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Thursday, May 26 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Native <> Newcomer Panel

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Native <> Newcomer is an in-person platform fostering collaboration for the betterment of Detroit. Teams work together on community crowdsourced ideas with the opportunity to receive funding, access mentors, and support from community partners. Native <> Newcomer kicks off in Spring/Summer 2016 with a free launch event involving speakers, workshops, and a program orientation. Come find out more about this new project and hear from local Detroiters on how to engage with the community. Learn more about Native <> Newcomer here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/native-newcomer--2#/

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Niles Heron

Co-Founder, Michigan Funders
Niles Heron is a founder, entrepreneur, consultant, and advisor. As a founding partner of Michigan Funders (Michigan’s first homegrown intrastate equity crowdfunding platform), and business development consultant, Niles spends his days working to develop the capital, commercialization, and operational strategy of startups and small businesses in Detroit. He is passionate about entrepreneurial development and helping SE Michigan continue... Read More →

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Roslyn Karamoko

Roslyn Karamoko is owner of Détroit Is the New Black. They combine minimalism and high street to achieve the perfect balance of city chic. The label is inspired by the history and resilience of the city while offering a neutral palette for a modern feel. In addition to the in-house label, they host an edited capsule of designer brands and accessories in-store. Détroit Is the New Black is a mantra for rebirth, inspiration, authenticity and... Read More →
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Luther Keith

Executive Director, ARISE Detroit!
Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit!, is a former award-winning editor and columnist for The Detroit News. A native Detroiter, Keith served in many roles for the newspaper before retiring in 2005. At ARISE Detroit! he leads a broad-based coalition of community groups. Their mission is to launch a new wave of volunteerism for the many worthwhile programs and activities that are struggling with the issues that trouble our community... Read More →
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Nicole Mangis

Founder, Launch Exchange
Nicole is dedicated to advancing social impact and change through local-level community and economic development efforts to educate and nurture entrepreneurship and innovation. She has spent the past 5 years working at the University of Michigan-Dearborn as the assistant director of a research center. There she served as a mentor to over 150 students, managed over 30 employees, and facilitated over $500,000 in University research. She went on... Read More →
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Seun Oyewole

Analyst, Invest Detroit Ventures
Seun is an analyst for Invest Detroit Ventures working primarily with the First Step Fund, Detroit Innovate Fund, and the Venture Development Programs where he is responsible for deal sourcing, due diligence, investment thesis, portfolio management, and program management. | | A graduate of Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, he specialized in Regional & Comparative Studies between America and the Middle East. Seun... Read More →
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Benjamin Seidman

SPLT, Director of Business Development
Ben graduated in 2013 from the University of Michigan, concentrating in English and Entrepreneurship. He started two businesses in college and has worked with a number of startups in New York City and Detroit. Ben now works with SPLT as a Venture For America Fellow. His passion project, Native Newcomer, bridges collaboration between native and newcomer communities in Detroit.
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Shannon Smith

Shannon is a young professional from Detroit, Michigan. Interested in studying and providing innovative solutions as it relates to economic, and public policy. I am also very interested in creating programs that teach financial literacy to school-aged children at all levels. By partnering with both grass-root and large non-profit organizations I hope to implement programs that will also reduce the widening inequality starting with southeastern... Read More →