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Monday, June 17
 

9:00am

Coffee, Registration, Open Co-Working
Thank you to our sponsors!

Fresh Brewed Hot Coffee  has been generously provided by Roasting Plant

Open Co-working hosted by Detroit Startup Week's preferred co-working partner: Bamboo Detroit

Be sure to stop in and start your day off right by grabbing some coffee, connecting to wifi brought to us by Rocket Fiber, and meeting some of the incredible businesses and folks that support Detroit's entrepreneurs!

10:00am

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Your Time to Shine: Media Training for Entrepreneurs
So you’ve captured the attention of local TV stations and landed a media segment (that’s great!)—now what? When you shine on camera, your business shines too. Learn the art of interviewing in this interactive session designed to make you more confident heading into future media opportunities. Plus, you'll even get the chance to win an interview with Mark S. Lee of "Small Talk with Mark S. Lee" in order to showcase your media skills and make your business stand out from the crowd.
** Our session kicks off the day's programming! Be sure to FIRST go to Quicken Loans Basecamp (@ Lear Innovation) and register/check in. Then head to Backstage at Bamboo for the session. Come early if you can- it's filling up quickly! **
Backstage is a quick walk from Lear Innovation (about 5 minutes). 

Speakers
avatar for Adela Piper

Adela Piper

CMO, Siren PR
I'm an entrepreneur, creative, and marketer. As CMO & co-founder of Siren PR I thrive when creating better experiences for our team and clients. Creativity, tenacity, and engagement light me up. Talk to me about building relationships, communicating, yoga, wine, dogs and PR.


Monday June 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(1500 Woodward Ave) Mobile App Startups from Zero to a Million
Want to build your next software or mobile app idea into a
profitable company backed by private investors? Building a
software company in the Midwest is not easy, but you do have
some major advantages you can leverage to get the edge you
need to succeed. Sure, you don’t have access to hundreds of
venture capital firms managing billions of dollars all focused on
software startups like you would in Silicon Valley, but you do
have access to some great funding programs at the state and
local levels, an incredibly affordable cost of living, and some of
the best software development talent in the world right here in
Detroit. This presentation will give you a high-level roadmap of
how to leverage these and other great resources to scale your
startup from an idea into an agile MVP, and then into a
profitable company even if you don’t have much (or any) capital
or software development experience to start with.


Speakers
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Phil Kanaby

Altimetrik
Shortly after getting his Computer Science Programming degreein 2003, Phil began his career as an independent contractordeveloping software for startups and large corporate projects.He is now working with Altimetrik on a software project forFord Motor Company. Over the last 16 years... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Altimetrik 1500 Woodward Ave - 4th Floor Suite, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

11:00am

(Lear - 3rd Floor) How to best use your marketing agency
You need to grow your company. Marketing is clearly the answer. Do you hire internally or use a marketing agency? If you hire an agency, what can you expect and how can you get the most out of your relationship?

The topics covered in this talk will give you insight into the benefits of partnering with a marketing agency and how to work with them in the most efficient way to get the biggest impact for your spend. We'll cover items such as client vs agency roles and expectations, options for agency partnerships and exposure to a variety of creative methods and tactics. After this session, you'll understand how agencies tick and how to set-up the best agency partnership for your business.

This session will be taught by the VP Operations of a Detroit-based start-up, Marketing Supply Co., a digital growth marketing agency.

Speakers
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Kim Reedy

VP of Operations, Marketing Supply Co.


Monday June 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear 4th Floor) Reddit Growth Hacking: Using Reddit as a Marketing Platform
4TH Floor of the Lear Center - Stairs or Elevator!

This talk will explain why Reddit is becoming an essential platform to add to any startup's marketing campaign. I will go through different Reddit marketing strategies like PPC ads, organic content marketing, how the platform has changed recently, and where the platform is going. Reddit is already a major player in the online space, and will only continue to grow and gain traction in the online advertising and marketing space. Join me to master this intricate platform and stay on top of the ever changing online marketing world!
  • I will be giving away 3 free strategy planning and consulting sessions to randomly selected attendess.
  • I will also be giving away a free online marketing audit and overview to anyone who attends this event through my company and currently has an online marketing strategy in place - so don't miss out!

Speakers
avatar for Kurt Hamel

Kurt Hamel

I help businesses grow through online marketing strategies and planning


Monday June 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(1420 Washington - 2nd floor) Engaging A Diverse Audience
What does It look like to remember that beneath the numbers, data and generic demographics are real people? People who struggle in their relationships, juggle all the moving parts of life and have unique dreams? Brands require insight and strategy to understand, connect with and convert their audiences. Therefore, the presentation will equip businesses and entrepreneurs with best practices on how to engage diverse audiences authentically.

Speakers
avatar for Lydia Michael

Lydia Michael

CEO & Founder, Blended Collective
Blended Collective is a multicultural marketing and brand consultancy in Detroit. The company is defined by its core values of authenticity, culture, and diversity with the purpose of connecting brands and people of different backgrounds and multi-cultures to drive growth, innovation... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(Lear 3rd Floor) Driving Behavior Change: Shifting Detroit Commuters to Shared Transportation
Over 50 billion solo commutes are taken every single year in the U.S. alone, with an average commute length of 15 miles each way. While a mosaic of modes exists for short distances and intracity commutes, longer commutes– the majority of which are drive alone—have not yet been addressed by technology or new mobility. 
This is true for Detroit, as well – according to recent data, Detroit has seen a 16% increase in extra commuting which equals 20 extra minutes every day, or 76 hours commuting per year. As a city, Detroit is already at the forefront of transportation innovation, and employers like Bedrock are taking proactive measures to improve their employees’ commute experience through technology.
In this talk, learn more about how Scoop scaled to become the largest carpooling solution in the country that recently launched in Detroit in partnership with Bedrock. The presentation will highlight how Bedrock and Scoop partnered to launch a new shared transportation mode for the region and specific strategies to encourage commuter behavior change in the Motor City. 

Speakers
avatar for David Weisman

David Weisman

Head of Partnerships, Scoop
David Weisman is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Scoop. David has helped grow Scoop from an ambitious idea to the leading enterprise carpooling provider in the Country. David co-developed Scoop's go-to-market strategy, founded the sales team, and built their first public... Read More →
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Joseph Simancas

Logistics Manager, Parking and Mobility, Bedrock


Monday June 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) The Future of 5G
What is 5G? When will it be adopted? How will it be used? These questions and more will be answered during this panel discussion focused on the future of 5G and how its application will benefit mobility, fixed wireless and provide real-world opportunities in Detroit.

Speakers
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Chris Thomas

Co-Founder & President, Detroit Mobility Lab & Business Consultant, QLCF
Chris Thomas is a Co-Founder of the Detroit Mobility Lab, an entity dedicated to helping Detroit become one of the world’s foremost future mobility ecosystems. Prior to the Detroit Mobility Lab he co-founded Fontinalis Partners and worked to build it into one of the premier investment firms... Read More →
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Marc Hudson

Co-Founder & CEO, Rocket Fiber
 Marc Hudson is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Fiber, a game-changing Detroit-based company launching a high-speed Internet service that’s up to 100 times faster than the current residential average. He is a member of the Federal Communication Commission’s... Read More →
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Ricky Singh

Chief of Products & Solutions, Sprint Corporation
 As a part of the IoT leadership team at Sprint, Ricky leads the strategic direction, development and execution of the Sprint IoT product and solutions portfolio. Bringing together deep industry knowledge and business acumen, Ricky is tasked with developing market-leading horizontal... Read More →


1:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd floor) Mining Your Brand DNA to Uncover Stories to Power Your Marketing
Marketing today is mostly left brain. Brands believe the secret to a sale is to logically convince a
shopper to buy their product. This left-brain approach creates a category white noise often
ignored by shoppers.

So, how can a brand breakthrough the white noise?

The answer is powerfully simple: mine brand stories to create emotional connections with
potential customers. The reality is people buy based on emotional connections. In other words,
a brand needs to market to the right brain by uncovering and sharing memorable stories in
order to break through the category white noise.

In this session we will discuss how to break through the category white noise in three simple
steps. The first is audit the left-brain, the white noise in your category. Secondly, we will discuss
different methods to uncover your brand story. And finally, we will reveal an approach on how
to link brand stories with a person’s desires.

Learning Objectives/Key Takeaways for Participants:
• Understanding the concepts of left-brain marketing and how to do a left-brain audit.
• Different methods used to uncover your brand story.
• How to pinpoint stories that connect to desires of potential customer.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Bowe

Eric Bowe

Eric Bowe has helped clients develop marketing communication programs in a rapidly evolving marketplace over the past two decades. His passion is to uncover what makes shoppers tick and design brand experiences to convert shoppers to buyers. For the past decade, he has actively researched... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) The importance of digital marketing to grow a business
The internet—can't live with it, can't successfully grow a startup or small business without it. In this program, startup entrepreneurs and small business owners can learn the basics of digital growth tactics, the importance of it for all business models (SaaS, B2B, B2C, etc.), and essentials for creating a successful strategy.

We will focus on the most cost-effective ways to grow a successful startup through smart digital marketing—whether you're trying to drive foot-traffic, sales, or visitors to your site. This introductory talk will be taught by the founder of a Detroit-based startup, Marketing Supply Co., a digital growth agency that employs Silicon Valley growth tactics for their clients, including multiple Detroit-startups.

The topics we will cover in this talk will set you up to run your own startup growth strategy and/or save you time and money if you decide to work with an agency. From building a successful Facebook or Instagram campaign to setting up Google's suite of free marketing tools, like Google Analytics & Search Console, to understanding what is happening with Facebook—this talk is here to answer all of your questions—even those you haven't thought to ask!




Speakers
avatar for Shane Bliemaster

Shane Bliemaster

Founder & CEO, Marketing Supply Co.
Deep experience and success in data-driven digital marketing, alignment of market demand, cross-country logistics and opportunity first created Marketing Supply Co in 2014. Founder Shane Bliemaster, 35, first cut his teeth in the startup tech scene in New York and San Francisco as... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Keynote: Starting a Mobility Company in Detroit
Prior to founding Integral, Ashok was an associate director at Pivotal Labs, where he worked closely with Pivotal’s enterprise clients to adopt modern software development practices such as Lean Startup and Extreme Programming. Most recently, Ashok launched Pivotal’s Michigan practice and grew a team of 18 practitioners in 7 months. Before Pivotal, Ashok worked at Shoplogix (an early-stage industrial IoT startup) and EDS, where he developed plant-floor applications at CAMI Automotive (a GM/Suzuki collaboration).

Moderators
avatar for Ashok Sivanand

Ashok Sivanand

Co-Founder and CEO, Integral
Ashok is the CEO of Integral, a product consulting company that is looking to make mobility a right by helping mobility companies with bringing software products to market. Prior to founding Integral, Ashok has held leadership positions at Pivotal (pre-IPO), and product roles at shoplogix... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Zak Pashak

Zak Pashak

Owner, Detroit Bikes
I run the nation's largest bicycle frame manufacturing business. I'm interested in mobility and how cities are changing to better accommodate human scale transportation.
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Nina Grooms Lee

Ford AV LLC, Ford Motor Company's autonomous vehicle subsidiary
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Zafar Razzacki

May Mobility
KW

Kristin Welch

FordX, Ford's Mobility venture incubator


1:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Google Office Hours
Local Google experts will be available to consult one-on-one in person on how to get your businesses online, find the right digital advertising strategy and other assistance with Google products.  Area of expertise includes getting your business registered in Google search and maps, using AdWords for digital advertising, advice on Google Analytics for your website, and Google Shopping.

Please fill out this form if you are coming to office hours: https://forms.gle/vFiJJrcvmBtT3Efg8


Monday June 17, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Keynote: Start, Grow and Scale: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Detroit
Not all entrepreneurs are created equal, which is why it’s important to understand the unique needs of the business and local community when developing startup initiatives in Detroit. Hear from local entrepreneurs and how they are taking the next step in starting, growing and scaling their businesses in the city.

Speakers
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Lauren Bigelow

Executive Advisor for Entrepreneurship, Rock Ventures
 Lauren Bigelow joined Rock Ventures as the Executive Advisor for Entrepreneurship in January 2019 where she is responsible for the strategy and community engagement of the entrepreneur team.  She has spent 20 years in the innovation and technology space where she has a large network... Read More →
PB

Patrick Beal

CEO, Detroit Training Center
CD

Cynthia Davis

Owner, Cynt-Sational Popcorn Co.
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Justin Mast

CEO, Bloomscape


2:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Independent Content Creation 101
A hosted panel discussion with 4 independent content creators. The host will lead a conversation where these entrepreneurs discuss their origins, growth tips, and advice for early stage content creators.

Speakers
avatar for Take Detroit

Take Detroit

Take Detroit
Take Detroit is an online media publisher that creates original content highlighting small businesses in Detroit. Since 2017, Take Detroit has featured over 150 business, organically grown to an audience of 160,000 followers and garnered over 35 million video views. Headquartered... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Discover the power of Voice Enabled Assistants
An interactive lecture about voice enabled assistants and how they are being used across industries.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Naughton

Kevin Naughton

Front-end Developer, Accenture
Kevin is a Sr. Analyst at Accenture Digital for FED North America.​He joined Accenture’s Detroit Digital Delivery Center (DDDC) after completing their apprentice program through Grand Circus Detroit.​He is focused on collaborating with DDDC team members, while working alongside... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(Lear - 4th Floor) The Future of Education Technology
Technology is changing education -- but what is its real promise, and what is just hype? This panel of educators, entrepreneurs, and administrators will highlight some of the most interesting new models and challenges for technology in K-12 and higher education learning environments in Detroit and around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Batra

Ray Batra

CEO, Shift_Up
I'm the founder of Shift_Up, a startup building "learning gyms" -- physical spaces and communities for online learners. I previously worked for the Entangled Group, a San Francisco-based venture studio that builds, invests, and consults in higher education, and for EdSurge, an education... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

( 6340 East Jefferson Avenue) StreetCREDit Cowork & Cultivate
StreetCREDit Cowork & Cultivate is designed for entrepreneurs whose grind is just getting started when their 9 to 5 stops. All registered Detroit Startup Week guests will receive a "Suite Spot" in the coworking suite where they can attack projects individually or in a group setting. The Suite Spot offers open seating, wireless high-speed internet, print station -- and on any given day -- a healthy, energetic  and eclectic mix of entrepreneurs and creatives to engage ones ideals.

RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/streetcredit-welcomes-detroit-startup-week-tickets-63071692129


Monday June 17, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm
StreetCREDit 6340 E Jefferson Ave Detroit, MI 48207

4:00pm

4:30pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Happy Hour: Sponsored By Plain Sight
Help kick off Detroit Startup Week and celebrate one of Detroit’s newest startups, Plain Sight - a mobile app that makes it easy for people who work on-the-go to find spaces to work based on the type of people they want to connect with. The Plain Sight team is passionate about making meaningful connections between Detroit’s entrepreneurs, creators and startups. Download the app before the happy hour  to start making connections as soon as you arrive and for the chance to win some cool prizes!

5:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Dinner, Registration, Open Co-Working
Monday June 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

5:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Office Hours: Website Quick Fix w/ Anita Expert
Description:
Bring your website questions. Get real answers from the pros at Anita Expert.These web experts have helped over 120 Detroit small businesses fix their websites, upgrade their WordPress & SquareSpace skills, and build successful online shops. Step by step.

Don't wait for someone else to fix your website.
We'll show you how to do it yourself, confidently.

Get help immediately with any of the following:
  • Fixing a broken website
  • WordPress help: setup, plugins, themes
  • Comparing & Choosing between WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Shopify, WooCommerce or similar
  • Improving your website's content and design
  • Blogging
  • Increasing online sales
  • Growing your newsletter subscriber list
  • Email marketing tips & tricks
  • SEO review of your website

Speakers
avatar for Anita Expert

Anita Expert

Anita Expert


Monday June 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

5:00pm

(607 Shelby St) Pinterest and how to Leverage the Social Platform to Generate Results"
Speakers
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Anthony Hammond

Marketing & Digital Advertiser, Total Vision Entreprise


Monday June 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
SpaceLab Detroit 607 Shelby St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

5:00pm

Onsite Childcare
DAYCARE AGENDA
5:00PM - 5:30PM- welcome/ free play
5:30PM - 6:00PM- craft time
6:00PM - 6:30PM- bathroom break/ snacks
6:30PM -7:00PM- Group Game
7:00PM - 9:00PM Movie/ Free Play

Snacks will be provided, but children with allergies or special diets are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

Also provided:
  • art supplies
  • craft supplies
  • legos
  • puzzles
  • barbies
  • action figures
  • board games
  • card games
  • playdough
  • hula hoops
  • jump ropes
  • books
  • projector
  • portable speaker

Speakers

6:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 2) CRYPTO CAFE: What is EOS? The breakdown
It is one year since the launch of the blockchain EOS, the first governed blockchain, now the most used blockchain in the world. Learn why and the latest in EOS governance.

Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit
Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. EOS Detroit will provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand the network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Speakers
avatar for EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit is a community-focused company creating tools for financial inclusion by operating a suite of blockchain-enabled services and building products focused on equitable outcomes, experiential learning, and local economic resilience in order to build paths towards a more inclusive... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 2 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 3) Building From an Empowered Place: A StartingBloc Workshop
People often say that some people are lucky, and others have terrible luck. But is this true? Is luck real? In this StartingBloc workshop and conversation, we explore the principles of making your own luck in a world that often seems to work against us. Dive into the guidelines of creating the future you want, explore the power of asking for what you desire and giving what you can. Connect with the Detroit community so that you can begin to create your own luck, and learn a bit more about the StartingBloc Fellowship for even more growth, support and personal development in Detroit and around the globe.

Speakers

Monday June 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 3 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 1) How to Grow your Following Just by Telling Stories

Learn how to grow your following by becoming a great storyteller. Every day, there are stories to tell -- find out how to have never ending content. Use this technique in your social media, email marketing, videos and blogs to create a faster path to the know-like-and-trust factor which then leads to sales!

Speakers
avatar for Vickie Gould

Vickie Gould

Vickie Gould is a book coach and content marketing strategist with a gift for storytelling. Using her signature holistic strategy, she helps her clients write best selling books that share their stories impactfully, grow their following, turn readers into clients, increase their income... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 1 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

Google Applied Digital Skills
Come learn about Google's Applied Digital Skills online courses!  Thousands of entrepreneurs, teachers, students and adults around the world are using Applied Digital Skills online curriculum to learn new skills, improve their resume, help run their business and increase their digital literacy.  This session will start with an overview of the Applied Digital Skills program, followed by an open session where attendees can work through the courses with assistance from local Googlers.


** If you plan to work through the courses, be sure to bring your own laptop and headphones. Laptops or headphones will not be supplied.


Monday June 17, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 6 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Brand Guidance: IMPROVING YOUR COMPETITIVE EDGE Through Branding Marketing and PR.
Beyond just a memorable logo, good branding and marketing increases the value of a company, provides employees with direction and motivation, and makes acquiring new customers easier. So what exactly is a brand? The short answer is: everything! Learn the steps from Detroit's PR Guru 
Melanie Williams-Bowers.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Williams-Bowers

Melanie Williams-Bowers

About the Keynote SpeakerMelanie Williams-Bowers is a multifaceted, entrepreneur and public relations mastermind. Bowers’ is arguably Detroit’s hardest working woman and has just about seen and done it all. As the CEO of Guru Public Relations, Events and Concierge LLC and a multi-award-winning... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 3 ) Social Media & Marketing Strategies for Creative Souls

The Creative Soul series, a social media workshop, is aimed at entrepreneurs, artisans, and creatives who want to get more out of social media and learn how to promote themselves better online. At this hands-on workshop you will learn how to engage online, grow your business, find quality content for your social media platforms and have your followers coming back for more.
These sessions will cover some of the strategies and best practices for Facebook and Instagram to get the most out of your social media for your product or business.
Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets for participation.
PART I: How to Use Content and Engagement to Attract Sales and Leads
Attendees will be able to:
-Start the “icebreaker” conversation to get engagement on social media
-Pinpoint content that gets a reaction out of your audience / clients
-Discover how you can use data to find your core audience
-Learn how to get a lead online
PART II: Use Low-Cost & Effective Social Media Tools that Get Results
Attendees will be able to:
-Set up a social media promotion strategy for their current project
-Integrate social media advertising to sell and gain followers
-Discover effective social media promotion tools that produce results
-Turn your social media page into an e-commerce platform

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Jackson

Amanda Jackson

Owner, Social Marketing by Amanda
Amanda consults and provides creative social media and marketing solutions for business owners,organizations, and creatives.Amanda is certified in Integrated Marketing and Google AdWords with a background in marketing, social media management and journalism and is also one of the... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 3 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

8:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 1) Public Relations with a twist of motivation

This program will focus on addressing the key problem of inspiring entrepreneurs who lack the motivation to help their dreams come true. We will incorporate self confidence with success & showcase how they work hand in hand.


Speakers
avatar for Carlita Jones

Carlita Jones

Founder, Rene Relations
CJ is a Public Relations specialist with a passion for intertwining Motivational Coaching. Skilled at writing including blogs, company literature, press releases, biographies and more. CJ is currently studying and practicing different forms of self-realization, meditation, spirituality... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 1 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

8:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 2) Where Did You Come From, Where Are You Going: Turning Your Brand Story into Sales

Your work matters. Your story matters. But do your customers know that? Join creative problem solving company Belle Detroit Creative Solutions in a live group brainstorming session that will provide you with concrete ways of communicating the value of your business through storytelling. Following a series of engaging and creative exercises, participants will leave with a fundamental understanding of their brand identity and action steps for effectively telling their story to customers.

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Dahlberg

Carmen Dahlberg

Founder & CEO, Belle Detroit, L3C
With an honors English degree from the University of Michigan, Carmen's professional background in marketing and human resources led her to found Belle Detroit, L3C, a creative agency and consulting firm that trains and employs low-income Detroit mothers in creative services and assists... Read More →


Monday June 17, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 2 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

8:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Detroit Startup Week 2019 Opening Night Powered by We Are Culture Creators & Mundane Monday
5:00PM - 7:00PM 
  • DJ MOSZIA
  • There will also be food and refreshments available at this time
7:00PM - 8:00PM 
  • Break for Detroit Startup Week Session
8:00PM - 8:45PM 
  • Join We Are Culture Creators & Mundane Monday for a special activation on Monday June 17th for the official opening celebration for Detroit Startupweek. A Monday night of impactful artists, performers and startups mixed into a room for a night of discussion, collaboration, philanthropy and art. Vibe with Detroit Startupweek, while mixing with the best cultural producers and entrepreneurs in the city of Detroit. Multiple dj’s will lead the night with cool vibes followed by a special guest performers through-out the night. 
* We Are Culture Creators & Mundane Monday curate and cultivate Detroit music, culture and art. 
 
LIVE ART BY 
  • LUIS BLOOM
  • ESCADA DARKLORD GORDON
  • KRISTYN
  • DEMACIIIO
BREAKDANCING
  • Motor City Street Dance Academy
MUSIC PROGRAMMING:
  • 8:00PM DJ NUNTHELESS 
  • 8:30PM BLACK FAIRY MAGIC (PERFORMANCE)
  • 8:40PM DJ MAE & LANCER 
  • 9:20PM  FYIAH (PERFORMANCE)
  • 9:35PM  DJ WRCLES
  • 9:55PM  TBA
  • 10:15PM TBA
  • 10:25PM DJ PROBLEMATIC BLACK HOTTIE




Monday June 17, 2019 8:00pm - 10:45pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA
 
Tuesday, June 18
 

9:00am

(Lear - Main Floor) Coffee, Registration, Open Co-Working
Thank you to our sponsors!

Fresh Brewed Hot Coffee  has been generously provided by Roasting Plant

Open Co-working hosted by Detroit Startup Week's preferred co-working partner: Bamboo Detroit

Be sure to stop in and start your day off right by grabbing some coffee, connecting to wifi brought to us by Rocket Fiber, and meeting some of the incredible businesses and folks that support Detroit's entrepreneurs!

10:00am

(Lear - 4th Floor) The Modern Candidate's Guide to Tech
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million tech jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates to fill them. Today, there are more tech jobs than there are candidates to fill them. A job in tech does not necessarily mean coding. Tech is an extremely diverse industry that includes a wide range of skillsets, including yours, whatever it is. I will guide you along your journey, from 0 to Tech, and teach you how to become top talent and a top-tier candidate. Whether you’re a computer science and engineering student or still trying to figure out exactly what a career in "Tech" looks like, this session is exactly where you should be.

Speakers
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Jenna Ritten

IBM Cloud Software Engineer; Founder, The New Detroit Tech; Twillio Champion


Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Google Office Hours
Local Google experts will be available to consult one-on-one in person on how to get your businesses online, find the right digital advertising strategy and other assistance with Google products.  Area of expertise includes getting your business registered in Google search and maps, using AdWords for digital advertising, advice on Google Analytics for your website, and Google Shopping.

Please fill out this form if you are coming to office hours: https://forms.gle/vFiJJrcvmBtT3Efg8


Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Office Hours: Social Media Strategy w/ Anita Expert
Bring your Social Media marketing questions. We will pair you with an experienced marketing expert to answers your questions and help you plan your Social Media strategy. The experts at Anita Expert have helped over 120 Detroit small businesses increase their engagement online, launch successful Social Media campaigns and design email newsletters that win the hearts of customers.

Don't wait for someone else to fix your Social Media.
We'll show you how to do it on the cheap, step by step.



Get help with Your Social Media to-do list, on the spot:
  • Reach the right customers through social media
  • Plan your content calendar. Get ideas for what to post, when and where.
  • Considering Ads on Social media? Let's find out if they are worth it for your business.
  • Start using Instagram to grow your business
  • Set up your business Facebook page, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
  • Understand what it means to "beat the algorithms" and how to measure engagement

Speakers
avatar for Anita Expert

Anita Expert

Anita Expert


Tuesday June 18, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear - 4th Floor) Pokémon GO to my business: Leveraging AR to grow your business
Pokémon GO is an Augmented Reality (AR) phenomenon that launched in Summer 2016, and attracted more than 20 million daily users at its peak. In this time, some businesses saw a surge in customer sales, due to being near an in-game "Poke-stop." In this talk, I will explore various avenues for AR, including geo-located advertising (a la Pokémon GO), interactive shopping experiences, and more. Each subtopic will be explored through app demos showcasing the power of the technology. If time allows, we will build a simple Pokémon GO app using the Unity Game Engine.

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Ring

Phillip Ring

I'm an Engineer and Entrepreneur, working at the edge of current technologies. Currently I am a Roboticist at Ford Motor Company, working on an ecosystem to enable the coming Autonomous Vehicle revolution. In my spare time, I build robots, develop AR/VR games, and read everything... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(1420 Washington Blvd - 3rd Floor) Sales Funnel Mastery!
Many entrepreneurs have no idea what a sales funnel is though they are operating one daily. This session shows them in plain English what their sales funnel is and how to create an effective process that equals SALES! 

Speakers
avatar for Dorethia Kelly, MBA

Dorethia Kelly, MBA

CEO, #MoneyChat & Dorethia Kelly
Financial Expert Dorethia Kelly, is a Personal Finance and Business Coach. She is also the founder of #MoneyChat and author of "#MoneyChat: THE BOOK". Known for her charismatic, no-nonsense personality, Dorethia empowers people to reach their financial and entrepreneurial goals with... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bamboo Detroit - 3rd Floor Cafe 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(1500 Woodward Ave) Automation and Platform Engineering
The Session will give a brief Introduction about why & how
“Automation” has become the rising sun in the Start Up world.
Further, the second half will cover how Platform Engineering
can help you get started with the new Idea’s you have and turn
them into Successful Innovation.


