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Saturday, May 21
 

9:00am

HackWSU | Wayne State University Hackathon
Wayne State University invites you to come and be a part of Hack WSU. Hack WSU is a 24 hour hackathon organized by Innovation Warriors, Blackstone LaunchPad and Wayne State student entrepreneurs, faculty and staff.

Hackers from high schools and universities across metro Detroit and Windsor will convene on Wayne State’s campus in a 24 hour blitz to create something useful, original and, most of all, cool. This year, we will have two tracks, one for experienced developers and one for beginners. This way we can truly empower all students who aspire to be developers. For aspiring developers we will have workshops leading up to the Hackathon to grow your skills. Participants can sign up: http://hackwsu.com/sign-up/

May 21st
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Registration
  • 11:00 am – Noon – breakfast snack and team meetup
  • Noon – Kickoff
  • 1PM – Hackathon Start
  • 3pm – Lunch
  • 5pm – Break out session/ Product Demo
  • 7pm – Break out session/ Product Demo
  • 8pm – Dinner
  • 9pm – Break out session/ Product Demo
May 22nd
  • 9am – Breakfast
  • Noon – Coding ends
  • Noon – 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 1:30 pm – Closing Session – Sponsor recognition and upcoming events
  • 1:30pm – 3pm Product demos
  • 3pm – 4pm – Prize announcements


 
Sunday, May 22
 

9:00am

HackWSU | Wayne State University Hackathon
Wayne State University invites you to come and be a part of Hack WSU. Hack WSU is a 24 hour hackathon organized by Innovation Warriors, Blackstone LaunchPad and Wayne State student entrepreneurs, faculty and staff.

Hackers from high schools and universities across metro Detroit and Windsor will convene on Wayne State’s campus in a 24 hour blitz to create something useful, original and, most of all, cool. This year, we will have two tracks, one for experienced developers and one for beginners. This way we can truly empower all students who aspire to be developers. For aspiring developers we will have workshops leading up to the Hackathon to grow your skills. Participants can sign-up at: http://hackwsu.com/sign-up/

May 21st
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Registration
  • 11:00 am – Noon – breakfast snack and team meetup
  • Noon – Kickoff
  • 1PM – Hackathon Start
  • 3pm – Lunch
  • 5pm – Break out session/ Product Demo
  • 7pm – Break out session/ Product Demo
  • 8pm – Dinner
  • 9pm – Break out session/ Product Demo
May 22nd
  • 9am – Breakfast
  • Noon – Coding ends
  • Noon – 12:30pm – Lunch
  • 12:30pm – 1:30 pm – Closing Session – Sponsor recognition and upcoming events
  • 1:30pm – 3pm Product demos
  • 3pm – 4pm – Prize announcements


1:00pm

DFINDS Art Supplies Resale Market

Overburdened with an abundance of unwanted studio supplies, materials and tools?Constantly buying more art supply items to test new techniques, complete current projects for exhibition applications and do custom work?

Stop buying retail and discover "new" supplies at DFINDS! DFINDS is an art supplies resale market where artists can sell and buy supplies without breaking the bank and better invest in developing a business.

Examples of supplies you can find at DFINDS:
• palette knives 
• used fabric and yarn

• old frames (GREAT for photographers)
• beads and jewelry supplies
• old sewing machine
• ceramic items
• steel shot
• tumblers
• leather scraps
• sculpture tools
• canvas scraps 

And so much more!

Interested in becoming a vendor? Here is the applciation link!

This event is also sponsored by Integrity Shows.


Speakers
avatar for Andrea Rosenfeld

Andrea Rosenfeld

Andrea Rosenfeld is the founder and CEO of the Detroit Art Business Institute. DABI is dedicated to business coaching for artists to help foster a strong creative economy through workshops, classes and private coaching for creatives of all types.




3:00pm

Retail Brunch
Bamboo, Zarkpa’s & Yum Village Presents  Brunching & Shopping in Our Neighborhood with Detroit Entrepreneurs. 

Thinking about opening a retail businessin Detroit? Well come learn the dos and don’t's about what its like running a business in Detroit. Network with some of Detroit Movers & Shakers and here from those who own retail businesses in Detroit how, what and why they are succeeding in the city.

Tracy Garley: Owner Of Zarkpa’s
Godwin Hiaght: Owner of Yum Village
Justin Morelock: NXT Design

This event will be at Zarkpa’s Boutique. 

Speakers
avatar for Tracey Garley

Tracey Garley

Owner, Zarkpa
Owner Of Zarkpa’s.Tracy is dedicated to creating a unique fashion community that focuses on education, unique fashion, empowerment, support, and leadership right in the city of Detroit. Zarkpa's Purses & Accessories is an upscale boutique that is located in the North End of Detroit. We sell high end fashion purses and accessorie
avatar for Godwin Ihentuge

Godwin Ihentuge

Founder & Chief Villager, Yum Village
Godwin Ihentuge is the Founder of YumVillage, a restaurant chef incubator that drives social discovery through the use of popup dinners along with locally sourced event production. Godwin likes to spend his days cooking lovely recipes and talking culture and lifestyle along with tourism and hospitality with only the most serious of Detroit food enthusiasts. Godwin is currently working on opening a restaurant with Century Partners in the North End... Read More →
avatar for Ebony Swank

Ebony Swank

Owner, Swank A Posh
Ebony Swank, owner of Swank A Posh, has three retail locations plus an online store which is one of the longest lasting retail chains in the metro Detroit area. After being successful outlasting the Detroit bankruptcy and failing economy, she recently launched Business Best Friend, a business consulting firm to teach people the tools she used that allowed her to flourish despite an over saturated market and evolving industry.


Sunday May 22, 2016 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Zarkpas 9033 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

5:00pm

Speed Dating (Networking) Surprise
Speed Dating Surprise is a fun and casual way for the metro Detroit, art & design community (and others) to;
  • increase their network,
  • introduce your art to others,
  • discuss the strengths/weaknesses of our community, 
  • have silly fun,
  • increase possible collaborations, 
  • learn of the surrounding industries (fine art to music, graphic design to dance...) and 
  • begin collaborative ideas/initiatives. 
Bring business cards to hand out!Oh and just for fun, you'lll receive a bag of miscellaneous art/craft supplies that you can trade with each person you sit with and the last person you talk to during the Speed Dating portion will partner with you to make a small project at our Art Table! The Anton Art Center is generously supplying the art & craft supplies.

What's the surprise?  Well, we can't tell you or it wouldn't be a surprise.  You'll have to register to find out… Join us for a great time!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Rosenfeld

Andrea Rosenfeld

Andrea Rosenfeld is the founder and CEO of the Detroit Art Business Institute. DABI is dedicated to business coaching for artists to help foster a strong creative economy through workshops, classes and private coaching for creatives of all types.


 
Monday, May 23
 

9:00am

Opening Session: Growing Detroit's Startup Ecosystem w/ Mayor Mike Duggan, Bill Ford, and Tamara Warren from The Verge
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
avatar for Tamara Warren

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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Bazzy

Kyle Bazzy

Lead, Detroit Startup Week
Kyle Bazzy is a passionate, serial entrepreneur in Detroit. He's currently the Director of Growth at Billhighway, Lead Organizer of Detroit Startup Week, and Director of Startup Next Detroit (a part of Techstars). Previously he was the President of Marketfy and the President of Benzinga. Bazzy strives to better his companies and himself everyday by innovating, creating and executing. His specialties include business development; partner... Read More →
avatar for Mike Duggan

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, access to health care and transportation.While Mayor Duggan was elected largely on his track record of leading successful large-scale financial and operational... Read More →
avatar for Bill Ford

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 Company (Ford Motor). Prior to joining the Board of Directors in 1988, he held positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, product development and finance. In 1999, he... Read More →
avatar for Jill Ford

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 global leadership in the mobile and games industries. Her experience includes heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile manufacturers and running... Read More →
avatar for Tosha Tabron

Tosha Tabron

Relationship Manager for Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
Tosha Tabron is a Relationship Manager for Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan | Chase & Co., responsible for leading the firm’s philanthropy mission in Michigan | across the firm’s priority areas: community development, financial capability, | economic growth and workforce readiness. JPMorgan Chase and its corporate | foundation invest more than $200 million in communities across the globe. | | She joins JPMorgan Chase from the Bank of... Read More →
avatar for Monica Wheat

Monica Wheat

Co-Lead, Detroit Startup Week
Monica Wheat is Co-Founder and Partner at Pixel DSi, a digital strategy consultancy and Parallel Ventures, a corporate incubator focused on branded innovation partnerships and startup ecosystem development. Ms. Wheat is also the Founder and Executive Director of Digerati Girls, Inc. / Digerati Kids, a non-profit that has helped over 4,000 Detroit-area students gain skills and an introduction to careers in digital technology and... Read More →


9:00am

Pose It, Solve It, Pay It Forward - Detroit Startup Week Ideas Wall
Live Ideas Wall @ Detroit Startup Week Base Camp!

Join Detroit Startup Week in shaping the future of Detroit's Startup Ecosystem
Attendees from all sessions and events are invited to come and submit ideas in three key areas:

"Pose It” // Challenges / Problems (Pain points you don’t know how to fix)
“Solve It” // Solutions (Doesn’t need to make money... Innovative solutions to problems we see)
"Pay It Forward” //  (Got A Business You Won’t Build… Give it to the ecosystem! New App? New Project? Leave your email if you want to be involved)

The best of the ideas will be posted to social media. #IdeasWall #DETSW16

Results from the wall will be tallied, compiled and seed an annual Detroit Startup Week - Detroit Startup Ecosystem analysis and report with measured steps and goals for growth and solution progress.


10:30am

Human-Centered Design: From Product to Neighborhood Workshop
Limited Capacity full

“Human-centered design taps into the creative abilities we all have, that typically get overlooked by more conventional problem-solving practices. It relies on our ability to be intuitive and to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional, and to express ourselves through means beyond words or symbols.” - IDEO

This interactive workshop will explore human centered design with Knight Cities Challenge Winner Hajj Flemings of Brand Camp and Shelley Danner of Challenge Detroit.

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Danner

Shelley Danner

Shelley Danner is Co-Founder/Program Director of Challenge Detroit and has a background in management consulting. In 2012 she launched a nonprofit organization focused on leadership, social impact and revitalization in Detroit as part of a two-woman founding team. Over four years, Shelley has scoped and led over 40 community impact projects using design thinking for Detroit nonprofits and developed 120 next-generation leaders in the city. Shelley... Read More →
avatar for Hajj Flemings

Hajj Flemings

Title: CEO/Founder of Brand Camp UniversityHajj is a leading brand strategist; speaker and tech entrepreneur that travels nationally inspiring people and brands to build, launch and grow their ideas.Hajj was featured in CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley which was viewed by over 1 million people. The documentary chronicled the journey of Hajj and 7-other entrepreneurs from around the nation as they lived in... Read More →


Monday May 23, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Civilla 440 Burroughs St

11:00am

Brunch with dPOP!: Creative Workspaces for Startups!
Join Melissa Price and her dPOP! team on a tour of the dPOP! office and learn how dPOP! designs creative workspaces for startups that promote productivity and creativity in all fields. You don't need a big budget to create an inspiring workspace! Learn some tips from the coolest industry leaders! 

 ***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Price

Melissa Price

CEO, dPop!
Melissa Price is the CEO of dPOP! a commercial interior design firm creating workspace that promotes productivity and creativity.


Monday May 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
dPOP! 711 Griswold St., Detroit, MI 48226

12:00pm

1:00pm

Identity of an Entrepreneur
Identity is the strongest force in human nature. In other words, however highly or negatively one thinks of themselves is what their life will reflect. Every entrepreneur needs a strong mindset and identity to support their growth and reach their visions. Entrepreneur Michael Melfi will walk us through what the Identity of Being an Entrepreneur means and why it holds keys to your success.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Melfi

Michael Melfi

Treps Nest
Michael Melfi understands entrepreneurs because he is one. Part of being an entrepreneur is seeing the opportunities and charging ahead to take advantage of those opportunities, as well as understanding the obstacles. His work with start-ups and early stage companies have helped him understand what Identity is and how it must change or an idea, business, and growth become impossible.Michael, together with the experienced world-renowned training... Read More →


1:00pm

OnSite Wellness Workshop: Productivity and Your People

Behind every great company is a team of rockstars! Your employees are your most valuable resource, and it’s no secret that wellness in the workplace can boost productivity tremendously. This workshop will be open to attendees all afternoon, with a special focus on: 

• Workplace stress management in a startup environment

• Sensible workplace snacking

• Creating a culture that values employee wellness

• Techniques and tips for office-appropriate yoga sessions, de-stressing, and more!

Verii & OnSite Wellness are teaming up to bring you a collaborative, hands-on tutorial to address these often overlooked topics. OnSite Wellness will be offering free stress management and mindfulness classes at the top and bottom of each hour. In addition, Verii will be offering a build-your-own trail mix bar for a fun, quick, and healthy snack. 

Workshop Schedule (Sessions repeat each hour)

  • Top of the Hour (0:00 – 0:15) Office Yoga Techniques Workshop
  • Middle of the Hour (0:15 – 0:45) OnSite Wellness Office Hours Verii Trail Mix Open Snack Bar
  • Bottom of the Hour (0:45 – 0:00) Stress Management & Mindfulness Workshop 

About OnSite Wellness: OnSite Wellness is a company committed to offering customizable quality programs and services that support employer business strategies and employee health and well-being.


Speakers
avatar for Aamina Ali

Aamina Ali

Business Analyst, Verii
Dreamer, ideator, and doer - I live to bring ideas to life. I love finding ways to improve existing processes, reduce inefficiencies, bridge communication gaps, and overcome short-term and long-term business challenges. | | So, what's your big idea?
avatar for Stacey Brander

Stacey Brander

Wellness Representative, OnSite Wellness
Stacey is a Wellness Representative at OnSite Wellness who values creating meaningful relationships in the workplace while focusing on holistic health and helping others meet their health and wellness goals.
avatar for Erin Hilbert

Erin Hilbert

Wellness Representative, OnSite Wellness LLC
“As a Wellness Representative, Erin is inspired to help individuals find true wellness by incorporating all facets of one's heath - physical, mental and emotional. She aspires to approach wellness from a holistic standpoint and is passionate about sharing the practice of Yoga and mindfulness with all.”
avatar for Samantha Malott

Samantha Malott

Marketing Coordinator, Verii
I'm the marketing coordinator for a fun new startup called Verii. At Verii, we're obsessed with improving company culture through snacking and wellness. I'd love to talk to you about your small business's needs and how we can partner with you to achieve your goals.


1:00pm

Urban Detroit: A Walking Downtown Architecture Tour
Limited Capacity full

Join John Patrick, founder of architecture resperesentation company Above The Fold, with Courtney Henriette, Edward Azria and Philip Kafka on a fun and informative walk through downtown Detroit. Examining, some of the most significant recent development projects, Above The Fold will discuss the importance of meaningful architecture to urban renewal.

Meet at Drought Juice at 719 Griswold Street. Other stops include, The Rosa Parks Transit Center, The David Whitney Building and The David Klein Gallery.

Sponsored by Above The Fold.

Space is limited only 15 spots!

Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/

Speakers
avatar for John Patrick

John Patrick

John Patrick is the founder of architecture representation company, Above The Fold. After successfully building an international following for ATF, Patrick moved from New York City to Detroit. Through building his firm in Detroit, Patrick seeks to put Detroit back on the map for significant architecture, bringing international architects to Detroit and landing international projects for Detroit-based architects.



Monday May 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Chrysler House 719 Griswold, Detroit MI, 48226

2:00pm

Social Entrepreneurship 101
Join Entrepreneur Nicole Mangis for an introduction talk on Social Entrepreneurship 101. Nicole will go over the different entity forms that social enterprises take, how businesses communicate their social impact and social value, and answer and Q&A. 



Speakers
avatar for Nicole Mangis

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 →


2:00pm

OnSite Wellness Workshop: Productivity and Your People

Behind every great company is a team of rockstars! Your employees are your most valuable resource, and it’s no secret that wellness in the workplace can boost productivity tremendously. This workshop will be open to attendees all afternoon, with a special focus on: 

• Workplace stress management in a startup environment

• Sensible workplace snacking

• Creating a culture that values employee wellness

• Techniques and tips for office-appropriate yoga sessions, de-stressing, and more!

Verii & OnSite Wellness are teaming up to bring you a collaborative, hands-on tutorial to address these often overlooked topics. OnSite Wellness will be offering free stress management and mindfulness classes at the top and bottom of each hour. In addition, Verii will be offering a build-your-own trail mix bar for a fun, quick, and healthy snack. 

Workshop Schedule (Sessions repeat each hour)

  • Top of the Hour (0:00 – 0:15) Office Yoga Techniques Workshop
  • Middle of the Hour (0:15 – 0:45) OnSite Wellness Office Hours Verii Trail Mix Open Snack Bar
  • Bottom of the Hour (0:45 – 0:00) Stress Management & Mindfulness Workshop 

About OnSite Wellness: OnSite Wellness is a company committed to offering customizable quality programs and services that support employer business strategies and employee health and well-being.


Speakers
avatar for Aamina Ali

Aamina Ali

Business Analyst, Verii
Dreamer, ideator, and doer - I live to bring ideas to life. I love finding ways to improve existing processes, reduce inefficiencies, bridge communication gaps, and overcome short-term and long-term business challenges. | | So, what's your big idea?
avatar for Stacey Brander

Stacey Brander

Wellness Representative, OnSite Wellness
Stacey is a Wellness Representative at OnSite Wellness who values creating meaningful relationships in the workplace while focusing on holistic health and helping others meet their health and wellness goals.
avatar for Erin Hilbert

Erin Hilbert

Wellness Representative, OnSite Wellness LLC
“As a Wellness Representative, Erin is inspired to help individuals find true wellness by incorporating all facets of one's heath - physical, mental and emotional. She aspires to approach wellness from a holistic standpoint and is passionate about sharing the practice of Yoga and mindfulness with all.”
avatar for Samantha Malott

Samantha Malott

Marketing Coordinator, Verii
I'm the marketing coordinator for a fun new startup called Verii. At Verii, we're obsessed with improving company culture through snacking and wellness. I'd love to talk to you about your small business's needs and how we can partner with you to achieve your goals.


2:00pm

Free Head Shots @ #ChaseBasecamp

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 Chase Basecamp (500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201) from 2-4pm May 23-27. Sign up for a time below via the provided link.

ENTER YOUR NAME, EMAIL & PREFERED TIME HERE.

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



3:00pm

Fireside Chat: Bob Borchelt (GE Digital) - How GE is bringing the Internet of Things to its factories
At GE, the IS Brilliant Factory Strategy is targeted at establishing an integrated solution that connects the digital thread from design all the way through manufacturing/use of products. Brilliant Factory then optimizes factories and supply chains by leveraging the power of predictive analytics applied to the ubiquitous data from the industrial internet and sensor-enabled machines. Join Bob in a fireside chat about how GE is bridging the gap between IoT and manufacturing.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Borchelt

Bob Borchelt

GE
Robert D. Borchelt, Ph.D., joined GE's Brilliant Factory Initiative in 2014 leading efforts to establish the digital thread in production processes and leverage the industrial internet to drive business outcomes that matter. Prior to GE, Bob spent fifteen years at Cummins Inc. leading Manufacturing IT Systems Strategy as part of Corporate Manufacturing and eight years teaching Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering as a professor at the... Read More →


Monday May 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:30pm
4th Floor, Room B #ChaseBasecamp / Masonic Temple

3:00pm

Expanding Opportunity through Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Many high growth incubators and accelerators have struggled to recruit women and diverse entrepreneurs to their programs. New research from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and the experience from successful programs in Detroit provide insights into intentional strategies to recruit women and minority entrepreneurs.


Moderators
avatar for Janis Bowdler

Janis Bowdler

Janis Bowdler is a Managing Director within Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co, a global leader in corporate philanthropy with more than $200 million invested in communities annually. Janis joined JPMorgan Chase's Global Philanthropy team in 2013 to lead the firm's philanthropic strategy in three strategic areas: Financial Capability, Small Business, and Community Development. Under her leadership the firm invests more than $80 million... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Holsey

Vanessa Holsey

Vanessa Holsey joined Detroit Development Fund, in October 2007, where she possess various job positions; currently, utilizing funds that were awarded from JP Morgan Chase Foundation allowed DDF an opportunity to allocate small business loans for the revitalization within the City of Detroit. Currently Vanessa oversees the intake process for the Entrepreneur of Color fund, in which she takes great joy in assisting potential clients with their... Read More →
avatar for Ned Staebler

Ned Staebler

CEO, TechTown
avatar for Kim Zeuli

Kim Zeuli

Kim Zeuli, Ph.D., is the Senior Vice President and Director of the Research and Advisory Practice at ICIC, where she defines and implements ICIC’s research agenda and directs the advisory services practice that works with clients across the U.S. Kim received her Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and has over 15 years of experience researching and advising on economic development issues. She has published dozens of... Read More →


3:00pm

Insights from the Road w/ Startup USA
The global PBS hit - Startup US is headquartered right here in our own city! After traveling thousands of miles across the US to inteview entrepreneurs in all industries, casting Director Jenny Feterovich and Gary Bredow the host/Creator of the show will share some killer insights and advice from their hit show. 

More about Startup USA: http://startup-usa.com/

Jenny Feterovich is a first generation Russian immigrant who came to America with $100 and a suitcase. A serial entrepreneur, Jenny started the first of her many successful businesses at age 19. She is also a passionate social entrepreneur and humanitarian as a volunteer with Global Village Habitat for Humanity and a board member with Godmothers Detroit.  As the casting director of Start Up, she has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from all over the country.

"What it takes to make it in business is a combination of passion, hard work and consistency. As a first generation immigrant, it's so inspiring for me to see so many woman and minorities at the forefront of business ownership.  They give hope to everyone else out there whose chasing the American dream."

