DTX student tech entrepreneurs to pitch at TechTown
Aug 10, 2017 , 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thirty young, Michigan-based entrepreneurs representing 13 universities will pitch tech startup ideas developed during a 10-week summer accelerator at the DTX Launch Detroit Showcase, August 10 at 5 p.m. at TechTown Detroit, 440 Burroughs, Detroit.
DTX Launch Detroit teams, all comprising undergraduate through top-level graduate students or recent university graduates, submitted initial pitches for consideration and were selected through a competitive process. The teams have spent the summer discovering, validating and, when necessary, pivoting their value propositions and business models. They used an intensive curriculum known based on the highly regarded Business Model Canvas, augmented with guest speakers, business coaching and mentoring, and meetings with experienced entrepreneurs and startup founders. The resulting innovations range from a lending marketplace for student loans to a multi-sided platform between players, coaches and trainers to improve athlete health and safety to an application to reduce companies’ time and cost by improving entry-level retention.
At the showcase, each team will pitch its venture idea to a panel of representatives from the business, tech and investment communities. Cash prizes, business services and an incubation opportunity will be awarded to teams in the categories of Best Value Proposition and Best Job of Customer Discovery. DTX Launch Detroit will also name its “Most Valuable Player,” as voted by the students.
5:00pm: Networking | Food & Beverages
5:30pm: Keynote Speaker: David Segura, CEO of VisionIT
David Segura leads the VisionIT corporate strategy and under his leadership, the company has become one of the largest and most recognized minority-owned businesses operating in 20 U.S. offices, as well as Mexico, the Philippines and parts of Latin America. He serves as a board member of the Latino Business Action Network and Stanford’s Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative.
5:55 pm: Presentations, followed by judging and awardsRSVP here
DTX Launch Detroit is a program of the Detroit Technology Exchange (DTX), a programmatic partnership between TechTown Detroit, the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Grand Circus, the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, Invest Detroit, and NextEnergy, is designed to recruit and groom talent for tech entrepreneurship opportunities and convert innovative technologies into Detroit-based startups. It is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Michigan Strategic Fund and the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan.
Past Launch Detroit businesses include CityInsight, an app that monitors Detroit residents’ water usage; MySwimPro, recently named Apple Watch’s App of the Year and Pro:UP, an app linking high school students to mentorship and career opportunities which has won numerous funding competitions and been featured in Forbes.