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Techstars Startup Week Detroit Returns

Techstars Startup Week Detroit Returns

Techstars Startup Week Detroit 2019 is back for its fourth year, welcoming entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, freelancers and those with an entrepreneurial mindset to Detroit from June 17-21.

The five-day event, which is expected to draw thousands to the heart of Detroit, embraces and supports the unique ecosystem that has quickly made Detroit the home to some of the nation’s most exciting startups through exclusive panels with industry experts and unique social events allowing entrepreneurs to build and grow their networks.

“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,” said Olivia Guterson, Program Lead at Venture Catalysts, the 501c3 non-profit partner designing and executing programming for Techstars Startup Week Detroit. “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 Techstars Startup Week Detroit will feature a unique track with panels and experiences geared towards the topics of creating and growing startup businesses.

  • Monday, June 17: Mobility, Marketing, & Technology
  • Tuesday, June 18: Technology, Fintech, & Blockchain
  • Wednesday, June 19: Finance, Funding & Legal, Entrepreneurship 101
  • Thursday, June 20: Social Impact, Health, Retail, Small Business/Place-Based Entrepreneurship
  • Friday, June 21: Art & Design, Music, Female Founders, & 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,” said 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.”

This year’s event will also feature both downtown and neighborhood programing including TED-Style talks, panels, bootcamps and more, running consecutively each day. The downtown programming will occur daily at businesses near Capitol Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional neighborhood programming will be featured at Durfee Innovation Society from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Music, art and social events are planned throughout the week in both downtown and neighborhood locations, with childcare available in the evenings. Opportunities for free neighborhood transportation, Small Business Legal Clinic support and Google Office Hours span the week.

“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. 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.” – Ted Serbinski, managing director, Techstars Detroit

Quicken Loans Basecamp, which will serve as the headquarters for the event, will be located indoors at the Lear Innovation Center and will feature registration, co-working, free professional headshots, the keynote stage and a hiring fair to connect attendees with employment opportunities.

John Absmeier, Lear’s Chief Technology Officer, said, “Detroit’s startup ecosystem is strong and growing. Innovation is paramount to our business at Lear and we’re pleased to participate in the fourth annual Detroit Startup Week. This year’s theme of diversity is an important topic for Lear and our industry because diversity of thought empowers new ideas for making positive change.”

Key events that are scheduled throughout Startup Week in Detroit include:

  • Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, June 14. At the kickoff of Startup Week Detroit, Detroit-based companies will pitch their businesses in front of a live audience and nationally-recognized panel of judges, competing for a share of over $1.2 million in capital for the third annual event. Hundreds of applicants will be narrowed down to the top fifteen who will compete for $50k – $300k in funding.
  • Mobility Monday, June 17th. The mobility tech track, sponsored by Ford, will feature speakers from Ford Mobility, Lear, and Integral. Talks include how to build a mobility startup and the future of mobility innovation.
  • Planet M Hardware Tech Summit, June 19th. Planet M, in partnership with Centrepolis Accelerator and Hardware Massive, will host the inaugural Hardware Tech Summit at the Velodrome, featuring pitches, keynotes, panel talks, exhibition floors and more.
  • Family of Companies panels, June 17-18. Specialized panels will discuss the future of 5G in Detroit, building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and the future of technology-enabled storytelling.

Registration for Techstars Startup Week Detroit is now open, and is required for all sessions and events.

Techstars Startup Week Detroit, happening June 17 – 21, 2019, is a weeklong celebration of the Detroit entrepreneurial community, offering completely free learning opportunities to business owners of all kinds. The event is volunteer-led and community driven, offering attendees access to 150+ programs, influential keynote speakers, and funding opportunities. Businesses of every type and stage, from tech startups to long-standing place-based businesses, will come together over five days to build momentum and opportunity.

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