Detroit Startup Week Goes Digital This Year

Taking Place June 22 – 26, the Yearly Conference Has Moved Online in the Wake of COVID-19


Detroit Startup Week, the free five-day celebration of entrepreneurship, hosted by a Detroit small businesses and members of the entrepreneur community, will be going digital this year as it kicks off its five-day conference online. With conferences hosted in over 50 cities worldwide, the Detroit Startup Week usually draws around 10,000 people, but due to COVID-19, they have decided to be the first city to host a virtual edition of the festival.

Put on by Techstars and the Venture Catalysts team, Detroit Startup Week is powered by Quicken Loans this year and registration for the festival is free. Those looking to learn more about registration can do so here.

This year’s online presentation of Detroit Startup Week will feature 100+ virtual programs that include keynote speakers, workshops, office hours and fireside chats. Detroit Startup Week will also include daily networking and happy hours as well as Cocktails & Conversations programming aimed at boosting connections between individuals.

Fitting for a time when many have found themselves working from home, all attendees will also be entered to win giveaways such as the Dell Ultimate Work from Home Work Station Bundle, YouTube Studio kits and free professional services.


  • Bedrock – Reimagined Parking In The Motor City
  • Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital, It’s About Damn Time and the Path to Venture for Underrepresented Founders, Fireside Chat
  • Jewel Burks, U.S. Head, Google for Startups, Fireside Chat
  • Google Female Founders Salon [1 of 10 Google sessions]
  • Ford Motor Company – Building An Innovation District in Corktown
  • Startup Nation / Dell for Business / DBusiness – Daily Interview Series
  • Scott DeRue, Dean, Ross School of Business, Detroit Center for Innovation Entrepreneur Panel
  • Raffaele Mautone, CEO, Aadya Security
  • Windsor Essex – Growing In Canada, Eh! – Demystifying our Neighbors to the North
  • Quicken + Venture Catalysts, Design Thinking Challenge for Detroit Center for Innovation
  • National Science Foundation, How to Secure Grant-funding for your Startup
  • Sift – Don’t Build The Wrong Thing
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation [MEDC] – Daily City Ambassador / Ecosystem Showcase
  • Vickie Gould – How to Tell Stories That Sell
  • Melissa Davis – What To Do When You Only Have $200 or $2000 to Budget on Marketing
  • In Good Co. – Pivoting to Survive & Thrive: Strategies for Growth In a New Reality
  • Katrina Turnbow, Google Detroit, Getting Your Business Online
  • Robert Jackson – Anyone Can Start A DropShipping Business
  • Michigan House – Instagram Live Interview Series
  • City of Detroit & Arielle Johnson, Detroit Means Business – Doing Business with the City
  • Invest Detroit – How Venture Capitalists Think
  • Detroit Venture Partners – How to Raise Your First $1M
  • Robert Courtney – Branding for Beginners in 2020
  • Michigan House at Home – SXSW Women In Tech Panel

A complete calendar of events taking place between June 22 – 26 can be found here.

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