Over the last few years, regional entrepreneurs, government officials, non-profit organizations and leading companies have been equally inspired by Detroit’s burgeoning narrative. The idea spans over fifty plus years and is fundamentally based on creating and sustaining a regional culture of innovation. The notion simply echoes that “there is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a change agent, a creative thinker or a motivated entrepreneur.”
Every entrepreneurial success story in Detroit provides a new example for those interested in creating and/or supporting business across the state. Over the last decade, entrepreneurship and startup business have become two of the most popular areas being pursued by millennials who intend to better control their own destiny or to follow their dreams. And these “dreams” seem to be more attainable than ever before!
The term entrepreneurship is defined by the willingness to take risks, to strategically plan, to minimize organizational waste, to continuously organize and to manage a business venture in a competitive marketplace. Entrepreneurs are dreamers who are fueled by the desire to pioneer, to lead, to innovate, to invent and to disrupt.
In the city of Detroit, new innovations and collaborative projects are emerging regularly; in nonprofit organizations, in both small and large businesses, in local government, in foundations and across our neighborhoods. Evidence of this shared momentum is Detroit Startup Week (#DETSW17) which is being hosted May 22-26th. The mission of Detroit Startup Week is to foster an environment where the community, business and entrepreneurs across every industry, can come together to learn, to share ideas and to prepare for the future. Now in its third year, Detroit Startup Week is one of the largest free “entrepreneurship-focused” events in North America and we expect over 4,000 attendees this year. It is part of a global network of startup events promoted by Techstars. Techstars, is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs. Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, national leaders and innovators together over multiple days. Participants have access to programs, speakers, education and networking in order to build momentum as well as new opportunity around Detroit’s unique entrepreneurial identity. New this year is Detroit Startup Week’s partnership with Detroit Entrepreneur Week, which will expand community relationships and increase regional collaboration.
Conferences like #DETSW17 and opportunities for community collaboration obviously do not happen in silos. As of late, Detroit is seeing increased cross-sector cooperation and regional partnership. The corporate and foundation sectors in particular, are playing a critical role in the state of Michigan. In concert with JPMorgan Chase’s $150 million, multi-year commitment to Detroit’s continued revitalization Chase for Business will also provide critical resources for Detroit Startup Week. This support will deliver impact to entrepreneurs through powerful learning opportunities and provide exposure to investors. Chase for Business will serve as a lead partner in #DETSW17 so that programming and mentorship opportunities throughout the week are accessible to the public and free of cost.
#DETSW17 will offer sessions aligned with learning tracks, networking opportunities, free headshots and legal advice for entrepreneurs. Event headquarters will be at the historic Masonic Temple, which will be known for the week as #ChaseBasecamp. Events will take place at several Detroit venues and other easily accessible locations during the week as well. Tech giant Google will offer sessions on technology and marketing, including Google My Business, Adwords and Growth Marketing for Startups. Another exciting event during the week is Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day on May 25th. Quicken Loans plans to award $1 million between eight companies and local startups through a series of demonstrations and pitches.
#DETSW17 is made possible by the support of title sponsor Chase for Business and a stellar list of event sponsors which includes: Quicken Loans, Google, Pixo Group, DUO, Bodman, Miller Canfield, Siren PR, Build Institute, CEED Lending, GroupKnit, DLIFE, Techtown Detroit, ProsperUS Detroit, Small Business Legal Academy, WEYV, FoodLab Detroit, AMBR Detroit, Creating Memories Entertainment, Grand Circus Detroit, Bamboo Detroit, Hack WSU, Barokas Public Relations, Comcast Business and Parallel Ventures, with more partners joining each day. This is great news!
#DETSW17 registrants can choose from 15 learning tracks which include a variety of areas of business including: Technology, Entrepreneurship 101, Growth-Stage Entrepreneurship, Mobility, Music, Food-preneurship, Design/Art, Civic Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, IoT (Internet of Things), MedTech, FinTech, Place-Based Entrepreneurship, Retail Entrepreneurship and Youth Entrepreneurship.
To register for #DETSW17. Go to https://detroit.startupweek.co/
We hope to see you there!