Startup Week kicks off in Detroit today

Posted: 6:52 AM, May 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-23 07:21:58-04

A global initiative that aims to connect and grow entrepreneurs is about to descend upon the Motor City.

Startup Week, run by Techstars, is launching in Detroit for the first time. 

Detroit Startup Week officially kicks off today. Over the course of five days, events meant to encourage and celebrate local entrepreneurs will be held throughout the city.

Billed as one of the largest first-year Startup Week events, the Detroit edition has 110 activities scheduled.

“Our city is unlike any other, with both ingenuity and a welcoming spirit, brilliance and grit, and opportunities abound. Detroit Startup Week is designed to glue together those opportunities, celebrate what’s already working, and lay the groundwork for what’s to come,” said lead organizer Kyle Bazzy in a news release. 

Speakers include major players in the city from Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. 

Organizers anticipate more than 2,500 people will participate in the activities.

If you have a specific interest, there’s an activity list that allows you to sort through event topics like technology, art and design, and social entrepreneurship--so you can narrow down which ones you'd like to attend. 

If you plan to go to any of the events, you're required to register for an all access pass to Detroit Startup Week.

Attending is free.

More details and registration here.