#UES2014 Program


Event Program – Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014, 8 am to 2 pm
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
1000 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

8:00 am to 8:40 am

Registration, Reception and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am to 9:00 am

Welcome and Overview

W. David Tarver, Founder, Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative

9:00 am to 9:05 am

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Marcus Harris, ProsperUs Detroit

9:05 am to 9:30 am

Keynote Address

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

9:35 am to 10:20 am

Panel 1: Urban Entrepreneurship Case Studies

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


Steve Bock, Business CEO, Shinola

Mike Evans, Senior Developer, Loveland Technologies

Noam Kimelman, Co-Owner, Fresh Corner Café

Sheila McBride, Founder, GradeCheck

Mike White, General Manager, Uber/Michigan

10:20 am to 10:30 am


10:30 am to 11:10 am

Panel 2: Community Engagement Methods

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


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

Sebastian Jackson, Founder, The Social Club Grooming Company

Christopher Prater, Co-Owner, Thrift On The Avenue

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

11:15 am to 11:50 am

Panel 3: Student-Led Entrepreneurship

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


Justine Sheu, Myles Morgan and Justin Cook,

Jamarr Hill and Erica Hill, “Transwer

11:50 am to 12:00 pm


12:05 pm to 12:45 pm

Panel: Facilitating Urban Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Leslie Smith, President and CEO, TechTown


Stella Safari, CEO, Startup Effect

Jamie Shea, Managing Director for Investments, Mission Throttle

Tiffany Sadek, founder, Sadek Legal

Yvette Jenkins, owner/operator, Love. Travels. Imports.

12:50 pm to 1:00 pm

“Innovate Blue: Michigan’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship Education,”
Thomas Zurbuchen, U-M Associate Dean for
Entrepreneurial Programs; Professor, Space Science and Aerospace Engineering;
Senior Counselor to Provost for Entrepreneurial Education

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Luncheon Program

1:20 pm to 1:30 pm

Welcome and Remarks, Tom Frank, Executive Director, U-M Center for

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Luncheon Keynote: A Conversation with Jill Ford, special counselor to
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan for entrepreneurial initiatives



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