 

Speakers
avatar for Gary Bredow

Gary Bredow

Host and Creator, Startup
Gary Bredow is the host and creator of the show Startup. Gary a passionate and dedicated advocate of American small business. Although his focus has always been on writing and film/video production, as an entrepreneur, he owns several businesses in the Detroit area including Detroit Tough Gym, Fern and Dales Hair Salon and Brooklyn Street Studios. Over the past 3 Seasons of the national television program Start Up, Gary has conducted in-depth... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Feterovich

Jenny Feterovich

Casting Director, Startup TV
Jenny Feterovich is Casting Director for Startup TV. Jenny is a first generation Russian immigrant who came to America with $100 and a suitcase. A serial entrepreneur, Jenny started the first of her many successful businesses at age 19. She is also a passionate social entrepreneur and humanitarian as a volunteer with Global Village Habitat for Humanity and a board member with Godmothers Detroit. As the casting director of Start Up, she has... Read More →


3:00pm

OnSite Wellness Workshop: Productivity and Your People

Behind every great company is a team of rockstars! Your employees are your most valuable resource, and it’s no secret that wellness in the workplace can boost productivity tremendously. This workshop will be open to attendees all afternoon, with a special focus on: 

• Workplace stress management in a startup environment

• Sensible workplace snacking

• Creating a culture that values employee wellness

• Techniques and tips for office-appropriate yoga sessions, de-stressing, and more!

Verii & OnSite Wellness are teaming up to bring you a collaborative, hands-on tutorial to address these often overlooked topics. OnSite Wellness will be offering free stress management and mindfulness classes at the top and bottom of each hour. In addition, Verii will be offering a build-your-own trail mix bar for a fun, quick, and healthy snack. 

Workshop Schedule (Sessions repeat each hour)

  • Top of the Hour (0:00 – 0:15) Office Yoga Techniques Workshop
  • Middle of the Hour (0:15 – 0:45) OnSite Wellness Office Hours Verii Trail Mix Open Snack Bar
  • Bottom of the Hour (0:45 – 0:00) Stress Management & Mindfulness Workshop 

About OnSite Wellness: OnSite Wellness is a company committed to offering customizable quality programs and services that support employer business strategies and employee health and well-being.


Speakers
avatar for Aamina Ali

Aamina Ali

Business Analyst, Verii
Dreamer, ideator, and doer - I live to bring ideas to life. I love finding ways to improve existing processes, reduce inefficiencies, bridge communication gaps, and overcome short-term and long-term business challenges. | | So, what's your big idea?
avatar for Stacey Brander

Stacey Brander

Wellness Representative, OnSite Wellness
Stacey is a Wellness Representative at OnSite Wellness who values creating meaningful relationships in the workplace while focusing on holistic health and helping others meet their health and wellness goals.
avatar for Erin Hilbert

Erin Hilbert

Wellness Representative, OnSite Wellness LLC
“As a Wellness Representative, Erin is inspired to help individuals find true wellness by incorporating all facets of one's heath - physical, mental and emotional. She aspires to approach wellness from a holistic standpoint and is passionate about sharing the practice of Yoga and mindfulness with all.”
avatar for Samantha Malott

Samantha Malott

Marketing Coordinator, Verii
I'm the marketing coordinator for a fun new startup called Verii. At Verii, we're obsessed with improving company culture through snacking and wellness. I'd love to talk to you about your small business's needs and how we can partner with you to achieve your goals.


4:00pm

"How To" Discussion Forum: Pop-Ups & The Food Business, presented by YumVillage and Dine Drink Detroit

Join the founders of YumVillage, DineDrinkDetroit, and Passage for an engaging discussion on Pop-Ups, how they work, why Foodpreneurs should consider trying one, and & what it actually takes to start a successful Pop-Up. The founders will also touch on SavorStub - a website dedicated to centralizing Pop-Up Sales and Promotions - and close with an interactive Q&A session. 

 

 


Speakers
avatar for Godwin Ihentuge

Godwin Ihentuge

Founder & Chief Villager, Yum Village
Godwin Ihentuge is the Founder of YumVillage, a restaurant chef incubator that drives social discovery through the use of popup dinners along with locally sourced event production. Godwin likes to spend his days cooking lovely recipes and talking culture and lifestyle along with tourism and hospitality with only the most serious of Detroit food enthusiasts. Godwin is currently working on opening a restaurant with Century Partners in the North End... Read More →
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Alex Linebrink

CEO & Co-Founder, Passage
Alex Linebrink is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record in payment technology. In 2010 he started Core Merchant, leading it to profitability in 9 months, investor returns in 2013, and portfolio acquisition in 2014 to fund the development of Passage. Alex has strong skill sets in leadership, communications, and technology, and a diverse education ranging from electrical engineering to philosophy.
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Scott Rutterbush

Dine Drink Detroit, Co-Founder
Scott Rutterbush is the co-founder and owner of Dine Drink Detroit, a food and beverage consulting company that produces Dine Drink Detroit from October 1st-14th celebrating one of the country's most exciting emerging restaurant cultures. You can usually find Scott at one of Detroit's favorite restaurants, talking to the regulars. He's one of those people that can fall in a sticky situation and come up smelling like roses, won his boy scout... Read More →


4:00pm

OnSite Wellness Workshop: Productivity and Your People

Behind every great company is a team of rockstars! Your employees are your most valuable resource, and it’s no secret that wellness in the workplace can boost productivity tremendously. This workshop will be open to attendees all afternoon, with a special focus on: 

• Workplace stress management in a startup environment

• Sensible workplace snacking

• Creating a culture that values employee wellness

• Techniques and tips for office-appropriate yoga sessions, de-stressing, and more!

Verii & OnSite Wellness are teaming up to bring you a collaborative, hands-on tutorial to address these often overlooked topics. OnSite Wellness will be offering free stress management and mindfulness classes at the top and bottom of each hour. In addition, Verii will be offering a build-your-own trail mix bar for a fun, quick, and healthy snack. 

Workshop Schedule (Sessions repeat each hour)

  • Top of the Hour (0:00 – 0:15) Office Yoga Techniques Workshop
  • Middle of the Hour (0:15 – 0:45) OnSite Wellness Office Hours Verii Trail Mix Open Snack Bar
  • Bottom of the Hour (0:45 – 0:00) Stress Management & Mindfulness Workshop 

About OnSite Wellness: OnSite Wellness is a company committed to offering customizable quality programs and services that support employer business strategies and employee health and well-being.


Speakers
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Aamina Ali

Business Analyst, Verii
Dreamer, ideator, and doer - I live to bring ideas to life. I love finding ways to improve existing processes, reduce inefficiencies, bridge communication gaps, and overcome short-term and long-term business challenges. | | So, what's your big idea?
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Stacey Brander

Wellness Representative, OnSite Wellness
Stacey is a Wellness Representative at OnSite Wellness who values creating meaningful relationships in the workplace while focusing on holistic health and helping others meet their health and wellness goals.
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Erin Hilbert

Wellness Representative, OnSite Wellness LLC
“As a Wellness Representative, Erin is inspired to help individuals find true wellness by incorporating all facets of one's heath - physical, mental and emotional. She aspires to approach wellness from a holistic standpoint and is passionate about sharing the practice of Yoga and mindfulness with all.”
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Samantha Malott

Marketing Coordinator, Verii
I'm the marketing coordinator for a fun new startup called Verii. At Verii, we're obsessed with improving company culture through snacking and wellness. I'd love to talk to you about your small business's needs and how we can partner with you to achieve your goals.


5:00pm

Opening Celebration hosted by Chase for Business
Please join the Detroit startup community and Chase for Business at Basecamp for community happy hour to kickoff during Detroit Startup Week! Complimentary food and beverage will be provided. Registration for this event is required.

6:00pm

Wall of 100 Makers

WHAT IS THE WALL OF 100 MAKERS?

The Wall of 100 Makers is a physical art installation mirroring the city of Detroit. 

The Wall of 100 Makers is representing Detroit’s makers from American Indian, African, Arab, Armenian and Latino American communities, among others.  The presenters vary from world-renowned artists and craftspeople to local builders and designers giving the viewer a visual window into the distinct cultures, ethnicities and neighborhoods of Detroit.

Materials range from wood, metal, pottery, textile, neon lighting, 3D printing, sound, sculpture, photography, poetry, bamboo and even a 'live' piece.

The Wall of 100 Makers is designed to mimic the industrial factories of Detroit. Following the measurements of most factory windows, makers represent their craft in 13¨ x 18¨ pieces. The final result is 100 windows into the city of Detroit. 

The Wall of 100 Makers is interactive and mobile for viewers to engage with the material and craft of each maker. A maker is defined as any person who can create / build / make things.

WHAT IS OUR GOAL?

Our goal is to support, accentuate, and elevate the distinct cultures, ethnicities and neighborhoods in Detroit. The Wall of 100 Makers seeks to attract community centric creators interested in gaining exposure and exploring collaboration in new and radical way.

The Wall of 100 Makers premiers at Detroit Startup week powered by Chase Bank on May 23rd and will be exhibited throughout the week at The Masonic Temple.

The Wall of 100 Makers is exploring different partnerships to increase exposure and expand the installation around the city of Detroit.

WHO ARE WE?

We are Rachael Carson and Romina Hausmann.

Rachael Carson _ I am an ethical design and manufacturing professional. Following a post-graduate social entrepreneurship fellowship in Vietnam, I joined the founding family of Fashion4Freedom to build a supply chain to bring old world artisans to the global market. Building on an interest in how the creative community can strengthen cultural heritage and diversity, I joined Civilla in Detroit to launch The Wall of 100 Makers. 

Romina Hausmann _  I’m a creative designer focused on art installation and space design. Born and raised in Spain, I moved to California a few years after graduating from a Cinema School in Barcelona. I attended UCLA / Cal Poly Pomona for the Environmental Architecture Master program and moved to Detroit a few months after graduation. I started the art installation Wall of 100 Makers supported by Civilla’s Fellowship at Techtown Detroit.

 

WHAT IS CIVILLA?

Civilla is a human-centered design studio based in Detroit. We focus on the biggest social challenges facing our communities today, whether they fall in the realms of education, public health, equitable transit or the humanization of social services. We are led by Mike Brennan (former CEO of United Way Southeastern Michigan) and a team of committed leaders from all over the globe. Our shared mission? --To make a measurable impact where it matters most.

 

Website: www.wallof100makers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/civilladetroit/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/civilladetroit/


Speakers
avatar for Rachael Carson

Rachael Carson

Founder, Wall of 100 Makers
Rachael Carson _ I am an ethical design and manufacturing professional. Following a post-graduate social entrepreneurship fellowship in Vietnam, I joined the founding family of Fashion4Freedom to build a supply chain to bring old world artisans to the global market. Building on an interest in how the creative community can strengthen cultural heritage and diversity, I joined Civilla in Detroit to launch The Wall of 100 Makers.
avatar for Romina Hausmann

Romina Hausmann

Founder, Wall of 100 Makers
Romina Hausmann _ I’m a creative designer focused on art installation and space design. Born and raised in Spain, I moved to California a few years after graduating from a Cinema School in Barcelona. I attended UCLA / Cal Poly Pomona for the Environmental Architecture Master program and moved to Detroit a few months after graduation. I started the art installation Wall of 100 Makers supported by Civilla’s Fellowship at Techtown Detroit.


 
Tuesday, May 24
 

7:30am

Founders Coffee
Join Kyle Bazzy and a slew of other founders from the Detroit entrepreneurial community for some great coffee and networking.

We ask that you bring one problem you see in the entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Detroit. We'll be recording these problems in preparation for a follow up piece from Detroit Startup Week.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule http://www.ridehop.com/

9:00am

9:00am

Pose It, Solve It, Pay It Forward - Detroit Startup Week Ideas Wall
Live Ideas Wall @ Detroit Startup Week Base Camp!

Join Detroit Startup Week in shaping the future of Detroit's Startup Ecosystem
Attendees from all sessions and events are invited to come and submit ideas in three key areas:

"Pose It” // Challenges / Problems (Pain points you don’t know how to fix)
“Solve It” // Solutions (Doesn’t need to make money... Innovative solutions to problems we see)
"Pay It Forward” //  (Got A Business You Won’t Build… Give it to the ecosystem! New App? New Project? Leave your email if you want to be involved)

The best of the ideas will be posted to social media. #IdeasWall #DETSW16

Results from the wall will be tallied, compiled and seed an annual Detroit Startup Week - Detroit Startup Ecosystem analysis and report with measured steps and goals for growth and solution progress.


9:30am

Apigee City Tour
WHY ATTEND DETROIT

In conjunction with Startup Week Detroit, Apigee and Techstars Mobility are hosting a one day event dedicated to mobility executives, entrepreneurs and API enthusiasts. Digital has changed the world, and the market. Your business decisions need to not only grasp the API revolution, but leverage it to reach business goals and agendas. Capitalize on this highly condensed day in Detroit, at Ford Field, to accelerate your “digital thinking.” Join Techstars’ mentors, Apigee’s customers, and API experts to get weeks worth of API knowledge in just a day.

Digital = APIs

Apigee is coming to a city near you to provide transformative content to give you the API insights you need to succeed.


AGENDA

Session 1: The State of Mobility @ 10:00AM
Techstars Mobility focuses on the rapidly changing mobility & transportation industry. Techstars is committed to operating this program in Detroit, the center of the next-generation mobility & transportation ecosystem.

 
Session 2: Transportation Reinvented: What The Future of Mobility Means @ 10:35AM
New technologies are emerging to address the efficient movement of goods, people, and services. This session discusses the importance of these technologies and how Detroit and Michigan are playing a crucial role.


Session 3: The Business of APIS in Mobility @ 11:20AM
What’s all this buzz about APIs, and what does it mean to have an API-centric business strategy in mobility?


LUNCH @ 12PM


Session 4: Architecture For The API-First Enterprise @ 1:00PM
What is an API-first enterprise? Where do APIs fit into modern application architecture? Are they just new terms for SOA?


Session 5: Digital Success Begins At Home-Why Culture Matters @ 1:40PM
 "Culture" is commonly identified as harder to change than technology. What's the state of the race to retool century old and physical-good companies to lead as digital innovators?


BREAK @ 2:10PM 


Session 6: Moderated Panel With OEC and Allstate @ 2:25PM
Hear from Apigee customers who are implementing API strategies to accelerate their digital success.


Session 7: APIS, Security, and Mobility @ 3:10PM
Learn about threats exposing APIs and the protection and mitigation strategies you can use to keep customers and the business safe.


Session 8: APIGEE in Action @ 3:50PM
Learn how to easily configure and manage new APIs and enforce security with minimal impact to backend services.


Networking Hour @ 4:30PM
 We aren't done yet. Rub shoulders and tip drinks with your peers.

**Limited shuttle service is available for events away from the Masonic. For a full schedule check www.ridehop.com and enter the code 'Startup' 

Speakers
avatar for Igor Bondarenko

Igor Bondarenko

Director of Applications, OEConnection
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Carlos Eberhardt

Principal Solutions Architect, Apigee
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Mike Folk

Manager of Application Development, UX, Agile, OEConnection
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Michael Leppitsch

Global Digital Transformation Strategist, Apigee
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John Rethans

Global Digital Transformation Strategist, Apigee
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Ted Serbinski

Managing Director, Techstars Mobility
Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit's automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence. He is the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility, the first US startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies. For Ted's work in catalyzing the Detroit startup scene, he has been recognized as a Junior Achievement's Champion of the New Economy, Crain's 40 Under... Read More →
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Chris Stallman

Principal, Fontinalis Partners
Principal, Fontinalis Partners


Tuesday May 24, 2016 9:30am - 5:30pm
Techstars Mobility 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226

10:00am

Mentor Sessions / May 24
Meet one on one with experts and members of Detroit business community! Read the mentor bios below and follow the link to Slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes - arrive on time to check in! 

Dana Sellers
CEO of Gray Capital Solutions
Business Development & Operations
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions
Dana Sellers is the Founder and CEO of Gray Capital Solutions. Combining a mix of creativity, strategic planning, and business savvy, Dana helps passionate and dedicated entrepreneurs with the development and success of their business ventures. Dana brings a decade of business strategy, financial and management experience from a broad range of industries. Her experience with Morgan Stanley, AT&T, and privately-owned companies in addition to her extensive network helped form the groundwork for Gray Capital Solutions.○ A Spelman alumna, Dana is currently on the Board of The Connection Network and JOURNi, and an Organizer for Detroit's chapter of Startup Grind in addition to other philanthropic and extracurricular activities. 

Mo Sabbagh
Area Manager, Chase for Business
Funding & Finance
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions
Mo joined Chase Bank in 2005 and is currently an Area Manager specializing in helping local entrepreneurs establish their early stage businesses. He is a trusted advisor to many in the Detroit community when it comes to financial series and startup funding.  He has been working with Business Owners for over 22 years, including over 10 years of operating his own businesses. Mo was Raised, and educated in the Detroit Metropolitan area, and is a graduate of Wayne State University. He lives in Dearborn Heights, MI with his wife, and 4 children.

Google
Digital Advertising Team
Digital Marketing & Marketing Strategy
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions

10:00am

The Pack: Peer to Peer Support for Entrepreneurs Workshop
Many entrepreneurs suffer from ups and downs in their mental health, but don’t have a safe space to seek meaningful support. This workshop will ecounrage attendees to be vulnerable and empathic through a peer-to-peer support group.

The workshop is designed for those that are willing be open and honest as well as be supportive to otheres. Expect to work mostly in small groups of four. Participants will come away with authentic human connections and techniques on how to be a more vulnerable and empathic person with others in your life.

“Before attending the group, I used to think being vulnerable was a sign of weakness, but today I learned it’s a sign of strength.” - Techtown’s Pack workshop participant

Learn more about The Pack here.

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond.

Speakers
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Jessica Meyer

Director of Engagement, Human Scale Studio
Jessica is director of engagement for Human Scale Studio. She has worked in community engagement, international studies, human rights, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship, micro-lending, urban farming, food access, tactical urbanism, urban development, journalism, education, counseling, suicide prevention, and more.


10:30am

Food-Preneurship Panel: The Business of Chowing Down

What is “food-preneurship” anyway? Come pick the brains of Detroit-based food-preneurs, who are revolutionizing the industry and taking the city by storm! This event intends to create an opportunity for aspiring & new food-preneurs to learn the biz from the experience of various industry experts. Submit your questions ahead of time here: ‪bit.ly/fppanel 

Panelists

o   Joe Hessling | Verii, CEO

o   Mark Rieth | Atwater Brewery, Owner

o   Ryan McWhirter | 365 Retail Markets, Director of Product

o   AJ Nichols | ASHE Supply Co., Co-Founder

o   Tatiana Grant | Flash Delivery, Co-Owner

Moderator

o   Ann Elkina | eatdrinklive.co, Founder


Moderators
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Ann Elkina

Founder, eatdrinklive.co
Detroit Startup Week IoT track captain and Food-Preneur Speaker | | Ann is the winner of Cargill Meat Co. "Share and tell" recipe contest for her "Beef Braised in Rioja" recipe, runner up and winner of $15,000 in the Sutter Home wine Build a Better Burger Contest for her "Whistler Village Poutine Burger", and is currently a finalist inWild Wing Cafe Battle of the Bones contest with her "Jammin' Jerk" recipe. She is a blogger (founder of... Read More →

Speakers
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Tatiana Grant

Co-Founder, Flash Delivery
Tatiana Grant is a metro-Detroit native, who has had an entrepreneurial spirit since a young age. This spirit started with a Kool-Aid stand and expanded to a home business of doing hair and nails, under the age of 10. Her family instilled hard work and education, which sparked her work ethic and academic performance. Her past experience allowed her to gain positions at some of the nation and region's leading companies. | | A self-proclaimed... Read More →
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Joseph Hessling

CEO, Verii
Joe Hessling is the Founder and CEO of Verii, a technology company providing small businesses in-office snack and drink solutions through an app-based purchasing platform. A serial entrepreneur, Joe began his career in the restaurant business at a young age. Over the past 25 years, he has founded, owned and operated several companies in the food-services industry. In addition to Verii, Joe is also the CEO and founder of 365 Retail Markets, a... Read More →
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Ryan McWhirter

Director of Product, 365 Retail Markets
Ryan McWhirter is the Director of Product at 365 Retail Markets, located in Troy, MI. A graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications, McWhirter has a decade of experience in the interactive self-service technology field. Having implemented kiosks, digital menu boards, mobile apps and much more across the restaurant, airport and casino industries, McWhirter is a solution oriented professional.
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AJ Nichols

Co-Founder, AJ Nichols
I grew up in Royal Oak, graduated from Kimball High school (now Royal Oak High School). Moved downtown Detroit in 2003, attended and graduated from Wayne State with a Business Marketing degree. I've been living in the city on and off since 2003, I moved out of state for a few years working for JPMorgan Chase. Upon experiencing the corporate sector it was evident to me that I was meant to pursue a more organic and passionate route for my... Read More →
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Mark Rieth

Owner, Atwater Brewery
Mark Rieth is the President, CEO, and Owner of Atwater Brewery. Located in Detroit’s historic Rivertown district, and housed in a 1919 factory warehouse, Atwater Brewery was founded in March of 1997 with the purpose of carrying on the rich history of breweries in Detroit. Our brewing process, however, is over 200 years old.Our imported Kasper Schultz brew house allows us to brew our brands in the true heritage-style of traditional German... Read More →


11:00am

Why Should Mobility Companies Be In Detroit?

Why should an entrepreneur in the mobility space base his or her company in Detroit? Hear some of the most important thought leaders from the mobility space discuss the opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs to revolutionize the way people, goods, and services move around our cities, between our cities, and around the world – and how Detroit is uniquely positioned to connect those entrepreneurs with the resources and relationships needed to have an impact in this rapidly evolving sector.

Moderator: Amy Haimerl, Author and former Entrepreneurship Editor for Crain’s Business

Panelists: Ted Serbinksi (President, Techstars Mobility), Jessica Robinson (Corporate Strategy, Ford),  Dan Ratliff (Fontinalis Partners)

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule.  http://www.ridehop.com/ 

***If you plan on attending this panel, please register ahead of time to streamline the check-in process once you arrive at Ford Field. All attendees will need to sign in with security upon entering Ford Field. Please see the attached map of the Techstars office for parking and other information. 


