The Detroit Revitalization and Business Initiative of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan invites you to join us at our 8th Annual Impact Conference.
2017 Theme: Innovation in the City
Some may be surprised to learn Detroit is renowned by multiple news organizations as one of the most innovative cities in the world. How is it that Detroit, notorious for its bankruptcy and blight, received this honor? At the 8th Annual Impact Conference, we will discuss the theme of Innovation in the City.From urban planning and public policy to entrepreneurship and venture capital, Detroit has become a hub for innovation. Come learn how the public and private sectors are working together to develop the ideas that will drive the city into the future.
In the evening, we will be featuring a networking reception on the rooftop of the Madison Building with views of the Detroit Tigers’ game. Open bar including beer & wine and appetizers will be included. No alcohol will be served to anyone under the age of 21; valid ID must be present at the event.
Optional Morning Session at Entrepalooza
8:30 AM – Breakfast -Michigan League
9:15 AM – Keynote by Veronika Scott, Founder & CEO of the Empowerment Plan – Michigan League
Official Start Time
10:30 AM – Buses leave for Detroit – Michigan League
11:45 AM – Welcome and Keynote
1:00 PM – Lunch and presentation by Detroitography
2:00 PM – Innovation in Urban Planning and Public Policy Panel
Panelists from Bedrock Detroit, Downtown Detroit Partnership, City of Detroit, and more will discuss what innovative practices are being used to revitialize neighborhoods across the city.
3:00 PM – The Innovation Ecosystem Panel
Leaders from Detroit Venture Partners, Techtown, and more will discuss how technology, entrepreneurship, and venture capital are contributing to a culture of innovation in the city.
4:00 PM – Tour of Detroit by the Detroit Experience Factory
6:00 PM – Networking Reception – Rooftop food and drinks with a view of the Tigers game*
7:45 PM – First Bus leaves for Ann Arbor
11:00 PM – Second Bus leaves for Ann Arbor