5 Things to Watch Out for at Detroit Startup Week

By Amanda Lewan on May 15th, 2017 / Comments

Detroit Startup Week is back next week May 22nd – May 26th with the main basecamp of activity hosted in Midtown at the Masonic Temple. The entire week is full of community led free events covering topics such as entrepreneurship, technology, mobility, art, design and so much more. Last year almost 3,000 attendees came out from all over Michigan.

Check out the upcoming full schedule here and a few things we’re looking forward to attending below at the 2017 Detroit Startup Week.

  1. Female Entrepreneur Focus – This week there’s a great lineup of female-focused events supporting women business owners. We can’t wait to check out a few of them including a series called Jill Talks which feature a TED Talk-style presentation by influential women leaders, moderated by Microsoft Corp. Partner Sales Manager Jillian Blackwell, followed by a panel discussion, at 2 p.m. May 22-25. Here’s a few other female focused events.
  2. #CodeDetroit & Hack WSU – Wayne State Hackathons –Kicking off the week is a large and free hackathon with Wayne State University. #CodeDetroit is for youth 11-20 interested in entrepreneurship, business or coding. RSVP here.  The second hackathon taking place is called Hack WSU and is open to all types of hackers to join in.  RSVP here. 
  3. Native <> Newcomer Accelerator Launch – On Monday you can attend a free info session and workshop with Native <> Newcomer. They will be kicking off their 90-Day Collaborator Accelerator. Together, the program will hatch collaborations made up of Natives and Newcomers in Detroit, focusing on problem-based entrepreneurship. The program says: “It’s our belief that diverse perspectives produce the most meaningful and lasting results for our communities.” RSVP for this first session here. 
  4. Killer Keynotes w/ Google, Duo Security – You can expect a big lineup of top speakers at Detroit Startup Week. A few more may be announced in the coming weeks but for now catch a Keynote with Google’s Head of Diversity Chris Genteel, and Google’s Seth Romine Director of Global Deals for Google. You can also catch a fireside chat with Duo Security founder Dug Song, who’s founded the fastest growing tech company in the Midwest headquartered in Ann Arbor. We can’t wait to see more announced over the next few days!
  5. Neighborhood Explorations – Each day there will be different events across the city of Detroit’s neighborhood’s too. Take a close look at the schedule for events in Midtown / Techtown, Southwest Detroit, and more.


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Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Editor @michipreneur. Co-founder Bamboo Detroit. Follow me @Amanda_Jenn. I love telling the story of entrepreneurs and innovators.