Welcome to Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2016
Reggie Barnett, Director and Treasurer, Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative
Welcome to Flint
Steven Branch for Mayor Karen Weaver
Welcome to Mott Community College
Dr. Beverly Griffea-Walker, President, Mott Community College
Urban Entrepreneurs in Action
These urban-focused business innovators each discuss how they managed to create a for-profit business that solves an important urban problem. How did they identify the problem that their business solves? How did they arrive at a solution? How does their solution improve the city?
Eric Thomas, founder and partner, Saga Marketing
Justine Sheu, CEO and co-founder, ProUp
David Alade, co-founder and managing partner, Century Partners
Video Trailer: David Tarver, “I’m a Kid from Flint”
Edited by Michelle Wyche Watson
Evening Keynote: An Urban Revival
David Tarver, proud native of Flint
President, Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative
Founder and CEO: Telecom Analysis Systems, Inc.
Author: Proving Ground, A Memoir
Mr. Tarver touches briefly upon the lessons he learned growing up in Flint that set the stage for his successful career in technology entrepreneurship. He then reveals some basic tools for understanding how any business works, and how citizens with an “entrepreneurial mindset” can use those tools to transform their community.