Detroit Startup Week Adds Adds Women Entrepreneurship Programming


Detroit Startup Week, which runs May 22-26 at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, has announced the addition of a women’s entrepreneurship track to the programming lineup.

Local businesswomen will convene during Detroit Startup Week, which will host a variety of sessions designed to support women on their path to becoming entrepreneurs or growing already established businesses.

“The data shows that in 2017, in the majority of cases, the mother is still the one who bears the weight of caring for the children and managing the household,” says Robin Kinnie, founder of internet radio station Motor City Woman, and communications manager for the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Kinnie will join a lineup of business experts offering expertise, resources, and guidance during Detroit Startup Week, including:

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    • Monica Wheat, lead of Detroit Startup Week and founder of Parallel Ventures


    • Jill Ford, head of innovation and entrepreneurship for the city of Detroit


    • Marlin Page-Williams, founder of Sisters Code, and a diversity and inclusion strategist as well as a STEM advocate


    • Leslie Andrews, CEO of Leslie Andrews Consulting, Unicorn Sports Philanthropy, and Daisy Ventures


    • Dr. Sabrina Jackson, The People Expert and founder of Sabrina Jackson Enterprises


  • Toy Banks, CEO of Toy Banks International and founder of Marriage and Working, which focuses on work-life balance

Kinnie and Charlie Ponders, founder of My Mom Code, will also host a session entitled “The Balancing Act: Moms Growing Businesses and Raising Families,” on Monday, May 22 at noon. It will feature a panel of women who are mothers and non-profit executives, entrepreneurs, and civic professionals, sharing their formulas for success at work and home.

The lineup also includes Vino and Ventures on Wednesday, May 24 from 6-8 p.m., where small seed funding prizes and meetings with executives and investors will be awarded to aspiring entrepreneurs. Attendees will hear a successful pitch presentation and create their own, which the audience will vote on according to industry.

Detroit Startup Week is hosted by Techstars and sponsored by Chase for Business, and will take place primarily at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. A list of the events and registration information can be found here.

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