tDETROIT — On March 19, 2012, representatives from 4 major venture capital firms and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will tell metro Detroit’s software and Internet entrepreneurs how to build multimillion or billion dollar companies with venture capital financing. The free event, called SI Detroit, is the first quarterly event designed to foster the collaboration and information sharing necessary to grow Detroit’s burgeoning IT community.
tThe date for the first SI Detroit event is March 19, 2012, at the Majestic Cafe, 4120 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (in Midtown), from 5pm-8pm. There will be a panel from Michigan's venture capital community who will discuss "Building an Information Technology Sector in Metro Detroit: From the Perspective of Venture Capitalists."
t“SI Detroit is a networking organization that will help Detroit’s software and Internet entrepreneurs navigate through the land mines and become successful. We have all of the necessary ingredients – talent, money, entrepreneurship drive, and entrepreneurs with solid business models. It’s just a matter of time before you have the first IPO from a Detroit company,” said Glenn Oliver, a member of the SI Detroit Planning Committee.
tThe panelists are:
- ttPatricia Glaza – Arsenal Venture Partners
- ttPaul Czarnik – Compuware Ventures
- ttTed Serbinski – Detroit Venture Partners
- ttJonathan Murray – Early Stage Partners
- ttMike Flanagan – Michigan Economic Development Corp., Capital Markets Team Leader
- ttModerator: R.J. King, Editor of DBusiness Magazine
tThe host for the evening will be Emily Doerr, Manager of Small Business Programs at the Detroit Regional Chamber. Each quarterly event will feature a New Idea Spotlight to introduce cutting-edge technologies and business models. At the March 19th event, a company will introduce "Tidbit," a new technology for conducting internal corporate conversations via a desktop application.
tAll software and Internet entrepreneurs are encouraged to register and attend. Space is limited and registration is required. Software and Internet entrepreneurs may register for the March 19th event by going to www.sidetroit.com.
tSI Detroit’s March 19 event is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, DBusiness Magazine, H2bid, Inc., Ameriprise Financial, Tidbit, Mohen & Associates, Bizdom U, and Grow Detroit.