Moderators
avatar for Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl

Professor of Journalism, Michigan State University
Amy Haimerl is the author of the recently published memoir, "Detroit Hustle," about her experience moving to the Motor City and rehabbing a dilapidated historic home. She teaches journalism at Michigan State University and covers entrepreneurship and urban policy for Fortune and the New York Times. She lives in Detroit with her husband, Karl; pitbull, Maddie; and stray cat, Jack, who is the boss of them all.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Ratliff

Dan Ratliff

Associate, Fontinalis
Dan is an Associate at Fontinalis, where he is responsible for supporting the company’s efforts in numerous areas including new investments, existing portfolio companies, administrative and reporting, and fund raising. Dan works with the Fontinalis investment team conducting research, analyzing, and evaluating new investment opportunities, collaborating with portfolio companies on strategic and financial analyses, and supporting the firm’s... Read More →
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Jessica Robinson

Strategy Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
Jessica works on smart mobility strategy at Ford Motor Company and where she partners across the global organization on new initiatives. She previously launched new startup accelerator programs at Techstars as part of a global ecosystem focused on empowering entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. Before joining Techstars, Jessica helped grow Zipcar’s innovative car sharing model as Seattle Marketing Manager, San Francisco Bay Area... Read More →
avatar for Ted Serbinski

Ted Serbinski

Managing Director, Techstars Mobility
Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit's automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence. He is the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility, the first US startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies. For Ted's work in catalyzing the Detroit startup scene, he has been recognized as a Junior Achievement's Champion of the New Economy, Crain's 40 Under... Read More →



Tuesday May 24, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Techstars Mobility 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226

11:00am

Rebrand Detroit...Innovating Detroit Neighborhoods Info Session

The Rebrand Detroit project is bringing the innovation economy to Detroit Neighborhoods.  Our strategy is designed to help revitalize these communities with a tech and brand enabled strategy.  This project is authored by Brand Camp University and powered by the Knight Cities Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation.  Rebrand Detroit was selected as one of 32 winners from over 7,000+ applicants.  Come and learn how you can get engaged with the work we are doing inside of the Grandmont Rosedale community.

Website: http://rebranddetroit.co


Speakers
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Hajj Flemings

Title: CEO/Founder of Brand Camp UniversityHajj is a leading brand strategist; speaker and tech entrepreneur that travels nationally inspiring people and brands to build, launch and grow their ideas.Hajj was featured in CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley which was viewed by over 1 million people. The documentary chronicled the journey of Hajj and 7-other entrepreneurs from around the nation as they lived in... Read More →



11:00am

Panel Discussion: Strengthening Arts Infrastructure In Detroit
This panel discussion moderated by Paulina Petkoski of PLAYGROUND DETROIT allows key leaders and members of the creative community to discuss challenges, various strategies and current needs to strengthen and empower the talent in art + design in Detroit. How will development of the city value these artists and out-of-the-box thinkers in an equitable way? What do we need as a community of creative start-ups to sustain, retain, develop and attract creative talent? What are the issues that artistic organizations, businesses and individuals are experiencing currently?

Moderators
avatar for Paulina Petkoski

Paulina Petkoski

Co-founder & Executive Director, PLAYGROUND DETROIT
Paulina Petkoski is co-founder of PLAYGROUND DETROIT, a Detroit-based creative arts agency & digital media company serving as a catalyst for art, culture and music.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Renee Aldridge

Taylor Renee Aldridge

Arts.Black is a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accesible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate, and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. The journal is edited by Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne. | | Taylor Renee Aldridge received her M.L.A from Harvard University in Museum Studies. She received her B.A from Howard University in Art... Read More →
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Ash Arder

Cultural Strategist + Producer, Creative Many
Ash Arder works as a Cultural Strategist + Producer for Creative Many. Arder is also a visual artist, using a combination of hand-made and found materials to create sculptural objects and installations exploring the relationship between people, objects and place.Creative Many is a statewide organization that develops creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan through research, advocacy, professional... Read More →
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Roula David

COO, 1xRUN
Roula David is currently the COO of 1xRUN, Gallery Director of Inner State Gallery and Festival Director of Murals in the Market. As Chief Operating Officer, she manages 1xRUN’s staff and the Inner State Gallery. David moved to Detroit in 2011 to work as the marketing manager for Red Bull in Michigan and established the Red Bull House of Art Program in Eastern Market. She comes from experience as an entrepreneur, founding Cincinnati, Ohio’s... Read More →
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Jon Dones

Creative Director/Brand Strategist, Studio Teal
Jon Dones is the Founder and Creative Director/Brand Strategist of Studio Teal & Culture Engineer. He is also a Nightlife Designer for Haute to Death, which includes deejaying, ambiance for private events, music supervision, and event consulting. His ambitions include fostering emerging and established talents and help them tell their stories, to make the creative life belief system a viable and profitable way of life and help creatives and... Read More →
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Melvin Henley

Program Manager, Creative Co.
Melvin Henley is Program Manager of Creative Co. and has joined the DC3 team as part of the Detroit Revitalization Felllows Program. Born and raised in Chicago, Melvin earned his bachelor’s in journalism and public relations at Drake University and a master’s in arts and culture management from Queen Margaret University in the UK. Much to the surprise of his friends and family, Melvin decided he wanted to pursue a career... Read More →
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Michael Stone Richards

Professor in Critical Theory and Visual Studies, College for Creative Studies
Michael Stone-Richards is Professor in Critical Theory and Visual Studies at the College for Creative Studies. He is also a co-founder of Detroit Research which is jointly published with CCS.Detroit Research is a new journal of practice and artist research for Detroit exploring social practice, ceramics, choreography, music, performance, and critical theory. Detroit Research seeks to be a forum for presenting and reflecting upon some of the... Read More →


12:00pm

12:30pm

Share Your "Founder Story"
Every startup has a story. Share yours with us! Chase for Business invites you to share your
defining moments as an entrepreneur through Founder’s Stories, a series dedicated to shining a light on business owners in the startup community.

Visit us at #ChaseBasecamp and be prepared to answer the 4 brief questions below. Your
responses may be shared across Chase’s digital and social channels to help other business
owners.

1. Tell us about your business and how you got started.
2. Why are events like Startup Week helpful to both the entrepreneur community and
your business?
3. What’s been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome?
4. What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring entrepreneur?

Follow us @chaseforbiz or visit www.chase.com/forbusiness for great Startup Week and other
business content.

1:00pm

Detroit Startup Week Keynote: Pamela Lewis, Director, New Economy Initiative, Inc (NEI)
Speakers
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Pamela Lewis

Pamela Lewis was named director of the New Economy Initiative (NEI) in January 2016. Before that, she had served as a senior program officer at NEI since 2010. She is responsible for helping to build a network of high technology commercialization and business acceleration services throughout southeast Michigan, with a special emphasis on evaluation and impact reporting. Before joining NEI, Lewis served as a consultant to the Ewing Marion Kauffman... Read More →


1:00pm

Financial Reporting for Triple Bottom Line Businesses Class

Join Romy Kochan of Gingras Global and get leading industry expertise on impact reporting out to internal and external stakeholders. Come and learn what can be measured, how to capture and track in bookkeeping and accounting programs, baseline reporting for impact cash expenditures; written relational expressions of environmental savings and other related social impact reporting. Audience: Anyone attempting to template financial social impact; both accounting professionals and new entrepreneurs.

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Romy Kochan

Romy Kochan

Romy is the Managing Partner of Gingras Global Inc. and Gingras Global Groups, L3C. Both companies focus on sustainability and standards for social enterprise and impact investing. Gingras Global is based in Michigan serving a local and global clientele. The Gingras Global team has consistently supported the development of strong social enterprise and impact investing reporting and standards. G2 and G3 have successful designed, launched, and... Read More →


1:30pm

Mapping Michigan's Startup Community
What is happening in Detroit and across the region when it comes to entrepreneurs? Amanda Lewan Editor of Michipreneur.com will share an overview on what trends we're seeing reporting on Michigan startups over the past three years at Michipreneur.com. This is a great session if you're looking for an overview into what's happening in Detroit, Metro Detroit, and the state, including resources, startup companies, a culture shift back toward's our entrepreneurial roots, and how we can continue to build our startup community. 

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 flexabile and affordable work options in Downtown Detroit. She contributes regularly for Entrepreneur Magazine on Detroit's startup scene and has won locla and nationaly for her writing and community building work.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Co-founder, Bamboo Detroit
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 regularly for Entrepreneur Magazine on Detroit's startup scene and has won local and nationally recognition for her writing and community building work.


1:30pm

Free Crash Course: Build a Talking Plant
In this 2 hour workshop, Jordan Skole, campus director for The Iron Yard will teach you how to wire up a Particle Photon and a soil moisture sensor. Once the sensor is gathering readings, you will connect to an external api and send a SMS message if your plant’s soil falls above or below a certain threshold.

https://github.com/jordanskole/ray-the-plant

IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS

Anybody is welcome to attend this event and follow-along and take notes. 
In order to participate in this event, you will need a small set of equipment. A LIMITED number of kits will be available for purchase at the event for $30, but are first come first serve. 

If you would like to bring your own hardware to event, you will need one of each of the items on this list - http://sfe.io/w127534
  • Particle Photon (with or without headers)
  • Sparkfun Soil Moisture Sensor
  • Breadboard
  • Micro usb to usb adaptor
  • Hookup wire
  • Laptop (with python installed if you have a windows computer)
In order to maximize our time together, please prepare your workstation by completing the following tasks:


Speakers
avatar for Jordan Skole

Jordan Skole

Campus Director, The Iron Yard
Jordan is the Campus Director for The Iron Yard Detroit, and is a big fan of DIY and IoT projects.


2:00pm

Coffee Chats Q&A with Ashe Supply Co.
Long day? Fuel up with some caffeine! ASHE Supply Co. is opening their doors and inviting you to an informal coffee-networking chat to check out the space, network with peers, and catch up over a warm (or cold) cup of coffee! Attendees will also have the chance to meet one of the company's Co-Founders, AJ Nichols, and hear his story about how ASHE Supply Co. has made positive impacts on the city of Detroit.


**For offsite events, please check the SHUTTLE schedule at www.ridehop.com. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. 

2:00pm

How I Lost Millions Passing on AirBnb and What I Learned
Not understanding these 2 key concepts about startups led to me dismissing AirBnB at it's pre-seed as a silly idea that no one would use. Come learn about 2 key concepts for evaluating early stage startups and not missing out on the next big thing.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Serbinski

Ted Serbinski

Managing Director, Techstars Mobility
Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit's automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence. He is the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility, the first US startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies. For Ted's work in catalyzing the Detroit startup scene, he has been recognized as a Junior Achievement's Champion of the New Economy, Crain's 40 Under... Read More →


2:00pm

Free Head Shots @ #ChaseBasecamp

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 Chase Basecamp (500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201) from 2-4pm May 23-27. Sign up for a time below via the provided link.

ENTER YOUR NAME, EMAIL & PREFERED TIME HERE.

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

 



3:00pm

Fireside Chat with Mayor Duggan & Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Small businesses are vital to Detroit’s recovery -- they are creating jobs, contributing to diverse and vibrant neighborhoods and a thriving urban core, stimulating innovation and powering the regional economy.  From the culinary entrepreneurs growing their businesses at the commercial kitchen facility in Eastern Market, to the small contractors who are finding opportunity in construction projects throughout the city, there is hard evidence of how Detroit is providing small businesses with the capital and technical assistance they need to grow, and in turn contribute to the city’s economic recovery. 

Join Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon for a discussion of the city’s economic revitalization, the challenges facing entrepreneurs and the partnerships that are making a difference. The conversation will be moderated by Jenn Piepszak, CEO of Chase Business Banking, which does business with more than 4 million small business owners across the country. 


Moderators
avatar for Jenn Piepszak

Jenn Piepszak

CEO, Business Banking, Consumer & Community Banking Chase
Jennifer Piepszak is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Banking, part of Consumer & | Community Banking, for JPMorgan Chase. | | Prior to this role, Jennifer served as Head of Sales and Strategy for Chase Business Banking, a | $3.4 billion operation that serves more than two million American small businesses. Her role | included leading a national team of relationship managers who deliver deposit, lending and | cash management services to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon

Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
avatar for Mike Duggan

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, access to health care and transportation.While Mayor Duggan was elected largely on his track record of leading successful large-scale financial and operational... Read More →


3:30pm

Wall Street vs. Local Investment Presentation
Making a positive impact with your investment dollars has become one of the most sought after topics in today's financial landscape. Join Angela Barbash, principal of Revalue - an investment advisory firm that serves values-driven investors, to discuss what impact investing is, how you can include it in your portfolio, and why it's so important for growing the prosperity of Detroit businesses and investors alike.

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

Speakers
avatar for Angela Barbash

Angela Barbash

Founder/Chief Consultant, Reconsider
Angela studied Cultural Anthropology and History at Eastern Michigan University, developing an appreciation for entrepreneurship while working at the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) before entering the financial services industry. Angela went on to become a licensed Financial Advisor in 2004, serving in the field as a branch manager and in the home office of a large firm before settling at a local independent... Read More →


4:00pm

Music In The Cloud
A look into future streaming models, services, music distribution, streaming royalties and a quick case study of Kanye West streaming release The Life of Pablo.

Speakers
avatar for Duránd F. Davis JR

Duránd F. Davis JR

Chairman, President & CEO, LavLabs Inc.
Duránd Fránçiscus "Corporate"​ Davis JR (born August 20, 1986) is an American Internet entrepreneur, business and technology executive, author, designer, and musician. He is currently the Chairman, President and CEO of LavLabs Inc., which he founded in 2013. Duránd is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of LavLabs'​ products, services and development of its core... Read More →


Tuesday May 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
4th Floor, Room B #ChaseBasecamp / Masonic Temple

4:00pm

Atwater Brewery Tour & Happy Hour
Join us for a drink or two and come check out the brewery that makes the best beer in town. Tours of Atwater Brewery will be offered at 4:00pm & 5:00pm. The brewery will also be offering $4 pints as part of their happy hour special from 4 - 6pm.

Located in Detroit’s historic Rivertown district, and housed in a 1919 factory warehouse, Atwater Brewery was founded in March of 1997 with the purpose of carrying on the rich history of breweries in Detroit. Our brewing process, however, is over 200 years old.

Our imported Kasper Schultz brew house allows us to brew our brands in the true heritage-style of traditional German lagers. And, when we say, “imported brew house,” we mean it! All of our main brewing equipment was brought in from Germany, where precision and passion for beer has its roots. In fact, when we have service calls on our equipment, we call in the Germans!

Likewise, we only use the finest malt and hops from Germany to brew our lagers. Our specialty ales, on the other hand, are brewed with only the finest American hops. All of which makes Atwater beers distinctly fresh and flavorful. Which is exactly why we live by the slogan: “We drink all we can and sell the rest.”

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. http://www.ridehop.com/ 

Tuesday May 24, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Atwater Brewery 237 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

4:30pm

5:00pm

How to Startup a Startup
Are you interested in starting a company? Thinking of making a leap, or just did? At How To Start A Startup Detroit (H2SAS), that's why we're here, to support your dream by connecting you with like-minded entrepreneurs and offering great resources.

At this event, you will meet other early stage entrepreneurs. We'll gather to network and share ideas before heading to happy hour following at Detroit City Distillery.

GUEST SPEAKER!

We'll hear from James Chapman an entrepreneur, author, and speaker. James is a serial entrepreneur. He manages small business and entrepreneurship initiatives with Rock Ventures. His work has included entrepreneur-in-residency work for a Chattanooga-based social incubator, as well as being a trainer for Co.Starters—a national program that assists starters in going from idea to launch. James is Founder of companies Oil Drop and Workaholics.

5:00pm

M-Power Your Art

Need to ask an expert business questions but don't know who to turn to or can't afford it? Maybe you need to talk to a lawyer about copyright or how to work with vendors, or a web expert to get answers on your online marketing, images or design. Do you want to hear advice from an art rep and gallery owner or maybe a sales rep or textile/display expert about your fashion or ceramic wholesale line?

Well, DABI's gathered 5 experts to sit with the creative community and answer your questions. You'll meet other art & design entrepreneurs to learn from the experts and each other. You can move around the room or stay with a particular expert.

INTRODUCING YOUR EXPERTS:

  1. Retail Sales Representative: Dana Saxon Owner, Vagabond Collections, LLC. 
  2. Art & Gallery Representative: Susan Kendrick 
  3. Legal Expert & Fashion Law Expert : Deanna Swisher, Shareholder Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. 
  4. Merchandising/Display - Lauren Cohn MS, Lecturer, Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising, School of Visual and Built Environments, Eastern Michigan University 
  5. Web/SEO: Sean Yalda, Pitch Black Media 


This in an incredible way to help your small business move down the right path, make great connections and enjoy this exciting event in Detroit! Be part of the education and collaboration!


Moderators
avatar for Andrea Rosenfeld

Andrea Rosenfeld

Andrea Rosenfeld is the founder and CEO of the Detroit Art Business Institute. DABI is dedicated to business coaching for artists to help foster a strong creative economy through workshops, classes and private coaching for creatives of all types.


6:00pm

Happy Hour with Detroit Regional Chamber
Up and coming entrepreneurs you have the opportunity to network with some of the region's successful entrepreneurs. We're curating a happy hour that provides craft cocktails, tacos, and great conversations betweetn Detroit's startup community and regional entrepreneurs who've seen success. Make sure to RSVP we have limited spots. The Detroit City Distillery creates small batch artisanal whiskey, gin and vodka using the finest local ingredients sourced directly from farms nearby, located in Eastern Market.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule http://www.ridehop.com/ 

Tuesday May 24, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Detroit City Distillery 2462 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207

7:00pm

Free Crash Course: Intro to Swift and iOS Playgrounds

Starting something new can be intimidating, particularly with technology. 

During this crash course, join our mobile instructor Tom Crawford, as  we’ll get an intro to Swift & Playgrounds! Come learn some of the basics of Swift, such as variables, constants, and loops and try them all out in the comfort & fun of a Playground. With playgrounds, we’ll learn how to test our code, get instant results, graph the data, and even format the playground itself.

If you have a Mac with Xcode 7 or above, bring it with you and you’ll be able to follow along.


 
Wednesday, May 25
 

9:00am

9:00am

Broadband Access & Digital Equity
High speed broadband is a foundation of innovation behind everything from education to the rapid evolution of smart cities. Broadband access is linked to economic opportunity but also to disparity, leaving some to question whether faster speeds are creating a new digital divide. Leaders from Detroit and beyond will reflect on this challenge and share what their organizations are doing to address these issues.

Moderators
avatar for Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson

Strategy Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
Jessica works on smart mobility strategy at Ford Motor Company and where she partners across the global organization on new initiatives. She previously launched new startup accelerator programs at Techstars as part of a global ecosystem focused on empowering entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. Before joining Techstars, Jessica helped grow Zipcar’s innovative car sharing model as Seattle Marketing Manager, San Francisco Bay Area... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marc Hudson

Marc Hudson

Co-founder / CEO, Rocket Fiber
Marc Hudson is Co-founder and CEO at Rocket Fiber and is leading the effort to launch 1,000 times faster Internet, advanced HDTV, and hyper speed business services here in Detroit.
avatar for Michael Koenig

Michael Koenig

VP Business Development, Lunar Labs
Michael is the VP of Business Development at Lunar Labs in Detroit and leads initiatives to connect the unconnected. 40% of Detroiters are without reliable internet access. Before joining Lunar, Michael was an early employee at 7 other startups including 6 years at Automattic, the makers of WordPress which powers 25% of websites. He got into tech through an 80's punk cover band that he played the bass in... funny story... ask him about it over... Read More →
avatar for Monique Tate

Monique Tate

Digital Steward, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
Monique Tate  is a committed community activist and leader in Detroit and has worked across the private sector, government, and in the community. She instinctively follows the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) objectives of initiating projects, weaving networks, building transformative education practices and community organizing to bring about digital justice in Detroit. She is currently engaged in multiple projects, piloting a web... Read More →


9:00am

Grand Circus Tech Lounge & Tours
Hop a shuttle and come on over! Grand Circus Detroit is opening up their doors and inviting Detroit Startup Week attendees to enjoy their co-working space, catch up on emails, network, and grab a snack from their live Verii NanoMarket!

Tours of their inspirational office will be offered every hour, on the hour. So come by and see what all the fuss is about! Shuttles will be making rounds from Masonic Temple periodically to take attendees to external event locations.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. http://www.ridehop.com/

About Grand Circus: Grand Circus is a tech training institute in the heart of Downtown Detroit. As a company, we believe that everyone should have the access and the opportunity to have a tech career - we deliver 10-week coding bootcamps, focusing on the skills most in demand, to address the disparity between Detroit’s tech workforce and the exploding demand for tech talent. In addition to training, Grand Circus operates as one of 9 Google for Entrepreneur tech hubs—a partnership that provides technology, mentoring & connections to Detroit’s startup ecosystem. We also host 50+ entrepreneurs in our co-working space and oversee a regular schedule of community events.

Speakers
avatar for Damien Rocchi

Damien Rocchi

Founder, Grand Circus
Damien Rocchi is the CEO and co-founder of Grand Circus, a modern tech training academy based in downtown Detroit. Damien is a native Australian who is passionate about Detroit’s tech-led renaissance and the application of new approaches to education. Much of Damien’s experience involves building and growing new businesses, and he has led several teams within some of Australia’s largest consumer-focused companies. Prior to forming Grand... Read More →


Wednesday May 25, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Grand Circus "1570 Woodward Avenue, Level 3 Detroit, MI 48226"

9:00am

Pose It, Solve It, Pay It Forward - Detroit Startup Week Ideas Wall
Live Ideas Wall @ Detroit Startup Week Base Camp!

Join Detroit Startup Week in shaping the future of Detroit's Startup Ecosystem
Attendees from all sessions and events are invited to come and submit ideas in three key areas:

"Pose It” // Challenges / Problems (Pain points you don’t know how to fix)
“Solve It” // Solutions (Doesn’t need to make money... Innovative solutions to problems we see)
"Pay It Forward” //  (Got A Business You Won’t Build… Give it to the ecosystem! New App? New Project? Leave your email if you want to be involved)

The best of the ideas will be posted to social media. #IdeasWall #DETSW16

Results from the wall will be tallied, compiled and seed an annual Detroit Startup Week - Detroit Startup Ecosystem analysis and report with measured steps and goals for growth and solution progress.