Speakers
VT

Veera Tadikamalla

Software Engineer, Altimetrik
By passion I'm a public Speaker and By Profession an Engineer.Holding a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, I alsoown a Master's degree in Computer science with a Thesis/dissertation published in “The Safety-Critical Systems Club”(SCSC) and have patented it. My professional Experience coversa Wide Varity of technologies, and currently working withAltimetrik As a Software Engineer and helping them Invisi... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Altimetrik 1500 Woodward Ave - 4th Floor Suite, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear - 3rd Floor ) Hacking the Digital Divide
Increasing the IT footprint of a Tech Savvy urban Community. This session encourages 'Think Tank' styled collaboration opportunities, that provides solutions and equitable representation for a network of IT professionals. Create an environment of continued learning and exposure to emerging technology.


Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Open Office Hours with TechTown: Tech-Based Entrepreneurship
Please register for an 30-minute appointment with a member of the TechTown team here:https://techtownopenofficehours.as.me/DetroitStartupWeek2019.

Would you like to connect with an expert or get an opinion on your big idea? Could you use some direction on how to secure funding, line up resources or make connections in Detroit’s small business network?

TechTown Open Office Hours are available to neighborhood small businesses at all stages during Detroit Startup Week. At your Open Office Hour, a TechTown team member will discuss your goals and guide you to the appropriate programs and resources, based on your particular business needs. These may be TechTown services or programs, they may be other resources within Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, or a combination of both. Our goal is to match you with the resources that best fit your needs at this stage in your startup or small business’ growth.

Please register for an 30-minute appointment with a member of the TechTown team here:https://techtownopenofficehours.as.me/DetroitStartupWeek2019.

Tuesday June 18, 2019 11:00am - 4:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Understanding how machines "see" our physical world
Discussing computer vision in a variety of everyday applications as well as looking at ways it is used in emerging technologies for instance medicine and automotive.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Fiscus

Jonathan Fiscus

Frontend Development Manager, Accenture
I have been in the industry for over a decade, but I'm a life long nerd. Currently a frontend development manager with passion in the internet of things, robotics, voice enabled services, and computer vision. When I'm not tinkering I enjoy giving back to the tech community in Det... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) XPRIZE: Ushering in a Robotic Avatar Future
XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, believes that the available methods by which we can physically transport from one place to another, are not scaling rapidly enough, limiting our ability to connect with others or solve many of the challenges facing our world today. It’s time for a disruption.

The $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE is a four-year global competition focused on the development of a robotic Avatar System that will transport an operator’s senses, actions, and presence to a remote location in real time. The wining technology will enable us to more rapidly and efficiently distribute skills and hands-on expertise to distant geographic locations where they are needed, transcending the barriers of distance and time and leading to a more connected world.

Speakers
avatar for David Locke

David Locke

Director, Prize Operations, XPRIZE
Over the course of his 10+ year tenure at XPRIZE, David has led the operations of numerous incentive prize competitions including the Google Lunar XPRIZE and the recently launched ANA Avatar XPRIZE. David is committed to his passion for innovation and exploration and has orchestrated... Read More →


1:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Google Keynote: The Changing Digital Ecosystem
The competitive digital ecosystem for organizations is changing rapidly. Customers expect timely, targeted and tailored experience that meet their needs. Privacy and security are increasingly important as new regulation created in 2019 will be enforced this year and beyond. The cloud provides new ways of organizing and leveraging data using AI/ML and other technologies. Hear how Google is approaching this and how it is helping organizations navigate this new territory.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Munekawa

Scott Munekawa

Global Insights Manager, Google
Scott is a Global Insights Manager for Google’s largest advertisers in the automotive and retail space. He routinely meets with executives and advises on marketing and data strategy to help businesses better connect online and offline with their consumers. Before working in digital... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(1500 Woodward Avenue) Block chain: possibilities and challenges
Blockchain is hailed to be the next internet. But, what is
blockchain? How can entrepreneurs leverage it? Even after
being a term that is being used quite often in the business
circles, blockchain is still a mystery for many. There will be
discussions about the implementation of blockchain on a high
level, to understand the infinite potential that it holds. How
several industries are already being evolved with it. How it can
disrupt several industries and change our lives forever. How it
can make our life and data more secure. But the huge amount
of possibilities also comes with a handful of challenges. This
presentation will help you decide whether your industry is
about to be revolutionized by blockchain.

Speakers
SA

Sachin Antony

Software Engineer, Altimetrik
Started his career as a Software Engineer in a Startup,developing Software for large EH&S projects. Obtained theMaster’s degree in Computer Science from the University ofCincinnati, during which he completed extensive coursework inblockchains and crypto-currency algorithms. He implemented... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Altimetrik 1500 Woodward Ave - 4th Floor Suite, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Policy Advocacy for Entrepreneurs
Learn how to impact the business environment of your industry by influencing local policy.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Prater Jasmine

Karen Prater Jasmine

Founder, CEO, Domicile
I build homes for people. Talk to me about accessible home ownership--from sustainable design to construction, to insurance and taxation, to finance.


Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Future of Gig Work Panel
Side hustles are easier than ever to turn into a stream of revenue or a full time gig. Join us for a panel discussion on the present challenges and future innovations for gig workers. These founders and creators or working in the world of gig technology or have found their own full time success freelancing.

Speakers
DW

Dwain Watkins

Founder and CEO, Gig Mobile
SR

Sergio Rodriguez-Valenzuela

Co-Founder and CEO, ToDoolie
RH

Rose Hackman

full time freelance journalist


Tuesday June 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) The Future of Technology-Enabled Storytelling
Discussion around the future of social media advertising and how businesses are marketing to a socially susceptible demo. Conversation around current/future trends and technologies that have allowed brands to advertise through social media and advanced tech platforms, allowing for quick, easy and on-the-go mobile viewing.

Speakers
JR

Joey Rexford

Social Marketing Manager, Quicken Loans
DJ

David Juan

Director, Engineering, Quicken Loans
David started his career at Quicken Loans in 2007 as a Mortgage Banker, and after writing mortgages throughout the financial and real estate meltdown, he decided to follow his passion for technology.  In 2011 David began studying Computer Science while working full time as a credit... Read More →
EP

Eric Pearch

Senior Director, Performance Marketing, Quicken Loans
Eric Pearch started his marketing career by growing and flipping websites. He joined Quicken Loans about seven years ago where he is responsible for the direct response marketing channels and website strategy. Eric and his team also support many of the Rock Family of Companies as... Read More →
NL

Nathan Labenz

Founder & CEO, Waymark
Nathan Labenz is the founder and CEO of Waymark, a video creation platform that gives anyone — from large brands to small businesses — the power to make exceptional video ads in seconds. With Nathan at the helm, Waymark is working to bridge the gap between local advertisers and the future of video... Read More →


3:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) BRIDGE Networking Model: A Shaking-Hands-On Workshop
Bring your business cards and take a guided lesson on networking. This Ted-X style Interactive Workshop will be led by professional “Connector”, Bridget Espinosa from Puente Cultural Integration. 
Effective networking skills is a requirement in this age of digital social interactions. Learn from a from an expert on how to bring value to every networking event. Go beyond the business card exchange and the LinkedIn contacts to truly create a powerful in-person network. This will be a literal hands-on interactive workshop where we will take you step-by-step on how to strengthen your elevator pitch, increase your value, and up your networking game. Grow your network while you learn using the PCI BRIDGE Model for Networking. 
Apply the BRIDGE Networking MODEL to help you remember that networking is not just about collecting business cards and perfecting your elevator pitch.

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Espinosa

Bridget Espinosa

Bridget is actively making connections and supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the Spanish-speaking world and Metro Detroit, including being a founding member and Executive Director for Puente de Conexión. As the owner of Puente Cultural Integration, she mangages contracts as the Outreach Consultant for the West Vernor-Springwells Business Improvement District and as Membership Consultant for the Southwest Detroit Business Association, creating robust programming including a benefits package and monthly networking events. Through... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Intellectual Property Law and Protection for Startups
If you have a new company, then patents, trademarks, and copyrights might be new to you too!  To learn the basics, join us at this presentation by startup lawyer David Kohn of Spectrum Intellectual Property Law.  Learn about IP law done right versus done badly, and pick up some tips and tricks about getting the most for your money and avoiding common IP mistakes.  Also learn about how the right strategy at the beginning can save you a lot of pain later, and how you can avoid legal traps that many companies accidentally fall into before they've learned the IP rules.

Speakers
avatar for David Kohn

David Kohn

Startup Attorney, Spectrum Intellectual Property Law
David is an attorney, patent agent, and engineer at heart who works with startups and small businesses to protect their ideas. In his spare time, David watches movies, reads technology blogs, and writes bios for the events around Detroit that he's presenting at!


Tuesday June 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(Lear -2nd Floor) Intro to Coding Workshop
Learn, build, and laugh at this free Intro to Coding Workshop! Get ready for a fast-paced, project-based workshop, hosted by Shift_Up, a Detroit startup that helps you teach yourself to code. You might just have the same reaction as a recent attendee: "We built that all in an HOUR?"



Speakers
avatar for Ray Batra

Ray Batra

CEO, Shift_Up
I'm the founder of Shift_Up, a startup building "learning gyms" -- physical spaces and communities for online learners. I previously worked for the Entangled Group, a San Francisco-based venture studio that builds, invests, and consults in higher education, and for EdSurge, an education... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

4:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Happy Hour : PlanetM Landing Zone's Mobility Meetup
MUST RSVP HERE: https://planetm-landing-zone.squarespace.com/mobility-meetup-june
Network with fellow automotive and mobility industry stakeholders at the next Mobility Meetup, hosted at the Lear Innovation Center in Downtown Detroit on Tuesday, June 18. Mobility Meetups are designed to bring together dynamic startups in the automotive technology space with industry stakeholders to help create a cohesive and robust ecosystem to connect, share, and collaborate.

4:00pm

(1500 Woodward) Tech Career Fair Powered By re:purpose and Altimetrik
SIGN-UP HERE: https://www.repurpose.co/detroit-startup-week-career-fair

Landing your next gig and hiring talent should be easy. Join us, along with Detroit's brightest to make the process easier.

Speakers
JS

Jacob Smith

Partnership Manager, Altimetrik


Tuesday June 18, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Altimetrik 1500 Woodward Ave - 4th Floor Suite, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

5:00pm

(Durfee Auditorium ) Dinner, Registration, Open Co-Working
Tuesday June 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

5:00pm

(Daycare - Floor 2) Onsite Childcare
DAYCARE AGENDA
5:00PM - 5:30PM- welcome/ free play
5:30PM - 6:00PM- craft time
6:00PM - 6:30PM- bathroom break/ snacks
6:30PM -7:00PM- Group Game
7:00PM - 9:00PM Movie/ Free Play

Snacks will be provided, but children with allergies or special diets are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

Also provided:
  • art supplies
  • craft supplies
  • legos
  • puzzles
  • barbies
  • action figures
  • board games
  • card games
  • playdough
  • hula hoops
  • jump ropes
  • books
  • projector
  • portable speaker

Speakers

5:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Open Office Hours with TechTown: Place-Based Entrepreneurship
Please register for an 30-minute appointment with a member of the TechTown team here:https://techtownopenofficehours.as.me/DetroitStartupWeek2019.

Would you like to connect with an expert or get an opinion on your big idea? Could you use some direction on how to secure funding, line up resources or make connections in Detroit’s small business network?

TechTown Open Office Hours are available to neighborhood small businesses at all stages during Detroit Startup Week. At your Open Office Hour, a TechTown team member will discuss your goals and guide you to the appropriate programs and resources, based on your particular business needs. These may be TechTown services or programs, they may be other resources within Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, or a combination of both. Our goal is to match you with the resources that best fit your needs at this stage in your startup or small business’ growth.

Please register for an 30-minute appointment with a member of the TechTown team here:https://techtownopenofficehours.as.me/DetroitStartupWeek2019.

Tuesday June 18, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 1) CRYPTO CAFE: Give me some dApp!: The world of decentralized applications
For the past year, there has been an explosion in decentralized applications (dApps), applications that run on a peer-to-peer network of computers rather than a single computer. For this discussion, we will be highlighting the latest and greatest in dApps.

Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit
Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. EOS Detroit will provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand the network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Speakers
avatar for EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit is a community-focused company creating tools for financial inclusion by operating a suite of blockchain-enabled services and building products focused on equitable outcomes, experiential learning, and local economic resilience in order to build paths towards a more inclusive... Read More →


Tuesday June 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 1 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Keynote: How to Create a Kickass Brand (and not get lost in the crowd)
For entrepreneurs, startups, personal brands, business brands and people with DREAMS to fulfill.


QUESTION: Whats the worst thing that could happen to your startup as you venture into the world?
ANSWER: Getting lost in the crowd (without an exciting message or identity that connects with your audience).
WARNING: This presentation guides you and your business to gain a powerful and sustainable presence in your market!
Prepare to discard everything you’ve learned about branding before and discover how to bootstrap your kickass brand to the top with purpose and innovation.


In this presentation you will learn:
  • How to DIFFERENTIATE yourself and your business from ALL others
  • How to STEAL THE SHOW with dynamic branding
  • How to use your BRAND STORY to connect emotionally with followers, customers and fans
Bring a notepad and lots of pens, this is packed with ready to use brand intel for social media, messaging and presentation skill.

Speakers

Tuesday June 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 3) Commoditizing Entrepreneurship
Often times entrepreneurs are great at their skill sets but don’t lack the financial, legal, tax strategy, or sales expertise needed for growing an enterprise. My desire is to host a panel of that consisted of a CFO, a Lawyer, a Tax Strategists, and a Sales Strategists that can provide invaluable knowledge to the startup entrepreneur that would more than likely costs them a "pretty penny" otherwise.

Speakers
avatar for Dorenus Johnikin, Jr.

Dorenus Johnikin, Jr.

