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Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Entrepreneurial Report Shows Positive Outlook for Detroit Startups

With the rise of pandemic panic, people are craving data about the state of Detroit’s economy. Luckily our friends at EntryPoint just released their Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report that highlights some promising numbers.  Emily Heintz, the founder & managing director of EntryPoint, noted in the report that COVID-19 is drastically impacting many bu[...]

Ryan Landau

By Ryan Landau

Our Response to COVID-19: We’re on Team You

These are unbelievably tough times for everyone, everywhere. But for small businesses, these are defining moments. Companies are wondering if and how they’ll stay afloat. Really incredible people are losing their jobs, not due to lack of effort but simply due to lack of funds and a general air of uncertainty that surrounds us all. The natural insti[...]

Lauren Zyber

By Lauren Zyber

Good Humans Spotlight: Detroit Black Tech Supports Underrepresented Developers

I love seeing #BlackTechFacts pop up on social media during Black History Month. But let’s face it, we all know it’s not enough. In the tech world, Black and Brown software developers are still underrepresented, holding only 10% of development roles. And that disparity is even larger in Detroit, where the Latino/Hispanic and Black population make u[...]

Tara Taylor

By Tara Taylor

Top 5 blog posts of 2019

I don’t know about you but over here at re:purpose we’ve been doing some major reflecting on 2019. And all we have to say is, WOW. What an incredible year for the Detroit & Ann Arbor startup community. So many accomplishments and we’re beyond thankful for all of you that are here to share them with us. To celebrate the end of an incredible year, he[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Top 6 Venture Capital Investors in the Midwest

Want to know where the money's at? It's right here in the midwest. More specifically, the Great Lakes region. Venture capitalists are looking outside Silicon Valley and New York to diversify across new hubs.  At the top of their list is the Great Lakes region. VCs are flooding the area, pouring money into unicorn companies, like Detroit's StockX, C[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

6 Detroit Female Founders to Watch

The Detroit startup community is home to a tight group of female entrepreneurs who are changing the game across the tech and consumer goods industries. While they may celebrate their wins in private, we're bringing their accomplishments to the forefront. Ready to get to know who's at the top of our list? Meet the 6 Detroit female entrepreneurs to w[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Design-Driven Cannabis Startup, Pleasantrees, Raises $6.4M in Series A

Detroit-based luxury cannabis startup, Pleasantrees, announced a successful Series A funding round, raising $6.4 million in preparation for the launch of their retail arm.  The design-driven brand's newfound financial backing came from a group of 64 local and international investors.  With plans to open 12 medical marijuana provisioning centers acr[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

6 Celebrity Investors from the Midwest

The midwest is packed with entrepreneurial talent, and the world is taking notice. From Motown to the Motor City, Detroit has a rich history of business and entertainment successes. We were curious to see which high profile celebrities straddled both worlds. That's why we curated a list of 6 celebrity investors from the midwest. Interested to see w[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Michigan Startup, Rivian, Secures $350M Investment

Plymouth-based electric truck manufacture, Rivian, secured $350 million in investments this week, making it the company's third public investment of 2019. Cox Automotive is behind the company's most recent fiscal stimulus, joining Amazon and Ford Motor Company as recent investors. While it was not disclosed how much equity Cox would receive, the Ri[...]

Brytanie Killebrew

By Brytanie Killebrew

Detroit Startups on the Rise: Argo AI

In the race for accessible and modern mobility, a local startup is on a mission to improve the way the world moves. Meet Argo AI. With a self-proclaimed focus to provide affordable transportation to underserved urban communities, Argo AI has attracted the attention and support of some of the auto industry's biggest players.  In 2017, Argo AI receiv[...]