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Launching and Building an Innovation Economy: Makers, Incubators and Entrepreneurs in Detroit

On July 16, 2014, at 10am PDT, Meeting of the Minds will presented a 1-hour webinar on the innovation economy in Detroit.

An archive recording of this event is not available. Our apologies for the inconvenience.


Detroit has a burgeoning entrepreneurial sector made up of makers, designers, artists, techies, coders, urbanists and social entrepreneurs. There seems to be demand around every corner — start-ups are being created locally or moving to Detroit for the first time to set up shop. New shared, co-working and creative spaces in Detroit are popping up every month.

Midtown Detroit has built and continues to develop an innovation district, which includes entrepreneurial and commercialization spaces, accelerators, factories, research labs and multidisciplinary advanced technology institutes. How is Detroit defining an innovation district? How do stakeholders within its technology-based entrepreneurial ecosystem work together to develop the pipeline: creating, attracting and retaining technology-minded entrepreneurial talent; mining and developing innovative technologies; moving high-potential startups to market; and supporting the on-going growth of sustainable enterprises. What have been the key drivers for the development of the innovation district, and what challenges have emerged along the way? What’s the real potential of innovation districts nad new economy spaces to change cities now and in the future?

Join two of Meeting of the Minds 2014 workshop tour leaders and get a short preview into what will be seen on the ground at our summit in the fall.


Leslie Lynn Smith, President and CEO, TechTown DetroitLeslie Lynn Smith
President and CEO
TechTown Detroit
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Matt Clayson, Director, Detroit Creative CorridorMatt Clayson
Detroit Creative Corridor
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July 16, 2014
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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