#UES2014 Cast

Welcome and Overview


W. David Tarver, Founder, Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative


Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, Academic Director, Rutgers University Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development


Panel 1: Urban Entrepreneurship Case Studies

Panel 1 Moderator


Forrest Carter, Associate Professor of Marketing, Eli Broad School of Business, Michigan State University


Panel 1 Panelists



Steve Bock, Business CEO, Shinola


Noam Kimelman

Noam Kimelman, Co-Owner, Fresh Corner Café


Mike White

Mike White, General Manager, Uber/Michigan



Sheila McBride, CEO, GradeCheck


Mike Evans

Mike Evans, Senior Developer, Loveland Technologies


Panel 2: Community Engagement Methods

Panel 2 Moderator

Marlo Rencher

Marlo Rencher, Co-Founder, Snapsure, Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cleary University


Panel 2 Panelists

Brian Flanagan

Brian Flanagan, Managing Director, U-M Ross Leadership Initiative


Nick Tobier

Nick Tobier, Associate Professor, U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design



Sebastian Jackson, Founder, The Social Club Grooming Company


Christopher Prater

Christopher Prater, Thrift on the Avenue (TOTA)


Panel 3: Student-Led Entrepreneurship

Panel 3 Moderator

Matt Gibson

Matt Gibson, Associate Director for Student Ventures, U-M Center for Entrepreneurship


Panel 3 Presenters


Evolve Team Photo

Evolve Team: Justine Sheu, Justin Cook, Myles Morgan


jamarr and erica hill

Transwer Team: Erica Hill and Jamarr Hill


Panel 4: Support Systems for Urban Entrepreneurs

Panel 4 Moderator

Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith, President and CEO, TechTown Detroit


Panel 4 Panelists

Patricia Glaza

Patricia Glaza, Vice-President, Invest Detroit


Jamie Shea

Jamie Shea, Managing Director, Investments, Mission Throttle


Stella Safari

Stella Safari, CEO, Startup Effect


Innovate Blue: Michigan’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship Education

Thomas Zurbuchen

Thomas Zurbuchen, Senior Counselor to the Provost, University of Michigan


Luncheon Program

Welcome and Remarks

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank, Executive Director, U-M Center for Entrepreneurship


Luncheon Keynote – A Conversation with Jill Ford

Jill Ford - cropped

Jill Ford, Special Assistant to the Mayor, City of Detroit


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