9:30am

How to Be an Inclusive Small Business Owner Workshop
Workshop on how to build diversity and inclusivity in your small business with Nikki Pardo of Global Alliance Solutions. Topics include building a diverse team, marketing techniques, and being a part of the community your business is in.

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first, and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Pardo

Nikki Pardo

Owner, Global Alliance Solutions
Nikki Pardo is the owner of Global Alliance Solutions, a consulting company that offers customized diversity training to management, staff, and law enforcement. She has dedicated 21 years of her professional career to the corporate, government sectors, and served as an Executive Director for a non-profit agency. The highlight of Nikki’s career was working for the State of Michigan Department of Civil Rights as an Investigator, and diversity... Read More →


10:00am

Take the "Being Strapped" out of Bootstrapping (HINT: It's all about the credit)

Every startup CEO has assumptions about funding. And while there’s not a right or wrong way, there is a best and better way when it comes to lending. Putting payroll on your personal credit card? Wondering why you got rejected for a loan? Yearning to learn how to get your business credit (that’s separate from your personal line)? Hear thoughts from our industry expert panel on these subjects, then break into small groups for a credit matchmaking “speed date” to understand and learn actionable steps of how to use credit to capitalize on emerging opportunities or deal with unexpected surprises in your business.


Moderators
avatar for Mo Sabbagh

Mo Sabbagh

VP Business Banking RM Area Manager, Chase Bank
Mo joined Chase Bank in 2005 and is currently an Area Manager specializing in helping local entrepreneurs establish their early stage businesses. He is a trusted advisor to many in the Detroit community when it comes to financial series and startup funding. He has been working with Business Owners for over 22 years, including over 10 years of operating his own businesses. Mo was Raised, and educated in the Detroit Metropolitan area, and is a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Cassin

Carolyn Cassin

General Partner, The BELLE Michigan Fund
In 2010 Carolyn and a group of 30 other Michigan women founded BELLE Capital/Michigan, of which she is the General Partner. Under her leadership, Michigan’s first female venture fund was created to invest in women owned companies in the state and other underserved communities in the US. To date the Fund has made five investments and is transforming the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women in Michigan.
avatar for James Feagin

James Feagin

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
James is an Outreach Consultant for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. It is a private, non-profit corporation established in 1978 devoted exclusively to supporting Detroit’s economic development initiatives. DEGC has been designed to make business success in Detroit possible. It is dedicated to strengthening the city from the inside out.
avatar for Richmond Hawkins

Richmond Hawkins

Division Manager, New Detroit Inc
Rich Hawkins, as Director of Economic Equity and Division Manager for Administration for New Detroit Inc., is responsible for developing initiatives and supporting actions intended to increase the number and success of businesses owned by people of color. He is also responsible for developing initiatives that create opportunities for low and moderate income minority families and individuals to improve their economic standing and to compete for... Read More →
avatar for Wayne Millette

Wayne Millette

Partner, Sensei Change Associates
Wayne offers leadership development and management training to support learning in organizations. He has an EdD in Leadership and Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His consulting competency centers on communication, diversity management, team building, conflict management, retreat facilitation, and organizational research methods with a global perspective.
avatar for Ray Waters

Ray Waters

President, Detroit Development Fund
Mr. Ray Waters is the President of Detroit Development Fund (formerly Enterprise Detroit) and the Managing Director of the Detroit Community Loan Fund (DCLF). Detroit Development Fund and the DCLF provide growth capital to minority owned businesses in the City of Detroit. DDF provides financing packages for Detroit developers working on affordable housing projects and commercial projects in Detroit neighborhoods. DDF also provides lines of credit... Read More →


10:00am

Fireside Chat: Brian Rudolph - From Kitchen Creation to 2,000 Retailers, Building an Empire of Chickpeas
Named entrepreneur of the year by Michigan State University, a member of Forbes 30 under 30, and featured in countless national media publications, Brian has taken his product from kitchen creation to national retail shelves. Come learn Brain's story, and learn how food entrepreneurs can succeed in Detroit.


Speakers
avatar for Brian Rudolph

Brian Rudolph

Founder, Banza
Brian Rudolph is on a mission to make nutritious food more accessible. At the age of 23, Brian co-founded Banza along with his brother Scott. Banza makes staple foods better by using more nutritious ingredients. Their first product is a high protein, lower carb pasta made from chickpeas. In the last year, Banza's pasta has entered over 2000 retail stores, was named by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 25 Inventions of 2015, won over $600,000 in... Read More →


Wednesday May 25, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
4th Floor, Room B #ChaseBasecamp / Masonic Temple

10:00am

Mentor Sessions / May 25
Meet one on one with experts and members of Detroit business community! Read the mentor bios below and follow the link to Slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes - arrive on time to check in! 

Erin Bonahoom
Founding member of Canvas Legal, PLC
Small Business & Startup Law
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions

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 a wide range of industries on formation, governance, employment, general operations, commercial real estate, construction, and compliance issues. She spends most of her time working with business leaders on the challenges and opportunities they encounter, which she understands first hand as a business owner. Erin is also a facilitator at the Build Institute in Detroit, where she gets to work with amazing entrepreneurs on how to start their own business, how to create a business plan and plan for the future. Erin was previously an attorney at one of Detroit’s largest corporate law firms for almost a decade where she represented and counseled national corporations, government entities, and small businesses.

Chris Grindem
Executive Director of The Utmost Group
Branding & Marketing
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions
Chris Grindem is the Executive Director of The Utmost Group, a boutique branding, marketing and communications firm focused on serving the greater good with social enterprises, startups and small businesses in Detroit. Chris earned his BA and MBA in marketing at Michigan State University. Over the past 30-plus years, he’s worked with advertising agencies including Leo Burnett, Chicago, Doner, and JWT Detroit. Corporately, he worked in marketing with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the Broad College of Business at MSU. And he’s been an entrepreneur, helping found the Optimization Group, Ann Arbor, as well as The Utmost Group. Chris has been awarded a Silver Effie, RAC Gold and WPP Atticus. In addition, he has published eight articles, authored close to 200 blog posts, and spoken at more than 20 professional conferences in the US and Europe. In addition to The Utmost Group, he also serves as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. 

10:30am

Open Data Panel: From the Space City to the Motor City
Detroit is not alone in thinking about open data and civic innovation. What can we learn from others working on initiatives in other cities? What might they learn from us? How can we connect with others working on similar projects to take open data, mapping, and community engagement to the next level?

Moderators
avatar for Dexter Slusarski

Dexter Slusarski

Senior Data Manager, LOVELAND
Dexter specializes in developing processes for managing, maintaining and analyzing large datasets like LOVELAND’s National Cadastre which covers 100 million parcels across the United States. Before Joining LOVELAND in 2014, Dexter worked as a Planner for the City of Lansing’s Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, where he developed a deep love for open source projects, data analysis and community engagement. Dexter holds a Masters... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kibichii Chelilim

Kibichii Chelilim

Kibichii is a Data Manager and Programmer at Data Driven Detroit where he coordinates the improvement of organizational data infrastructure and management and works on on-demand data requests.
avatar for Shelley Stern Grach

Shelley Stern Grach

Director-Civic Engagement at Microsoft, Microsoft
Shelley Stern Grach is the Director – Civic Engagement for the Technology and Civic Engagement (TCE) group at Microsoft Corporation. Based in Chicago, Shelley focuses on supporting long term economic development and STEM and STEAM programs that accelerate the Mayor’s Plan for Chicago. Stern Grach focuses on the intersection between community awareness and utilization of MS Philanthropies, YouthSpark’s digital literacy curriculum, and... Read More →
avatar for Garlin Gilchrist II

Garlin Gilchrist II

Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology, City of Detroit
Garlin Gilchrist II's passion for advocacy, technology and policy guide his actions as a professional and a public servant. Connecting technology, new media, and grassroots organizing is the cornerstone of Mr. Gilchrist's work. His job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters.
avatar for Jeff Reichman

Jeff Reichman

Founder/Principal, Sketch City/January Advisors
Jeff works on technology projects as a project manager, strategist, coder, designer, advisor, and general teammate. His work has been honored by the League of Women Voters, the White House, and the Houston Business Journal.


11:00am

How to Land Your Business In Detroit - Motor City Match and the $500K Business Competition
Interested in starting your business in a Detroit space or moving or expanding your business in Detroit?  Attend this session to learn about options for finding the right space for your business, getting help with developing a renovation place for your space, getting funding, and getting to open.  Learn about the Motor City Match, the City of Detroit's $500k per quarter business competition for people who will start or expand their businesses in Detroit, as well as other programs that can help you.  

Speakers
avatar for Jill Ford

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 global leadership in the mobile and games industries. Her experience includes heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile manufacturers and running... Read More →


11:00am

You Rock, Moms: Peer to Peer Support for Mompreneurs
Interactive workshop featuring special guest panelists and attendees in a Mompreneur "gut check" session. Both panelists and attendees will be able to share advice, insights, issues, and questions in a supportive circle. Lunch and networking will follow as apart of Detroit Startup Week.

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

Moderators
avatar for Lara Galloway

Lara Galloway

Founder, The Mom Biz Coach
​Lara Galloway, The Mom Biz Coach and co-author of Moms Mean Business—A Guide to Creating a Successful Company and a Happy Life as a Mom Entrepreneur, is an author, speaker and coach to women business owners who want to work less, make more, and love the work they do. Her passion is helping entrepreneurs create and run successful businesses and live happy lives. She’s the host of the popular MomBiz Solutions Show podcast on iTunes and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for April Boyle

April Boyle

Founder and Executive Director, Build Institute
April Jones Boyle, Founder and Executive Director Build Institute | April was a start-up 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... Read More →
avatar for Yolanda Curry

Yolanda Curry

Registration Manager, Build Institute
Yolanda is a proud Build grad and owner of The D. The Jewelry, which is featured at local boutiques such as The Peacock Room and City Bird. She earned dual degrees in Industrial and Jewelry Design at the University of Michigan in 2001. Yolanda has facilitated Build’s Etsy Entrepreneurship Class. For many years, Yolanda also taught youth art classes at non-profit organizations and several metro Detroit schools. She is passionate about helping... Read More →
avatar for Danielle North

Danielle North

Danielle North wears many entrepreneurial hats. She’s the Founder and Owner of Detroit’s first indoor playground – Kidz Kingdom Open Play & Party Center. This center is place for kids and a space for parents as it provides a safe and fun place for families. She also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of EdReform Partners where she’s partnering with schools and their stakeholders to promote city-wide educational reform. She mostly... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Pappas

Sarah Pappas

Farmer/Florist, Fresh Cut Detroit
I'm a farmer/florist with 10 years of experience in food & farming justice, growing, and education. Talk to me about food and agriculture sovereignty, security, and beauty!
avatar for Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

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 to offer. She’s determined to make cleaning service accessible to everyone from the busy intern to the bustling family and growing startup. A graduate of the Build... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Human Scale Studio

Human Scale Studio

Human Scale Studio provides people-centric solutions to cities, neighborhoods, and businesses. We allow the shapers of the urban world  to better understand where cities are heading and how people want to live in them. With methodologies ranging from future-casting, community planning, and design research, Human Scale is a strategic consultancy like no other.  We are equally equipped to strategize in the board room as we are to... Read More →


11:30am

How to Create Award Winning Recipes
Ann is the winner of Cargill Meat Co. "Share and tell" recipe contest for her "Beef Braised in Rioja" recipe, runner up and winner of $15,000 in the Sutter Home wine Build a Better Burger Contest for her "Whistler Village Poutine Burger", and is currently a finalist in Wild Wing Cafe Battle of the Bones contest with her "Jammin' Jerk" recipe.  She is a blogger, cook, and tech PM who's passionate about great food and creating great experiences. Come hear her talk about the proven method she uses to create award winning recipes that people love.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Elkina

Ann Elkina

Founder, eatdrinklive.co
Detroit Startup Week IoT track captain and Food-Preneur Speaker | | Ann is the winner of Cargill Meat Co. "Share and tell" recipe contest for her "Beef Braised in Rioja" recipe, runner up and winner of $15,000 in the Sutter Home wine Build a Better Burger Contest for her "Whistler Village Poutine Burger", and is currently a finalist inWild Wing Cafe Battle of the Bones contest with her "Jammin' Jerk" recipe. She is a blogger (founder of... Read More →


12:00pm

12:30pm

From Open Data to Big Data: The Art of Advanced Analytics
Open data, big data, and advanced analytics have climbed to the top of the corporate agenda—and there’s a reason for that. Few dispute that organizations have more data than ever at their disposal. But actually deriving meaningful insights from that data—and converting knowledge into action—is easier said than done. Together, they promise to transform the way many companies do business, delivering performance improvements not seen since ages. As such, Big Data and advanced data analytics tools and techniques will open new avenues of competitive advantage.

This presentation and talk will explain why Big Data is ‘big’ as an asset, differentiate between data analytics and advanced data analytics, how data architecture model ties tools and techniques as a whole and the strategies that simplify the complexity of exploiting data analytics capabilities. Real case studies from private and public sector coupled with tools and technologies required for the creative art of advanced data analytics will also be explored by Mr. Malik based on his personal experience.

Speakers
avatar for Tariq Malik

Tariq Malik

Senior Technical Consultant, World Bank Group
Mr Malik is visionary IT strategist who has applied his business management, partnership, and design skills to lead high profile public and private citizen-centric IT projects internationally, including the U.S., Europe, Kenya, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Bahrain. He has spearheaded innovative biometrics and big data solutions in the public sector and has won both national and international awards. Mr Malik is the former... Read More →


12:30pm

Share Your "Founder Story"
Every startup has a story. Share yours with us! Chase for Business invites you to share your
defining moments as an entrepreneur through Founder’s Stories, a series dedicated to shining a light on business owners in the startup community.

Visit us at #ChaseBasecamp and be prepared to answer the 4 brief questions below. Your
responses may be shared across Chase’s digital and social channels to help other business
owners.

1. Tell us about your business and how you got started.
2. Why are events like Startup Week helpful to both the entrepreneur community and
your business?
3. What’s been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome?
4. What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring entrepreneur?

Follow us @chaseforbiz or visit www.chase.com/forbusiness for great Startup Week and other
business content.

1:00pm

Open Data Presentations
Each participating organization will present a brief overview as a foundation for the open data breakout session workshop which immediately follows. Learn more details about the specific data sets that these organizations manage and hear about some of the challenges and needs that they are facing with their data projects and companies in Detroit.

Moderators
avatar for Kenneth Andejeski

Kenneth Andejeski

Senior Fellow, Challenge Detroit
As an urbanist and human-centered designer, Kenny explores the intersection of entrepreneurship, education and community economic development in revitalizing urban spaces. Kenny currently works as a freelance strategist and consultant in Detroit with contracts through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Human Scale Studio. He is also a Challenge Detroit alumni who captains teams in the Detroit Hoops League and Detroit Ultimate Frisbee... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kibichii Chelilim

Kibichii Chelilim

Kibichii is a Data Manager and Programmer at Data Driven Detroit where he coordinates the improvement of organizational data infrastructure and management and works on on-demand data requests.
avatar for Shelley Stern Grach

Shelley Stern Grach

Director-Civic Engagement at Microsoft, Microsoft
Shelley Stern Grach is the Director – Civic Engagement for the Technology and Civic Engagement (TCE) group at Microsoft Corporation. Based in Chicago, Shelley focuses on supporting long term economic development and STEM and STEAM programs that accelerate the Mayor’s Plan for Chicago. Stern Grach focuses on the intersection between community awareness and utilization of MS Philanthropies, YouthSpark’s digital literacy curriculum, and... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Reichman

Jeff Reichman

Founder/Principal, Sketch City/January Advisors
Jeff works on technology projects as a project manager, strategist, coder, designer, advisor, and general teammate. His work has been honored by the League of Women Voters, the White House, and the Houston Business Journal.
avatar for Dexter Slusarski

Dexter Slusarski

Senior Data Manager, LOVELAND
Dexter specializes in developing processes for managing, maintaining and analyzing large datasets like LOVELAND’s National Cadastre which covers 100 million parcels across the United States. Before Joining LOVELAND in 2014, Dexter worked as a Planner for the City of Lansing’s Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, where he developed a deep love for open source projects, data analysis and community engagement. Dexter holds a Masters... Read More →


1:00pm

How to Polish Your Pitch

Join Gwen Jimmere, a history making entrepreneur, as she goes over the essentials of how to craft a successful pitch. 

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. http://www.ridehop.com/ 


Speakers
avatar for Gwen Jimmere

Gwen Jimmere

CEO & Founder, Naturalicious
A history maker: Gwen Jimmere is the first black woman to hold a U.S. patent for a natural hair care product. Additionally, she is the CEO & Founder of NATURALICIOUS, one of the fastest growing natural haircare brands in the U.S. She is the brains behind the revolutionary OooLaLocks Hair Box–the only simple, four-step natural haircare system designed specifically for curly hair that is proven and guaranteed to take you from wash to... Read More →


Wednesday May 25, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1442 Brush Street, Suite 200

1:00pm

Flash Delivery Networking/Social Mixer
Join Flash Delivery and other local Food-Preneurs for a networking mixer focused on how apps are changing the landscape of the food industry! Special guests and Detroit food-preneurs will be floating around waiting to share their stories in this open-networking style mixer.

Speakers
avatar for Tatiana Grant

Tatiana Grant

Co-Founder, Flash Delivery
Tatiana Grant is a metro-Detroit native, who has had an entrepreneurial spirit since a young age. This spirit started with a Kool-Aid stand and expanded to a home business of doing hair and nails, under the age of 10. Her family instilled hard work and education, which sparked her work ethic and academic performance. Her past experience allowed her to gain positions at some of the nation and region's leading companies. | | A self-proclaimed... Read More →
avatar for Phil LaColla

Phil LaColla

Founder & CEO, Alocito, Inc.
Phil LaColla is the founder and CEO of Alocito, an on-demand dining service that removes all wait times in restaurants. Phil caught the entrepreneurial bug at the age of 7 when he bought popular candies in bulk and sold them to his fellow classmates. | | Before Alocito, Phil founded On The Go Advertising, a service that connects businesses looking to advertise on vehicles with drivers looking to make extra income. Phil went on to a successful... Read More →


1:00pm

How to Add Cash to Your Non-Profit by Building a Social Enterprise Component Class

Martin Schwartz, president of Vehicles for Change, will focus this presentation on non-profits looking to generate cash and/or non-profits wanting to know more about transitioning to a social enterprise (for-profit with a mission). Review the key components to reducing risk and building a successful, unrestricted, revenue generating operation. Chris Nemeth, President of Hopeful Harvest and Senior Director of Forgotten Harvest, will join the conversation. Forgotten Harvest's mission is to relieve hunger in metro Detroit and prevent nutritious food waste.

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

Speakers
avatar for Chris Nemeth

Chris Nemeth

Chris Nemeth has thirty-five years of business and leadership experience throughout the United States and Virgin Islands in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Organizational Development, Training, Product and Market Development and Social Enterprise. He has a B.A in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a M.A. in Marketing from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Chris is a veteran of the Michigan Army National... Read More →
avatar for Martin Schwartz

Martin Schwartz

President, Vehicles for Change
Martin SchwartzPresident, Vehicles for ChangeBS in Accounting and MGA in Information Systems Design – University of MarylandMartin started Vehicles for Change (VFC) in April 1999 with a $30,000 grant. The program awarded its first car in Carroll County, Maryland awarding 5 cars per month. Martin has directed an expansion that including MD, VA, MI, PA, NY, MA and NH. VFC has changed the lives of more than 13,000 individuals through the... Read More →


1:30pm

Free Crash Course: Build an Talking Plant Part II
Limited Capacity full

Description:
In this 2 hour workshop, Jordan Skole, campus director for The Iron Yard will teach you how to wire up a Particle Photon and a soil moisture sensor. Once the sensor is gathering readings, you will connect to an external api and send a SMS message if your plant’s soil falls above or below a certain threshold.

IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS

Anybody is welcome to attend this event and follow-along and take notes. 
In order to participate in this event, you will need a small set of equipment. A LIMITED number of kits will be available for purchase at the event for $30, but are first come first serve. 

If you would like to bring your own hardware to event, you will need one of each of the items on this list - http://sfe.io/w127534
  • Particle Photon (with or without headers)
  • Sparkfun Soil Moisture Sensor
  • Breadboard
  • Micro usb to usb adaptor
  • Hookup wire
  • Laptop (with python installed if you have a windows computer)
In order to maximize our time together, please prepare your workstation by completing the following tasks:

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Skole

Jordan Skole

Campus Director, The Iron Yard
Jordan is the Campus Director for The Iron Yard Detroit, and is a big fan of DIY and IoT projects.


2:00pm

theSkimm’s “GET OFF THE COUCH” Skimm’bassadors Pitching Panel, presented by Chase

Have you ever conceived of starting your own business one day? Had an idea in your head that you were itching to bring to life but didn’t know where to start – or even how? 

Chase and theSkimm discovered that many Millennials where thinking about these very topics.
Together, theSkimm and Chase crafted a program to help budding entrepreneurs “get off the couch”, and take the first steps toward becoming potential small business owners.
 
The “Get Off The Couch” program gives early stage, aspiring entrepreneurs that have ties to the Skimm’bassador community, access to some of the tools, training and networks needed to build businesses one day.  Join us on May 25th from 2-3pm as we have finalists share their business ideas live in front of theSkimm judges to determine the winner who will receive mentoring and more from theSkimm!

More on theSkimm: Launched in 2012 by Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, theSkimm is a next generation audience company that makes it easier for female millennials to be smarter.


Moderators
avatar for Lois Backon

Lois Backon

Corporate Partner Marketing, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Weisberg

Danielle Weisberg

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, theSkimm
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg are the Co-founders and CoCEOs of theSkimm, a company that makes it easier to be smarter. theSkimm was started by two friends in their 20s, who hail from New York and Chicago. Carly and Danielle originally met on a study abroad program in college, and reconnected years later while working for NBC News. They clicked as colleagues, as friends, and as roommates, and it didn't take long for theSkimm to take off... Read More →
avatar for Carly Zakin

Carly Zakin

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, theSkimm
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg are the Co-founders and CoCEOs of theSkimm, a company that makes it easier to be smarter. theSkimm was started by two friends in their 20s, who hail from New York and Chicago. Carly and Danielle originally met on a study abroad program in college, and reconnected years later while working for NBC News. They clicked as colleagues, as friends, and as roommates, and it didn't take long for theSkimm to take off... Read More →


2:00pm

Open Data Breakout Sessions
This working session will tie together the themes that emerge during the day’s civic innovation conversations. This time is a chance for local organizations working on open data and digital justice issues to get to know members of the community who are interested in using that information. The session will be driven by your participation, so come with questions, problems, ideas, or challenges that you see in your own neighborhood. Data providers will also share what’s working and what’s not in their community engagement efforts. Even if you aren’t able to attend the sessions earlier in the day, all are welcome at this breakout. No experience working with open data or technical experience is required! All ages are welcome. 

