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Monday, May 23 • 9:00am - 10:25am
Opening Session: Growing Detroit's Startup Ecosystem w/ Mayor Mike Duggan, Bill Ford, and Tamara Warren from The Verge

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Join us for the morning kickoff session of the inagural Detroit Startup Week!

  • 8:00AM - Registration Opens
  • 9:00AM - Begin the session with:
  1. Jill Ford, Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Mayor Duggan, will give opening remarks and present special recognition award. 
  2. Monica Wheat, #DETSW16 Co-Lead, conference highlights.
  3. Kyle Bazzy, #DETSW16 Lead, will give opening remarks, thank our sponsors & feature the Detroit Startup Week Video.
  • 9:25AM - Receive a warm welcome from #DETSW16 Title Sponsor, Chase, feat. Tosha Tabron, Global Philanthropy, VP, Relationship Manager – Detroit.
  • 10:25AM - Session concludes and attendees are encouraged to head to the week's remaining 100+ events!

Moderators
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Tamara Warren

Senior Transportation Reporter, The Verge
Tamara Warren has written for over 100 publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Details, Delta Sky, BBC, Forbes, Jay z’s Life+Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Vibe and the Detroit Free Press. She is a graduate of The New School’s MFA Creative Writing program, and served as a teaching assistant in the Riggio Honors Program, and James Madison College at Michigan State University, where she first worked as a reporter at The State News. She was active in the Detroit techno... Read More →

Speakers
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Kyle Bazzy

Co-Lead / Advisory Board, Techstars Detroit Startup Week
Kyle Bazzy is a passionate, serial entrepreneur in Detroit. He's currently the COO at Grand Circus Detroit, Co-Lead Organizer of Detroit Startup Week, and Director of Startup Boost Detroit (formerly of Techstars). Previously he was the President of Marketfy and the President of Benzinga... Read More →
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Mike Duggan

Mayor, City of Detroit
Mike Duggan was elected as Detroit’s new Mayor on November 5, 2013, and took office on January 1, 2014. As Mayor, he governs the city of his birth and where he spent three decades of his career collaborating with others to solve some of the city’s most vexing issues, such as crime... Read More →
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Bill Ford

Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
Bill is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis. As a lifelong futurist on urban mobility and the environment, his vision for Fontinalis is to make it a world-renowned partner of companies dynamically improving these two arenas.Bill also serves as the Executive Chairman of Ford Motor... Read More →
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Jill Ford

Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, City of Detroit
Jill Ford heads the city of Detroit’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. She came to Detroit from the San Francisco Bay Area, where as an angel investor and advisor she transformed emerging businesses using strategies forged in mobile gaming. Ms. Ford brings a wealth of... Read More →
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Tosha Tabron

Relationship Manager for Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
Tosha Tabron is a Relationship Manager for Global Philanthropy at JPMorganChase & Co., responsible for leading the firm’s philanthropy mission in Michiganacross the firm’s priority areas: community development, financial capability,economic growth and workforce readiness. JPMorgan... Read More →
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Monica Wheat

Co-Founder / 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 and the Managing Director of Backstage Capital's Detroit Accelerator. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Digerati... Read More →