Startup Weekend Detroit Youth

    Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015

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  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Detroit Youth

Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015

Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 3:30 pm

Techstars Mobility @ Ford Field
2000 Brush Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Join Young Entrepreneurs & Pitch Businesses Ideas at the First Ever Startup Weekend Detroit for #Youth!

Why should you attend Startup Weekend Detroit for #Youth?
  1. You are at least 12 years old. 
  2. You have an idea for a company, app or website that could be the next big thing.
  3. You're interested to see what it's like to build a business idea from scratch.
  4. You want to meet people and network in a new and unique way.
  5. You like to build cool stuff.
  6. You want to learn more about entrepreneurship as a potential career path. 
Some details for you to keep in mind for participants:

PRIZES - students will be competing for:
- Netbooks (!!!!)
- Lion's tickets
- Admission to coding camp
- Admission to drone building camp (yes... you get to make & take home your own DRONE)
- A Tinker Kit with components for building a micro-computer
- and more... 
What you will need to provide:
- a laptop/tablet/etc. (if possible)
- any chargers for phones and other devices
- sweatshirts or layers 
- writing materials and pens are good to bring, but we will have some of those resources available as well
We will be providing:
- refreshments/beverages
- tons of snacks!
- dinner on Friday, and all meals on Saturday and Sunday 
- fun prizes and swag 
- t-shirts (to be worn on Sunday)
- for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams special prizes will be awarded!
Additional Details:
  • When you arrive tonight an emergency contact form and a list of names for individuals who are allowed to pick up your child must be completed.
  • One of the organizers will greet you at Gate G every day. If no one is there please contact someone on the contact list. See the map below.
  • All participants will need to be checked in (you will not have to get out of your car - someone will be there to greet you) when they arrive and be checked out when they leave - YOUTH WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE EVENT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT OR LEAVE WITH SOMEONE NOT LISTED.
  • Contact any of the organizers on the list via email or phone anytime you wish to speak with your child or would like to pick them up/drop them off without having to park.
  • All attempts to provide vegetarian, gluten free, and peanut free alternatives will be made, but will likely be in limited supply. Please contact us directly if you have a concern about meal options. Also, feel free to send along any snacks or meals (however, all meals and snacks will be provided).
  • If you do not have a laptop to send along with your child please let us know, we are making every attempt to provide laptops for every team.


Friday November 6th

3:30 pm
Doors & Registration Opens
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

4:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:30 pm
Get to know everyone & get pumped up for the weekend!

6:00 pm
Info Session
Learn what it takes to make the most of the weekend

9:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Go Home!

Saturday November 7th

9:00 am
Arrive & simple breakfast

9:30 am
Begin Pitches
Pitch your idea!

10:30 am
Form Teams & Brainstorm

12:00 pm

6:30 pm

8:30 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday November 8th

9:00 am
Arrive & simple breakfast

9:00 am
Work Time
Coaches arrive & get to work

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Dinner & Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Go Home!

Event Judges

Marlin Page
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Strategically focused Global Diversity and Inclusion Professional with cross-functional expertise in Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Recruitment, Retention, Business Process Re-Engineering, and Strategic STEM Outreach and Technology Integration.
Marlin is widely regarded as a thought leader on bridging the gender and racial gap in technology. Her organization Sisters Code was recently highlighted on MSNBC in an effort to empower women in technology.
Marlin is also an International Speaker, Media Contributor, and Author.
Some of Marlin's speaking engagements include serving as the Global Keynote Speaker for Microsoft's DigiGirlz Program, SXSW, Techonomy, Tech Week, and Meeting of the Minds, and other private and public organizations.
Marlin is also a regular contributor on WDIV's Live in the D.