Moderators
avatar for Kenneth Andejeski

Kenneth Andejeski

Senior Fellow, Challenge Detroit
As an urbanist and human-centered designer, Kenny explores the intersection of entrepreneurship, education and community economic development in revitalizing urban spaces. Kenny currently works as a freelance strategist and consultant in Detroit with contracts through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Human Scale Studio. He is also a Challenge Detroit alumni who captains teams in the Detroit Hoops League and Detroit Ultimate Frisbee... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kibichii Chelilim

Kibichii Chelilim

Kibichii is a Data Manager and Programmer at Data Driven Detroit where he coordinates the improvement of organizational data infrastructure and management and works on on-demand data requests.
avatar for Shelley Stern Grach

Shelley Stern Grach

Director-Civic Engagement at Microsoft, Microsoft
Shelley Stern Grach is the Director – Civic Engagement for the Technology and Civic Engagement (TCE) group at Microsoft Corporation. Based in Chicago, Shelley focuses on supporting long term economic development and STEM and STEAM programs that accelerate the Mayor’s Plan for Chicago. Stern Grach focuses on the intersection between community awareness and utilization of MS Philanthropies, YouthSpark’s digital literacy curriculum, and... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Reichman

Jeff Reichman

Founder/Principal, Sketch City/January Advisors
Jeff works on technology projects as a project manager, strategist, coder, designer, advisor, and general teammate. His work has been honored by the League of Women Voters, the White House, and the Houston Business Journal.
avatar for Dexter Slusarski

Dexter Slusarski

Senior Data Manager, LOVELAND
Dexter specializes in developing processes for managing, maintaining and analyzing large datasets like LOVELAND’s National Cadastre which covers 100 million parcels across the United States. Before Joining LOVELAND in 2014, Dexter worked as a Planner for the City of Lansing’s Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, where he developed a deep love for open source projects, data analysis and community engagement. Dexter holds a Masters... Read More →


2:00pm

Free Head Shots @ #ChaseBasecamp

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 Chase Basecamp (500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201) from 2-4pm May 23-27. Sign up for a time below via the provided link.

ENTER YOUR NAME, EMAIL & PREFERED TIME HERE.

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

 



2:00pm

Livernois Neighborhood Tour with Detroit Experience Factory + I’m Here Open House
Learn about the past, present and future of Detroit’s Livernois neighborhoods and the role of design in redevelopment in a two-hour bus tour exploring the northwest neighborhoods of Detroit with Detroit Experience Factory.

Stops include Detroit Fiberworks, Eric’s I’ve Been Framed and a one-hour stop at the I’m Here/Dickinson By Design Urban Redevelopment Open House for live music, drinks and a talk with Motor City Match winner Chad Dickinson.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/

More about DXF: 
http://detroitexperiencefactory.org


2:30pm

Getting Bands to Brands
A panel discussion on the relationship between brands and bands. Learn what companies look for when partnering with or sponsoring bands; what to be prepared for, how to maintain brand identity, the power of merchandising, and how to nurture the business relationship.

Moderators
avatar for Duránd F. Davis JR

Duránd F. Davis JR

Chairman, President & CEO, LavLabs Inc.
Duránd Fránçiscus "Corporate"​ Davis JR (born August 20, 1986) is an American Internet entrepreneur, business and technology executive, author, designer, and musician. He is currently the Chairman, President and CEO of LavLabs Inc., which he founded in 2013. Duránd is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of LavLabs'​ products, services and development of its core... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Justin Norman

Justin Norman

Senior Art Director, Huge Inc
Justin “Jay Norm” Norman is a Music Producer, Song writer, Art Director and serial creative hailing from Detroit, MI. Signed as a Producer/ Songwriter to BMG Chrysalis (w/ likes of Frank Ocean, Andra Day, Bruno Mars and Andre 3000), he has worked with artists here and abroad. In addition to his music career, Justin has worked as a Creative/Art Director for 12 years and is currently a Senior Art Director for digital Ad Agency, Huge. In his... Read More →
avatar for Roe Peterhans

Roe Peterhans

Third Man Records
Roe Peterhans is the store manager and head of operations and design at Third Man Records, an independent record label founded in Detroit in 2001. He also worked as the creative director at both Xperience and H.B. Stubbs Company.
avatar for Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

Senior Partner and Brand Specialist, Saga
Eric Thomas is a Senior Partner and Brand Specialist at Saga, a full-service marketing agency.


3:00pm

Fireside Chat with Founders of TheSkimm
Who Are theSkimms?
Two friends in our 20s, who hail from New York and Chicago.

Our startup romance is one for the books -- we met on a rainy day in Rome while we were both studying abroad in college. We bonded over a mutual love of fried artichokes. What we didn't know as we struggled to order in Italian, was that we'd reconnect years later working in our own country's capital. By that point, we had become professional storytellers, as producers for NBC News -- working in breaking news, political news, and documentaries. We clicked as colleagues, as friends, and as roommates, and it didn't take long for theSkimm to take off from our living room couch.

News is not only our career, it's our passion. Because of this, we have always been the go-to source for friends seeking the scoop on current events or breaking news. We soon realized three things: Reading the news is time consuming; Wanting to read the news is a hobby; lastly, not everyone has the time or interest.theSkimm solves all that and makes it easier to be smarter.

In our spare time (which is rare) we can be found spooking each other with "Law & Order: SVU" marathons and trying to scheme our way into a free Equinox membership.For two girls who grew up more "Morning Glory" than "The Social Network," it took a lot of guts, and white wine, for us to make theSkimm a reality.Thank you for being a part of theSkimm Life. Get ready, we’re changing things.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Weisberg

Danielle Weisberg

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, theSkimm
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg are the Co-founders and CoCEOs of theSkimm, a company that makes it easier to be smarter. theSkimm was started by two friends in their 20s, who hail from New York and Chicago. Carly and Danielle originally met on a study abroad program in college, and reconnected years later while working for NBC News. They clicked as colleagues, as friends, and as roommates, and it didn't take long for theSkimm to take off... Read More →
avatar for Carly Zakin

Carly Zakin

Co-Founder and Co-CEO, theSkimm
Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg are the Co-founders and CoCEOs of theSkimm, a company that makes it easier to be smarter. theSkimm was started by two friends in their 20s, who hail from New York and Chicago. Carly and Danielle originally met on a study abroad program in college, and reconnected years later while working for NBC News. They clicked as colleagues, as friends, and as roommates, and it didn't take long for theSkimm to take off... Read More →


3:00pm

10 Personal Finance Tips for Entrepreneurs
Leon LaBrecque Managing Partner & CEO of LJPR has spent over thirty years in the world of finance helping large corporate clients and small businesses alike. In this talk, Leon will give practical and real insights into how you can prepare your finances for success. Thinking of making the leap to entrepreneurship? Have a start but not sure how to stay financially sound? There's a lot to consider both personally and professionally with your finances. Get ready for success by listening in to Leon's advice today.  

Speakers
avatar for Leon LaBrecque

Leon LaBrecque

Leon is a practicing attorney, CPA, CFP™ and CFA that has specialized in servicing individuals, families, and small businesses in the areas of financial, estate, and tax planning for over 32 years. LaBrecque’s extensive career includes previous work at Arthur Andersen, Plante Moran, and as the Department Chair of Finance and Economics at Walsh College where he created the Master of Science in Finance program. He has also authored several... Read More →


3:00pm

Free Intro to Coding Workshop
This Intro to Coding Workshop is a free workshop designed for folks who are curious about coding but who have little to no experience. This workshop is the perfect class to learn the programming foundations needed to eventually build a website or mobile app. While you won't leave the workshop a developer, you will leave with an understanding of code needed to learn any programming language! 

We'll cover (using JavaScript):- Common terms used by programmers:
  • Data types
  • Boolean expressions
  • Conditional statements
  • & more! 

Don't know what any of these mean? Perfect - this class is for you. Come with a laptop and an eagerness to learn! 

The event will be hosted on the 4th floor of Grand Circus.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. http://www.ridehop.com/

Can't make this session? No worries! Be sure to check out our Traveling Circus page for other upcoming workshop dates: www.grandcircus.co/traveling-circus

Wednesday May 25, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Circus "1570 Woodward Avenue, Level 3 Detroit, MI 48226"

4:00pm

Future of Transportation in Detroit

We are in the midst of a transformational period for how people move within, through, and around cities – the way individuals travel from point A to point B is changing every day, and Detroit is no exception. Hear individuals from the organizations that are leading the initiatives changing Detroit on a daily basis discuss their plans and visions for bringing Detroit to the forefront of cutting-edge transportation, and how transportation initiatives fit in with broader redevelopment programs around Detroit.

Moderator: Tami Door, Denver Startup Week Organizer

Panelists: RJ Wolney (Rock Ventures), Jed Howbert (Mayor’s office), Jared Fleisher (M-1 Rail), Tiffany Gunter (Regional Transit Authority)


Moderators
avatar for Tami Door

Tami Door

President & CEO, Denver Startup Week Organizer
Tami Door is the President & CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership, a membership organization that creatively plans and manages Downtown Denver so that it remains vibrant and economically healthy. The Partnership dedicates its efforts to development, retail, public policy, transportation and housing initiatives. The Partnership currently has over 700 member businesses. | Under the umbrella of the Downtown Denver Partnership Door oversees... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jared Fleisher

Jared Fleisher

M-1 Rail
Jared Fleisher is a Senior Advisor to Rock Ventures and to the Kresge Foundation. Among other responsibilities, he has been charged with supporting the effort to develop a modern regional transit system in Metro Detroit. Prior to this role, Mr. Fleisher led the federal advocacy effort and provided strategic leadership on behalf of the M-1 RAIL streetcar consortium, helping to secure key federal funding and approvals needed to make Detroit's... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany J. Gunter

Tiffany J. Gunter

Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer, Regional Transit Authority
Tiffany Gunter is the Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. Ms. Gunter will support the CEO and the Board of Directors in organizing the effort to improve regional transportation and secure dedicated funding. Ms. Gunter is responsible for the day-to-day management of the RTA administration and operations.Tiffany earned a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business... Read More →
avatar for Jed Howbert

Jed Howbert

Executive Director, Mayor’s office
Jed Howbert is the Executive Director of the Jobs and Economy Team in the Detroit Mayor’s Office. In this position, he works with City agencies, other public partners, and the non-profit and business communities in order to design and execute programs that create jobs and attract residents to Detroit. Areas of focus include land use and real estate development, business attraction and retention programs, small business and entrepreneurial... Read More →
avatar for RJ Wolney

RJ Wolney

Director of Business Development, Rock Ventures
RJ Wolney has more than 10 years of experience working with public and privately-held businesses in various areas of finance including mergers and acquisitions advisory, equity capital raising and debt financing. He currently serves as Director of Business Development for Rock Ventures focusing on strategic analysis, investment opportunity evaluation and the execution of acquisitions and financings. Prior to Rock Ventures, RJ worked in the... Read More →


4:00pm

Open House with I'm Here/Dickinson By Design
Visit recent Motor City Match winner I’m Here and see their development plans for the 19344 Livernois building, one of the most historically significant buildings on the Avenue of Fashion stretch of Livernois. Learn how this unique development incorporates design and supports local entrepreneurs across a broad spectrum of industries from craftsmen to foodpreneurs!

Visit anytime from 4:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. for talks with I’m Here/Dickinson By Design founder Chad Dickinson as well as live music, drinks and food from 19344 future tenant Slyde restaurant. 

Limited shuttle service for this event is available. Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/

I’m Here Detroit provides thoughtful community driven solutions to local interior architecture and design problems while aiding with business development and is now a proud Motor City Match winner!

Speakers
avatar for Chad Dickinson

Chad Dickinson

Founder, Dickinson By Design
Chad Dickinson is the founder of Dickinson By Design and I’m Here, two companies based in his Motor City Match winning property on Livernios in Detroit. In designing and crafting sustainable products, spaces and developments Dickinson focuses on execution, finish, quality and a respect for the natural beauty inherent in the materials he creates with and environments he creates in - adhering to the tenets of the Natural Design process.



Wednesday May 25, 2016 4:00pm - 8:00pm
I'm Here 19344 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI, 48221

4:30pm

6:00pm

Founders Happy Hour w/ Brut Detroit
Limited Capacity full

Calling all founders and entrepreneurs! Join us for a very special wine tasting mixer with Brut Detroit. 

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/ 

Wednesday May 25, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1442 Brush Street, Suite 200

6:00pm

Mob Pitches

Mob Pitches is the first pitch event to utilizethe mob.

Every single pitch event offers a chance to win some money and make connections. Only Mob Pitches offers thoughtful feedback to all participants from a whole mob of intelligent potential customers, partners, and financiers. 

STEP 1:

The “Mob Bosses” will select 2 start-ups per event, looking for interesting companies at a crossroads in the lifecycle of their business.  

STEP 2:

A week before the event a Boss will work with each startup, helping with the pitch and building custom questionnaires. This questionnaire will be tailored to each company and to the problems they face. What’s my go-to-market strategy? What are some ideas for monetization? Etc. 

STEP 3:

On the day of the event each company will give a 7-minute pitch. 

STEP 4:

After the pitch the mob is given 5 silent minutes to think deeply about the questions and fill out the questionnaire.  

STEP 5:

A brief period of Q&A to induce more critical thinking and quality feedback.  

STEP 6:

A 15-minute group discussion session where groups are asked to fill out a group questionnaire. *Entrepreneurs are encouraged to work the room during this time to answer questions. 

STEP 7:

After all startups have gone through this entire cycle, the questionnaires will be collected and curated by the Bosses. 

STEP 8:

Finally, the Bosses will direct the Mob to a final online questionaire to complete on their own time. This questionaire will focus on the event as a whole.

STEP 9:

The Mob Bosses will schedule a final meeting with the startup. The entire stack of questionnaires will be given to the founder, additionally the Bosses will curate the responses and discuss the analysis with the founder. 

STEP 10:

After they have had a chance to review the feedback, founders will report the three most impactful "mobsters" to the bosses, so a "Most Wanted" list can be made and distributed.


***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/ 


Volunteers
avatar for Samuel

Samuel

Program Manager, Hacker Fellows

Wednesday May 25, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hacker Fellows 4219 Woodward Ave #300

6:00pm

Facing Change: Documenting Detroit

Join Facing Change: Documenting Detroit for an evening of photography and conversation, featuring presentations by photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker Eugene Richards as well as photographer and visual artist Patricia Lay-Dorsey (also known as Grandma Techno), hosted by Karah Shaffer and Alan Chin of Documenting DETROIT.  We’ll also reprise the Pop-UP Portrait Studio for our guests!

Documenting DETROIT is a fellowship partnering emerging and early career photographers from the Detroit area with national photographers and editors as mentors and instructors. Photographers awarded the fellowship will craft a complete photo essay illuminating lives of Detroiters throughout the city’s 139 square miles, and learn and hone media skills.


Speakers
avatar for Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Patricia Lay-Dorsey was born in Washington, DC in 1942. Detroit-based since 1966, she brings her training as a social worker and four decades as a visual artist to her humanistic photography. Patricia’s photo projects tell the intimate stories of people’s lives - including her own –as seen from the inside. Best known for Falling Into Place, a self portrait book that documents her day-to-day life with a disability, Patricia also turns her... Read More →
avatar for Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards

Eugene Richards is a photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker who has authored seventeen books, the most recent being War Is Personal (Many Voices Press, 2010), a documentation in words and pictures of the human consequences of the Iraq war, and Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down (Many Voices Press, 2014), which speaks of life in the Arkansas Delta decades ago and today. Among numerous honors, Mr. Richards has received a Guggenheim... Read More →



6:30pm

Embracing Returning Citizens as Entrepreneurship Teams Discussion
Limited Capacity full

Between 60%-75% of ex-offenders are unemployed a year after their release. Is entrepreneurship an answer to America's high recidivism rate? Explore the organizations and people helping returning citizens' path from prison to self-sufficiency.

The event will start with 60 second overviews of each organization, business or speaker. Each organization will be stationed at a table where attendees can sit and talk intimately about the speaker's story. Every 15 mins attendees will have a chance to switch to a different table. The goal is to have real, small group connection where the conversation flows organically for each group in order to break the barriers associated with returning citizens.

A light buffet is included. The bar will be open for purchase. Seating is limited. 


+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 


***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/ Due to shuttle service concluding at 8pm, we recommend finding your own transportation to the event. Rides will be available to the event, but not returning.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Birky

Kathryn Birky

Lazlo
Kathryn Birky is a co-founder of Lazlo, a new menswear label focused on local, sustainable and ethical production. Lazlo has a cut and sew facility in Corktown, where the company is working to create living wage jobs for men who were trained to sew while incarcerated. www.lazlo.co
avatar for Mario Bueno

Mario Bueno

Released from Prison on January 22, 2014, Mario served 19 consecutive years from the age of 16 for the robbery and murder of a local drug dealer. He served over 3 years in solitary confinement before the age of 21. Yet, even with all these obstacles, today Mario is a published scholar with a thesis titled Incarceration of Adolescents in Adult Prisons: 
Adults’ recollections of their experiences and its impact on adult adjustment. He graduated... Read More →
avatar for Camron Colts

Camron Colts

Camron is a Detroit native he is a father of one. Camron is graduate from Thomas M. Cooley High School soon after graduation Camron start making poor choice which eventually lead him to commit an armed robbery which land him in prison.During his incarnation he began to understand the value in education and in doing so he attended school while incarnated he obtained a Certification in Business Management and he also obtained a certification in... Read More →
avatar for Joe Debose

Joe Debose

Joseph Bruce Debose- Chief Operating Officer & Director of Veteran Services– Joseph, better known as Joe, currently serves as COO and Director of Veterans Services for Project Boots on the Ground. He was born and raised in Ortonville, MI and has lived in Detroit since 2015. | | Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, serving nearly 10 years as an Infantryman until 2009. He deployed to combat five times, leading Marines... Read More →
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Brian Jones

Ronin Studio LLC
Brian Jones grew up on Detroit’s eastside. As a youth, he displayed athletic prowess in track and football, but potential scholarships were cut short by a run in with the law. At 18 years old Brian was sentenced to 20 to 40 years for armed robbery, assault with attempt to murder, and felony firearm. While serving 18 ½ years, Brian decided to turn his life around. He took correspondence paralegal courses and obtained a paralegal diploma from... Read More →
avatar for Jarret Schlaff

Jarret Schlaff

CEO, Boots on the Ground
Jarret Alan, servesas CEO and President of Boots on the Ground LLC. Co­founded in January 2015, theworker­owned company’s mission is to produce hand­made, ecologically consciousness, urbanutility boots and other products for the world, built by veterans overcoming houselessness inDetroit. To learn more, visit www.DetroitBoots.com. | | Jarret Schlaff lives on Detroit’s eastside in the Charlevoix Villages community and is committedto... Read More →
avatar for Yusef Shakur

Yusef Shakur

YBS Consulting, LLC Author of "The Window 2 my Soul; 08", "My Soul Looks Back; 12" & "Redemptive Soul: The Yusef Bunchy Shakur Reader; 14" Producer of the documentary "Detroit's Native Son" www.yusefshakur.org 313-459-6008 | | Yusef Bunchy Shakur is well versed in the language and syntax of the difficulties of being raised by a single parent, engaging in the sub-culture of the streets and gang life as an outlet for anger and desire to find... Read More →
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Rick Speck

Owner/CoFounder, Six Pillars Painting and Powerswashing/ LUCK Inc.
Richard is a native of Detroit, engaged and a father of four children and 2 grandchildren.  Richard was incarcerated multiple times ranging from fraud to armed robbery, which led him to a 15 year stay at both Federal and state prisons. | In the last 5 years of his incarceration he facilitated classes in critical thinking, effective communication, conflict resolution and ethical reasoning and leadership skills.  Richard was successful at... Read More →


Wednesday May 25, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
COLORS Restaurant 311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

7:00pm

Church as a Startup
Since its inception, the mission of the church has been about people and cities. While cities change, and culture evolves, the age old mission of the church remains the same and plays a vital role in every city. This interactive discussion will highlight how the city and the church can flourish together. 

Speakers
avatar for Sonny Smith

Sonny Smith

Pastor, Detroit Church
Sonny Smith is a pastor and artist. His most recent adventure has been the launch of a new church plant in Midtown called Detroit Church, and is the collaborative effort of 6 different churches around the Metro Detroit Area. As a native Detroiter, Sonny is intentional about building bridges that help old Detroit & new Detroit become one Detroit as he navitages the tensions of faith and culture. He and his wife Sherita have been married for 19... Read More →


7:00pm

How To Scale Smart Panel Discussion
How to Scale Smart, a panel discussion, will go over the basics you need to build a company ready to grow big from the beginning. A diverse group of entrepreneurs who are scaling will shrae insight on prepping for growth from the very early stages (ie entity structure, law, partners / strategic hires, growth / sales strategies, etc). Panelists incude Duránd F. Davis JR Founder & CEO of LavLabs, Amy Swift Founder of Building Hugger, and Paul Mersino & Geaneen Arends of Butzel Long, and Justin Anderson of Solidea Capital.
 
