Startup Weekend Detroit - Social Impact

    Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Detroit - Social Impact

Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017



Friday, March 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Cleary University
Detroit Education Center
8904 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Detroit Alumnae Chapter presents Startup Weekend Detroit - Social Impact

Pitch an idea. Form a team. Launch a product. All in 54 hours. 

Startup Weekends bring together developers, programmers, business leaders, community members, students and anyone else interested in solving a challenging societal problem. Participants form teams to develop a solution and collaborate over the course of a weekend to win a prize.

Why should you attend Startup Weekend Detroit for Social Entrepreneurs?
  1. You have an idea for a company, app or website that could be the next big thing.
  2. You're interested to see what it's like to build a business idea from scratch.
  3. You want to meet people and network in a new and unique way.
  4. You want to meet designers, developers, marketers and other professional who just might be your next hire.
  5. You like to build cool stuff.
  6. You believe businesses can do good while doing business... 
What does a ticket buy you?
  1. Access to all three days of the event.
  2. 7 Meals and snacks/drinks throughout the course of the weekend.
  3. Time with seasoned entrepreneurs, startup veterans and energetic community members
  4. The opportunity to take a concept from idea to execution over the course of 54 hours!
The goal for this startup weekend is to encourage community members in Detroit to participate and provide additional exposure to the startup ecosystem.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 17th


6:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce coaches and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Venue Closes
Our venue closes until Saturday morning. Teams can find alternative places to continue their planning.

Saturday March 18th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Venue Closes
Finished for the day. The venue reopens Sunday morning.

Sunday March 19th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


11:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
The last 90 minutes of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:00 pm
Final Presentations


4:30 pm
Judging & Awards


5:00 pm
Time to Go Home!



Speakers


David Alade

David Alade is a born and raised native New Yorker and former investment banker. He moved to Detroit in May 2015 to start Century Partners and focus on holistic real estate development in Detroit’s urban neighborhoods on a full-time basis.


David Tarver

David Tarver currently serves as founder and President of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative. David is a highly successful technology business executive with an incredible entrepreneurial journey and amazing success in corporate R&D, technology business startup, and social entrepreneurship.


Marlin Wilson-Williams

Marlin Wilson-Williams is a Speaker, Founder of Sisters Code, Diversity and Inclusion Entrepreneur-In-Residence at TechTown Detroit, CEO of Knowledge Brokers Technology Staffing and Recruiting Firm, Author, and Technology Strategist empowering women and girls in S.T.E.M. and Life.

Event Judges


Roslyn Johnson-Karamoko

Détroit is the New Black is a downtown storefront that functions as a “local retail incubator” showcasing design talent with a unique voice. Roslyn Karamoko, its founder, felt inspired by the pride Detroit residents take in their city and wanted to participate in the creative movement.


Jeff Ponders

Jeff Ponders II has built a 12+ year career as a digital strategy leader working with brands like Walmart, Colgate, and Samsung. Currently, Jeff oversees strategy and innovation for General Motors’ aftermarket sales brands as VP Director of Innovation at Leo Burnett.


Roshunda Price

Roshunda Price is a partner with Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss. Her practice focus includes selection and structure of business entities, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Previously, Ms. Price was an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan, directing its small business clinic.


David Tarver

David Tarver currently serves as founder and President of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative. David is a highly successful technology business executive with an incredible entrepreneurial journey and amazing success in corporate R&D, technology business startup, and social entrepreneurship.


Katrina Turnbow



Coaches and Mentors


Nydia Cardenas



Shelley Danner



Niles Heron



Silvia Mansoor



Tonia Osby



Seun Oyewole



Larry Price



Greg Sadler



Jade Smith



Israel Vicars



Alyson Wright



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Detroit - Social Impact 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.


Signature Sponsors

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Organizing Team

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

  • Marlo
    Rencher
  • Ashley
    McLeod
  • Chioke
    Mose-Telesford
  • Angeline
    Lawrence

Facilitators


Monica Wheat


Event Staff


Lynda Jeffries



Dilushan DeSilva



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