Everything You Need to Know About Detroit Startup Week 2019

Detroit Startup Week 2019 info

Got questions about Detroit Startup Week 2019? We’ve got answers.

What is Techstars Startup Week Detroit?

Techstars Startup Week Detroit is a free five-day celebration of entrepreneurship, hosted by a unified community in spaces that you love. Participate in a new type of conference, led by entrepreneurs dedicated to building momentum and opportunity in a revived city.

How do I register for Startup Week?

You can register here on our Eventbrite, then create your schedule on Sched. Be sure to do both steps!

Who runs Startup Week?

Startup Week Detroit is a Techstars event powered by Quicken Loans and sponsored by many generous local companies. Startup Week is completely volunteer-run, led by the team at Venture Catalysts. We are dedicated to making the event accessible to and empowering for the Detroit community.

Where is Startup Week Detroit?

This year, we’re launching a whole new venue concept. Quicken Loans Basecamp will be at Lear Innovation Center (downtown) with daytime programming. Evening programming will be at Durfee Innovation Society (Dexter-Linwood neighborhood). In addition to programming at Durfee and Lear, 5-10 key walkable indoor & outdoor neighboring Capitol Park locations will be activated (think: Bamboo Detroit, Grand Circus, parks, community and technology centers and co-working spaces). Keep an eye out for signs with our snowglobe logo to tell you where to go in each location. For information on specific sessions, check out our schedule on Sched!

What will I learn at Startup Week Detroit?

There are sessions at Startup Week focused on everything from blockchain to branded storytelling. This year, we are focusing each day around specific learning areas! This will allow you to more easily build your schedule around your interests. You can also maximize your time with other attendees with similar interests, experiences, and expertise.

Monday, June 17: Mobility, Marketing, & Technology

Tuesday, June 18: Technology, Fintech, & Blockchain

Wednesday, June 19: Finance, Funding & Legal, Entrepreneurship 101

Thursday, June 20: Social Impact, Health, Retail, Small Business/Place-Based Entrepreneurship

Friday, June 21: Art & Design, Music, & Female Founders

Where should I park?

There are several options when it comes to parking for our Downtown locations:

  • Street Parking – We encourage you to download the app to make it easier to pay.
  • Financial District Garage – 131 W Lafayette Blvd
  • Kennedy Square Garage – 720 Griswold St
  • Griswold Parking – 1421 Griswold St
  • Z Park Garage – 1234 Library St

For Durfee we will have parking available and there will be security guards, as well as, volunteers to assist you.

How can I get around?

Transportation is available Monday – Thursday 5PM – 9PM (Monday goes until 10PM).

We’re offering a looped route that runs hourly between:

  • Durfee Innovation Society (2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206)
  • Capital Park (1150 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226)

Check back here and follow us on social media for the link to reserve your seat- coming soon!

Any lunch recommendations?

Go! Sy Thai

Downtown Louie’s Lounge

Queens Bar

Lovers Only

Chickp Detroit

La Pecora Nera

Brome Modern Eatery


The Hudson Café

Is there childcare available onsite?

Yes! Childcare is available from 5 – 9 p.m. at Durfee Innovation Society through Detroit Play Care. Details are below:

Detroit Play Care

5-5:30pm- welcome/ free play

5:30-6pm- craft time

6-6:30pm- bathroom break/ snacks

6:30-7pm- Group Game

7-9pm- Movie/ Free Play

Snacks, art & craft supplies, toys, games, books and more are provided.

Where can I stay up-to-date on everything?

Follow along with us! We’re on the following platforms, and you can use our hashtags to connect with other attendees, speakers and more:

Instagram: @detroit.startupweek

Facebook: @DetroitStartupWeek

LinkedIn: @DetroitStartupWeek

Twitter: @detstartupweek

Official hashtags: #DETSW2019 #WeAreDetroit

All this and more awaits you, for free, next week.

Have you registered yet? If not, register here. If you have, bring a friend!


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