November 2017: Detroit Startup Events & Recent News

Ryan Landau

By on 11/07/17

November 2017: Detroit Startup Events & Recent News

Staying on top of Detroit startup events is kind of our thing.


Because the energy in Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is contagious. It’s vibrant. Passionate. Innovative. Brave. Whether you’re working at a fast-growing tech company or attending a startup happy hour, you get a feeling that you’re part of something big. “Big” like the renaissance of a great American city big.

We want you to experience this incredible feeling, too.

If you haven’t already, head over to our free startup job search platform and create a profile to access hundreds of companies who are looking for talent just like you.

Also, check out these Detroit startup events happening throughout the month.


November 28th: Startup Detroit Happy Hour
Prepare to have some serious fun...while also mingling with Detroit’s thriving community of entrepreneurs and startups. More than 25 Detroit companies are either hosting or participating in the event at Punch Bowl Social (complete with a bowling alley, arcade games, air hockey table, darts and more). The event will bring together some of Detroit’s most creative and innovative minds, and we’re counting on you to be one of them. RSVPs are strongly encouraged, as space fills up quickly.

A few other awesome Detroit startup events happening this month:

November 8th: Small Business Hacks Speaker Series - Bootstrapping your Marketing Strategy
Why is Michigan such a great place for entrepreneurs? Startup events happen throughout the entire state. Grand Rapids area entrepreneurs are invited to join the third meetup of Small Business Hacks, hosted by Grand Circus Grand Rapids. The event series provides small business owners with simple, cost-effective ways to be more profitable. For this meetup, Michigan-based multicultural marketing agency Vías Latino Market Consultants will discuss strategies and insights for building deep connections with Latinos and other multicultural communities.

November 16th: 8th Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition
A great opportunity to network, this pitch competition brings hundreds of investors and venture capitalists from across the country. The competition awards up to $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes. More than 200 companies applied, but only 36 semi-finalists will present their business plan to a panel of judges and hundreds of attendees at the Masonic Temple. Finalists will pitch later in the day, and a winner (as well as runners-up) will be announced at the end of the night.

November 18th: City-Wide SOUP
Three words: community, food, and micro-granting. This public potluck dinner (supplied, in part, by Foodlab Detroit) brings together hundreds of residents to talk about projects they’re working on in the city. From art and urban agriculture to social justice and entrepreneurship, there’s no limit to the types of creative ideas you can bring to the event but keep in mind that you only get 60 seconds to share your vision. A five dollar donation is encouraged. At the end of the night, everyone votes on which project to fund with the money raised from those donations. Attendees can bring a specific dish or their favorite meal. And yes, soup will be served.

November 22nd: Tech Homecoming 2017
There’s no place like home for the holidays. This Thanksgiving Eve happy hour aims to attract out-of-towners in the tech industry who are back in Michigan this time of year. Attendees can mingle with some of Ann Arbor’s fastest-growing tech companies over drinks and appetizers. The goal is to connect talent with the vibrant tech ecosystem in Ann Arbor, which has produced billions in enterprise value in the last five years. Can’t make it to the event? Use our free startup job search platform to connect with amazing tech companies in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

November 28th: Startup Boost Detroit Global Pre-Accelerator Demo Day
Come celebrate with nine Michigan tech startups as they complete the Startup Boost global pre-accelerator program! These pre-seed stage startups will pitch their companies after spending six weeks with entrepreneurs, investors and mentors. Enjoy food, drinks and networking, as well as special guest speakers. Space will be limited, so RSVPs are strongly encouraged.

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Here’s what the startup community was talking about in October.

This Detroit clothing startup went on ‘Shark Tank’ and landed a $150K investment
Ash & Erie (formerly Ash & Anvil) appeared on “Shark Tank” last month to pitch the show’s investors on its business: clothes for shorter guys. They were initially aiming for a $100,000 investment, but ended up receiving $150,000 from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for a 25 percent stake in the company. First-time founders Steven Mazur and Eric Huang say they’re happy to have an experienced partner on board.

11 startups pitched to investors at the 2017 Techstars Mobility Demo Day
Last month, Detroit hosted the largest single-day event focused on mobility startups in the world. The Techstars Mobility Accelerator class of 2017 featured 11 startups from across the globe, including Israel, Dubai, Germany and the United States. Those companies pitched to more than 1,200 people from 113 different automotive OEMs, suppliers, transportation companies and venture capital funds. How cool is that? And there’s more to come. Techstars Mobility will unveil its 2018 program at next year’s North American International Auto Show.

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