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Ecosystems

Cost of Living Isn’t the Only Thing Attracting Startups to Detroit

By | Jul 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Detroit has seen a rejuvenation in their entrepreneurial community since the recession and has become an attractive place for startups to build their business. While Detroit’s primary industry is automotive, the city is surrounded by innovation changing the transportation, music and fashion industry, and…

Events

Huge Investments, Josh Linkner, and Everything Else You Missed at Detroit Startup Week

By | May 26, 2017 at 2:20 pm

There was no shortage of entrepreneurial talent at Detroit Startup Week powered by Chase for Business this week. Attendees were treated to informative talks, meaningful discussions, and enough startup expertise to fill the massive Masonic Temple where the event took place. With thousands in attendance,…

Entrepreneur

Josh Linkner on What It Takes to Build Something Successful

By | May 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

The pursuit of success is a staple of the startup world. Every founder, every investor, and even every employee is doing everything they can to get a taste of the top. Working 80 hour weeks, tapping networks, and attending events like Detroit Startup Week…

Incubators

8 Michigan Incubators That Startups Need to Know

By | May 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm

In the automotive hub of America, there is a post-recession comeback story in the state of Michigan with a fast growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. These incubators and accelerators spread throughout the state offer programs and support to budding founders and teams looking to build their…

Ecosystems

JPMorgan Chase Invests $150 Million in Detroit for Economic Recovery

By | May 23, 2017 at 11:20 am

Despite being a historical economic powerhouse, Detroit has undeniably fallen on hard times. However, with innovative entrepreneurs making moves and an economy that is ready to reclaim its former glory, the Motor City is poised for an impressive resurgence. And if you need some…

Conferences

20 Startups Set to Showcase at North American International Auto Show

By | Dec 11, 2016 at 10:30 am

With their pedal to the metal, the automotive industry is working to bring consumers the latest technology to their driving experience and looking to startups for solutions. Coming this January, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), one of the most prestigious auto shows…

Marketing

How to Close Deals Using a Field Sales Approach

By | Nov 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Today’s sales cycle is dominated by the use of online tools. But if you’re not getting the traction you need, going into the field is a great way to get to know your customer. The Varsity News Network (VNN) didn’t initially plan on building a…

Startups & Apps

Startup, Protection, Finally Offers Alternative to Phone Insurance

By | Jul 15, 2016 at 11:45 am

When you buy a phone, you may unwittingly or unknowingly be getting an phone insurance plan tacked on. Unless you’re a careful reader of your monthly bill, you may not be aware of this. In my case I was repeatedly signed up for –…

Events

A Look at Detroit Startup Week 2016 [PHOTOS]

By | May 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm

With Detroit Startup Week winding down, entrepreneurs, investors, industry giants and Detroit representatives are abuzz with hope for the previously collapsed Motor City economy. Not only have startups and corporations come out to show support for the people in this town, but scores of attendees…

Funding

3 Things Bootstrapping Startups Need to Succeed

By | May 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm

While capital is arguably the most important resource for a budding startup, the ability to survive without it is a characteristic exclusively found in successful companies. The term “bootstrapping” is commonly associated with a businesses that weathered the financial storm of early stage entrepreneurship. And the…

Funding

Your Guide to Finding Startup Funding in Detroit

By | May 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

When it comes to running a business, there are few things more important than funding. It helps you produce your product, it helps you manage your business, and it allows your to spread the word of your company far and wide. And while many…

Coworking spaces

The Back Office Studio Brings Cooperation Back to Michigan

By | May 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Cultivating a community of thinkers and doers has been proven to be the best way to create a successful startup ecosystem. But with Detroit’s lack of innovation since their financial collapse in 2013, cooperation amongst the entrepreneurs and existing companies has been difficult to…

Ecosystems

Detroit Pushes Towards Recovery with Growing Entrepreneur Ecosystem

By | May 24, 2016 at 7:09 pm

It’s no secret that Detroit has fallen on tough times. In 2013, Detroit become the largest city in US history to file for bankruptcy, confirming what the nation already knew: the manufacturing powerhouse’s best days were behind it. Fortunately, there has been an impressive…

Diversity

How to Expand Opportunity Through Inclusive Entrepreneurship

By | May 23, 2016 at 7:16 pm

Diversity can be difficult to find in the tech world. Unfortunately, the young white male stereotype has been patently proven to dominate this field. And while incubators and accelerators are persistently pursuing the cream of the crop, exclusionary tactics have seeped into the culture of…