Techstars Startup Week Detroit, a free weeklong celebration of the Detroit entrepreneurial community, is slated to come to Detroit June 18-22. Marcus Lemonis, who is a serial entrepreneur and is on CNBC’s “The Profit,” is the keynote headliner.
“We are incredibly proud that Detroit was the country’s largest inaugural Startup Week in 2016, and the following year we earned accolades as the most diverse Startup Week in the nation,” says Monica Wheat, event co-lead. “In 2017, 63 percent of our 6,500-plus attendees were minorities. The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Detroit is strong, and we have seen representation across every type and stage, from growth-stage technology startups to long-standing neighborhood businesses.”
The week will offer TED-style talks and interactive sessions. Bill Fandrich, senior vice president and chief information officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, will discuss how technology has changed health care organizations, and Teresa Wynn, senior vice president of technology at Quicken Loans, will lead a panel discussion focused on the technology hiring and recruiting landscape in Detroit. Josh Luber, CEO of StockX, an online stock market of things for high-demand consumer products, will lead a keynote on the future of digital retail.
Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, will moderate a female founders panel, during which each founder will share her journey through entrepreneurship.
“We know small businesses are a big driver of overall growth and consumer spending in Detroit,” says Bob Rummel, market manager at Chase Business Banking. Chase for Business is one of the event’s sponsors. “That’s why we’re committed to helping our local entrepreneurs succeed and proud to continue collaborating with Techstars Startup Week Detroit.”
Startup Week will take over downtown Detroit for the first time, with events taking place under air-conditioned tents. The event will also offer free professional headshots, a job fair, food trucks, and shuttles from Detroit neighborhoods. Events will be hosted at walkable establishments throughout the city.
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