Crystal Scott
Associate Professor

Crystal Scott is an Associate Professor of Marketing at The University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business.  She teaches marketing management, marketing research, and marketing analytics to both undergraduate and MBA students.  She co-taught a course on urban entrepreneurship at UM-Dearborn and works with student groups on pitch competitions and start-up ideas.  Dr. Scott has also taught at Penn State University, Wayne State University, The University of Padua in Italy, and HKU Space in Hong Kong.  In addition to teaching, Dr. Scott is the co-owner of a small family-owned business in downtown Detroit. She received her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Before pursuing academia she worked as a market researcher for several companies including The Polk Company and Ford Motor Company.  

Jessica Robinson

Coaches and Mentors

Alari K. Adams

Alari K. Adams is the principal attorney with A|Squared Legal Group, which specializes in advising businesses with their respective legal matters and human resources management.  She has nearly a decade of progressive experience in matters relating to business and employment law. Prior to forming A|Squared, Alari attained broad experience counseling and advising profit and non-profit entities with issues pertaining to labor and employment law, human resources, corporate governance, and corporate transactions. 

Alari received her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School and graduated from The Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and American Bar Association. Alari is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Adam Grant

Campus Commandos helps agencies and brands reach college students. Before becoming CEO, Adam paid his way through college representing 10 brands carrying out marketing plans toward his peers from Apple all the way to Mountain Dew. His experiences have helped him build a strong foundation in understanding how to effectively market brands to college students. Past clients include DSW, HP, and IKEA.

Anna Isachenko
Operations Czar

Anna Isachenko is the Operations Czar at SPLT, a social ride-sharing platform designed to reinvent the commute. She was born and raised in Moscow, matured in New Jersey, moved to upstate New York to receive her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ithaca College, 2014 and now lives in Detroit. Anna is a current Venture for America fellow pursuing the mission of revitalizing American cities through entrepreneurship.

Alisyn Malek
Investment Manager at GM Ventures and Owner at Corktown Studios

Alisyn is an investment manager with GM Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm of General Motors. In this position she works to bring together the technological innovation and speed of startups and the knowhow and market capacity of General Motors.  Prior this position she worked as an engineer in the product development organization. She joined General Motors in 2008, working primarily in the electrification area, focusing on the advancement of charging technologies and leading the early development of the DC charging system for the Chevy Spark.

In addition to her tech day job, she is a co-founder of Corktown Studios, an artist collective in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.  In this space she creates her own works, as well as leveraging her business insight to help local artists, doing everything from creating new studio spaces and exhibition spaces to help artists further their careers, to co-hosting events featuring local artists. 

Alisyn holds bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering and German. She has a master degree in energy systems engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her master of business administration through the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Alisyn is patented and published in electrification technology.

Chris Nemeth
Senior Director of Social Enterprise

Chris has thirty-five years of leadership experience in the areas of Sales, Marketing, Organizational Development, Training, Product and Market Development and Social Enterprise. He has a B.A in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a M.A. in Marketing from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Chris is currently the President of Hopeful Harvest, a social enterprise subsidiary of Forgotten Harvest and Senior Director of Social Enterprise for Forgotten Harvest, the nation’s largest Fresh Food rescue organization.

Jules Patry
Software Engineer, Project X

Jules Patry is a self taught software engineer that's worked on Social media and B2B start ups. JavaScript is his weapon of choice and his expertise is in the angular framework. He believes the most important part of executing a successful start up is mastering the culture. Other than coding Jules was training to become a ninja warrior (before he broke his elbow mid October).

Timothy Braswell

Timothy Braswell is a DTX fellow at BIZDOM. He has worked with multiple start-ups specifically in the areas of customer development and growth strategy.  He has a love for start-ups and is passionate about taking an un-biased approach when analyzing and researching their growth opportunities. Beyond the startup fun, he loves to read, work out and shoot pool.

Ben Gellman
Deputy Director of Operations & Experience, The Future Project

Ben manages Detroit operations for The Future Project, a national nonprofit that inspires young people to lead lives of passion and purpose by building culture change projects in their schools.  Ben is crazy about how quickly good ideas can turn into assets and opportunities, especially when they're driven by young people. He was born and raised east of Detroit and lives in Hamtramck.

