Startup Angels and Techstars Mobility are hosting a workshop in Detroit Oct. 4-5 that’s intended to give both an insider’s view of startup investing and the startup climate in the Motor City.
Startup Angels, a Washington D.C.-based company designed to empower angel investors, is pairing with Techstars Mobility, a Detroit-based firm that invests in mobility-based startups and receives backing from Ford Motor Company F.
An 'Iconic' City
“Detroit is an iconic American city being reborn at the intersection of Detroit’s two biggest strengths: its automotive dominance and an entrepreneurial resurgence,” Ted Serbinksi, venture investor and managing director at Techstars Mobility, said in a statement.
“From self-driving cars to smart cities to reinventing logistics, startup companies around the world are coming to Detroit to work with our automotive and industrial experts and build their companies here.”
Southeast Michigan has “momentum” in its startup ecosystem, but needs early-stage investors and angel investors, Serbinski said.
The investing workshop is being held in advance of Techstars Mobility’s third annual demo day for its 2017 class of startups on Oct. 18, according to the company.
Investor Meet Startup
The concept of the Startup Angels workshop is to introduce investors to buying into tech startups, diversifying their portfolio and a guide to “choosing, managing and negotiating investments."
There’s a demand for information about startup investing across the globe, Leslie Jump, the founder and CEO of Startup Angels, said in a statement.
“We’re looking forward to being the catalyst for more startup investors in the Detroit metropolitan region — a natural community for more angel investors due to its strong startup roots and phenomenal industrial expertise.”
Speakers at the Detroit event include Jump; Serbinski; Sherwin Prior, the managing director at the General Motors Company GM equity investment arm GM Ventures; Patti Glaza, the vice president and managing director at Invest Detroit; Matt Bower, partner at Varnum, LLP; TechTown Detroit Managing Director Paul Riser and Chris Thomas, founder and partner at Fontinalis Partners.
For more information, visit the Startup Angels website.
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