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Startup Week returns to Detroit for third year, June 18 - 22

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Posted at 1:14 AM, Jun 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-18 01:14:35-04

After two record-breaking years, Techstars Startup Week Detroit announces its return to the city for the third annual event, June 18 - 22, 2018.

Over the course of five transformative days, Startup Week will offer entrepreneurs and hopefuls hundreds of learning opportunities, access to potential investors, and a strong network of diverse startups to learn from and grow with. Registration and attendance is completely free.

New this year, Startup Week will take over downtown Detroit, with Chase Basecamp located outdoors in Grand Circus Park. Held under air conditioned tents, Basecamp will feature registration, co-working, free professional headshots and a job fair to connect attendees with employment opportunities. Food trucks situated nearby will offer free lunch throughout the week.

Learning sessions, keynote presentations and funding events will be hosted at walkable establishments throughout the city such as Detroit Opera House, Grand Circus Detroit and Detroit is the New Black. Learning tracks this year are set to include: Entrepreneurship 101, female founders, technology, legal, retail, growth stage, place-based, and social entrepreneurship, among others. Programs are carefully selected to serve the needs of Detroit-area business owners. In addition to downtown, programming and social events will be offered in Detroit neighborhoods.

In addition to downtown, programming and social events will be offered in Detroit neighborhoods. Shuttle bus transportation will be provided throughout the week between the neighborhoods and downtown.

Key events that are scheduled throughout Startup Week in Detroit include:
    Power | Scale, June 19: Live, reverse pitch competition for entrepreneurs to pitch challenges they have to a panel of expert investors, serial entrepreneurs, and industry professionals in the categories of tech, retail, social and design. Experts will provide mentorship and resources to entrepreneurs.
    Detroit Startup Job Fair, June 20: dozens of the top technology companies in Michigan will convene to recruit their next hires. Employers can apply online at https://bit.ly/2IblbNC [bit.ly]. Job seekers must register for the fair via Startup Week registration.
    D-Hack, June 21, 23-24: For the fourth year in a row Wayne State University will host D-Hack, a technology hackathon open to ages 11 and older. All levels of computer programmers will compete to earn cash and technology prizes over the course of 36 hours.
    Quicken Loans Demo Day, June 22: Companies from across the region will be pitching in front of a live audience for a share of over $1 million in this second annual event. After a three-month competition, hundreds of applicants will be narrowed down to the top fifteen who will compete for $50k - $300k in funding. Visit DetroitDemoDay.com [detroitdemoday.com] to learn more.

Startup Week is completely free to attend. Registration is required for all Startup Week sessions and events. You can do so at http://detroitstartupweek.com/