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Stefan Sysko

Citizen Retail
Founder/CEO
Detroit
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 development, new product and business development, and training.

Sysko has been a consultant, advisor and mentor to dozens of start-ups and hundreds of small businesses. He advises startups, emerging, and turnaround companies with launch, growth, and rebuilding strategies. He helps founders, discover and effectively tell their story, develop their value proposition, identify and avoid – or tear down – roadblocks, and turn their ideas into focused, viable business plans.

Through a strategic partnership with metro Detroit-based Poco Labs, Sysko helps companies with concept development, consumer research and product design.

He is President and coach at New Enterprise Forum, where he helps technology startups perfect their pitch and be ‘investment-ready'.

He sits on the boards of several local startups, and serves as a judge for a number of local business plan/pitch competitions.

Sysko holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wayne State University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.