Invest Detroit Ventures programming strengthens the region’s entrepreneurial community


We implement targeted venture development programs to help build and promote scalable businesses in the region. Our programs complement the investment activities of our funds by building partnerships, delivering unique entrepreneurial support services that fill market gaps, connecting entrepreneurs with existing regional support infrastructure, and promoting entrepreneurship while being inclusive of minority, immigrant, and women-led ventures.

 
 

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   Looking for exposure and support?     Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition   is a business pitch competition that showcases and supports Michigan’s venture ecosystem by offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors for exposure and significant prizes, while providing professional venture mentorship.    Learn More


Looking for exposure and support?

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is a business pitch competition that showcases and supports Michigan’s venture ecosystem by offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors for exposure and significant prizes, while providing professional venture mentorship.

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   Looking for technical talent?    The   Hacker Fellows   Program supports the career efforts of emerging tech talent by offering paid fellowships and internships with Michigan startups and providing salary support to participating companies. Each year the program accepts 15 fellows and 10 interns.    Learn More


Looking for technical talent? 

The Hacker Fellows Program supports the career efforts of emerging tech talent by offering paid fellowships and internships with Michigan startups and providing salary support to participating companies. Each year the program accepts 15 fellows and 10 interns.

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We build partnerships among regional entities to connect high-growth companies with top-tier support programs that provide long-term resources. 

Our programming promotes inclusive entrepreneurship and increases the breadth and depth of available resources to entrepreneurs. Our Venture Development programming complements the investment activities of both the Detroit Innovate Fund and the First Step Fund by focusing on capital syndication and referrals, talent initiatives, marketing and outreach, and helping to build long-term resources that support high-growth companies.

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