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Detroit 2.0

On April 13, join an intimate group of your peers and explore Detroit 2.0, a city poised to take on the 21st century, inspiring the world with its commitment to innovation and respect of its steadfast community. Learn firsthand from five innovative organizations that are positively shaping Detroit and inspiring the world.

  • Expert guides:  Enjoy background stories about Detroit’s changing economy
  • Intimate Groups: Tours are limited to 20 participants.
  • Luxury Transportation: Sit back and relax as we take you through the city (wifi included).
  • Food & Drinks:  Explore the foodie scene at a morning coffee and networking lunch.
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April 12th - 6:00pm - 8:30pm: VIP Kickoff Party

Join us at the VIP Kickoff Party at the Madison Building hosted by NewCo founder John Battelle. Mingle with Detroit’s change makers and enjoy a program featuring company spotlights from select Detroit businesses followed by a cocktail reception to network with NewCo host companies and VIP attendees.

April 13th

Pre-festival meet-up @ Ashe Supply Co @ 1555 Broadway St, Detroit

We’ll start the day by fuelling up before we head out to our first session. We'll head out from Ashe at 9am. 

9:30am   TechTown Detroit

TechTown Detroit is the city’s most established business accelerator and incubator. Between 2007 and 2014, the organization served 1,026 companies, which raised over $107.26 million in start-up capital and contributed 1,190 jobs to the local economy. Join Paul Riser, Managing Director, as he gives insight into “A day in the life of TechTown”.

11:00am   Detroit Venture Partners

Detroit Venture partners puts passion first, supporting forward thinking organizations through investment, mentorship, and grit. Engage the incubated firsthand and hear how they’re growing the valuable lessons gleaned from Detroit Venture Partners’ support into successful, grassroot enterprises.

12:00pm   Lunch

Time for a sit down lunch to network with fellow attendees and NewCo VIPs.

1:30pm   Third Man Records

Third Man Records is an innovator in the world of vinyl records, often pushing the boundaries throughout the world of recorded music, aiming to bring tangibility and spontaneity back into the record business. You’ll be treated to a unique perspective of their highly curated retail space and get a first look into their Vinyl Pressing Plant.

3:00pm   Shinola

Founded in Detroit in 2011, the company’s initial focus was watches and leather goods. Join a hands on tour of their watch and leather factory and hear from Jonathan Hughes, CFO, on how Shinola supports sustainability, craftsmanship, and design with their belief that products should be made by hand and built to last.

4:30pm   Michigan Urban Farming

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization based in Detroit’s North End community that contributes to Detroit’s growth by engaging members of the Michigan community in sustainable agriculture. Discuss with Tyson Gersh, Co-Founder & President, green infrastructure and its role in modern urban development frameworks.

6:00pm   Meetup at Grand Circus

End a wonderful day of learning with our closing Meetup celebration. Meet fellow NewCo attendees for an evening of fun and celebration.

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