Founder, Valor Investment Group
Hello


Tuesday June 18, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 3 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom - 3) Late nights, Early Mornings: Ensure Entrepreneurial Success Using Basic Parenting Strategies
It's your baby. You nurture it, feed it, read ALL of the books--taking extra care to ensure it's success and well-being. You power through all the big and little things that come with the territory--sleepless nights, unsolicited advice, even tantrums and tears. It is your LEGACY. YOUR BUSINESS.
Late nights, Early Mornings: Ensure Entrepreneurial Success Using Basic Parenting Strategies highlights 5 similarities between parenthood and entrepreneurship while using basic parenting methods for entrepreneurial success.


Tuesday June 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 2 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Get Your Business Online with Google
An overview of all of the free products and services available through Google that will help get your business online. Register for Search and Maps. Learn how you can use Adwords to grow your business. Leverage G-Suite to improve collaboration among your team.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Turnbow

Katrina Turnbow

CEO/Google Digital Coach, Google Digital Coaches
I am the founder/CEO of the boutique social media firm, Kanopi Social. We specialize in managing and training businesses and brands in the area of Digital Marketing and Technology. I am also 1 of 9 Google Digital Coaches who connect with communities and small business owners to promote... Read More →

Sponsors

Tuesday June 18, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Microsoft - 1 Campus Martius - 5th Floor) Backstage Detroit Cohort Graduation & Celebration
MUST RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/backstage-detroit-cohort-graduation-celebration-tickets-62513094348

After 12 weeks we're ready to celebrate with you. Join us for networking, drinks, celebrating & showcasing the Backstage Detroit cohort!


About this EventCome meet the 7 innovative teams being accelerated in Detroit's startup ecosystem, along with ecosystem builders, partners, sponsors, entrepreneurs and curated investor and business development partners.
Los Angeles-based venture firm Backstage Capital chose the cohort from more than 1900 applications globally to accelerate in Detroit for the 3-month program.
Join us for Cohort Graduation & Closing Celebration!
  • 6 PM to 8 PM - (Open to Ecosystem Supporters, Sponsors, Mentors and Entrepreneurs)

BACKSTAGE DETROIT - SPRING 2019 COHORT
Alerje
Treatment X Lifestyle - Alerje sits at the intersection of traditional MedTech and Consumer products, using proactive patient design to reduce the cost of healthcare and improve patient outcomes through its food allergy management platform.

Bippy
An eco-friendly, personal wellness brand for your booty. Yes, we’re talking butt stuff.

CrowdFreak
A digital platform that provides up-and-coming artists with performance opportunities around the world.

Foodstand (Recently Acquired by DietID)
Healthy eating at your fingertips, helping individuals and organizations joyfully turn wellness goals into lifelong habits through team challenges and behavior change.

GuildForm (formerly Casting de Khrysopoeia)
High-quality, on-demand jewelry design and manufacturing that takes your ideas through concept, CAD, 3D printing, casting, and assembly. GuildForm redefines the relationship in an online marketplace of brands, designers and 3D manufacturers.

Healthy Roots (Backstage 100 Headliner)
An inclusive toy company creating dolls and storybooks that reinforce positive self-perceptions of the richly diverse, varying shades of complexion and curly hair textures.

Naturalicious
A clever, patented, collection of multi-tasking, non-toxic hair care that helps busy women rock fabulous hair in a fraction of the usual time by combining 12 processes for boss-babe-worthy hair into 3 simple steps.


Tuesday June 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

8:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 6) Free Startup Cloud solutions
Every startup needs to maximize their limited cash to move their business forward, so learn about excellent technology for finance, communication, server hosting and more at minimal (or no) cost.

Speakers
avatar for Hans Erickson

Hans Erickson

Owner, GPPTech, llc
I am passionate about using technology to improve small business productivity and reduce effort. My focus is on cloud-based services. Many cloud services are free to use, with costs incurred only when you expand.


Tuesday June 18, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 6 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA
 
Wednesday, June 19
 

9:00am

(Lear - Main Floor) Coffee, Registration, Open Co-Working
Thank you to our sponsors!

Fresh Brewed Hot Coffee  has been generously provided by Roasting Plant

Open Co-working hosted by Detroit Startup Week's preferred co-working partner: Bamboo Detroit

Be sure to stop in and start your day off right by grabbing some coffee, connecting to wifi brought to us by Rocket Fiber, and meeting some of the incredible businesses and folks that support Detroit's entrepreneurs!

9:00am

(Lear - 2nd Floor) SPECIAL PROGRAM - Raising Investment
Join us several lighting talks:
  • Raffaele Mautone - Making investors love you
  • Skip Simms - Roadmap for first-time Michigan fundraisers
  • Neil Kane - Raising from friends and family

Speakers
avatar for Skip Simms

Skip Simms

Senior Vice President, Ann Arbor SPARK
As Senior Vice President of Ann Arbor SPARK, Skip works with technology start-up and early stage companies. He focuses on preparing start-ups for equity fund raising.He is the Managing Member of the for-profit Michigan Angel Fund which investsin Michigan based technology companies... Read More →
avatar for Neil Kane

Neil Kane

Neil Kane, the quintessential serial entrepreneur, is a leading authority on technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University, and he is the former co-Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center at Argonne National Laboratory and was Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University. He has been the CEO of startup companies in areas as diverse as... Read More →
avatar for Raffaele Mautone

Raffaele Mautone

CEO & Founder, AaDya Security


Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

9:00am

(Lexus Velodrome) PlanetM Hardward Tech Summit
MUST ALSO REGISTER HERE: https://planetm.connect.space/hts/details

PlanetM, in partnership with Centrepolis Accelerator and Hardware Massive, is excited to host the inaugural Hardware Tech Summit on June 19th, 2019 at the Velodrome downtown Detroit from 9:00AM – 4:00PM during Detroit Startup Week.

This one-day conference will highlight top “physical product” innovators, local and global hardware-focused investors, Michigan manufacturers and engineering firms, and other resources to help hardware innovators scale for success.

Summit Includes:
  • RECENTLY ANNOUNCED: Pitch Competition for $20K in Cash Prizes (apply HERE or see below for more info)
  • Keynotes
  • Panel Talks
  • Exhibition Floor
  • Match Meetings (application deadline: May 22, 2019)

Thinking of attending?
Hardware Startups/ Companies: 
Whether you have an idea, a prototype, a scaling hardware startup, or a fully established company, attending this conference will get you connected to the experts to help catapult your business to the next level of success. 
  • Meet 1:1 with manufacturing and engineering firms
  • Meet 1:1 with local and global investors
  • Apply for the pitch competition
Apply for the 1:1's through the green buttons at the top of the page
Manufacturing/ Engineering Firms: 
  • Meet 1:1 with hardware companies needing prototype, production, and supplier support 
  • Network with local resources focused on supporting your growth 
Apply for the 1:1's through the green buttons at the top of the page
Investors/ Accelerators/ Corporates:
  • Meet 1:1 with new hardware startups 
  • Meet 1:1 with manufacturing and engineering firms as resources for your portfolio of startups 
Apply for the 1:1's through the green buttons at the top of the page


Hardware Pitch CompetitionProduct developers/ startups: apply for the pitch competition by May 31 for your chance at $10K
The competition provides cash prizes and free services for innovative hardware startups in and out of the mobility space
Entry applications will be accepted until midnight, May 31, 2019. Eight total finalists will be selected to pitch during the summit June 19, 2019 at the Lexus Velodrome.
  • Prize #1$10,000 LTU Centrepolis Accelerator: Best Michigan Hardware Company (all industries)
  • Prize #2 $10,000 PlanetM: Best Hardware Mobility Company (companies building hardware products with integrated software solutions changing the way the world moves - open to companies inside and outside of Michigan)
Application deadline: May 31, 2019
Finalist Notified: June 7, 2019
Pitches: June 19, 2019 during Hardware Tech Summit
APPLY HERE: Pitch Competition Application  (this is a separate application page from the Hardware Tech Summit website. You will need to also register for the event at the top of this page)
Pitch Competition Eligibility Requirements 


Please contact PlanetM Project Manager, Charlie Tyson at tysonc1@michigan.org with any questions.


Register for the summit now to land your next important partnership!  

Wednesday June 19, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Lexus Velodrome 601 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA

10:00am

(1420 Washington Blvd - 3rd Floor) Executing in Excellence- Always
This program is designed for small or large scale business; aspiring entrepreneurs. The purpose of this program is to teach the fundamentals and principles of executing in excellence. Too many times businesses fail for this reason- trying to secure the bag, without securing the foundation.

Speakers
avatar for Jenelle Dixon

Jenelle Dixon

As the owner of "Out The Box", an accessory boutique, I believe in businesses executing their greatest potential in excellence! Having failed in business before, I believe in second chances and applying those lessons learned to make you the best version of yourself! With a Masters... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Bamboo Detroit - 3rd Floor Cafe 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(Lear - 3rd Floor) What to expect when fundraising from early stage investors
This session will feature a short presentation by Jim and two interview-style discussions with Kim Gamez, Founder and CEO of Mi Padrino and Jared Stasik, partner at local early-stage VC, Detroit Venture Partners. 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Tenzillo

Jim Tenzillo

Director, Invest Michigan
Jim Tenzillo is a Chicago native who moved to Michigan to join Invest Michigan in April 2016. His responsibilities include sourcing and leading new investments; advising portfolio companies in a board capacity on behalf of the fund; and managing Invest Michigan’s portfolio clients... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(Lear - 4th Floor) Learn how to Navigate the Federal Government to Start, Grow & Expand Your Business
Overview of how to start, grow, and expand your business. Learning how to use federal government resources and services for free in order to start a small business.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(Lear - 2nd Floor) SPECIAL PROGRAM - Raising Investment & Joining Accelerators



Speakers
avatar for Paul Jaques

Paul Jaques

Director of Student & Community Engagement, Spartan Innovations
avatar for Tim Parker

Tim Parker

Tim Parker is president of Grand Angels and the Michigan Capital Network. Grand Angels is one of Michigan’s most active and consistent investment organizations whose objective is to build world-class companies and entrepreneurial talent through investment and mentoring. Tim oversees... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(1420 Washington Blvd - 3rd Floor) CO-CREATE!
A hands on program that brainstorms ways Detroit small businesses can get more creative in their branding, marketing and customer engagement.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bamboo Detroit - 3rd Floor Cafe 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  • Experience Level & Session Sty... Workshop

11:00am

(Lear - 4th Floor) Diversity, Equity and inclusion in Hiring & Onboarding - How to put it into action
We will be bringing together a panel of diverse speakers from local companies and organizations to speak on their experience getting buy-in from senior-level executives to deploy diversity, equity and inclusion in their hiring and onboarding processes. We’ll hear how they did it, the impact of their changes and how other companies can do it too. Attendees will leave with clear-cut action items on how they can begin making an equitable change in their organization.


Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear - Main Floor) Keynote: Carla Walker-Miller
About Carla 
As founder, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC (WMES), Carla Walker-Miller is an analytical and savvy businesswoman with over 20 years of energy industry experience. Established in 2000, the Detroit-based firm designs and implements energy efficiency solutions for utility, residential and commercial clients. The company offers innovative energy waste reduction solutions that help decrease energy consumption, and contribute to occupant safety and comfort. Walker-Miller Energy Services is one of the fastest growing energy companies in America.


Speakers
CW

Carla Walker-Miller

CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC


12:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 3rd Floor) Self Care for Entrepreneurs
As entrepreneur we encounter emotional ups and downs. It can be difficult at times to keep ourselves motivated. I will share positive tips on keeping yourself healthy, organizing your time, maintain a healthy social media time frame and more.

Speakers
avatar for Tamela C. Todd

Tamela C. Todd

Mental Health Advocate/ Author
Sharing your story, releases you from your past and propels you into prosperity. Through her transparency, author Tamela Todd inspires others to recognize the value in their testimony. As a passionate mental health awareness advocate, she is respected for her courage to shun the stereotypes... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Bamboo Detroit - 3rd Floor Cafe 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

2:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Preparing for business taxes
Our program guides start-ups to the right legal, tax and accounting structure to position them for success.

Speakers

Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - 4th Floor) The Pivot Process: Navigating Our Entrepreneurial Journeys More Clearly
The Pivot Process shows participants how to show up for yourself along your entrepreneurial journey regardless of who is there to support you. We walk participants through an interactive 4-step framework that reshapes and elevates the level your thinking. This process allows you to identity how you can uproot habits that may be interfering with your professional and personal growth process and demonstrate tangible strategies for you to take more authority and action in your professional and personal life.

Speakers
avatar for A. Margot Brisky

A. Margot Brisky

CEO, ELDA4U, LLC
Greetings, I am A. Margot Brisky. CEO of ELDA4U, LLC. ELDA is a resilience-based training and development company specializing in identity development and resilience training for women and entrepreneurs who have reached a pivot point in their professional and personal lives and need... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) SPECIAL PROGRAM - Raising Investment
Joe Johnson - How we left Shark Tank with $700K
Adam Zientarski - Moving forward without funding
Jake Cohen & Jon Triest - VC Firms 101 for Funders

Speakers
avatar for Jon Triest

Jon 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... Read More →
JJ

Joe Johnson

CEO, VADE Nutrition


Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Accenture Keynote: Why Innovate?
Speakers
avatar for Bill Ernzen

Bill Ernzen

Managing Director- Detroit Innovation Hub Director, Accenture
PROFILEAs the Managing Director responsible for the Detroit Innovation Hub, Mr. Ernzen is responsiblefor leading all components of Accenture’s innovation architecture in Michigan. The objective ofthe Innovation Hub is to co-create experiences with clients where they can explore... Read More →


3:00pm

(Lear - 4th Floor) CRYPTO CAFE: Blockchain for the Auto Industry
The emergence of blockchain within the automotive industry has been developing over the years. We will be discussing how the power of blockchain is driving innovation and providing solutions across the automotive ecosystem.

Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit
Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. EOS Detroit will provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand the network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Speakers
avatar for EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit is a community-focused company creating tools for financial inclusion by operating a suite of blockchain-enabled services and building products focused on equitable outcomes, experiential learning, and local economic resilience in order to build paths towards a more inclusive... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(1500 Woodward) Tapping into U-M's Talent Pool
The University of Michigan is home to the #1 Entrepreneurship Program in the Nation, the 5th best Engineering College and it is right in Detroit's backyard. With 19 different innovation arms and 35 student-led entrepreneurship organizations, tapping into U-M's entrepreneurial ecosystem can be a daunting task. We're here to cut through the noise, provide insight and connections into the top tier programs and talent pools that will help you take your business to the next level.

Speakers

Wednesday June 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Altimetrik 1500 Woodward Ave - 4th Floor Suite, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Intellectual Property Business Strategies, Legal Needs and Resources for Entrepreneurs
Do you have questions on Intellectual Property? What is Intellectual Property?
Topics to be covered:
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure
  • The types of resources and assistance available through the USPTO

Speakers
avatar for Damian Porcari

Damian Porcari

Midwest Regional Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark OfficeAs the Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) since September 2018, Damian Porcari carries out the strategic direction of the Under... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Keynote: How to Get Rewarded For Being AWESOME! (A Guide for Brand Results in a Busy, Busy World)
For business leaders, entrepreneurs, startups and people with GOALS.

QUESTION: Do your audience, customers, followers get just how awesome and valuable you are in this busy, busy world?
WARNING: This conversation cuts to the heart of your personal or business brand DNA! Discover how to mobilize your core values, attitude and persona to get the market awareness you deserve. See where and how to communicate your brand in the most dynamic fashion and recognize where and how to inspire your market to become a following you just can’t ignore.


In this presentation you will learn:
  • How to master your own sustainable BRAND STRATEGY
  • How to POSITION your brand to maximize your returns
  • How to become IRRESISTIBLE to your market, customers or organization
Bring a notepad and lots of pens, this is packed with ready to use innovation for all your brand communication tactics.

Speakers

4:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Beyond Networking: Get Connected to Drive Startup Success
How connected with the various players in Detroit's startup ecosystem are you?  Researchers have found a strong relationship between how connected a local startup ecosystem is and how successful that ecosystem performs.  This session will discuss the importance of getting connected, tips and guideline on making strong connections, and introduce startupMICHIGAN.tech: a new online tool that will help connect startups in Detroit and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Bernard Bourgeois

Bernard Bourgeois

Senior Data Analyst, MIBA - startupMICHIGAN.tech
Let's talk startupMICHIGAN.tech! This new online platform will connect Michigan's tech companies, investors, accelerators and incubators! StartupMICHIGAN.tech contains profiles for all the players in the state's innovation ecosystem and allows users to find, research and request... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

4:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) How to Sell Your Best Self: What is Imposter Syndrome & How to Combat it
Imposter Syndrome has been linked with chronic self-doubt, a feeling of “otherness,” and a general lack of confidence of belonging. To properly sell a service, product or our own skills - we need the confidence to do so. And as much as we “fake it ’til we make it” - wouldn’t it be better if we just believed in ourselves and the companies we’ve created?

Participants will walk away with a better understanding of Imposter Syndrome, ways to combat it and insights on how it could be impacting their business. Arm yourself with the knowledge to better align your confidence and motivation with you ability, knowledge or skill!

Speakers

Wednesday June 19, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

4:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Meet and Greet with R.J. King - Editor of DBusiness and author of "Detroit: Engine of America
R.J. King, Editor of Business magazine, DBusiness Daily News, Tech and Mobility News, and Detroit 500, all of which cover companies in metro Detroit and Michigan that are expanding locally, nationally and internationally. He also is an author of multiple books including the recent book; "Detroit: Engine of America."

Speakers
RK

R.J. King

Editor of DBusiness and author of "Detroit: Engine of America


4:00pm

(1907 Michigan Ave) Opening Of Ford's New Information Center
On the one year anniversary of Ford's acquisition of Michigan Central Station, you are invited to visit our new information Center in Corktown, opening June 19th. Here, you can learn about Ford's vision for Michigan Central, our development named in honor of the iconic train station and its essential role in moving people and ideas forward. Read the latest information about the development, share feedback and exchange ideas.

Over time and with your input, this space will continue to change - providing updates on construction and development, showcasing new mobility technologies and exploring more ways to create tomorrow together.

Please drop by during the public opening hours:
  • June 19 - June 21 4:00PM - 7:00PM
  • June 22 12:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Ongoing Tuesday & Thursdays 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Saturdays 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Event Parking:
2380 Vermont Street
Detroit, MI 48216

Wednesday June 19, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
The Factory At Corktown 1907 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA

5:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Dinner, Registration, Open Co-Working
Wednesday June 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

5:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Office Hours: Website Quick Fix w/ Anita Expert
Description:
Bring your website questions. Get real answers from the pros at Anita Expert.These web experts have helped over 120 Detroit small businesses fix their websites, upgrade their WordPress & SquareSpace skills, and build successful online shops. Step by step.

Don't wait for someone else to fix your website.
We'll show you how to do it yourself, confidently.

Get help immediately with any of the following:
  • Fixing a broken website
  • WordPress help: setup, plugins, themes
  • Comparing & Choosing between WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Shopify, WooCommerce or similar
  • Improving your website's content and design
  • Blogging
  • Increasing online sales
  • Growing your newsletter subscriber list
  • Email marketing tips & tricks
  • SEO review of your website

Speakers
avatar for Anita Expert

Anita Expert

Anita Expert


Wednesday June 19, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

5:00pm

Onsite Childcare
DAYCARE AGENDA
5:00PM - 5:30PM- welcome/ free play
5:30PM - 6:00PM- craft time
6:00PM - 6:30PM- bathroom break/ snacks
6:30PM -7:00PM- Group Game
7:00PM - 9:00PM Movie/ Free Play

Snacks will be provided, but children with allergies or special diets are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

Also provided:
  • art supplies
  • craft supplies
  • legos
  • puzzles
  • barbies
  • action figures
  • board games
  • card games
  • playdough
  • hula hoops
  • jump ropes
  • books
  • projector
  • portable speaker

Speakers

6:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 3) The Subtle Art of Being Unstuck: A practical guide to build your Vision & keep going
The concept of work is not new to most people but when you have a big idea and decide to be the one who builds it from scratch it can be a big undertaking. The Subtle Art of being unstuck will guide entrepreneurs through practical techniques to breakdown a big idea into a business plan of action. Inspired by lessons learned working in big businesses that are complex and fast-paced, new entrepreneurs pursuing a new venture will find this approach easy to apply when mapping out their product or service based business. The path to building a business Is not a one size fits all but the concept of taking it one step at a time will always remain true.

Speakers
TS

Torri Shaaron

Producer & Creative


Wednesday June 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 3 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 4) Show Me the Money--Conventional vs. SBA Lending
Learn how to gain access to capital and how conventional lending varies from SBA lending


Wednesday June 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 2 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Branding For Beginners
Detroit Startup Week presented by Quicken Loans is regarded as one of the most diverse events like this in the country; It is a celebration of entrepreneurs, led by entrepreneurs. The focus is on learning, entrepreneurship and community. The aim of the week is to inspire and equip local entrepreneurs with any and all resources to make their ventures succeed.

The city and citizens have laid groundwork for a new era of entrepreneurship, adding to their deep-rooted tradition of starting and supporting global industries.

The city stands strong in mind and spirit to reinvent itself with a startup ecosystem full of ideas, innovation and investment.

The community supports an inclusive environment for entrepreneurship in a city with iconic architecture, style and vibe


Robert Courtney & Associates is proud to partner with an event like this and to be hosting a special Branding for Beginners event on Wednesday June 19th at 6pm for Detroit Startup Week. The focus of this BFB is the Basics of Branding using Social Media.This live moderated event will teach the basics of business and personal branding using the best strategies and latest techniques to fully leverage Social Media. Brand Strategist, Robert Courtney will be the moderator with a panel of diverse and successful entrepreneurs that are eager to share their wisdom with you.

Sponsored by Chris Kyle owner of HashTag Props & Jay Success owner of Motown Printing and Aquaholics Beverage Company


Wednesday June 19, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

6:00pm

(Grand Circus) Night of Meetups and Workshops: Ruby, React, Devops, iOS, Android & Testing
To see descriptions of talks, please list:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-meets-presents-a-night-of-meetups-at-startup-week-tickets-62848893733
Join us for a night of meetups as we welcome Detroit Ruby, Detroit React, Detroit Kubernetes, Motor City CocoaHeads, Detroit Android and DC313 for our largest tech focused night yet. We are bringing together these 6 community ran tech focused meetups to put on 3 workshops (Building your first iOS app, Building your first Android app and AWS Cloud Compliance and Security featuring Cloud Conformity) and 3 lecture style meetups (Ruby, React, Devops) in a mini-conference style event across 2 locations. Come check in at Grand Circus then make your way to Altimetrik 1 block down the street above Wright and Co for the workshops or travel up to the 4th floor for Ruby, React or Devops. Food and drinks will be provided at both locations!


To see descriptions of talks see eventbrite link. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-meets-presents-a-night-of-meetups-at-startup-week-tickets-62848893733

Speakers

Wednesday June 19, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA

7:00pm

(213 West Wing) Capital Readiness and Access to Funding
Many entrepreneurs need funding to either start or grow a business.  It is not unusual for these individuals to put all their hopes for financial resources into one basket – traditional bank loans. Too often business owners are unaware of the various funding options that exists.  In addition, they are unsure of their ability to qualify for funding and may be too intimidated to contact alternative lenders to learn how they may benefit from available programs. In this timely discussion with Dr. Nicole Farmer, Grand Innovation's Executive Director and Founder of LifeLine Business Consulting Services, entrepreneurs will not only gain knowledge of grants, crowd-funding, micro-lending, and traditional lending, but they will be guided through an actual loan application checklist to help determine what it takes to be considered "capital ready."

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nicole S. Farmer

Dr. Nicole S. Farmer

Executive Director, Grand Innovation
When she was 14 years old, she gave birth to her son in a group home setting, and as overwhelming as that seems, it did not hold back Dr Nicole Farmer. “I was living an impoverished life as a single teenage mom, battling homelessness and hunger, but my hunger for my success outweighed... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 4 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 1) Accounting for Startups
An introduction to the importance of accounting for entrepreneurs and startups


Wednesday June 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 1 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 2) Mainstream adoption of cryptos & why you should care
Cryptos, in the current form, present a direct challenge to the sovereignty of governments, their ability to make policy, and their control of the financial system. Beyond the initial excitement for cryptos, in many parts of the world marketing, selling or trading cryptos is illegal and a criminal offence! Some explain this as genuine concerns for ensuring KYC, fighting money laundering or terrorist/criminal financing, as well as protecting against systemic risk. However, it is also possible to see that education and lack of knowledge play a big part in explaining this reactionary behavior, and that limited engagement by the proponents of cryptos with governments and regulators has not helped. We’ll discuss the likelihood of cryptos being adopted as a mainstream currency, and what would need to happen in order for that to be successful.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Azar

Toni Azar

Executive Director, FinTech Consortium
Toni has over 14 years of experience in Private Equity and Investment Advisory and has worked on numerous complex cross-border M&A transactions globally. He is currently the Head of FinTech Advisory at the FinTech Consortium, a Singapore-based incubator and ecosystem builder with... Read More →


Wednesday June 19, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 2 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA
 
Thursday, June 20
 

9:00am

(Lear - Main Floor) Coffee, Registration, Open Co-Working

Thank you to our sponsors!

Fresh Brewed Hot Coffee  has been generously provided by Roasting Plant

Open Co-working hosted by Detroit Startup Week's preferred co-working partner: Bamboo Detroit

Be sure to stop in and start your day off right by grabbing some coffee, connecting to wifi brought to us by Rocket Fiber, and meeting some of the incredible businesses and folks that support Detroit's entrepreneurs!

10:00am

(Lear - 4th Floor) Primal Shopper: Unlocking the Shopper DNA to Drive Marketing Success
The nature of shopping seems very random – like shopper journeys intertwined in a retail chaos. The reality is our shopping behaviors are quite orderly, consistent, and predictable. Shoppers have innate motivations driving their decision making – think of it like a Shopper DNA. Primal Shopper is a diagnostic survey identifying shoppers’ predictable behaviors when purchasing within a product category. Think of Primal Shopper like Myers-Briggs for shoppers.

Primal Shopper is a result of over a decade of research and findings. The shopper research spans many product categories including grocery, automotive, mobile phones, hotels, restaurant, and consumer-packaged goods (coffee, dog food). The session will unveil the shopper DNA and typologies driving decisions in retail today. More importantly, how to leverage Primal motivations to gain a competitive advantage.

Specific topics include:
• Interactive session immersing attendees through first hand experience with the survey (Four surveys will be used within the session: dog food, grocery shopping, fast casual restaurants, mobile phones)
• An in-depth look into the motivations behind the Shopper DNA
• A review of eight shopper types and how to apply marketing tactics to drive conversion
• How to apply the survey within your marketing


Speakers
avatar for Eric Bowe

Eric Bowe

Eric Bowe has helped clients develop marketing communication programs in a rapidly evolving marketplace over the past two decades. His passion is to uncover what makes shoppers tick and design brand experiences to convert shoppers to buyers. For the past decade, he has actively researched... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

( Lear - 3rd Floor) Activating The Whole You : Tips, Tools, and Strategies to Improving People Skills
Essential Colors is a Conflict Consulting Group that helps individuals and organizations with people problems. The session will feature a personality test, helping people find T.R.U.T.H. and skills to better navigate all their relationships

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sabrina Jackson and Marcel Smith

Dr. Sabrina Jackson and Marcel Smith

Co-Owners, Essential Colors
Dr. Sabrina is the people expert with over 30 years of experience consulting, training, and working as a therapist. While she has teamed up with her son Marcel Smith, a MBA grad and business guru that focuses on leadership and team dynamics. These two bring unmatched energy and expertise... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(1420 Washington Blvd - 3rd Floor) How to determine a need in an overly competitive startup market
How to determine a need in an overly competitive startup market

Speakers
avatar for Robert Graham

Robert Graham

COO, Noble Child
Robert has been the lead consultant and key driving force for the coordinated development of the Noble Child solutions. He has a proven track record for growing businesses and achieving high sales growth. With a BA from the University of Michigan, and a career in Sales and Management... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Bamboo Detroit - 3rd Floor Cafe 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(Lear - Main Floor) Office Hours: Social Media Strategy w/ Anita Expert
Bring your Social Media marketing questions. We will pair you with an experienced marketing expert to answers your questions and help you plan your Social Media strategy. The experts at Anita Expert have helped over 120 Detroit small businesses increase their engagement online, launch successful Social Media campaigns and design email newsletters that win the hearts of customers.

