#UES2015 Recap


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Welcome and Overview

W. David Tarver, President and Founder, Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative, Inc.

Session 1: Urban Problem Mining


Tifani Sadek, Sadek Bonahoom PLC


Maggie DeSantis, Founder, Eastside Community Network

James Feagin, Outreach Manager, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

Lauren Hood, Founder, DeepDiveDetroit Inc.

Chad Rochkind, Founder, Human Scale Studio


Keynote Address

Miguel McKelvey, co-founder and chief creative officer, WeWork Inc., New York


Session 2: Community Engagement Strategies


Rishi Moudgil, Managing Director, U-M Center for Social Impact


Garlin Gilchrist, Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement, City of Detroit

Cornetta Lane, Founder, Detroit Dialogs

Dan Pitera, Executive Director, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Collaborative Design Center

Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director, Rutgers University Business School Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development



Session 3: Scalable Urban Business Models


Forrest Carter, Faculty Director – Institute of Entrepreneurship & Associate Professor of Marketing, Michigan State University


David Anderson, Co-Founder, Bamboo Detroit

Ralph Clark, President & CEO Shotspotter, Inc.

Anya Babbitt, Founder & CEO, Splitting Fares (SPLT)

Leslie Horn, CEO, Three Squared, Inc.


Luncheon Program: The University’s Role in Urban Innovation

Program Host:

Ned Staebler, Vice-President for Economic Development, Wayne State University and President and CEO, TechTown Detroit

Program Guests:

Lou Anna K. Simon, President, Michigan State University

Cynthia Wilbanks, Vice-President for Government Relations, University of Michigan

Antoine Garibaldi, President, University of Detroit Mercy


Session 4: Business Models for Entry Level Employment


Malinda Jensen, VP Business Development, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)


Heath Carr, COO, Bedrock Manufacturing (Shinola)

Paul M. Hickman, Owner, Urban Ashes

Calvin Evans, HR/Operations Manager, Urban Ashes

Don Reimer, Director – Entrepreneurship Programs, Lawrence Technological University

Jim Robinson, Founder, Metro EZ Ride


Seminar Session 1.1: Financing the Urban Startup

Seminar Leaders:

Patricia Glaza, VP & Managing Director, Invest Detroit

Julie Lein, Co-Founder, Tumml (San Francisco)


Doug Neal, Managing Partner, Michigan eLab Capital Partners

Ray Waters, President, Detroit Development Fund



Seminar Session 2.2: Community Engagement and Human-Centered Design

Seminar Leaders:

Hajj Flemings, CEO/Founder of Brand Camp University

Deborah Parizek, Executive Director, Henry Ford Learning Institute

#UES2015 Video Slide Show