Are you a Detroit small business owner? Then you have no reason not to attend at least one of the many free offerings during Detroit Entrepreneur Week
(DEW), a six-day festival starting May 2 that takes place across three Detroit neighborhoods through events, workshops and seminars.
Each day of the festival, which is in its fifth year, is themed. Friday, May 6, for example, is dubbed "Show Me the Money" and focuses on financing a small business. The final day, May 7, "The Small Business Legal Academy," is hosted by the Wayne State Law School and will have a series of panels covering legal nuances in real estate, intellectual property, non-profits, and many more.
Wednesday, May 4 will focus on social entrepreneurship. The morning session takes place at Tech Town
and features a keynote address by New York Times best selling author Shaka Sengor
, a leading voice in criminal justice reform. Following is a panel discussion composed of local social entrepreneurs, social impact investors, and resource providers.
The afternoon and evening festivities take place at Build Institute
, a small business support organization. Build will host a curated dinner and pitch night in partnership with Detroit SOUP
, an organization that awards microgrants based on the votes of attendees. The SOUP pitch winner will receive a cash price and suite of professional services valued at over $3,000.
From DEW's website: "This grassroots approach to entrepreneurial development is truly transformative and will position Detroit as a beacon for entrepreneurs citywide. Detroit Entrepreneur Week’s network of resources provides and community leaders will ensure that entrepreneurs of today and the generations to follow will have access to the necessary tools, supportive communities and culture to succeed."
DEW is presented by Comcast Business.
To reserve a spot at any of the festival's events, go here