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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Detroit Startup Week feat. Monica Wheat (Episode 77)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff highlights Detroit Startup Week, a week-long virtual conference that kicks off today! He’s joined by Monica Wheat, founder and partner at Venture Catalysts and Detroit Startup Week event lead.

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“(Detroit Startup Week) is meant to bring the Detroit community together of founders, investors, program suppliers, and corporate partners, and allow them to mix and mingle, but also allow them to learn and figure out ways to grow their businesses and their partnerships.”

– Monica Wheat

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

Each year at this time of year in Detroit an important week-long gathering of founders, investors and others from the region’s entrepreneurial community takes place and it’s known as the Techstars Detroit Startup Week event. And we’re so thrilled that the show is still going on, albeit online this year.

It starts today and runs all this week. Monica Wheat leads the Detroit chapter and has this to say about this year’s event and how to attend.

Hi, Jeff. This week’s Detroit Startup Week starts on Monday, June 22nd through June 26th, and it is virtual instead of live. And we are the first virtual startup week in the world.

It’s a celebration of entrepreneurship. It’s free. It’s five days. It is over 100 sessions of business learning, education and access. It is meant to bring the Detroit community together of founders, investors, program suppliers, and corporate partners, and allow them to mix and mingle, but also allow them to learn and figure out ways to grow their businesses and their partnerships. We have on the top 50 programs that are live, they each have an average of 500 attendees registered. This is the first virtual startup week in the country, actually in the world. We are the first one to do this virtual.

So, we’re super excited that Detroit was able to do that. It’s free to register and they just go to www.detroitstartupweek.heysummit.com.

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to get started, already own a company that you want to grow, or perhaps you’re an investor looking to invest in startup companies, this event is for you. It’s free and you can register now and attend any one of the days this week or attend all week long. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s business beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

This segment is brought to you by Dell Technologies.

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