Techstars Startup Week Detroit 2019 – Powered by Quicken Loans will take place in Detroit June 17-21 and is geared toward entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, and freelancers.
The event will feature downtown and neighborhood programming including TED-style talks, panels, bootcamps, and more. The downtown programming will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily from June 17-21 at businesses bordering and near Capitol Park. Neighborhood programming will be held from 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Durfee Innovation Society.
“For people to feel seen, heard, and supported in their business goals, we have to come together as one ecosystem and one community. That’s what this week is about: coming together,” says Olivia Guterson, program lead at Venture Catalysts, the nonprofit partner designing and executing programming for the event.
“We’re activating spaces that encourage vibrant conversation, bringing free, high-quality programming to thousands, and celebrating Detroit and Detroiters working hard to build their dreams.”
Each day will revolve around a topic. Monday, June 17 will focus on mobility, marketing, and technology; Tuesday, June 18 will focus on technology, fintech, and blockchain; Wednesday, June 19 will focus on finance, funding and legal, and entrepreneurship; Thursday, June 20 will focus on social impact, health, retail, small business, and place-based entrepreneurship; and Friday, June 21 will focus on art and design, music, female founders, and food entrepreneurship.
“Year after year, Techstars Startup Week Detroit is the best opportunity for Detroit, and this entire region’s entrepreneurs, to celebrate our ideas, projects, and each other,” says James Chapman, entrepreneur in residence for the Quicken Loans Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of Quicken Loans. “Quicken Loans may be America’s largest mortgage lender now, but it began as a startup nearly 34 years ago and has never lost that entrepreneurial spirit. Powering this event allows us to inspire, assist, and collaborate with the brightest entrepreneurial minds in Detroit, all leading to the creation of thriving businesses right here in the city.”
Music, art, and social events are also planned throughout the week in various locations, and childcare will be available in the evenings. The week will also include free neighborhood transportation, small business legal clinic support, and Google Office Hours.
“Detroit has transformed the traditional Startup Week by breaking participation records, creating significant and expanding interest, and curating an unparalleled and value-based program that cements our city as a premier startup hub,” says Ted Serbinski, managing director of Techstars Detroit. “One of the fundamental purposes of my mission is to cultivate, promote, educate, and enhance the vision and perception of both entrepreneurs currently building businesses in Detroit and those future entrepreneurs seeking to become involved in Startup Week and showcase why Detroit is best suited as a venue to build a new business. The first Startup Week was the largest inaugural Startup Week ever, the following year was the most diverse Startup Week on record, and last year it was the largest. We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings in terms of size, scope, and talent.”
Quicken Loans Basecamp will serve as the headquarters for the event and be located at the Lear Innovation Center. Registration, co-working, free professional headshots, the keynote stage, and a hiring fair will be there.
Key events include Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day on Friday, June 14. Detroit-based companies will pitch their businesses in front of a live audience and nationally-recognized panel of judges that compete for a share of more than $1.2 million in capital. Hundreds of applicants will be narrowed down to the top 15, who will compete for $50,000-$300,000 in funding. More information is available here.
On Mobility Monday, June 17, which will be sponsored by Ford Motor Co., will include speakers from Ford Mobility, Lear, and Integral. Talks will include how to build a mobility startup and the future of mobility innovation.
The Planet M Hardware Tech Summit will take place Wednesday, June 19. Planet M, Centrepolis Accelerator, and Hardware Massive will host the inaugural Hardware Tech Summit at the Velodrome. It will include pitches, keynotes, panel talks, exhibition floors, and more.
The Family of Companies panels will take place Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18 and will discuss the future of 5G in Detroit, building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and the future of technology-enabled storytelling.
Registration is open and available here. It is required for all sessions and events. Information on sponsorship opportunities for companies is available here. Sign up for an e-newsletter about the event here.