**Please check the shuttle schedule at www.ridehop.com, using the code 'Startup'.  

Speakers
avatar for Justin Anderson

Justin Anderson

Solidea Capital
Justin offers Solidea's portfolio companies the expertise gained from years of experience in the technology & finance space. Justin has key involvement with several technology and web-based startups as well as advised senior management in several Fortune 500 clients. His technical skill set includes online infrastructure strategy, systems and database design. Beyond technology, Justin is an expert in startup financing – including venture deal... Read More →
avatar for Geaneen Arends

Geaneen Arends

Butzel Long
Ms. Arends assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification, insurance and risk management issues and general business contracts. She has also advised business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail... Read More →
avatar for Duránd F. Davis JR

Duránd F. Davis JR

Chairman, President & CEO, LavLabs Inc.
Duránd Fránçiscus "Corporate"​ Davis JR (born August 20, 1986) is an American Internet entrepreneur, business and technology executive, author, designer, and musician. He is currently the Chairman, President and CEO of LavLabs Inc., which he founded in 2013. Duránd is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company. He leads the design of LavLabs'​ products, services and development of its core... Read More →
avatar for Paul Mersino

Paul Mersino

Paul M. Mersino is a shareholder in the Detroit office of Butzel Long. He is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group where he represents public and private companies, both as plaintiff's attorney and defendant's attorney, in a number of areas including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, non-competition and trade secret disputes, automotive supplier disputes, construction litigation, and landlord-tenant disputes... Read More →
avatar for Amy Swift

Amy Swift

Founder, Building Hugger
Amy Swift is Founder of Building Hugger. She is an architectural designer with a passion for historic architecture and working with her hands. In 2012 she formed Building Hugger to resurrect preservation trades and find creative ways to reuse buildings and materials. As a Professor of Practice at Lawrence Technological University, fieldwork informs her developing academic theories. She holds a BS in Interior Architecture from LTU and an MS in... Read More →


Wednesday May 25, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bamboo Detroit 1442 Brush Street, Suite 200

7:00pm

Hackernest Tech Social

Drinks on us. That's right: free beer/(possibly wine)/water. 

HackerNest Tech Socials are a fun, relaxed way to connect with your local tech community. Atmosphere: chill, friendly, unpretentious, agenda-free (no sales pitch, yo), and brimming with UltraSmart(TM) people.

The typical Tech Social schedule:

- 7:00pm: folks arrive, grab drinks, socialize  
- 8:00pm: quick intro, thank sponsors, quick announcements  
- 8:10pm: back to chatting with interesting new friends  
- 10:00pm: go home exhausted from great conversations

Venue: Techstars Mobility

Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit, focuses on the rapidly changing mobility and transportation industry. Companies that come through the Techstars Mobility Accelerator include software, hardware and advanced materials businesses building technologies that will power the efficient movement of people, goods and services across all modes of transportation. Techstars is committed to operating this program in Detroit, the center of the next-generation mobility and transportation ecosystem. 

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Want this event in Detroit every month? We're looking for awesome organizers! Check out http://hackernest.com/faqs/for-future-organizers/ for more information and to apply!

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Sponsors make this growing movement possible - email us to chat!

About Us:

HackerNest is an international nonprofit uniting local tech communities through unpretentious Tech Socials and hackathons. We cram lots of smart, accomplished people into a room with free drinks. Our relaxed, down-to-earth events attract a diverse and highly technical membership. Strict no-douchebag policy.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/


Wednesday May 25, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Techstars Mobility 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226
 
Thursday, May 26
 

9:00am

9:00am

A Hurricane Without Water Q&A: An archaeology of Detroit neighborhoods post-financial crisis, through Google Street View
Everyone wants Detroit to be an illuminating detail for the rest of the country -- either as the canary in the coal mine, or a symbol of recovery and renewal. The reality, as it seems to insist on being, is more complicated. The financial crisis of 2008 ignited a period of expedited population loss and deterioration of property unmatched in Detroit’s history -- even compared to the era including the 1967 riots. Some of the most poignant evidence of the post-financial crisis fall of this impoverished city was incidentally captured by one of the most valuable companies on earth -- Google Street View has documented most powerfully the impact of this metaphorical hurricane on Detroit.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Alsup

Alex Alsup

Creator, A Hurricane Without Water
Alex Alsup is Chief Product Officer at LOVELAND Technologies, a Detroit-based property mapping, software company. In his spare time, he enjoys photographing the virtual streets of Detroit via Google Street View as well as the actual discarded fiberglass shells of boats that litter the city. This work can be seen at www.GooBingDetroit.com andwww.DetroitLandBoats.com.


9:00am

What Drives IoT and the Magic of Digitization with Nicole Johnson Scheffler from Cisco
Join Nicole Johnson Schleffer of CISCO for a discussion of connected technologies and the software and people that make them work.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Johnson Scheffler

Nicole Johnson Scheffler

Channel System Engineer, Cisco
Ni-cole Scheff-ler (noun/): Innovative, customer oriented, technologist. Uses technical architectures to advance key organizational objectives. Serves the technology community as a leader, volunteer, and Adjunct Professor.


9:00am

Panel: Why Community Matters for Entrepreneurs
Being your own boss as an entrepreneur has a lot of perks, but it can also be lonely. Join us for a panel discussion as we explore the spaces and programs that cultivate a supportive community for entrepreneurs through programs, events, and a physical place to collaborate with others. Networking to follow.

Agenda
9-9:15am -- Check-in
9:15-9:45am --  Panel discussion
9:45-10am -- Q&A
10-10:30am -- Networking 

Panelists: April Boyle (Build Institute), Amanda Lewan (Bamboo), Lauren Bealore (Young Ambitious Beautiful), Regina Campbell (Techtown), Devita Davison (FoodLab), Wayne Ramocan (Urban Consolate)

Moderator: Jay Rayford (Social Sushi)

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

 ***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/

Moderators
avatar for Jay Rayford

Jay Rayford

Founder, Social Sushi
Jay Rayford is a 5 year veteran of using social media to build both digital and real life | relationships for businesses, organizations and individuals. As a BMe (Black Male Engagement) Leader and New Leaders Council fellow, Jay has a passion for utilizing leadership, social entrepreneurship and network organizing strategies to influence and impact urban centers. | | Jay is a born and raised, expat and returned Detroiter. Being away for about 5... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Bealore

Lauren Bealore

Co-Founder, Y.A.B.
As a Michigan State University Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations and Policy, Lauren has set herself up to have a background that can flourish in multiple areas. Her student-led leadership experience coupled with the internship experience with the Michigan Democratic Party helped to solidify Lauren's consistent pursuit of the law and government realm. Lauren decided to utilize her degree to further pursue a Masters of Arts in... Read More →
avatar for April Boyle

April Boyle

Founder and Executive Director, Build Institute
April Jones Boyle, Founder and Executive Director Build Institute | April was a start-up 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... Read More →
avatar for Regina Ann Campbell

Regina Ann Campbell

Managing Director, Placed-Based Entrepreneurship, TechTown Detroit
Regina Ann Campbell, 2016 DEW committee chair, serves as the managing director for place-based entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit, where she’s responsible for the daily operations and supporting entrepreneurship through many of TechTown’s programs. Since joining TechTown in 2013, Campbell has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, assisted with the launch of multiple Detroit startups and has served as DEW committee chair since the... Read More →
avatar for Devita Davison

Devita Davison

Director, Marketing & Communications, FoodLab Detroit
Devita Davison is currently the Marketing & Communications Director at FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit organization that serves the role as convener of 160+ food entrepreneurs, storyteller, and -- with the momentum of a whole community -- catalyst for movement among good food businesses in Detroit. In her role, she manages communications projects and provides leadership in developing and implementing internal and external communication efforts... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Co-founder, Bamboo Detroit
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 regularly for Entrepreneur Magazine on Detroit's startup scene and has won local and nationally recognition for her writing and community building work.
avatar for Wayne Ramocan

Wayne Ramocan

Wayne is a Build graduate, native Detroiter, community advocate, and cultural ambassador. With four years working with the Skillman Foundation Good Neighborhoods, he was responsible for launching the Live in Osborn initiative to revitalize a 5 block area and curb population loss in the neighborhood. He has served with local and national organizations: Boys Hope Girls Hope, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Detroit Opera House’s Bravo... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Bamboo Detroit 1442 Brush Street, Suite 200

9:00am

Pose It, Solve It, Pay It Forward - Detroit Startup Week Ideas Wall
Live Ideas Wall @ Detroit Startup Week Base Camp!

Join Detroit Startup Week in shaping the future of Detroit's Startup Ecosystem
Attendees from all sessions and events are invited to come and submit ideas in three key areas:

"Pose It” // Challenges / Problems (Pain points you don’t know how to fix)
“Solve It” // Solutions (Doesn’t need to make money... Innovative solutions to problems we see)
"Pay It Forward” //  (Got A Business You Won’t Build… Give it to the ecosystem! New App? New Project? Leave your email if you want to be involved)

The best of the ideas will be posted to social media. #IdeasWall #DETSW16

Results from the wall will be tallied, compiled and seed an annual Detroit Startup Week - Detroit Startup Ecosystem analysis and report with measured steps and goals for growth and solution progress.


10:00am

Detroit Bikes Factory Tour
Take a bus to Detroit's West side and tour the Detroit Bike's facility. Established in 2011, Detroit Bikes manufactures bicycles from American made steel, and is one of the country's largest bicycle manufacturers.


***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. http://www.ridehop.com/

10:00am

Venture Capital Speaker Panel
During this one hour panel discussion, listen as some of the country's most successful early-stage investors discuss must-hear tips and insights for startups looking to raise seed funding for their company.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Hamilton

Zach Hamilton

Associate, Venture51
Founding his first company at age 12 – Zach has started, sold, and failed several companies. He stays plugged in to the entrepreneurial community and helps Venture51 spot the the hottest up and coming technologies. His responsibilities include sourcing, early-stage outreach, due diligence, investor communications, and marketing. His areas of interest include the On-Demand Economy, Fintech, P2P Lending, and Latent Capacity Optimization... Read More →
avatar for Gabe Karp

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 currently sits on several boards of companies in the DVP portfolio. Prior to joining DVP, Gabe was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of ePrize, Inc. (now HelloWorld, Inc.), an interactive promotions company representing 75 of the top 100 brands in the world. As a member of the executive... Read More →
avatar for Rob McDonald

Rob McDonald

Co-Founder, Brandery
@Brandery Co-Founder. Vine St. Ventures Co-Manager. Partner @TaftLaw. @CincySymphony @DanBeardCouncil @ACGCincinnati Boards. @DukeU and @WUSTL Grad.
avatar for Jason Mendelson

Jason Mendelson

Founder, Foundry Group
Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Jason was a software engineer and attorney deeply engaged in the startup ecosystem. Today, he enjoys leveraging his past experiences to partner with entrepreneurs to build great companies.Jason has over 15 years of experience in the venture capital and technology industries in a multitude of investing, operational and engineering roles. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, Jason was a Managing Director and... Read More →
avatar for Jonathon Triest

Jonathon Triest

Ludlow Ventures, Founder & Managing Partner
Jonathon is the founder and managing partner of Ludlow Ventures and Sandwich Fund. Prior to launching Ludlow, Jonathon worked as creative director for New York’s Discovery Productions. He founded and operated Triest Group, a design firm with a deep UI/UX focus. In addition to his role at Ludlow, Jonathon is a Kauffman Fellow and a mentor at numerous technology accelerators. He is board member of The Trico Foundation and Venture for America... Read More →


10:00am

Mentor Sessions / May 26
Meet one on one with experts and members of Detroit business community! Read the mentor bios below and follow the link to Slotted to book your session. Each mentoring session is 25 minutes - arrive on time to check in! 

Mo Sabbagh
Area Manager, Chase for Business
Funding & Finance
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions
Mo joined Chase Bank in 2005 and is currently an Area Manager specializing in helping local entrepreneurs establish their early stage businesses. He is a trusted advisor to many in the Detroit community when it comes to financial series and startup funding.  He has been working with Business Owners for over 22 years, including over 10 years of operating his own businesses. Mo was Raised, and educated in the Detroit Metropolitan area, and is a graduate of Wayne State University. He lives in Dearborn Heights, MI with his wife, and 4 children.

Alvin Givens
Vice President, Middle Market Technology Banking, Chase Bank
Tech & Finance
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions
Alvin Givens is a Vice President in the Middle Market Technology Banking group based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to his move to the Technology Group in December of 2014, Alvin served as a banker in the Core Middle Market. He covers the Midwest for the MM Technology Group. Alvin has worked at JPMorgan Chase since 2004, serving as a Vice President in the Indianapolis Middle Market until his transition to the Technology Team. Alvin is actively involved in the Indianapolis community, serving on the board of TechPoint, iDew (IT Diversity-Enhanced Workforce – an IU School of Informatics &; Computing Initiative), ALHIT (a committee focused on growing healthcare IT companies in Indiana), Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation, and the Purdue University Technology Park Advisory Council, among others.

Alvin holds a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 to 1981. Alvin resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife Nadine. They have two children.

Erin Bonahoom
Founding member of Canvas Legal, PLC
Small Business & Startup Law
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions

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 a wide range of industries on formation, governance, employment, general operations, commercial real estate, construction, and compliance issues. She spends most of her time working with business leaders on the challenges and opportunities they encounter, which she understands first hand as a business owner. Erin is also a facilitator at the Build Institute in Detroit, where she gets to work with amazing entrepreneurs on how to start their own business, how to create a business plan and plan for the future. Erin was previously an attorney at one of Detroit’s largest corporate law firms for almost a decade where she represented and counseled national corporations, government entities, and small businesses.


Google
Digital Advertising Team
Digital Marketing & Marketing Strategy
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions

Soledia Capital
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions
Solidea augments the management consulting practice of Acquis Consulting Group by leveraging our expertise to help emerging firms at various stages better position themselves to be exceptional players in the marketplace. We use smaller team configurations and high-touch services to integrate seamlessly into client environments and support strategic and tactical objectives. Solidea is in the unique position to offer entrepreneurs full support, from strategy to execution. We streamline the process and accelerate growth exponentially, supporting and implementing every step of the way. It is an unprecedented model for a firm working with emerging companies.

Paul Mersino
Shareholder and Attorney, Butzel Long
Law
Sign up here: https://www.slotted.co/detroitmentorsessions
Paul is a shareholder in the Detroit office of Butzel Long, one of the largest law firms in the state. He is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group where he represents companies in a number of areas including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, and non-competition and trade secret disputes. Mr. Mersino also represents and advises a number of Startup companies, assisting them with their legal needs and matching them with potential venture capital funding. He was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation every year since 2012.

11:00am

Fireside Chat: Jake Sigal of Tome
Founded in metro Detroit, Tome’s team of owls does the heavy tech lifting for established companies and leading innovators across a range of markets. With a small flock of engineers and proven management dedicated to creating incredible, customized user experiences at the point where hardware meets software, Tome deploys the latest high-tech tools to solve some of the world’s most interesting problems for clients including Ford Motor Co., Humanscale and SRAM Corp. The resulting solutions often lead directly to new products and services for Tome’s partners operating at the forefront of the larger Internet of Things movement. Jake Sigal and Massimo Baldini founded Tome in 2014 after they sold their first company, Livio, to Ford.

Speakers
avatar for Jake Sigal

Jake Sigal

Tome
A proud graduate of Ohio University, Jake invented the original USB turntable at Numark before he went to work on satellite radio products at Delphi. He founded his first startup, Livio, in 2008 and spent five years developing Internet radios and a language that lets mobile apps and hardware systems communicate. Ford bought Livio in 2013 and Jake founded Tome to explore the Internet of Things tech space.


11:00am

Native <> Newcomer Panel
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#/


Moderators
avatar for Niles Heron

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Roslyn Karamoko

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 →
avatar for Luther Keith

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 →
avatar for Nicole Mangis

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 →
avatar for Seun Oyewole

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 →
avatar for Benjamin Seidman

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.
avatar for Shannon Smith

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 →


11:00am

Crowdfunding 101 Q&A: Community Capital as a Tool for Growth

Crowdfunding is about more than just raising money. It serves to validate demand, build communities of support, and so much more.

Join us for a panel discussion around how crowdfunding is a tool used to cultivate community by tapping into your existing network and creating a new one. This discussion will focus less on the nuts and bolts of each crowdfunding platform. Attendees will receive a 1-pager takeaway overview of each organization.

Panelists: Razi Jafri (Kiva Zip),  Rob St. Mary (Patronicity), Jeff Aronoff (Sidewalk Ventures), Rhiannon Chester (ioby), Shelly Watts (Thoughtful Missions), Todd Kropp (Detroit City Football Club); Joanna Dueweke (Detroit SOUP)

Moderator: David Tessler (Michigan Funders)

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Rhiannon Chester

Rhiannon Chester

Rhiannon Chester, Detroit Action Strategist, ioby | | A Detroit native, Rhiannon is passionate about connecting people to resources whether funds, information or other people. Inspired by the will, spirit, and innovation of the residents of Detroit, Rhiannon is committed to working with often marginalized communities towards sustainable change. Much of her background is in community organizing and outreach.Working closely within the LGBTQ... Read More →
avatar for Joanna Dueweke

Joanna Dueweke

Neighborhood Director, Detroit SOUP
Joanna Dueweke grew up in Traverse City, Michigan where she developed a love of local interests and grassroots organizing. After graduating from college, she moved to the Detroit area to start a career in communications. While spending time learning about small businesses in the city writing for an online publication, The Awesome Mitten, and working for the Detroit Regional Chamber, Joanna's interests became more focused on social justice and the... Read More →
avatar for Razi Jafri

Razi Jafri

Razi Jafri is a Detroit-based activist, social entrepreneur, designer,. He is currently working on a social impact mobile app for purchasing meals for the needy at restaurants, coffee shops, and food trucks. He is currently doing a part-time fellowship with the microlending nonprofit Kiva.org in Detroit. He is also a member of the Spring 2016 fellowship in human centered design at Civilla, a center for social innovation based in Detroit.
TK

Todd Kropp

Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer, Detroit City FC
Todd directs the team's merchandising, ticketing and game day operations and manages the company’s finances. With a background in healthcare administration, Todd possesses expertise in operations management and budgeting. Detroit City FC recently completed the largest community investment campaign to date in Michigan, raising over $720,000 that will be put directly towards the renovation of historic Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck.
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Rob St. Mary

Director of Outreach, Patronicity
After a 14 year career in commercial & public radio, I decided to take the lessons learned on the streets covering neighborhoods, arts, & culture, and turn them outward as a way of improving the things I’ve loved all my life. As not only a Patronicity employee but a success story, I know what the platform can do for the individual and the larger community to open opportunity. Beyond my work here, I’m also a huge film and music fan... Read More →
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Shelly Watts

Founder, Thoughtful Missions
Shelly Watts is the Founder of Thoughtful Missions, a fundraising consulting firm. She is extremely passionate about using crowdfunding to help nonprofits with their fundraising strategy. She believes that a donor-centered approach is the key to a successful and sustainable fundraising plan. She started Thoughtful Missions out of a need to put action to her faith and heart for humanitarian causes such as fighting human trafficking... Read More →


11:00am

Everything You Need to Know About Growth in Startups
Join us for technology panel focused on growth in startups. Topics will include marketing, growing your company, growing your product to fit market needs, and venture capital.

Moderators
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Shane Bliemaster

CEO, Marketing Supply Company
Shane Bliemaster is a 10 year veteran of the internet startup industries in San Francisco and New York City. With a strong passion for tech and startups, Shane has helped build, launch, and advise over 40 startups in areas of marketing, growth, product, business development, and overall strategy. | | Shane is currently the CEO of Marketing Supply Company, a data-driven marketing and customer acquisition agency located in Detroit. Before that... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeff Carter

West Loop Ventures
Jeff is the Co-Founder of HydePark Angels, the most active angel investment network in the midwest. He is also manager of West Loop Ventures, a fund focusing on seed and series A investment.Before that, Jeff was an independent speculator for Carter Trading for 23 years and a Financial Commentator for Fox Business, Bloomberg, and CNBC for over 14 years.Jeff got his bacherlors degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois Champagne in 1984... Read More →
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Jeff Epstein

Founder, Ambassador
Jeff is the Founder of Ambassador. | | Ambassador gives any company the tools to turbo-charge their referral program, turning their customers into brand Ambassadors. | | Use Ambassador to easily create, track & manage custom incentives that drive referrals and evangelize your users. It's as simple as pasting a javascript snippet or can be seamlessly integrated via API. | | Integrate Ambassador into the existing applications you already use... Read More →
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Joe Malcoun

CEO, Nutshell CRM
Joe is the CEO of Nutshell CRM, and President of CKM Capital Partners. He also serves as the President of the board of directors of 826Michigan, and is the Secretary to the board of directors for 826National. | | Joe got his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan as well as his MBA with a focus on environmental policy, finance, and strategy.
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Bob Marsh

CEO, LevelEleven
Bob has spent 18 years in sales and sales management. He joined ePrize in 2000, where he played a key role in taking the organization from a small start-up to today's dominant player in the consumer promotions and loyalty category that serves more than 50% of the Fortune 500 brands. Bob secured some of ePrize's top clients, including Delta Airlines, Ford, American Express, General Motors, Target and General Mills. | | In 2010, Bob led the... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
4th Floor, Room B #ChaseBasecamp / Masonic Temple

12:00pm

1:00pm

Pitch Panel Sponsored by Solidea Capital
Join us for a casual pitch panel! Five entrepreneurs from our region will pitch for valuable feedback and advice from Solidea Capital. Solidea Capital is the venture advisory practice of Acquis Consulting Group – a New York City based boutique strategic
management consulting firm.

Solidea helps accelerate the growth of promising seed stage companies by providing a suite of strategic support in exchange for equity. Additionally, through our partnership with the Associate, Solidea runs the ACTEcelerator Travel Accelerator Program by providing advisory support to the platform’s portfolio of companies. Solidea’s mandate is to create real, measurable value for its portfolio and partner companies while reducing investment risk, ultimately driving atypically aggressive returns for our efforts.

Speakers
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Solidea Capital

Solidea Capital stands alone in the world of private equity. We offer emerging companies resources traditionally only available to larger, more established companies, and in so doing, we're changing the game for entrepreneurs with great ideas.


1:00pm

Music Career 360
Learn and explore new tools for managing the business side of your musical career. Areas include direct-to-fan marketing, digital distribution services and concert tools, monetizing your videos and a variety of other services to help you market yourself and your brand.

Speakers
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April Woodard

Senior Account Manager, Digital Lungz
April Woodard is the Senior Account Manager at Digital Lungz, a full-service artist administration company specializing in music publishing and social-cause marketing catered to musicians, film producers, and social entrepreneurs. April has managed, consulted and developed digital strategies, social campaigns and administrative services for artists both locally and nationally.