Don't wait for someone else to fix your Social Media.
We'll show you how to do it on the cheap, step by step.



Get help with Your Social Media to-do list, on the spot:
  • Reach the right customers through social media
  • Plan your content calendar. Get ideas for what to post, when and where.
  • Considering Ads on Social media? Let's find out if they are worth it for your business.
  • Start using Instagram to grow your business
  • Set up your business Facebook page, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
  • Understand what it means to "beat the algorithms" and how to measure engagement

Speakers
avatar for Anita Expert

Anita Expert

Anita Expert


11:00am

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Customer Acquisition: Measurement, Scale and Lifetime Value (from Google)
This talk will center on best practices for customer acquisition and using data and analytics to calculate customer lifetime value. We will discuss best practices and considerations from Google's experience in helping startups acquire and retain customers.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew McHale

Matthew McHale

Head of Mid Market Acceleration, Google
Matt is a Senior Manager at Google responsible for sales, people, operations and strategy for Mid Market and fast growing companies, including startups and scaleups. He has extensive experience in team building, people management, brand marketing, digital advertising, business strategy... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday June 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear - Main Floor) Start at the House: How conferences like SXSW can take your startup to the next level
Over the last five years, Michigan House has established itself as the state's experiential embassy to the South by Southwest Interactive Conference & Festival. Michigan House Co-Founder Ted Velie believes that events like SXSW can be a vital tool to startups & brands that aren't from the coasts to connect to a global audience of investors & early adopters. Together with Dana Robinson, Vice President of Content for StockX & James Chapman, Founder & CEO of Plain Sight, they'll discuss making the most out of events & conferences like SXSW and how they can be crucial opportunities for networking, brand building, & content creation. 



Speakers
DR

Dana Robinson

VP of Content, StockX
Dana Robinson is VP of Content at StockX, the world’s first-ever ‘stock market of things’—specifically sneakers, handbags, watches, and streetwear. Prior to joining StockX, Dana led social and digital teams at major media companies including Fandango, TBS, and NBC, where she... Read More →
JC

James Chapman

Founder & CEO at Plain Sight, Entrepreneur in Residence at Quicken Loans Community Fund
James Chapman is Founder and CEO at Plain Sight, a company that allows people who work on-the-go to build professional connections with each other in gathering spaces. Prior to Plain Sight, he worked with Rock Ventures to help Detroit-based entrepreneurs start, grow, and scale their... Read More →
avatar for Ted Velie

Ted Velie

Co-Founder, Michigan House
Michigan House is the Great Lake State’s experiential embassy to SXSW. Since 2015 Michigan House has established itself as the place where global enterprise, government, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, musicians, and more come together to defy rustbelt expectations. Through our... Read More →


11:00am

(1420 Washington Blvd - 3rd Floor) Protect Your ASSets in A Digital World
The program will discuss the 3 main ways entrepreneurs can protect their business assets in a digital world from being hijacked.

Speakers
avatar for ReeJade Richmond

ReeJade Richmond

Search for Her Existence, LLC
I am a business and legal strategist. I deliver the business and legal strategies women entrepreneurs need to protect their assets.


Thursday June 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bamboo Detroit - 3rd Floor Cafe 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear - Main Floor) Open Office Hours with TechTown: Place-Based Entrepreneurship
Please register for an 30-minute appointment with a member of the TechTown team here:https://techtownopenofficehours.as.me/DetroitStartupWeek2019.

Would you like to connect with an expert or get an opinion on your big idea? Could you use some direction on how to secure funding, line up resources or make connections in Detroit’s small business network?

TechTown Open Office Hours are available to tech businesses all stages during Detroit Startup Week. At your Open Office Hour, a TechTown team member will discuss your goals and guide you to the appropriate programs and resources, based on your particular business needs. These may be TechTown services or programs, they may be other resources within Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, or a combination of both. Our goal is to match you with the resources that best fit your needs at this stage in your startup or small business’ growth.

Please register for an 30-minute appointment with a member of the TechTown team here:https://techtownopenofficehours.as.me/DetroitStartupWeek2019.

12:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Genius, Madness, Quiet and Calm: Entrepreneurship and Mental Illness
72% of Entrepreneurs are affected by mental illness and Danielle Smith Parker, Founder/CEO of Detroit Maid, is one of them. During Genius, Madness, Quiet and Calm: Entrepreneurship and Mental Health, Danielle will delve into the highs and lows of her journey as an entrepreneur with bipolar disorder and will be joined by Corine Smith Mann, LMSW, LMFT to facilitate an interactive discussion about the opportunities and challenges associated with running a business while prioritizing your mental health.  Attendees will be equipped with tips and tools for maximizing entrepreneurial success while prioritizing wellness.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Smith Parker

Danielle Smith Parker

CEO, Detroit Maid
Danielle Smith Parker is the CEO of Detroit Maid, an online marketplace that connects home cleaners to people in need of cleaning services. A native Detroiter, Danielle established Detroit Maid in January 2013 to simplify life for Detroiters on the go and free them up to discover... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) I started America's largest bicycle manufacturing business- Ask Me Anything!
Speakers
avatar for Zak Pashak

Zak Pashak

Owner, Detroit Bikes
I run the nation's largest bicycle frame manufacturing business. I'm interested in mobility and how cities are changing to better accommodate human scale transportation.


Thursday June 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(Lear - 4th Floor) Conscious Leadership
Customers want to buy from a great company that serves them exquisitely and to which they are wildly committed. Suppliers want win-win, long-term relationships. Communities deserve to be uplifted in our places of business. The planet and its ecosystem must be tended, sustained, and enriched. This is only done through conscious leaders who scale conscious leadership in their companies.


Thursday June 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Social Entrepreneurship: Create an Impact!
Want to discover how to launch a profitable business while creating positive social impact?  Join us in this workshop to find out how!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marcus D. Harris

Dr. Marcus D. Harris

Lecturer, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Talk to me if you want to learn more about how to make a profit and make a difference at the same time!


Thursday June 20, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) 'Third Spaces' and the Rise of Physical Community Startups
Social isolation is causing an epidemic, with nearly three out of every four U.S. adults suffering from loneliness. How might we solve this critical challenge of our era? What is the role of technology in potential solutions? Founders of local "Third Spaces" -- social gathering places beyond home (first space) and work (second space) -- will discuss their approaches to these problems and opportunities for physical community-based startups.

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Boyle

Brooke Boyle

Founder, Principal, Engage
As Founder and CEO of Engage, Brooke specializes in connecting individuals with opportunity by introducing them to people they wouldn’t have otherwise met. She is setting a new standard in professional networking and community building by helping individuals meaningfully diversify... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Sauve

Lisa Sauve

Principal, Synecdoche Design
Lisa Sauve is Principal at Synecdoche Design Studio, a boutique design-make architecture studio in Ann Arbor that works in the fields of interior design, buildings, and furniture fabrication. She serves on the board at the Ann Arbor Art Center and is a planning commissioner for the... Read More →
avatar for Jessica A.S. Letaw

Jessica A.S. Letaw

Executive Director, Building Matters Ann Arbor
Beauty, equity, diversity, sustainability; development, architecture, construction; or whatever it is folks are interested in themselves!
avatar for Rich Chang

Rich Chang

CEO, NewFoundry
Rich is CEO and co-founder of NewFoundry (founded 2012) which makes thoughtfully designed custom software to solve real problems by merging strategy, design, and engineering all under one roof.With over 20 years of technical and executive level roles from small start-ups to larger... Read More →
avatar for Ray Batra

Ray Batra

CEO, Shift_Up
I'm the founder of Shift_Up, a startup building "learning gyms" -- physical spaces and communities for online learners. I previously worked for the Entangled Group, a San Francisco-based venture studio that builds, invests, and consults in higher education, and for EdSurge, an education... Read More →
JS

Jacob Smith

Partnership Manager, Altimetrik


2:00pm

(1515 Woodward Ave ) LinkedIn Detroit Presents Rock Your Profile

Rock Your profile is a program LinkedIn offers to educate employees, members, customers and partners on profile best practices, and how to connect to opportunity using the LinkedIn platform. The purpose of this session is to connect more people to opportunity by empowering them to use LinkedIn to tell their unique professional story.

Where: LinkedIn Detroit | 1515 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48226
When: June 20th from 2pm-3pm
What’s in it for you?

We want who you are to align with what you do, and LinkedIn is a first step to help you get there. Meet and connect with LinkedIn Detroit employees to learn our best practice recommendations for building an all-star profile that tells your professional story.

We hope to see you there!

Rock Your LinkedIn Profile Session Agenda
  • Get to know LinkedIn 
  • Why LinkedIn?
  • Your Profile, Your Story
  • Beyond LinkedIn Profile
  • Q & A
  • Next Steps
Doors open at 1:45PM - Must be registered to this session


Thursday June 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LinkedIn Detroit 1515 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Term Sheets Masterclass
This master class will accelerate your knowledge and equip you with the tools to navigate term sheets, investment terms and financing structures. Idea is to demystify the process and jargon.

Speakers
avatar for David Willbrand

David Willbrand

Venture Capital & Emerging Company Attorney, Thompson Hine
At Thompson Hine, I am the Chairperson of the firm's Early Stage & Emerging CompanyPractice. I primarily work with tech and biotech:Entrepreneurs and emerging companies,Accelerators and incubators,Early-stage investors and venture capital funds, andResearch institutions and corporate... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) The Time Has Come To Disrupt Traditional Capital
There are countless benefits to the region when entrepreneurs of color, immigrants and women are able to access capital and support — the more thoughtful action we take here, the better. They should have the chance to partner with mentors and coaches, navigate — and trust — funding systems not originally built for them, and submit proposals to non-biased lenders and investors. It's time to think beyond traditional CDFIs, banks and  VC's In order to truly move the needle and build a system that supports all entrepreneurs, we must offer creative solutions and leverage successes earlier in the continuum, and acknowledge all sources of funding.

Speakers
avatar for April Boyle

April Boyle

Founder and Director, Build Institute
April Jones Boyle, Founder and Executive Director Build InstituteApril 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 awa... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Creating Employee Equity: How to create worker owned businesses
Detroit is home to a growing number of worker-owned and member-owned businesses. Learn about what a cooperative business is, why they are important for building community wealth, and how cooperatives ownership models can improve worker livelihoods, and enhance a local communities and build local economic resilience. Learn from cooperative developers, lenders, and meet some worker-owners in Detroit, including youth.

Speakers
OI

Ocie Irons

Co-Director, Center for Community Based Entreprise
GK

Gabrielle Knox

Worker Owner, Building Cooperatively
MS

Meghan Sobocienski

Director, Grace in Actions Collective
CJ

Cary Junior

Director, South East Michigan Producers Association
BD

Brian Donovan

Co-Director, The Cooperation Group
MD

Margo Dalal

Executive Director, Detroit Community Wealth Fund


Thursday June 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(607 Shelby St) From Build-Out to Open & Ask the Architects and Designers
Panel Discussion 1: From Build-Out to Open
Building out your brick-and-mortar business – restaurant, retail or office – is a gargantuan task, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. How do you come to an agreement with a building owner, or buy your own building? Who do you call first after you secure the space? How much should you budget for design and construction costs?
We’ve assembled an expert panel of Detroit professionals to help navigate the process and answer your questions.
Panelists: Lynnette Boyle - Principal, Beanstalk Real Estate Solutions; Erin Bonahoom - Founding Attorney, Canvas Legal; Karen Burton - Co-founder & CEO, SpaceLab Detroit; Sean Kelly - LLP Construction; Troy Puste - Broker, RISE Real Estate & Co.; Andrew Roy, PE - The Roy Company; Kathy Zack - Cornish, Zack & Hill

Panel Discussion 2: Ask the Architects and Designers:
You’ve decided that you want to build out your restaurant or retail space. Should you hire an architect and what do they do? Representatives of Detroit-based architectural first share information on the best design practices on for your project and how to engage professional services to make your space the place that you love to come to work.
Panelists: Doreen Hunter, ASID - Owner, HDesigns Group, LLC; John Abela - Design Director, SDG Associates; Kevin Boyle, AIA, NCARB - BASIC Design; Bryan Cook, NOMA - Detroit Director, Berardi + Partners; Bruce Kopytek, AIA, NCARB, Fieldstone Architecture & Engineering

Networking to Follow


Speakers
avatar for Karen Burton

Karen Burton

Co-Founder and Community Manager, SpaceLab Detroit
A marketer, designer, entrepreneur, and urban explorer, Karen has worked on the design teams for large-scale architectural projects in Detroit and Las Vegas. As a solo entrepreneur and consultant, Karen saw the need for the design and building community to share ideas, best business... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
SpaceLab Detroit 607 Shelby St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(Lear - 4th Floor) Copy writing secrets: How to sell your product/service with copy.
Connected your product/service with your audience is an important part of actually selling it. In this workshop I'll give you tangible tips on how to sell your product/service using the art of copywriting. Copywriting is everything from your emails, social media captions, language on flyers, brochures etc. It all matters and it all helps you close the sale.



Speakers
avatar for Cierra Seay

Cierra Seay

Digital Marketing Consultant, Dropout Media, LLC
I'm a Digital Marketing Consultant who works with small to mid-size business owners. I add value to clients by helping them create a relationship with current and prospective customers via content marketing, email marketing, and copywriting.


