Events/Speaker Series

Monday-Sunday, April 13-19, 2015

Techweek Detroit
Ford Field​

Join thousands of other entrepreneurs, developers, VCs, and techies for a celebration of Detroit tech and innovation. Anyone who helps build, support, or celebrate the tech ecosystem in Detroit is encouraged to learn from top speakers, meet their next cofounder at the Expo or at one of our gatherings, and demo the newest products making waves in Detroit. Details at Techweek​.​

Friday, April 24 (application deadline)

Desai Accelerator

Turn your passion into a successful business: Apply for the inaugural cohort of the Desai Accelerator. Our startups get unmatched resources in mentorship, talent, community, and visibility. We're looking for technology-based companies in the critical phase between early-stage development and external investment. Our program runs June 8 to Sept. 4 and includes a $25K investment, office space in downtown Ann Arbor, access to student interns, more than $500K in resources, and mentorship from one of the most expansive alumni networks in the country. Apply here​.

Thursday, May 7 (entry deadline)

2015 Ford College Community Challenge

The Ford College Community Challenge is an innovative national challenge-grant initiative designed to work with colleges to catalyze student-led, community-building projects that address pressing local needs. This year's theme is "Building Sustainable Communities." Winning proposals must address, in some creative way, a tangible, unmet community need and propose a solution that will help build a sustainable community. Ford will choose up to 10 outstanding proposals and these winning schools or student organizations will receive a $25,000 grant to implement their ideas. To enter, visit the Ford College Community Challenge contest page​ and input your proposal in the available online form or download the proposal template.