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2017 Invest Detroit Ventures Portfolio Summit

  • Detroit Center for Design + Technology 4219 Woodward Avenue (2nd Floor) Detroit, MI, 48201 United States (map)

A collision of Invest Detroit Ventures portfolio companies

Join us for the Invest Detroit Ventures 2017 Portfolio Summit: May 5th, 2017. The inaugural summit brings together a talented and diverse collective of Michigan entrepreneurs. 

The summit is tailored around creating a space for our portfolio executives to connect over Cinco de Mayo fare and libations while receiving updates from the Invest Detroit Ventures team.


Please RSVP up to two members of your executive team. 

2017 Program

1:00pm Registration and Welcome

1:30pm Invest Detroit Ventures Update

1:45pm Open Mic 90 Second Lightning Talks

2:30pm Breakout Sessions (ability to choose one of two sessions)

  1. Scaling Your Marketing Organization by Dawn Verbrigghe, Nutshell, COO
    • Marketing is an exceptionally broad discipline. So what’s the right role for Marketing at your organization? Where does it intersect with Sales and Product? Which skills should you hire for and in what order? Dawn will share what she's learned from building multiple B2B Marketing organizations from the ground up, with takeaways that apply to any business experiencing growth.
  2. Early Stage Product Development:  People, Process, and Perspectives by Kurt Skifstad, Ph.D., ArborMetrix, CEO
    • Bringing a new product to market is definitely challenging with many subsequent questions. What is the goal of development? Under what methodology should our team work? Who do we want to hire? How do we plan for the pitfalls, roadblocks, land mines, and other everyday happenings? Through his work with ArborMetrix, Kurt will be answering these questions while building a discussion on early stage product development in terms of startups, tech and venture backed companies.

3:30pm Networking

4:00pm Ask Us Anything with Invest Detroit Ventures Team

4:15pm Networking

Further Speaker Information

Dawn Verbrigghe, Nutshell, COO (in)

Dawn is entrepreneurial, international technology leader who is passionate about helping businesses grow. As the COO of Nutshell, a provider of CRM software for small businesses, Dawn is accountable for the organization's sustainable growth. Her career has encompassed head of Marketing roles at four venture-backed technology businesses. Dawn has earned bachelor degrees from The University of Michigan and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Kurt Skifstad, Ph.D., ArborMetrixCEO (in)

Kurt leads ArborMetrix in its delivery of clinical analytics solutions for medical specialty societies, hospital associations, and hospitals and health systems. Kurt’s prior experience includes more than 25 years of founding and leading successful early- and growth-stage software ventures, targeting a variety of markets, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, entertainment, and consumer products. In addition to his domestic and international operating roles, Kurt was Entrepreneur in Residence at RPM Ventures, a seed- and early-stage venture firm that invests in information technology, and he taught a course on entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. Kurt holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), and he attended the Executive Education Program at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.