Thursday June 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) The Influence of Art on Real Estate Development
A conversation with creatives, developers and City leaders to explore the role that art really plays on real estate development in Detroit. How do we provide opportunity for artists, create cultural assets and beautify blighted neighborhoods without gentrifying a community? How do developers justify investment in art an why isn't there a mural on every building?

Speakers
avatar for Monique Becker

Monique Becker

Monique is a Detroiter, real estate developer and community organizer. She is the co-founder and Partner of Mona Lisa Development, which focuses on rehab of duplexes inDetroit into curated coliving, gathering places and short-term rentals. She formerlyworked as Director of Development... Read More →
avatar for Cliff Brown

Cliff Brown

CLIFFORD BRINGS OVER TWENTY YEARS OF REAL ESTATE, CORPORATEAND INVESTMENT FINANCE AND BANKING EXPERIENCE.He is responsible for new business development, project management,private financing, broker relations, negotiations, planning and sourcing privateequity forWoodborn and its affiliate... Read More →
avatar for George N'Namdi

George N'Namdi

George R.Namdi established G.R. ;Namdi Gallery in 1981 with the mission ofinspiring a new generation of art collectors and increasing the awareness of abstractart. George holds a bachelors and masters degree in education from Ohio StateUniversity, a doctorate in psychology from the... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Pavelko

Sarah Pavelko

Sarah Pavelko is Director of Development Services at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. She is an experienced real estate professional specializing in urban redevelopment, public private partnerships and finance. She has 10+ years of diverse industry experience in real estate... Read More →
avatar for Freddy Diaz (SW Freddy)

Freddy Diaz (SW Freddy)

Coming from a graffiti background since 2005, Freddy is an internationally known artistrecognized for his versatility in artwork that varies from murals, canvas, sculpture andclothing. Taking a root from graffiti art, SW Freddy was started as a way to enhance thecommunity he has grown... Read More →
avatar for Oren Goldeberg

Oren Goldeberg

Oren Goldenberg is a producer of film and culture, living and working in the CassCorridor. His production company Cass Corridor Films has created films about DetroitPublic Schools and America’s first low-income housing project Brewster Douglass, aswell as, projects for countless... Read More →


3:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Becoming an Emerging Leader
A Panel of some of Metro Detroit's Best and Brightest Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs who graduated from the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative over the last 10 years and can offer valuable insight into how to become an emerging leaders within not only their own small business but their industry, community, city, state and nation.

Speakers

Thursday June 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

4:00pm

( Lear - Main Floor) Keynote" A Community of Opportunity: What We Know about Southeast Michigan’s Entrepreneurship Support Network
PLEASE ALSO RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-we-know-about-southeast-michigans-entrepreneurship-support-network-tickets-62208783145

At this session, the New Economy Initiative will present new findings about the hundreds of resources available to southeast Michigan entrepreneurs. NEI will share insights about how to strengthen the entrepreneurship support network to make resources more accessible to anyone who wishes to start or grow a business in the region.

Value for Attendees:
Attendees will learn about characteristics and qualities of the broad network of resources that are available to entrepreneurs in southeast Michigan and how those resources can help bridge gaps to create an economy that works for all residents. This is an opportunity to network with area entrepreneurial ecosystem builders

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Lewis

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... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis

Communications Officer, New Economy Initiative


4:00pm

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Choice charities: Make generosity a strategic advantage for your business
In this class / workshop, discover ways to make your charitable partnerships and donations pay off - for your business, in employee engagement, in building your reputation and client base and more. Choose the win-win-win collaborations - and charities that think beyond "logo soup." And choose charities whose staff work as hard as you do!


Thursday June 20, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

4:00pm

(1907 Michigan Ave) Opening Of Ford's New Information Center
On the one year anniversary of Ford's acquisition of Michigan Central Station, you are invited to visit our new information Center in Corktown, opening June 19th. Here, you can learn about Ford's vision for Michigan Central, our development named in honor of the iconic train station and its essential role in moving people and ideas forward. Read the latest information about the development, share feedback and exchange ideas.

Over time and with your input, this space will continue to change - providing updates on construction and development, showcasing new mobility technologies and exploring more ways to create tomorrow together.

Please drop by during the public opening hours:
  • June 19 - June 21 4:00PM - 7:00PM
  • June 22 12:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Ongoing Tuesday & Thursdays 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Saturdays 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Event Parking:
2380 Vermont Street
Detroit, MI 48216

Thursday June 20, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
The Factory At Corktown 1907 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA

5:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Dinner, Registration, Open Co-Working
Thursday June 20, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

5:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Office Hours: Website Quick Fix w/ Anita Expert
Description:
Bring your website questions. Get real answers from the pros at Anita Expert.These web experts have helped over 120 Detroit small businesses fix their websites, upgrade their WordPress & SquareSpace skills, and build successful online shops. Step by step.

Don't wait for someone else to fix your website.
We'll show you how to do it yourself, confidently.

Get help immediately with any of the following:
  • Fixing a broken website
  • WordPress help: setup, plugins, themes
  • Comparing & Choosing between WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Shopify, WooCommerce or similar
  • Improving your website's content and design
  • Blogging
  • Increasing online sales
  • Growing your newsletter subscriber list
  • Email marketing tips & tricks
  • SEO review of your website

Speakers
avatar for Anita Expert

Anita Expert

Anita Expert


Thursday June 20, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

5:00pm

5:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 2) Open Office Hours with TechTown: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship
Please register for an 30-minute appointment with a member of the TechTown team here:https://techtownopenofficehours.as.me/DetroitStartupWeek2019.

Would you like to connect with an expert or get an opinion on your big idea? Could you use some direction on how to secure funding, line up resources or make connections in Detroit’s small business network?

TechTown Open Office Hours are available to tech businesses all stages during Detroit Startup Week. At your Open Office Hour, a TechTown team member will discuss your goals and guide you to the appropriate programs and resources, based on your particular business needs. These may be TechTown services or programs, they may be other resources within Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, or a combination of both. Our goal is to match you with the resources that best fit your needs at this stage in your startup or small business’ growth.

Please register for an 30-minute appointment with a member of the TechTown team here:https://techtownopenofficehours.as.me/DetroitStartupWeek2019.

Thursday June 20, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 2 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

5:00pm

Onsite Childcare
DAYCARE AGENDA
5:00PM - 5:30PM- welcome/ free play
5:30PM - 6:00PM- craft time
6:00PM - 6:30PM- bathroom break/ snacks
6:30PM -7:00PM- Group Game
7:00PM - 9:00PM Movie/ Free Play

Snacks will be provided, but children with allergies or special diets are encouraged to bring their own snacks.

Also provided:
  • art supplies
  • craft supplies
  • legos
  • puzzles
  • barbies
  • action figures
  • board games
  • card games
  • playdough
  • hula hoops
  • jump ropes
  • books
  • projector
  • portable speaker

Speakers

6:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 3) CRYPTO CAFE: Dynamic Equity: The slicing pie model on the blockchain
Considered a fair way to split equity, the slicing pie model is being used within many business sectors. EOS Detroit will be presenting a project in development that splits the equity dynamically in real time on the blockchain.

Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit
Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. EOS Detroit will provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand the network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.

Speakers
avatar for EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit is a community-focused company creating tools for financial inclusion by operating a suite of blockchain-enabled services and building products focused on equitable outcomes, experiential learning, and local economic resilience in order to build paths towards a more inclusive... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

6:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Strength in Numbers: Growing Your Online Business With Google Tools
Google has many business tools, but do you know which are best suited to help grow your online presence whether business or brand? Attend these workshops, in the neighborhood and downtown, to understand how Google products and tools empower you to reach your online goals

Speakers
avatar for Katrina Turnbow

Katrina Turnbow

CEO/Google Digital Coach, Google Digital Coaches
I am the founder/CEO of the boutique social media firm, Kanopi Social. We specialize in managing and training businesses and brands in the area of Digital Marketing and Technology. I am also 1 of 9 Google Digital Coaches who connect with communities and small business owners to promote... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday June 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

6:00pm

( Durfee - Classroom 4) How to Start a Podcast
In this session, attendees will learn the fundamentals of how to start a podcast, as well as, a YouTube Channel to promote your brand.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Dixon

Kimberly Dixon

CEO, Electric Elevation
I currently have a podcast and clothing line. My interest is to promote positivity and highlight creativity. My focus is to help gain exposure for music artist & entrepreneurs. Also to help others learn how to start a podcast on the topics they would like to discuss.


Thursday June 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 4 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Auditorium) Entre-SLAM :: A Night of Business Storytelling (Theme: It's Personal)
Entrepreneurs will be invited to share a 5-minute story that conveys why their brand is the one to lead in the markets they represent.

Each founder will also be invited to physically build a visual presentation of their brand's purpose and display them at key locations in Detroit. The general public will vote on the displays and the top winners will make it to the big stage to share their stories and display their prototypes. The American Heart Association will also be in attendance and select teams will be invited to apply for their national Business Accelerator program to qualify for a $30,000 grant.

Click here to Register to Tell a Story 

Speakers
avatar for Christa Chambers-Price

Christa Chambers-Price

CEO, Entre-SLAM, Inc.
Christa Chambers-Price is a U.S. Military Intelligence Army veteran, a former FBI Analyst and she helps brands launch big ideas that move the world. She 'charges the hill' with her clients to help them uncover their brand's potential and craft authentic marketing strategies. Christa... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Auditorium 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 1) The Evolution of the Podcast - How to capitalize, harness and utilize the power of podcasting
Podcasting has grown tremendously into a major marketing tool for influencers, corporations and organizations. It is estimated that more than 46 million people listen to podcasts - weekly. When used properly, podcasting can be an effective tool for any business and/ or business owner. This workshop, led by Robin Kinnie, President of Motor City Woman Studios, will discuss the myriad of ways entrepreneurs can add podcasting as a tool to enhance your brand and connect with potential customers. We will also feature podcasters who are leveraging podcasts in different ways.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Kinnie

Robin Kinnie

CEO, Motor City Woman Studios
Robin Kinnie is the President of Motor City Woman and Audio Engineers of Detroit, specializing in podcast production, digital radio and audio engineering. She is dedicated to creating a platform for underrepresented voices in broadcasting and podcasting. As a contributor to the Podcast... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 1 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA
  • Experience Level & Session Sty... Workshop

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 3) Security 101: Top 5 Ways to protect your business from crime & theft
Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Theft 
Securing your brick and mortar business, proactive measures to protect your business from internal/external theft. Security is a daily concern for any business, theft & operational losses happen everyday. There are ways to protect your business from the loss of your product or cash. This program will provide the top 5 impactful ways to protect your business and reduce theft, 3 of the 5 cost 0.00 to implement. This program is an informational for the new and existing entrepreneurial businesses.

Speakers
avatar for Keonda Buford

Keonda Buford

President & CEO, Sharpe Security Consulting, LLC
Keonda Buford is a Business and Security Consultant, who founded Sharpe Security Consulting a Michigan based Loss Prevention/ Risk Assessment company in 2015. Prior to Sharpe Security Consulting, Keonda spent over 15 years working as a Security professional in the home improvement... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 3 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 4) Publish Your Book Today: The Power of the Independent Publisher
The literary gatekeepers are still active, but what if you could find a way to climb over the gate? In this interactive workshop you will learn the essentials for publishing your story independently and the philosophy of getting started.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Cole

Jesse Cole

President, Kingdom Mogul Coaching
As someone who has led teams in the sales industry, non-profit sector, education, and the faith-based domains, Jesse knows from experience that faith is translated differently across industries. Faith is the willingness to believe that a more profitable result is achievable. It is... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 4 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 6) Intro to Coding Workshop
Looking to transition to a career in tech? Curious what it's like to be a programming? Let us help you on your journey!
At Grand Circus, we believe anyone can become a developer. This FREE Intro to Coding Workshop is designed for those who are curious about coding, but who have very little or no coding experience.

By the year 2020, there will be over one million open computer-programming jobs. Here at Grand Circus, we are aiming to help fill those positions, one coder at a time.

In this workshop, you'll learn basic programming terminology - like syntax (trust us, it’s an important one!) and give you the opportunity to practice basic programming ideas. Through hands-on coding exercises, you'll get exposure to problem solving through coding.

While you won’t leave this workshop a developer, you will learn more about Grand Circus and the steps we have in place to get you there.

What do you need for this class?
- A laptop with Google Chrome downloaded on it
- A willingness to learn something new

Speakers

Thursday June 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 6 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

7:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 2) Google Office Hours
Local Google experts will be available to consult one-on-one in person on how to get your businesses online, find the right digital advertising strategy and other assistance with Google products.  Area of expertise includes getting your business registered in Google search and maps, using AdWords for digital advertising, advice on Google Analytics for your website, and Google Shopping.

Please fill out this form if you are coming to office hours: https://forms.gle/vFiJJrcvmBtT3Efg8


Thursday June 20, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 2 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA

8:00pm

(Durfee - Classroom 3) You Had Me At Hello
Tips on improving customer service practices in small business settings. A few simple ideas that can vastly improve your customer experience and your bottom line!

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Ferrari

Carolyn Ferrari

I currently direct the Detroit troupe for the American Immersion Theater and I'm also an artist, vocalist, and speaker. I have 30+ years of experience in customer service and management, with large retail and corporate entities as well as small boutiques. I have hands-on experience... Read More →


Thursday June 20, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Durfee Innovation Society - Classroom 3 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206, USA
 
Friday, June 21
 

9:00am

( Lear - Main Floor) Coffee, Registration, Open Co-Working
Thank you to our sponsors!

Fresh Brewed Hot Coffee  has been generously provided by Roasting Plant

Open Co-working hosted by Detroit Startup Week's preferred co-working partner: Bamboo Detroit

Be sure to stop in and start your day off right by grabbing some coffee, connecting to wifi brought to us by Rocket Fiber, and meeting some of the incredible businesses and folks that support Detroit's entrepreneurs!