2:00pm

Dan Gilbert: What Makes Detroit An Attractive Place to Launch a Fintech Company

It is a well-known narrative that Detroit is in the middle of a transformation from a muscle economy to a brain economy. However, there is a part of the story that is still relatively untold, but quietly gaining momentum as Detroit sets its sights on the world of financial technology, a.k.a. “fintech.”

 

Join Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert as he leads a discussion with four experts in the fintech space across the region about why Detroit is an attractive place to launch a company and what needs to continue to happen in order for the environment to become even more attractive.


 


Speakers
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Mike Duncan

CEO, Bankjoy
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Dan Gilbert

Dan Gilbert is Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., the nation’s second largest mortgage lender. He is also Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, the umbrella entity for his portfolio of business and real estate investments, and majority owner of the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Rock Ventures and its more than 110 affiliated companies across the country employ more than 25,000 team members.Since 2013, Detroit-based Quicken Loans... Read More →
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Josh Luber

StockX
Josh Luber is the co-founder and CEO of StockX, the world’s first “stock market of things”. StockX is an online marketplace, initially focused on sneakers, which connects buyers and sellers using the same method as the world’s stock markets – an anonymous, transparent and authentic ‘bid/ask’ market. Before StockX, Josh founded Campless while working as an IBM consultant. Campless, which evolved into StockX, was a “sneakerhead... Read More →
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Jason Raznick

CEO, Benzinga
Jason is a passionate entrepreneur and the founder of Benzinga, a financial media company based out of Metro Detroit. He founded two successful Internet companies prior to Benzinga. In the first five months, Benzinga grew to over 50k active members. Benzinga currently serves over 3 million readers in over 125 countries each month. Jason has been quoted throughout the media in places such as CNBC, Fox Business, NPR and Wall Street Journal.
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Steven Robert

CEO, Autobooks
Steve Robert is the co-founder and CEO of Autobooks, the first fully integrated payments and accounting platform for Small Business - delivered exclusively through financial institutions. Autobooks provides a receivables solution to banks & credit unions similar to how they offer bill-pay today for expense management.Prior to Autobooks, Steve spent the past 15 years as the technical co-founder & CIO at Michigan-based Billhighway, an enterprise... Read More →


2:00pm

Detroit Bikes Factory Tour- Session 2
Take a bus to Detroit's West side and tour the Detroit Bike's facility. Established in 2011, Detroit Bikes manufactures bicycles from American made steel, and is one of the country's largest bicycle manufacturers.


***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use code 'Startup' to access our schedule. http://www.ridehop.com/

2:00pm

Vehicles for Change: Presentation of the Keys
The Vehicles for Change inc. car award during Start Up Week aims to inspire conversation around the mobility needs of Detroiters.  Mobility is one of the important factors in gaining financial independence.   If you do not have access to reliable transportation how can you advance your quality of life?  

Join us in answering the action by giving a hand up to those in the Detroit area. On May 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Masonic Temple main entrance we will hand the keys to three vehicles over to the recipients of the program.

You can also find out how to support the program during this event.   


**Our rain location for this event will be the grand entryway on the West side of the Masonic temple. Please enter through the normal doors in the case of rain and our team will direct you.

About Vehicles for Change:

Vehicles for Change Inc. (VFC) empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training.
In 1999, VFC began building a sustainable car award and automotive training programs. VFC took its first step towards national expansion by opening up its second location in Detroit, Michigan in 2015.  This is all possible by vehicle donations from the public, VFC receives 99 percent of its car donations from the public. We repair cars that meet our quality standards and award them for as little as $850 to eligible families, who are referred to us by social service agencies.

Speakers
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Tim Becker

Chief Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Tim Becker is chief deputy director for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. | | Becker previously served as chief deputy director for the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and as the senior deputy director for Operations Administration, where he was responsible for the MDCH’s budget, finance, auditing and purchasing. | | During his tenure at MDCH, the state implemented several successful transformation... 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 global leadership in the mobile and games industries. Her experience includes heading Disney Mobile’s worldwide distribution to mobile manufacturers and running... Read More →
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Teresa McFadden

Director of Operations, Vehicles for Change
Teresa has been with VFC for 6 years with over 9 years experience in the non-profit industry; working previously with Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake with accounts receivable and retail management. In 2000, Teresa started her career at Baltimore City Public Schools system in the Individualized Education Program for students with special needs. She studied business management and is also well versed in automotive repairs, parts and... Read More →
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Louis D. Piszker

CEO, Wayne Metro CAA
As the CEO of Wayne Metro Community Action Agency it is my responsibility to uphold the agency's mission to empower low-income people and strengthen communities through diverse services, leadership and collaboration. Leading the programmatic, financial and information systems and economic development activities for the community action agency serving low-income persons in 43 communities in Wayne County, I oversee a budget exceeding $40 million... Read More →
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Martin Schwartz

President, Vehicles for Change
Martin SchwartzPresident, Vehicles for ChangeBS in Accounting and MGA in Information Systems Design – University of MarylandMartin started Vehicles for Change (VFC) in April 1999 with a $30,000 grant. The program awarded its first car in Carroll County, Maryland awarding 5 cars per month. Martin has directed an expansion that including MD, VA, MI, PA, NY, MA and NH. VFC has changed the lives of more than 13,000 individuals through the... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Front Steps @ #ChaseBasecamp 500 Temple Ave, Detroit MI 48201

2:00pm

Free Head Shots @ #ChaseBasecamp

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 Chase Basecamp (500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201) from 2-4pm May 23-27. Sign up for a time below via the provided link.

ENTER YOUR NAME, EMAIL & PREFERED TIME HERE.

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

 


2:30pm

Motown, Marketing, Music and More: Forging a Career in an Entrepreneurial Music Industry
In the contemporary entertainment industry, it is necessary to conduct yourself with the mindset of an entrepreneurial, self employed businessman. Delivered through the lens of the newly founded Detroit Institute of Music Education, now in its second year, this presentation will dive into the concepts of mentorship, networking, versatility, open-mindedness, and "simple done well." Speaker Drew Schultz will mix live drumming demonstrations with stories and lessons taken from his career on paying dues, following unexpected paths, connecting with heroes, advocating for music education, and taking steps to forging a long and sustainable career in a reliably unreliable industry.

Speakers
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Drew Schultz

Drum Instructor, DIME
Drummer, Songwriter, and Producer Drew Schultz learned the ins and outs of soul music under the mentorship of Funk Brothers drummer Uriel Jones and original Earth, Wind, & Fire member Ralph Johnson. Schultz earned his stripes in the industry during a five year stint playing drums/percussion, and conducting on the road with legendary Motown groups the Four Tops and Temptations. He has also appeared on stage backing up Aretha Franklin, Martha... Read More →


3:00pm

Food For Thought: Workplace Culture Q&A

Why does company culture matter? We've all heard about "start-up" culture - but is there more to the picture? 

Joe Hessling, CEO of Verii, will address how food, wellness, and employee-centered values can shape company culture - and more importantly, how company culture can influence success.


Speakers
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Joseph Hessling

CEO, Verii
Joe Hessling is the Founder and CEO of Verii, a technology company providing small businesses in-office snack and drink solutions through an app-based purchasing platform. A serial entrepreneur, Joe began his career in the restaurant business at a young age. Over the past 25 years, he has founded, owned and operated several companies in the food-services industry. In addition to Verii, Joe is also the CEO and founder of 365 Retail Markets, a... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
4th Floor, Room B #ChaseBasecamp / Masonic Temple

3:00pm

Elements of a Great Pitch for Tech Companies
​Join Jared Stasik, Vice President at Detroit Venture Partners as he shares the most critical elements that need to be part of your pitch. Having listened to many pitches, Jared is an expert at giving entrepreneurs advice on how to ensure they incorporate everything an investor wants to hear. After a short presentation from Jared, attendees will have an opportunity to pitch to Jared and get real time feedback to help them craft the perfect pitch. ​ 

Speakers
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Jared Stasik

Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
Lives, works, and raises a family in Detroit. Big sports fan and President of the Jim Harbaugh fan club. UM Ross BBA, Berkeley-Haas MBA.


3:30pm

Uncommon Conversations - New School vs Old School w/ Keynote by Chris Genteel, Head of Diversity Markets at Google
Chris Genteel, Head of Diversity Markets and Supplier Diversity at Google will open this session with a keynote discussing the diversity in business.

Immediately following keynote the floor will open forum discussion in Detroit's Startup Ecosystem on diversity & inclusion and distance between Detroit's newest entrepreneurs and those that existed before Detroit's latest surge.

Discussion topics will gather around 3 keys themes - Pose It, Solve It, Pay It Forward: 
"Pose It” // Challenges / Problems (Pain points you don’t know how to fix)
“Solve It” // Solutions (Doesn’t need to make money... Innovative solutions to problems we see)
"Pay It Forward” //  (Got A Business You Won’t Build… Give it to the ecosystem! New App? New Project? Leave your email if you want to be involved)

Results from the Uncommon Conversations forum will directly feed the live (May 23-27, 2016) Detroit Startup Week Ideas Wall.  The best of the ideas will be posted to social media. #IdeasWall #DETSW16

Results from the wall will be tallied, compiled and seed an annual Detroit Startup Week - Detroit Startup Ecosystem analysis and report with measured steps and goals for growth and solution progress.

Happy Hour Sponsored by Solidea Capital immediately following.

Uncommon Conversations is a gathering developed to bring together diverse tech leads who have launched successful ventures in Metro Detroit for uncommon conversations and resource exchanges.

Speakers
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Chris Genteel

Head of Diversity Markets and Supplier Diversity, Google
Chris leads Google’s efforts to make its products useful and accessible to diverse businesses and their communities. His team works to support businesses and organizations who are underrepresented on the web through Accelerate with Google. Before that he was Online Sales Manager for Google AdWords where he was named Americas Impact Award for helping mid-sized to Fortune 500 B2B customers grow online. Chris received the President’s Award... Read More →


3:30pm

BizGrid Community Feedback Session

Created in 2011, the BizGrid is Detroit's go-to resource for entrepreneurial support organizations and services. While the website has been kept up-to-date over time, the printed infographic has not been updated since its original launch approximately four years ago.


Thanks to funding made available by NEIdeas through the DEGC, the physical print infographic is being redesigned and updated by Good Done Daily (GDD).

Prior to printing the new version of the BizGrid, the Community Feedback session will serve as a final opportunity for service providers, entrepreneurs and community members alike to offer their perspective and insights.

At this meeting, we will also unveil our BizGrid Authorized program and highlight our BizGrid Service Provider Agreement.

Please make it a priority to have someone from your organization present at this event. If you cannot attend, please let us know at info@detroitbizgrid.com.     


Moderators
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Kenneth Andejeski

Senior Fellow, Challenge Detroit
As an urbanist and human-centered designer, Kenny explores the intersection of entrepreneurship, education and community economic development in revitalizing urban spaces. Kenny currently works as a freelance strategist and consultant in Detroit with contracts through the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Human Scale Studio. He is also a Challenge Detroit alumni who captains teams in the Detroit Hoops League and Detroit Ultimate Frisbee... Read More →

4:00pm

Lawn Guru - the Uber of Lawn Service Fireside Chat with Skye Durrant
Join us for a fireside chat with one of the Lawn Guru Founders, Skye Durrant, on how their connected service is quickly becoming the Uber of Lawn cutting.

Speakers
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Skye Durrant

Co-founder, LawnGuru
Skye Durrant is the President and Co-founder of LawnGuru, the leading platform for on-demand lawn care and snow removal services. LawnGuru is a Batch 15 portfolio company at 500 Startups and winner of “Best Product or Service” at the 2015 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.


4:00pm

Techstars Mobility and Why Detroit?

Techstars is one of the world’s leading startup accelerators, and when they decided to open a mobility-focused incubator they could have chosen any city in the world – but they chose Detroit. Hear them talk about why, as well as the founders of Lunar and SPLT – Techstars Mobility graduates – discuss why they chose to stay in Detroit and build their companies here.

Moderator: Dan Ratliff (Fontinalis Partners)

Panelists: Lisa Seymour (Techstars Mobility), Anya Babbitt (founder, SPLT), Hunter Rosenblume (founder & CEO, Lunar), Rohith Varanasi (founder & CTO, Lunar)


***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use the code 'Startup' to acccess our schedule. http://www.ridehop.com/ 

***If you plan on attending this panel, please register ahead of time to streamline the check-in process once you arrive at Ford Field. All attendees will need to sign in with security upon entering Ford Field. Please see the attached map of the Techstars office for parking and other information.  


Moderators
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Dan Ratliff

Associate, Fontinalis
Dan is an Associate at Fontinalis, where he is responsible for supporting the company’s efforts in numerous areas including new investments, existing portfolio companies, administrative and reporting, and fund raising. Dan works with the Fontinalis investment team conducting research, analyzing, and evaluating new investment opportunities, collaborating with portfolio companies on strategic and financial analyses, and supporting the firm’s... Read More →

Speakers
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Anya Babbitt

Founder/CEO, SPLT
As a marketing entrepreneur, Ms. Babbitt has successfully provided marketing strategies and/or services to such notable institutions and luxury brands as Wilmer Hale (formerly Hale & Dorr), Trilogy Capital Partners, the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), Vicomte A., Hermes, Cartier, Bombardier, Frasier Yachts, L'Oreal, Maybach, Concours d'Elegance, Citizens Energy Corporation and all international and domestic polo clubs. Congruous with her... Read More →
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Hunter Rosenblume

CEO & Co-Founder, Lunar Labs
Hunter is the CEO of Lunar Labs, a Detroit-based telecom that provides premium smartphones with affordable pay-as-you-go service. Rather than paying for some arbitrary number of gigabytes each month, Lunar users pay for what they want, each day, as they need it. Prior to Lunar, Hunter served as the Director of Georgia Tech's pre-accelerator Startup Semester, worked as a software engineer/analyst for Detroit Venture Partners, and developed queuing... Read More →
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Lisa Seymour

Program Manager, Techstars Mobility
Lisa is the program manager for Techstars Mobility in Detroit. Previously she worked with Duo Security, and Wayne State Athletics. | | Lisa holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and Mangement, and an MBA from Wayne State University.
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Rohith Varanasi

CTO & Co-founder, Lunar Labs
Rohith is the CTO of Lunar Labs, a Detroit-based telecom that provides premium smartphones with affordable pay-as-you-go service. Rather than paying for some arbitrary number of gigabytes each month, Lunar users pay for what they want, each day, as they need it. Before founding Lunar, Rohith was a software engineer at Monmouth Telecom, avid attendee of hackathons, and a senior in high school in central New Jersey.



Thursday May 26, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Techstars Mobility 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226

4:00pm

4:00pm

"I'm not a businessman. I'm a business. Man!”:
A panel discussion regarding the importance of understanding copyright and music publishing in today's music industry. Topics include protecting and monetizing your intellectual property, and avoiding infringement issues.

Speakers
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Howard Abrams

Specializing in copyright and such related areas as entertainment and computer law, Professor Abrams has authored a multi-volume treatise on the law of copyright, co-authored a casebook on copyright and has authored and co-authored a number of significant scholarly articles. He served as the American Reporter on author's rights for the XIIIth International Congress on Comparative Law(Montreal 1990) and as the General Reporter for the XIVth... Read More →
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Cedric Louie

VP of Acquisitions and A&R, Serchlite Publishing/BMG Chrysalis
Cedric Louie is VP of Acquisitions and A&R at Serchlite Publishing/BMG Chrysalis and the owner of Handz Up Management. Cedric also acted as the Technical Director and Producer on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Through years of experience in the industry, Cedric has a strong familiarity and understanding of the industry's ins and outs.
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Drew Schultz

Drum Instructor, DIME
Drummer, Songwriter, and Producer Drew Schultz learned the ins and outs of soul music under the mentorship of Funk Brothers drummer Uriel Jones and original Earth, Wind, & Fire member Ralph Johnson. Schultz earned his stripes in the industry during a five year stint playing drums/percussion, and conducting on the road with legendary Motown groups the Four Tops and Temptations. He has also appeared on stage backing up Aretha Franklin, Martha... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
4th Floor, Room B #ChaseBasecamp / Masonic Temple

4:30pm

Happy Hour @ #ChaseBasecamp Sponsored By Solidea Capital
Happy Hour hosted by Solidea Capital.  Come mix and mingle with Detroit Startup Week with a special concentration of tech entrepreneurs, investors and Angels during the last Happy Hour of the week! Open to all attendees.

Sponsors
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Solidea Capital

Solidea Capital stands alone in the world of private equity. We offer emerging companies resources traditionally only available to larger, more established companies, and in so doing, we're changing the game for entrepreneurs with great ideas.


5:00pm

Designing A Brand

A showcase and brand and storytelling of successful local brands across a wide range of sectors. Each brand will have a booth showcasing one or more product as well as branding materials and have 10-minute presentation telling their story and sharing a few key factors to successful brand development. Focus is on product design and branding, for any entrepreneur wanting to build a brand and elevate their business.

Come meet some of Detroit's favorite startup brands, including: BonBonBon, Christina Fehan, Corbe Company, Detroit Bikes and The Smile Brand!

Themes include: 

What is the difference between your “business” and your “brand”? (Is there a difference?)

 How important is your story to creating your brand?

What is the role of art/design (graphic/web design, creative marketing, package design etc…) in conveying your story and creating your branding image?

 Why is creating your brand/image key to building a successful business? How does it help connect you to your key demographic?

What are unique challenges (or advantages) to brand development in your sector?



Speakers
PS

Phillip Simpson

Phillip Simpson is the founder of The Smile Brand.



5:30pm

Detroit Urban Sustainability Happy Hour Meetup - Civic Innovation

Join Detroit's Urban Sustainability Happy Hour Meetup for a special Detroit Startup Week gathering in May. Alex B Hill and OpenIDEO will facilitate this month's discussion on open data, community engagement, and mapping.

Alex's work challenges us that beginning to collect and share data on an open platform is an importation step, but not a full solution. "We’ve come to think that the next app, data aggregator, or web map (line up the buzzwords: big data, information age, government-as-a-platform, transparency, crowdfunding, open data, civic tech) will change the world – but it is people who change the world with data, not vice versa. We must learn to prioritize people and their needs as we push open data. Data is often about fast responses and short timeframes for launch. Prioritizing people takes more effort and more time, but we must refocus or we will be lost among the tabular data."

Cassie and other members of the new Detroit chapter of OpenIDEO will lead a interactive human-centered design activity that builds on these themes and challenges our assumptions about creating community solutions.

**CASH BAR**

Supported by the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. Use the code 'Startup' to acccess our schedule. http://www.ridehop.com/   


Speakers
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Cassie Coravos

Cassie Coravos is a design facilitator with OpenIDEO, a global community working together to design solutions for the world’s biggest challenges.
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Alex Hill

Alex has more than 10 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations on campaigns that impact policies and communities. As a data nerd and anthropologist, Alex finds meaningful stories to tell whether he’s sifting through spreadsheets or interviewing people. Alex is able to combine human experiences with data and analytics to elevate strategies for all types of organizations. When Alex isn’t working, he can be found making maps of... Read More →


Thursday May 26, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
St Cece's Pub 1426 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

6:00pm

Hackers & Hustlers Town Hall
Hackers & Hustlers Town Hall is an open gathering set to bring together Detroit's Tech Startup Ecosystem for a solution-oriented forum on what we need to accomplish next to further Detroit's entrepreneurial environment.

Chase Lee, CTO Ambassador and lead admin for Hackers & Hustlers will open this session with a welcome and set-up for the session.

Discussion topics will gather around 3 keys themes - Pose It, Solve It, Pay It Forward: 
"Pose It” // Challenges / Problems (Pain points you don’t know how to fix)
“Solve It” // Solutions (Doesn’t need to make money... Innovative solutions to problems we see)
"Pay It Forward” //  (Got A Business You Won’t Build… Give it to the ecosystem! New App? New Project? Leave your email if you want to be involved)

Results from the H&H forum will directly feed the live (May 23-27, 2016) Detroit Startup Week Ideas Wall.  The best of the ideas will be posted to social media. #IdeasWall #DETSW16

Results from the wall will be tallied, compiled and seed an annual Detroit Startup Week - Detroit Startup Ecosystem analysis and report with measured steps and goals for growth and solution progress.

Happy Hour Sponsored by Solidea Capital immediately preceeding.
HopCat event immediately following.

Speakers
avatar for Chase Lee

Chase Lee

CTO, Ambassador
Chase Lee is one of the original founders of Hackers & Hustlers and is the CTO of Ambassador, a Metro Detroit-based startup whose referral marketing platform helps companies turn their current customers into brand ambassadors. Ambassador was a member of the 2011 Techstars NYC class and has helped power some of the world’s largest refer a friend campaigns. Prior to Ambassador, he co-founded and served as the CTO of Fetchnotes, makers of mobile... Read More →



6:30pm

Small But Mighty: How Festivals can be a Catalyst for Community Change
Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate anything from culture and traditions to music and food. More than just a celebration, festivals can be a catalyst for change by supporting local businesses, activating areas of the city not normally activated, bringing diverse groups of people together for collaboration, showcasing the assets of a community, and more.

Visual presentations (20 slides for 20 seconds per presentor) of various community festivals in Detroit that started small and has grown into something transformational for the community. 

