Breaking Down Silos and Building the Detroit-Ann Arbor Connection
Last December, Xconomy hosted a dinner in Detroit where we invited about two dozen startup founders, investors, and other stakeholders from Southeast Michigan's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Though we brought the group together to share stories from the trenches, it quickly emerged that our guests wanted to discuss something else: How the innovation ecosystems in Detroit and Ann Arbor could better communicate, collaborate, and commiserate.
In August, we held another dinner--in Ann Arbor this time--and while we had an informative discussion, it felt like we had only reached the tip of the iceberg. Now, we'd like to bring the innovation community at large into the conversation by holding an unconference-style gathering.
Facilitating this series of small group discussions and group chats will be Richard Sheridan of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor. The idea is to talk about what's on people's minds right now and hope the open exchange of ideas will move the discussion from the realm of ideas to the realm of action.
Following the unconference will be our annual Meet the Xconomists recepetion. This reception is our way of saying thanks to the innovators, entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and others who have helped support Xconomy in Detroit and Ann Arbor, as well as to make new connections in the innovation community.
Bob Buderi, CEO, Xconomy
Paul Riser, Managing Director, Technology-Based Entrepreneurship, TechTown Detroit
Gerry Roston, CEO, Civionics; Executive-in-Residence, TechTown Detroit
Richard Sheridan has never shied from challenges, opportunities or the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the Business Value of Joy! Sheridan is an avid reader and historian, and his software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one...Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab (Henry Ford's recreation of the Menlo Park Lab in Greenfield Village was a childhood inspiration!).
Registration & Networking: 2:30 - 3:00 pm
Unconference: 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Meet the Xconomists Reception: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
DUO Security • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
New Economy Initiative • University of Michigan • Wayne State University
VENTURE CAPITAL MEMBERS
Flagship Ventures • GM Ventures
DETROIT INNOVATION CHAMPIONS AND SUPPORTERS
Ann Arbor SPARK • Detroit Technology Exchange
Esperion • Invest Detroit • Notion
Nutshell • Renaissance Venture Capital Fund
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