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Two guest speakers and five entrepreneurs this month take the stage for ten minutes each, five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions, followed by open announcements and community networking.

Guest speakers:

Adrian Fortino,Vice President of First Step Fund

Adrian currently is a Vice President at the First Step Fund.First Step Fund is a seed and an early stage investment fund focused on technology and high growth companies inSoutheast Michigan. He is responsible for all aspects of investments with an emphasis on high tech and clean tech startups.

Charlie Moret, Managing Director of Entrepreneurial Programs at TechTown

Charlie is responsible for the development and oversight of TechTown's entrepreneurial programs, including plans to expand technology-based incubation and acceleration, as well as place-based programming, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) work within the neighborhoods of Detroit, talent opportunities through mentors and interns, capital for clients, and funding strategies for industry cluster programming. He is part of TechTown’s leadership team.


Will McDowell - Landmark

Thai Le - NurseFlow

Stephen Gill - Learning to be Great

Malachai Frazier - Detroit Rails

Seth Kontny - Connected Car

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