Microsoft Ventures announced today it is joining the Madison Block, where its technical and business experts will assist the downtown Detroit startup community and facilitate business partnerships.
“This partnership is an extension of Microsoft’s commitment to the Detroit community and to the state of Michigan, which aims to provide people with the technology and training skills needed for the growing economy,” says John Fikany, vice president of Microsoft Corp., which operates the Microsoft Technology Center at the Southfield Town Center.
“In addition, it is important for us to participate and contribute to the growing technology hub downtown where startups and established companies are collaborating on driving innovation and growth. There is a ton of energy going on in Detroit, and we are excited to continue to be a part of it.”
As part of the partnership, secured by the tech training institute Grand Circus, located in the David Broderick Tower, Microsoft Ventures will provide entrepreneurs with services to support growth including technology, mentors, and networking opportunities.
“It is a great indicator for our community that Microsoft sees the value in the excitement, creativity, and talent that is radiating out of the Madison Block,” says Damien Rocchi, CEO of Grand Circus. “This partnership further cements the opportunities that exist for the tech industry in downtown Detroit and will continue to advance our tech hub. Tech companies of all shapes and sizes, from big-name brands to new start-ups, can be found writing code and doing business along Woodward Avenue.”
Microsoft will set up shop on the second floor of the Madison Building, which anchors the Madison Block. The tech neighborhood — bordered by Woodward, Broadway, Witherell, and John R — is also home to Google, Twitter, Uber, Detroit Labs, UpTo, and numerous other startups, second stage, and established digital firms.