Presenters include: Mark Loeb (Palmer Park Art Festival), Matt Klipper (Dally in the Alley), Ryan Myers-Johnson (Sidewalk Arts Festival), James Hartrick (Crash Detroit), Eugene Strobe (Hamtramck Music Festival) 

+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Klipper

Matt Klipper

President, North Cass Community Union
Matt Klipper is the president of the North Cass Community Union, the parent organization responsible for organizing the Dally in the Alley, and is also responsible for managing the logistics of the 39 year old street-fair. By day, he is an account director at Sapient Nitro working on various FCA automotive accounts. Born and raised in the heart of the Cass Corridor just outside of Downtown Detroit, he's been president of the NCCU and been running... Read More →
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Mark Loeb

Innovator, Integrity Shows
I lead an eventful life. Organizing events and art projects for over thirty years. The first fifteen years with commercial projects, helping to grow a company to over 200 weekend events in 48 states annually. The last fifteen has been more rewarding. I've been focusing on art projects in the Detroit area. The event addiction means that I make good money organizing projects for other people, and then spend most of it inventing new projects, trying... Read More →
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Ryan Myers-Johnson

Ryan Myers – Johnson is an arts administrator, dance educator and curator of place-based performance. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Film from the University of Michigan. Ryan has extensive experience in event planning, arts administration, management and leadership, stemming from her many years working in the feature film industry and dance production. After completing the obligatory traveling “muse” phase of her arts... Read More →
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Eugene Strobe

Eugene Strobe has been involved in the local music & art scene for several years. He is one of the main organizers for the annual Hamtramck Music Festival (HMF) which attracts thousands of patrons and enlists hundreds of musical acts and dozens of venues during the first weekend of March each year. Strobe has booked music events in the past, some of which helped in efforts to aid Hurricane Katrina school children (2005), as well as the relief... Read More →


7:30pm

Careers, Startups and Beers
Limited Capacity seats available

Careers, Startups and Beers is meant to be a fun, relaxing way to connect with the local startup community, industry professionals, job seekers, job makers and anyone who wants to network and meet smart people.  There’s no agenda, speeches or sales pitches, just good networking fun.

What this event provides:

  • Free Food.  You can’t beat crack fries.

  • Unlimited (or close to it) Beer Options

  • Exposure to talented people and opportunities in the Detroit startup community.

Event sponsors, the ones with the tables, made this possible. Go say ‘hi’! So come, grab a beer, mingle and make some friends!


Exhibitors & Sponsors:

  • Benzinga

  • Daniel Proczko
    Newmind Group

  • Hacker Fellows

  • The Iron Yard

  • Rocket Fiber

For parking information please visit this link: http://hopcat.com/detroit

 

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Shuttle run until 8pm each night, so for this event there will be no return shuttle service. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/   


Exhibitors
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Daniel Proczko

Stylish Marketing Nerd, Newmind Group
Dan is responsible for all marketing activites at Nemwind Group, including: | * Build IT Together (buildittogether.co) - A technology strategy event for executives and IT professionals held 2x a year, in Kalamazoo and Detroit. | * Meetups - Newminders are all about relationships and together with growing organizations, Dan helps organize informal meetups for the technology community. | * Build IT Together Blog - Publishing articles that... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday May 26, 2016 7:30pm - 11:00pm
HopCat 4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
 
Friday, May 27
 

9:00am

9:00am

IoT Avenue - Connected Devices Demo and Showcase with GE, Microsoft, Lochbridge, IBM, Haas and others (9am-4pm)
Come browse and interact with the latest in connected technology. This will be an array of displays and booths, demonstrating what some local and national brands are doing in the area of connected technologies.

Companies in attendance include:
  • GE Digital Factory
  • Gideon AI
  • Amazon
  • Haas Connected Safety
  • Reply Inc
  • GHI Electronics
  • IBM 
  • Microsoft
  • Alsentis Touch Sensing Technology
  • Contextual Services 
  • Lochbridge

Exhibitors
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Amazon

| Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. | Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive... Read More →


9:00am

Pose It, Solve It, Pay It Forward - Detroit Startup Week Ideas Wall
Live Ideas Wall @ Detroit Startup Week Base Camp!

Join Detroit Startup Week in shaping the future of Detroit's Startup Ecosystem
Attendees from all sessions and events are invited to come and submit ideas in three key areas:

"Pose It” // Challenges / Problems (Pain points you don’t know how to fix)
“Solve It” // Solutions (Doesn’t need to make money... Innovative solutions to problems we see)
"Pay It Forward” //  (Got A Business You Won’t Build… Give it to the ecosystem! New App? New Project? Leave your email if you want to be involved)

The best of the ideas will be posted to social media. #IdeasWall #DETSW16

Results from the wall will be tallied, compiled and seed an annual Detroit Startup Week - Detroit Startup Ecosystem analysis and report with measured steps and goals for growth and solution progress.


10:00am

Energy, Efficiency and Environment, enabled by IOT, Big Data and Cloud by IBM

1st E: How can we leverage IOT and Big Data to optimize renewable energy integration in the microgrid or macrogrid by knowing exactly when the sun will shine and wind will blow to balance the energy equation? 

2nd E: How can we drive system or behavior change for resource consumption (electricity/water) so we can do more with less? 3rd E:  what if we can see the air we breathe and know the water we drink?

This presentation will discuss how to leverage the modern IOT and Big Data technology, solution-ed by IBM, to better enable renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and better our environment


Speakers
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Liang Xi Downey

IBM
Liang works for IBM’s Energy & Utility industry to develop business strategy in packaging IBM IOT, Analytics and Cloud technology to achieve renewable energy integration, energy efficiency and improved air quality for IBM’s utility customers, as well as energy and environment service providers. Prior to that, she worked for GM as their connected vehicle IT manager. She also spent 5 years at a Detroit start up – Nextek Power Systems... Read More →


10:00am

BCorps vs. Benefit Corporations
Panel to discuss the difference between benefit corporations and BCorps. Beyond describing the difference, the panel will cover the use of performance metrics, legal implications, pros and cons, and how to get involved. Panelists include Holly Ensign-Barstow of B Lab, Kari Hughes of Buy the Change, Hanna Schulze of Local First, and State Representative Christine Greig, 37th District.


+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond.  

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Holly Ensign-Barstow

Manager of Mission Alignment Department, B Lab
Holly Ensign-Barstow is a Senior Associate for B Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to growing a new sector of the economy, which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Holly is the Manager of B Lab’s Policy and Mission Alignment Department with the aim to make benefit corporations available to entrepreneurs across the country and build a global community of social entrepreneurs. As of May 2016, Holly has been... Read More →
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State Representative Christine Greig

Rep. Christine Greig is in her first term representing Michigan’s 37th District, which comprises Farmington and Farmington Hills.Rep. Greig is committed to bringing tax relief and economic security to Michigan’s hardworking families. In the Legislature, working to improve Michigan’s public schools and ensuring our residents can find good jobs in Michigan will be her top priorities. Before coming to the House, Greig served as a founder and... Read More →
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Kari Hughes

Kari Hughes LLP is the co-founder of Buy The Change LLC, a Michigan based, social enterprise, accessories company and the Buy The Change Foundation, a 501©3 non-profit organization. Buy The Change is one of only a handful of certified BCorps in Michigan.Founded in 2011, the primary focus of Buy The Change is to bring economic empowerment to female artisans in the developing world through the sale of their handcrafted goods. The Buy The Change... Read More →
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Hanna Schulze

Hanna Schulze is the Program and Fund Development Manager at Local First in Grand Rapids. She received her B.S from Grand Valley State University before working under the Marketing Director of the City of Holland, and then as a Marketing Coordinator for the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. Through her passion for local business and economic development, Hanna found herself as part of the Local First team in 2013. Hanna’s interest in local... Read More →


11:00am

Biking from #ChaseBasecamp @ Masonic to Civilla
Limited Capacity full

Throw on your Urbanist specs and join us as we roll through the Cass Corridor, Midtown and Wayne State on our way to Civilla at TechTown. We'll be observing the area's development from the ground up, acknowledging what has changed and what hasn't. 

This bike ride will be followed up by a Lunch-and-Learn discussion at Civilla focusing on Midtown's cityscape. See the event here.

Participants should meet outside in front of #ChaseBasecamp @ the Masonic Temple.

Please mark whether or not you will be bringing your own bike. 

11:00am

Free Crash Course: How to Keep Hackers Away from your Passion
As startup founders, you need to know a little about everything to make your business successful. You don’t need to have a background in information security, but there are a couple things you need to know to make sure an information security incident doesn’t stop your passion.

Join Nick Lewis (CISSP) for a session going over the basics of information security. The session will cover topics such as what to look out for and several common security issues in startups. Additionally, you will have time to pitch your startup idea to get feedback on what you might need to look into for information security.

Speakers
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Nick Lewis

Internet2
Nick Lewis (CISSP) is a Program Manager for Security and Identity at Internet2, where he manages the NET+ security and identity services portfolio, while also contributing to the development of new NET+ offerings in cloud security. Nick rejoined Internet2 in 2015, after previously working here from 2002-2007. Nick has also held positions in information security at the University of Michigan and most recently was Director of IT Security and... Read More →


12:00pm

12:00pm

Civilla: Lunch, Learn, Review & Celebrate
Limited Capacity full

Join us for an afternoon with the Civilla family!

Following a bike ride from DSW Chase Basecamp, the Masonic Temple, to TechTown, we will have a full afternoon of programming for you in Civilla's space. See the schedule below:

Lunch-and-Learn (12:00pm-1:30pm)
Hosted by Civilla & Human Scale Studio

We will be discussing Detroit's cityscape, particularly that which the bike ride passes through on its way to TechTown, and what it means to us. How has it changed? How hasn't it changed? What do you think the future should hold in-store for it?

Spring Fellow Design Review (2:00pm-3:30pm)
Hosted by Civilla Spring Fellows

Curious about what Civilla has been up to this spring? You are about to find out! Working in two distinct teams, Civilla's Spring Fellows have been applying their design thinking minds to a couple of Detroit's core issues. They've invited DSW to be a part of their design review process.

One team has been reimagining the role of parks in urban spaces.
The other has been reimagining the role of science and technology in the lives of Detroit high school students.

That's all the information they provided to Detroit Startup Week. Naturally, we are just as excited as you are to learn and contribute to the impact they are set on making!

DSW/Spring Fellowship/pre-Memorial Day Mixer (3:30pm-5:00pm)
There are a lot of reasons (including those listed above) for us to celebrate this Friday. Drinks and snacks will be provided. We look forward to all of you getting to know each other just a little bit better.

***Be sure to check out the SHUTTLE schedule to move between Detroit Startup Week venues. Download the Ridehop app to learn more. http://www.ridehop.com/ 

Friday May 27, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Civilla (Techtown) 440 Burroughs St, Detroit, MI 48202

1:00pm

Introduction to Ethereum, Blockchains and DAOs
Oakland University Alum Tony Sakich will introduce Ethereum, blockchain technology and smart contracts, along with the many sectors they have the ability to disrupt includin finance, legal, energy consumption, media distribution and many other areas. . Tony will also discuss his project, Augur, a decentralized prediction platform built on Ethereum. For more on Augur watch the "How Augur Works" video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yegyih591Jo

Additionally, he will talk about DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) and the success of one recently becoming the highest funded crowdfunded project of all time (Currently at $130 Million).


Speakers
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Tony Sakich

Director of Marketing, Augur
Tony Sakich is the Director of Marketing for Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform built on Ethereum. Augur raised $5.3 Million in one of the 25 largest crowdfunding campaigns of all time and was the first major decentralized application to be built on Ethereum. In addition to this, Tony works in Business Development for Vanbex and has worked with other Ethereum and smart-contract projects including BitPay and Digix. For more... Read More →


1:00pm

Drones: Detroit's Next Mobile Application
Drones represent the next wave in big data collection and opportunity for drone operators. From marketing videos and real estate surveys, to precision inspections and photogrammetry, the application and opportunity for drones are practically unlimited. We will demonstrate a 2-pilot UAV operation with thermal and high resolution imaging for infrastructure inspections.  

Speakers
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Jon Rimanelli

Founder/ CEO, Detroit Aircraft and Nextronix Inc.
Jon is an electronics entrepreneur and private pilot with over 1,000 hours of flight time. He is the founder of Detroit Aircraft and Nextronix Inc. As a contract manufacturer, Jon spent 18 years prototyping and producing automotive, aerospace and communications industries. Nextronix developed one of the first Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Antennae systems in partnership with Motorola and Wieson Technologies. He is also the founder of... Read More →


2:00pm

Feeding Our Local Economy: Inclusivity and Innovation in Food Panel
Discussion around inclusivity and innovation in Detroit's food economy with Rohani Foulkes of The Farmer’s Hand, Malik Yakini of Detroit People’s Food Co-op and Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, and Antony Hatinger Detroit Ento.


+Presented by Human Scale Studio, a consultancy firm transforming cities by putting people first and Launch Exchange, dedicated to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond. 

Moderators
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Devita Davison

Director, Marketing & Communications, FoodLab Detroit
Devita Davison is currently the Marketing & Communications Director at FoodLab Detroit, a nonprofit organization that serves the role as convener of 160+ food entrepreneurs, storyteller, and -- with the momentum of a whole community -- catalyst for movement among good food businesses in Detroit. In her role, she manages communications projects and provides leadership in developing and implementing internal and external communication efforts... Read More →

Speakers
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Patrice Brown

Patrice Brown born and raised on Detroit's eastside. Graduate of Crockett Technical H.S. class of 1999. Earned B.A. in Political Science from The University of Michigan- Ann Arbor 2003. Career community organizer and creator of 1,000 Mics, a community organization that aims to build the Industry of Art within the city of Detroit. A 2015 Eastern Market Food and Health Fellow. Currently serving as the Eastern Market's Assistant Food Access... Read More →
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Rohani Foulkes

Co-Founder, The Farmers Hand
Co-Founder of The Farmer's Hand an all local artisanal market and kitchen opening in Corktown, Summer 2016, Rohani hails from Australia where she grew up in the small seaside town of Cairns. Her passion for food extends deep into her childhood, with an indigenous Torres Strait Island heritage her love of food was nurtured with smells such as frying belacan from the family kitchen, hand pressed coconut milk on the back porch and weekly trips to... Read More →
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Anthony Hatinger

CEO/Co-Founder, Detroit Ento
Anthony Hatinger began his life and work in Detroit in May of 2013. Being a student of Religion and Horticulture at Michigan State University, he decided to bring his passion and knowledge for food justice organizing and creation care theology from his hometown of Lansing, to the Motor City. Anthony has previously served as the Aquaponics and Garden Production Manager for Central Detroit Christian CDC, is a Herbal Extract Specialist, and has... Read More →
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Malik Yakini

Malik Kenyatta Yakini is a founder and the Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). DBCFSN operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. Yakini views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food... Read More →


2:00pm

Free Head Shots @ #ChaseBasecamp

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 Chase Basecamp (500 Temple St, Detroit, MI 48201) from 2-4pm May 23-27. Sign up for a time below via the provided link.

ENTER YOUR NAME, EMAIL & PREFERED TIME HERE.

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

 


3:00pm

The Story Behind The Art: Storytelling with North End Studios
Join artists from North End Studios and learn the story behind one of Detroit’s most infamous artist spaces!

Northend Studios opened it’s doors in 2009 to the city of Detroit the studio became a positive creative force with in the growing Northend neighborhood. Collaboration is an important part of Northend Studios it is the collective of artist’s that produces events, studio space and gallery exhibitions. The studio is dedicated to providing opportunity’s to local, national and international artist in southeast Michigan. The studio cooperative invests in Detroit property that sustains art productivity for groups an individuals. The studio is an outlet for creative expression that provides a Gallery, Artist Residency, performance venue, events and promotion. Working with the community on public art projects, Northend Studios is an economy for the working artist. Public art is apart of the NES mission in Detroit from murals, social sculpture, gardens, and architecture. The studio is a space to encourage the artist and proved support for the create entrepreneur. From funding events, gallery exhibitions and public art the studio has received notable attention and continues to grow. Northend Studios is committed to Detroit and the working artist, we support youth culture and have invested in the success of our affiliates artist’s musicians performer’s an attendees. Northend Studios is dedicated to our mission as an experimental art studio in Detroit.

ARTISTS:

ASIA HAMILTON:
Photography is not just Asia Hamilton’s passion; she uses her lens to examine the world, to connect with people of diverse backgrounds and to highlight the people, projects and places she loves. “I see Detroit as my muse,” said Hamilton, who has a fine-art photography degree from Columbia College Chicago. Her ability to see what lies under the surface and find every subject’s core beauty began in high school, when Asia participated in “Focus on the Mission,” a photography project with Focus:Hope that allowed her to explore every part of the city. As a professional photographer, Hamilton has shot everyone from Lil’ Wayne to special projects for Ford Motor Co. to African American portraiture. She’s freelanced for the Detroit Free PressDetroit NewsAmbassador MagHour Magazine and many more.

She is the owner and creator of Nozomi Live photography & design, the company behind the face and brand of local businesses such as Detroit Snob, LIV Resto lounge and Heroes’ Alliance. Her most current project, “Abstracts 313,” uses textures of Detroit’s abandon spaces to create photographs that resemble abstract paintings. Hamilton also is founder of Photo Sensei photography tours and workshops, a business that provides easy and fun ways of learning photography while touring some of the worlds most exciting places. Hamilton often finds her texture photographs on these photography tours. Photo Sensei classes take place in Detroit, Dallas, Chicago and now San Diego but her most popular and favorite classes are right here in Detroit. “People all over the world see such horrible things about Detroit,” Hamilton said. “I’ve discovered some of the most beautiful places that I haven’t found in other cities. Detroit inspire a lot of things. We inspire good music. We inspire a strong work ethic. Detroit sets the trends and inspire people. I’ve lived in a lot of places but there’s just no place like home.”

For more information about Asia please go to her websites:
www.asiahamilton.photography
www.photosensei.net



KATIE HAWLEY:
Katie moved to Michigan over a decade ago, searching for her roots as she was born in Michigan but adopted and raised in sunny Arizona and Southern California. There she embraced the outdoors and studied child development, art, and psychology. Drawing and painting since she was 2 years old, she decided to further her education at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.Graphic design was her first choice at CCS, but after three years of doing graphic design, she changed her major multiple times and fell in love with every aspect of fine art with a concentration in art therapy.

Upon graduating in 2009 with honors, she was selected by her peers and professors and honored with the Senior Selection Award of Excellence in Fine Art. Her work is on display in CCS’ fine art permanent collection.She has continued to focus on communities in Detroit. She was involved in the “Illuminated Mural” project on East Grand Boulevard. During this time a group of friends and colleagues developed a studio and gallery event space run by artists to give a voice to emerging artists of all flavors and ages, as well as studio space to work. As a result of this effort, she co-founded North End Studios Collective LLC.

She continues to be an active artist collaborating and curating with NES and doing large abstract collages, resin paintings, and installations while raising her daughter and working full time. She’s also a creative art coordinator for a vocational training program in Troy called Therapeutic Rehabilitation Universal.

As a studio artist, she is drawn toward large-scale resin pouring and high energy abstract painting. Hawley is deep thinker on the human condition and likes to give the audience an experience that can be positive, creating good conversations and building a connection with the viewer. She loves conceptual mixed media, collage, found object, installations, sound, photography, and graphic design. She collaborates and curates in local and international shows and publications: Navel, Detroit Artist Market, Motor City Blog, Art Space, College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Art Prize “Lets Talk About Love Baby,” a traveling library show, Detroit Design Festival, and Windsor Jewish Federation. She also donates works to charities such as Plant with a Purpose, in San Diego, Calif., and other nonprofit organizations.

 

For more information about Katie Hawley’s artwork, please visit:
www.katiehawley.net

 


Speakers
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Asia Hamilton

owner, photo sensei
Photography is not just Asia Hamilton’s passion; she uses her lens to examine the world, to connect with people of diverse backgrounds and to highlight the people, projects and places she loves. “I see Detroit as my muse,” said Hamilton, who has a fine-art photography degree from Columbia College Chicago. Her ability to see what lies under the surface and find every subject’s core beauty began in high school, when Asia participated in... Read More →
avatar for Katie Hawley

Katie Hawley

Katie moved to Michigan over a decade ago, searching for her roots as she was born in Michigan but adopted and raised in sunny Arizona and Southern California. There she embraced the outdoors and studied child development, art, and psychology. Drawing and painting since she was 2 years old, she decided to further her education at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. | | Graphic design was her first choice at CCS, but after three years of... Read More →



4:00pm

A Verii Happy Hour @ #ChaseBasecamp

It’s been a long week, so come wrap up and celebrate, Verii-style, with some drinks and open networking! 

Guaranteed to be a Verii good time for all. 


Sponsors
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Verii

Verii
The Verii NanoMarket™, provides easy access to products and simple check-out with a convenient mobile app. Unlike traditional vending, a VeriiNanoMarket gives you the power to manage your own market. Include the products you want, set your own prices, place refill orders, and view and manage inventory to ensure your market is always stocked and your Users are always happy!


5:30pm

Detroit Rock City: Detroit Startup Week Closing Party & Music Showcase
Come celebrate the closing of Detroit Startup Week with the Detroit Rock City Music Showcase! Enjoy food and drinks with live performances by the Nick Speed Orchestra, Drummer B, Isis Damil, Pierre Anthony, and bigOmuziq!

Artists
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Drummer B

Drummer B is a self-made producer, DJ, art collector, and musical tastemaker whose name carries weight among Detroit’s music elites. Born and raised in Detroit, Leonard Ware, known as Drummer B, is no stranger to the music and entertainment industry. His knowledge and experience in music engineering, production and manufacturing, deejaying and executive producing has landed him credits on music and video projects worldwide. | | With a vast... Read More →
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Isis Damil

Born from two Detroit Jazz musicians, Mecca Lathan and Zion Yisrael. She has been blessed to play with great musicians including her parent, Larry Smith, Marcus Belgrave, Michael Jellick, Ralphe Armstrong, James Carter, Robert Hurst and Joan Crawford. Isis has a standing gig at Bakers Keyboard Lounge and has performed at Bert's , Dirty Dog Jazz, Northern Lights Lounge, Motor City Wine and Cliff Bells. Her vocal stylings are a mix of her classical... Read More →
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Nick Speed

The Nick Speed Orchestra: Nick Speed is a platinum credited Hip hop producer who has produced tracks for 50 Cent, Mopreme Shakur, Lloyd Banks, M.O.P., Talib Kweli,Phat Kat, Musiq Soulchild, Bishop Lamont and many more. http://www.nickspeed.com
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Omar "bigO" Abu

Founder/Artist, OrdinaryKidz
Omar "bigO" Abu ["bigOmuziq"] is an attorney,/community activist, recording artist/poet, and founder of OrdinaryKidz, an independent creative collective based out of Michigan.
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Pierre Anthony

Pierre Anthony is a rapper/singer/songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in some of the rougher neighborhoods, music became his escape. Early in his career he created music with only a table, room key, and his voice; making him a force to be reckoned with. Influenced by Dave Hollister, Andre 3000, James Brown, and Green Day, his eclectic style has helped him create innovative music. With several singles under his belt, he has become... Read More →