Wade Sutton
Manager of Learning and Development, Delphi

Wade started his first business at the age of 10.  Over the years he has run four businesses full-time, and always had a side hustle.Professionally, Wade has worked in several industries and functions. US Bank, Business Banking Officer.  Leading a team of seven branches Wade served the commercial banking needs of a multi-million dollar portfolio which included commercial real-estate, term loans, and equipment leasing.California Asian Chamber of Commerce.  Led and hosted international trade delegations, specifically between China and the city of Sacramento.  This leveraged his Chinese language skills and years living in Asia Pacific.Delphi Automotive.  As the global manager of learning and development Wade is responsible for leadership development for 160,000 employees. Wade also earned his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, now a part of Arizona State University.

Tai Smallwood

Tai Smallwood is the founder and president of Einstein By Design, an educational services company based in Detroit. She is a creative education entrepreneur with experience curating, managing and developing innovative Pre-K thru 8th grade academic enrichment, and hands-on youth learning and digital literacy programs. She is passionate about community, connecting people & ideas together to create unique social and learning experiences. Prior to launching Einstein By Design, Tai worked as a child development therapist providing services to children with developmental disabilities for over ten years. She is a member of the Global Health Delivery Online Initiative, She is the president and co-founder of Einstein By Design, an enrichment program that focuses on developing children's interests and competencies in STEAM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.She is interested in global health and development initiatives, and has participated in community service projects within the Caribbean and in South Africa. In her free time, she enjoys road race cycling, writing poetry and community service. She lives in Detroit with her husband and teenage daughter.

Heather Beach

With all of the recent innovations in technology and social 

networking, it has never been easier to get connected to the job 

market. For someone as passionate as Heather when it comes to 

technology and the social realm, it is a delightful challenge to stay 

abreast of these new methods. The extensive experience she has 

gained in workforce planning, talent acquisition, and social media 

marketing across a variety of industries has helped her to build a 

strong network and knowledge base.

In addition to her role at Magna International as Campus Relations 

Specialist - Americas, she also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 

Communications from Oakland University, and studied Business 

Administration and Marketing at Oakland Community College. 


Heather currently sits on the MICHauto Talent Attraction Committee. 

In the past she has held positions such as President of the Student 

to Professional Program, Vice President of the Association for 

Women in Communications-Oakland University Chapter, and 

President of Marketing Task Force for Oakland University.

Carlos Sabbagh

Carlos is the founder of The Intentional Leadership Institute.Previously he worked for Wilson Learning Corporation, an international company that specializes in human resource development. Since then, he has been a consultant in strategic planning and cultural transformations. 

Carlos helps executives learn to leverage an organization’s resources to meet the challenges of today’s changing and complex business environment. To illustrate this, he shows executives how to deal with and implement cultural transformation, strategic intent, customer experience, cultural shift, sales leadership and interpersonal relationship interventions.

A dynamic speaker and storyteller, Carlos has conducted learning experiences in Latin America, Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Canada for such organizations as Seagram’s, Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Dow Chemical, Caterpillar, and Oakland Leadership. 

Inspire your team, engage your conference attendees, or revitalize your entire com-
pany with one of Carlos’s memorable discussions.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Detroit Youth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Detroit is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Chelsea
  • Grace
  • Jay
  • Katie
  • Monica
  • Nicole
  • Zain
  • Anamarie


Nicole Mangis
Co-Founder & CEO, Launch Exchange Detroit

Nicole is dedicated to advancing social impact and change through local-level community and economic development efforts to educate and nurture entrepreneurship and innovation. She founded Launch Exchange as a way to manifest the social change she wanted to see in the world. Launch Exchange is committed to growing social enterprise in Detroit and beyond through improving access to resources and community. Nicole furthers her commitment to social enterprise and community through her involvement in the Social Enterprise Alliance Detroit Regional Chapter as the Public Policy Committee Chair, Planning Commissioner for the City of Saint Clair Shores, a Detroit Techstars Community Programs Leader hosting Startup Weekend, and founder of the Detroit Social Entrepreneurship Meetup group.

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