator, Bearly Articulating, LLC.
Jeannette has nearly a decade of experience working with students that exhibit exceptionalities. Her expertise in the field of dyslexia has been solicited for articles in The Washington Post, GraduateSchool.org, and AccreditedSchoolsOnline.com to name a few. She is an active member... Read More →


7:00pm

Official Closing Party - Detroit Demo Day
Close Startup Week 2018 with a bang! From over 500 applications, the best and brightest entrepreneurs have been chosen to pitch their company live, on stage at Detroit Demo Day! After they pitch, a panel of nationally-recognized entrepreneurs will pick seven winners who will receive a share of $1 MILLION to invest into their business.

As apart of the audience, you will  have the opportunity to vote on the three “People’s Choice” grant recipients of $25,000 each. The night will conclude with a Live Musical Performance from a grammy-award winning artist you won't want to miss!

You MUST confirm you registration for this event by RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quicken-loans-detroit-demo-day-tickets-44344603904


FYI: From 5:30 to 6:45 you can come by to eat dinner at the outdoor food trucks
, have a drink at the bar, meet the entrepreneurs, and see their products before they present them on stage. 

Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for James Chapman

James Chapman

Quicken Demo Day / Advisory Board, Rock Ventures
James Chapman is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He manages small business and entrepreneurship initiatives with Rock Ventures. He is originally from Chattanooga, TN.


Friday June 22, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Detroit Music Hall 350 Madison Street, Detroit, MI, USA
 
Sunday, June 24
 

3:00pm

East Riverfront Mix and Mingle and Toast to Entrepreneurs
Cap off Detroit Startup Week with a mix and mingle and toast to local visionaries on pace to disrupt the sports, fashion, entertainment and other leading industries during a sneak preview of STREET CREDit a live, work, play space opening soon in Detroit’s east riverfront district. Make connections over bottomless mimosas, guided tours, music, prizes and special offers!

Toast up with Ashley Baker, Women in Sports Forum; Ngum Suh, NLS Consultants (sports/entertainment mgmt); Desmond Ferguson, Moneyball Sportwear; Terri Lee, I See You Awards; Gail Perry-Mason, Money Matters for Youth/4EVER39; Justin Floyd, Justin Floyd Promotions; Regina Gaines, House of Pure Vin; Delo Brown, comedian; Brittni Brown, The Bee Agency; Nate Williams, Exquisite Homes; Leah Hill, Kindred Music Festival; Keith Beasley, Channel One Productions; Zana Smith, Spectacles clothing/music; Jocelyn K. Allen, The Allen Lewis Agency; Benjamin Margolis, Benjamin Margolis Real Estate; Dr. Sabrina Jackson, Essentially Sabrina radio/Essential Colors; Terrance Woods, The Massive Group; Gerald Collins, Collins Security; Maria B. Stanfield, Maria B. Entertainment/My Sisters Keepers; Clarence Williams, Five V's Plumbing; Lena Thomas, SWEAT by LMT; Sheila Everette-Hale, Everettes/Hug Detroit; Eric Peoples, Detroit Party Coach; Katrina I. Crawley, Esq., Katrina I. Crawley, PLC; Tony Hill, Majestic Homes and Investments/Fabulous Detroit, Tatiana Grant, Flash Delivery and YOUpreneurs! 

Learn about amazing resources for startup and growth-centered entrepreneurs from DeJuan Vann, Detroit Startup Week, Kyla Carlsen, Motor City Match/DEGC; Asia Browner, Wayne County Community College District and others; mix and mingle with media personality Koffey Brown, Hot 105.9 and Phil Elam award-winning independent filmmaker/actor and enjoy music curated by Adam Sabree aka DJ Breeze!

Your Hosts: Jordan Crawford, NBA pro basketball player and The Crawford Family, owners/developers of Crawford Real Estate and Development aka STREET CREDit, retail, office, events and corporate apartment complex in the east riverfront district.

Complimentary admission with your Detroit Startup Week registration badge.


Program Partner / Speaker
avatar for Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford

owner/developer, Crawford Real Estate and Development Holdings LLC


Sunday June 24, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Street CREDit 6340 E. Jefferson Ave. Detroit, MI 48207