They say the hardest part of starting up is starting out.
Thankfully there’s Detroit Startup Week (June 17 to 21), a free, five-day event connecting entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and marketers with mentors and executives. As part of the rebirth of the city and its entrepreneurial community, more than 250 speakers will be there offering the tools and resources entrepreneurs need to grow their business.
Detroit is hot right now. Just six years after filing for bankruptcy protection, the city has transformed into a thriving hub of innovation and enterprise. Accelerators and funders are pouring their support into startups and programs. Business is booming. And did you know Detroit Startup Week is considered one of the most diverse tech-related events in the nation? In 2017, 53% of attendees were women and 63% were a minority. Now that is definitely worth celebrating.
Here are a few other things to know about Detroit Startup Week and what you can expect.
The Lear Innovation Center will serve as the main hub of programming, with additional locations like Bamboo Detroit, Backstage Detroit, and more being open to the community for workshops, panels, and networking. Be sure to check the schedule to see where specific events and happy hours are taking place.
To help maximize your time, each day is focused around a specific learning area. Here are some of the events you can look forward to:
Monday, June 17th: Mobility, Marketing, & Technology.
The week kicks off with insightful discussions on innovation and the power of storytelling. Highlights include Starting a Mobility Company in Detroit, The Future of 5G, Reddit Growth Hacking, Media Training for Entrepreneurs, Independent Content Creation 101, Intro to Coding, and many more. And don’t miss the event’s inaugural happy hour between 4:30 and 7 pm for cocktails and mingling!
Tuesday, June 18th: Technology, Fintech, & Blockchain.
Let’s get techy. Tuesday's talks include Pokemon GO to My Business, Sales Funnel Mastery, Hacking the Digital Divide, and Late nights, Early mornings: Ensure Entrepreneurial Success Using Basic Parenting Strategies (parents out there can relate!), plus a Google Keynote on The Changing Digital Ecosystem. Automotive and mobility entrepreneurs won’t want to miss the Landing Zone’s Mobility Meetup Happy Hour, taking place between 4 and 6 pm.
Wednesday, June 19th: Finance, Funding & Legal, Entrepreneurship 101.
Show me the money! Wednesday features more than a dozen talks and workshops around raising investment capital as an entrepreneur. Events and workshops include Preparing for business taxes, Branding for Beginners, Accounting for Startups, Mainstream adoption of cryptos, and Self-Care for Entrepreneur. Looking to meet potential backers? The investors happy hour starts at 5 pm.
Thursday, June 20th: Social Impact, Health, Retail, Small Business/Place-Based Entrepreneurship.
There’s a lot of know-how packed into Thursday’s schedule, where you can look forward to events like Copywriting secrets, Creating Employee Equity, How to Start a Podcast, Security 101, Conscious Leadership, and more. The owner of Detroit Bikes, America’s largest bicycle business, is hosting an Ask Me Anything session and there’s also the Entre-SLAM: A Night of Business Storytelling event, where entrepreneurs are invited to share a five-minute story to explain their brand’s place in the market. If selected, you could be invited to apply for a national Business Accelerator program and qualify for a $30,000 grant.
Friday, June 21st: Art & Design, Music, Female Founders, & Food Entrepreneurship
The week concludes with a day dedicated to artists and female entrepreneurs. Empowered Women in Tech, and the Blueprint: the basics of music business law and a Hands-On Stop-Motion Animation Workshop are just a few of the highlights on Friday. Be sure not to miss Black Millennial Women Entrepreneurs, This is How We Rise Up, a candid storytelling session and panel about the overcomings black women have had to go through to succeed.