10:00am

(Lear - 4th Floor) Finding Work that Works for You
For brands and creative entreprenuers in the 21st century, all money isn't good money. Brands that consistently accept work that doesn't align with who they are find themselves in the purgatory of working to live rather than building the company that feeds their souls. In this workshop, entrepreneur and business coach Jeff Ponders of The Better Company will guide artists and entrepreneurs through the Better method of building business models to do purpose-driven that feeds the soul and the bottom line.

Speakers

Friday June 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(Lear - 3rd Floor) Upgrading to WordPress
A workshop how to make the upgrade to a high quality professional wordpress site, such as budgeting, managing the CMS.

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Friday June 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lear Innovation Center - 3rd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Empowered Women in Tech: How to Navigate a Positive Work/Life Balance in a Male Dominated Industry
This hour program will bring together women in tech that may be struggling with balancing their careers with personal aspirations. We will start the session with top women in the industry presenting their stories in an ignite talk format. This interactive lecture will focus on audience participation - bringing up topics and situations that are close to the community's heart. The goal of this session is to bring women in tech together, building a local community of support and mentorship.


Friday June 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

10:00am

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself
 At the core of every great artist, there is a mission and vision. What is yours? In this workshop, we will look at how to craft the following essential statements: mission statement, vision statement, artist bio, artist statements, artist resume, and examine how those statements connect to creating a great elevator pitch.

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avatar for Lauren Rossi

Lauren Rossi

Creative Consultant
Lauren Rossi is a Detroit-based consultant for artists and arts organizations. She has expertise in professional development, career consultation, grant writing, project management and strategic planning, and is dedicated to supporting queer and trans artists, women, and artists of... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Your Business Book is Your Best Business Card
Publishing and marketing your business book is THE best way to set yourself up as an authority in your niche/industry. Working with a professional book editor, publisher, and marketer is THE best way to get your business book published in 3-6 months.

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Pamela Hilliard Owens

Founder/CEO, Detroit Ink Publishing
WritingCopywritingEditingPublishingBrandingMarketingSocial MediaPodcasting


Friday June 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear - 4th Floor ) Terrified and Leaping; The Psychology Behind 'Necessary Courage' in the Start Up World
Most entrepreneurs are familiar with fear, but too many allow it to stop them from taking action. Learn from a 23 year veteran in psychotherapy and owner of 3 businesses, Megan Gunnell, LMSW how to show up brave, even when you're afraid and why most successful people do things before they feel 100% ready.  

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avatar for Megan Gunnell, LMSW

Megan Gunnell, LMSW

Founder & Director, Thriving Well Institute
I'm a psychotherapist, international retreat leader, writer, speaker and entrepreneur. At the Thriving Well Institute, we are committed to helping people and businesses thrive through coaching, events and speaking.


Friday June 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

11:00am

(Lear - 2nd Floor) The world is yours: Branding & Marketing 101
Music is all about storytelling and connecting to others beyond surface level. How do you effectively brand and market yourself as an artist in a way that is captivating yet authentic to your story.

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Eric Thomas

Senior Partner, SAGA Marketing


Friday June 21, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Keynote: May Mobility with Alisyn Malek
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avatar for Alisyn Malek

Alisyn Malek

Alisyn Malek is the COO and Co-Founder of May Mobility, Inc. She was formerly the head of the innovation pipeline at General Motors. Prior to that role, she was an investment manager at GM Ventures. There she led investment in the autonomous space, including the early negotiations... Read More →


12:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Amplify MI Music: A Panel Discussion
It’s in our DNA as a city and state to make something from nothing. Join us for this insightful and inspiring panel discussion on how various organizations are elevating the Michigan music economy in their own unique ways. Panelists will consist of the following organization: D.Cipher, Detroit Sound Conservancy, Assemble Sound, and We Are Culture Creators.

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avatar for D. Cipher

D. Cipher

D.Cipher is a music mastermind collective dedicated to advancing the Michigan music economy through shared learning, collaboration, and partnerships. Founded by musicians and artists for musicians and artists, D.Cipher serves as an amplifier within the music community. We celebrate... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

12:00pm

(1420 Washington Blvd - 2nd Floor) Hands-On Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

ANIMATION IS THE ILLUSION OF SPONTANEITY

“Our writers and poets (animators/storytellers) find the meaning, or hidden life, in the observable life, they elicit from the visible what is invisible – who we are and where we are going and to what moral consequence.” –E.L. Doctorow

Participants are immersed in the theory & practice of animation in this intensive hands-on process oriented laboratory for creative inquiry into time-based media. Covering direct & handmade process/techniques, participants develop animation concepts & skills through the areas of focus in this workshop. Creativity, imagination & self-expression in both the group project is emphasized.

OBJECTIVES
Participants are introduced to animation from the perspective of the artist. As artists they find their own voice through the discipline of animation as an artist’s medium for self-expression from a materials based perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

Director, SINGLE FRAME FILMS
“Magic inspires my art; the something that comes from nothing.”Artist-Animator-Educator Gary Schwartz is an Academy Award nominated filmmaker, award winning animator, director, artist & educator. Mr. Schwartz conducts intensive hands-on Kinetic Visual Storytelling Animation workshops... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Backstage Detroit - 2nd Floor Suite 1420 Washington Blvd 2nd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

1:00pm

(Lear - 4th Floor) Refresh Your Thinking: Daily Innovation for a Transformed Business
Even entrepreneurs can get caught up in the comfort of routine, but it’s time to break through conventional thinking and everyday habits. Ignite your creativity in this interactive session meant to challenge traditions, spark inspiration and revive your business. Practicing daily innovative thinking is key in building stronger teams, developing unique products and services, and leaving an unforgettable mark on your industry. *Please bring a pen, a pad of paper, and an open mind!

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avatar for Lindsey Walenga

Lindsey Walenga

CEO & Co-founder, Siren PR
I'm co-founder and CEO of Siren PR, a public relations firm rooted in authentic communication. Life as a founder (and mom) is challenging to say the least, but the privilege is so much greater. It is an honor to build a company that tells the stories of important brands in metro Detroit... Read More →
avatar for Connor Trombley

Connor Trombley

Director, Marketing, Platypus Labs
avatar for Matt Ciccone

Matt Ciccone

VP of Getting Sh*t Done, Platypus Labs


Friday June 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
  • Experience Level & Session Sty... Workshop

1:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Pop-up: Central High Coding Club
Manifest+  -Cyber-bullying: 25% of youths are targeted, 2/3 of students witness cruel behavior and only 10% of parents are aware of it.  Teen suicides and mass school shootings are becoming increasingly common.  Manifest+ is taking Cyber-bullying head on empowering youth by creating a user driven positive social media platform.  It is a social media app that only allows and encourages positive posts and videos. It's not only an app, it's a movement that will have interactive kiosk in major high schools across the US in the near future!  Celebrities, such as Lebron James, Taylor Swift, and others will participate by sponsoring these Kiosk and to create positive posts and videos for the youth, encouraging the youth to interact with them via Manifest+.  It is built for centennials by centennials.
         Real projects, real coding, real Detroit talent!  The Detroit Central High School Coding Club, facilitated by Detroit Sourced (Daniel Pop, Aubrey Agee) is a program that taught youths real world coding, ideation, and entrepreneurship. Four Central High students spent 10 hours per week for 6 months becoming Junior Developers and delivering a product they created, Manifest+. They ideated and used technologies: Google Cloud,  Golang, and Bootstrap 4 to build Manifest+.  With the help of professional mentors, Daniel Pop (lead), Brandy Goolsby and Aubrey Agee, the team showed there is talent in Detroit.  Come see them and hear their story on how they have become junior developers and budding entrepreneurs, Friday, June 21, 1-3PM in the Lear Innovation Center, 1st floor lobby.



1:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) LIVE Cipher
 Be a part of the music. Step into the cipher and network. Come jam with us in an open cipher and jam session. This is open to all levels and types of talent, and is for anyone who enjoys live music, networking, and a good time.

Speakers
avatar for D. Cipher

D. Cipher

D.Cipher is a music mastermind collective dedicated to advancing the Michigan music economy through shared learning, collaboration, and partnerships. Founded by musicians and artists for musicians and artists, D.Cipher serves as an amplifier within the music community. We celebrate... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

2:00pm

(Lear - Main Floor) Black Millennial Women Entrepreneurs, This Is How We Rise Up
This will be a candid conversations on the trials and overcomings that Black women have had to go through. We want this to be a great storytelling session and panel where women can come together to inspire one another.

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avatar for Ashley Michelle Williams

Ashley Michelle Williams

Founder and CEO, RIZZARR
Ashley M. Williams is the leading Millennial strategist, spokesperson, consultant, and speaker for brands that want to reach Millennials — helping brands to create the right campaigns, craft the right messages, and produce events that bring brands and Millennials together. She is... Read More →


3:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) the BLueprint: the basics of music business law
The music business is still a BUSINESS, and a big part of that is legal paperwork and jargon that is often hard to decipher as a creative. No worries, we’ve got you covered. Learn the basics of everything you need to know about basic entertainment law as it relates to the music business. We will be discussing copyrights, licensing rights, streaming rights, and publishing rights.

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avatar for Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Schwartz

Partner, Entertainment Attorney of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C
Jonathan H. Schwartz is an accomplished metro-Detroit based entertainment and business attorney at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss. His diverse practice includes representation of musicians, artists, athletes and cultural institutions in a wide variety of litigation and corporate matters... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

3:30pm

(Lear - 4th Floor) The Limitless Summit
Live Inspirationally is proud to present to you "The Limitless Summit". We are a Detroit based multimedia company created to redefine Personal Development while sharing and showcasing the stories of the creative and innovative millennials. We will be hosting a networking event/workshop for our brand and the amazing people that we've worked with. This event is for any creative and entrepreneurial millennials looking to connect with like-minded individuals, inspire those around them, and begin their journey to becoming their best self. Our attendees will be inspired, receive resources to help enhance their business, mix, mingle and create new friendships in an amazing environment.

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Friday June 21, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

4:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) Major Key: Knowledge Cipher
Collaboration and sharing ideas is a big part of the music making process. Join us for a peer to peer learning experience as we hear from our community of independent musicians on best practices that they’ve learned about monetizing music. We will be sharing ideas focused on entrepreneurship, booking shows, merchandising, distribution, Performance Rights Organizations, and building a fanbase.

Speakers
avatar for D. Cipher

D. Cipher

D.Cipher is a music mastermind collective dedicated to advancing the Michigan music economy through shared learning, collaboration, and partnerships. Founded by musicians and artists for musicians and artists, D.Cipher serves as an amplifier within the music community. We celebrate... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

4:00pm

4:00pm

(1907 Michigan Ave) Opening Of Ford's New Information Center
On the one year anniversary of Ford's acquisition of Michigan Central Station, you are invited to visit our new information Center in Corktown, opening June 19th. Here, you can learn about Ford's vision for Michigan Central, our development named in honor of the iconic train station and its essential role in moving people and ideas forward. Read the latest information about the development, share feedback and exchange ideas.

Over time and with your input, this space will continue to change - providing updates on construction and development, showcasing new mobility technologies and exploring more ways to create tomorrow together.

Please drop by during the public opening hours:
  • June 19 - June 21 4:00PM - 7:00PM
  • June 22 12:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Ongoing Tuesday & Thursdays 4:00PM - 7:00PM; Saturdays 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Event Parking:
2380 Vermont Street
Detroit, MI 48216

4:00pm

(6340 East Jefferson Avenue) Toast to Entrepreneurs
Toast to Entrepreneurs honors both start-up and seasoned entrepreneurs. Business resource organizations will be on hand to share information and opportunities for startup and expanding businesses. Guests will tell personal stories about their journey, share a best practice, meet someone new and make a toast to support and collaborate.

RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/streetcredit-welcomes-detroit-startup-week-tickets-63071692129


Friday June 21, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
StreetCREDit 6340 E Jefferson Ave Detroit, MI 48207

5:00pm

(Lear - 4th Floor) Passion Sense
This will be a live interview with local entrepreneurs. It will be based around the importance of passion for the field that we choose to serve. We will be filming the interview as well. Cartiear Madlock will be the moderator and producer.

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avatar for Cartiear Madlock

Cartiear Madlock

Founder, Black Business Finder


Friday June 21, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 4th Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

5:00pm

(Lear - 2nd Floor) CRYPTO CAFE: Token Economics
What makes a digital token valuable? In Token Economics, aka tokenomics, we will be discussing the design of economic systems based on blockchain technology and taking a closer look at the utility token and security token.
Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit
Crypto Café presented by EOS Detroit is a week-long schedule of events centered on the intersection of blockchain technology and business. EOS Detroit will provide clarity on blockchain technology, expand the network, and provide the necessary support to move Detroit forward into a blockchain future.


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avatar for EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit

EOS Detroit is a community-focused company creating tools for financial inclusion by operating a suite of blockchain-enabled services and building products focused on equitable outcomes, experiential learning, and local economic resilience in order to build paths towards a more inclusive... Read More →


Friday June 21, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lear Innovation Center - 2nd Floor 119 State St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

5:30pm

(6340 East Jefferson Avenue) Meet Lena Thomas, fitness coach and founder of SWEAT
Fitness coach and SWEAT founder Lena Thomas tells why she's known around Detroit as  "The Lean Machine" and drops info about her recent appearance on Fox 2  news demonstrating fitness techniques and her new fitness fashion line. She shares her experience coaching athletes and celebrities and what she's doing next as part of the Build Detroit Fit Expo coming this summer to Eastern Market.

Friday June 21, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
StreetCREDit 6340 E Jefferson Ave Detroit, MI 48207

6:00pm

(6340 East Jefferson Avenue) Meet Tiffany Cartwright, founder and CEO of Amarra Products
Tiffany Cartwright, founder and CEO of Amarra Products spills the tea about her successful Shark Tank pitch and how she got her G.L.A.M. body scrubs in Walmart Store nationwide! Great informational and resource meetup for others interested in manufacturing and selling their own products.

Friday June 21, 2019 6:00pm - 6:30pm
StreetCREDit 6340 E Jefferson Ave Detroit, MI 48207