| Official Hashtag: #StarterFest


  • 12+ keynote talks from successful entrepreneurs.
  • First Statewide Community Award Show.
  • Physical Marketplace for MI based companies.
  • Series of events and parties starting September 15th.



Audience Profile:
Blend of designers, developers, investors, journalists, service providers, C-Level execs, operation leads, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs.

Audience Demo:
60% men, 40% women,
35% minorities, 15% college students.

//Starter Fest is more than a conference; it’s a place where ideas are accelerated, collaboration is amplified, meaningful connections are formed and diversity is celebrated. This year, over 500 creatives, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals will gather for two-days of learning, networking, and insightful talks from successful business leaders.

At //Starter Fest, expect to leave with more than business cards. Take home the knowledge, excitement, inspiration and resources to successfully transform ideas, raise capital, create jobs, and spur growth within companies and communities.


This year we have curated a lineup that could be considered one of the best and most diverse across the country. Collectively, our speakers have founded 10+ businesses, raised tens of millions in venture funding, invested in dozens of startups, and have acquired and sold companies.

We believe in the idea of theory vs. practice, and all of our speakers represent those who practice what they preach.

Charles Alder

Charles Alder

Kat Manalac

Kat Manalac
Y Combinator

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Darya Pino Rose
Summer Tomato


Rachel Sklar


Rachel Brooks
Citizen Made

Greg Selkoe

Greg Selkoe

Daniel Bru

Daniel Bru
Digital Initiatives Lead
Golden State Warriors

Sarah Kunst

Sarah Kunst
Commision Member
New York City

Jacques Panis

Jacques Panis

Micah Baldwin

Micah Baldwin

//Starter Awards

//Starter Awards is the first statewide award show that recognizes the achievements of both companies and individuals in the technology and business community. There are 24 categories and winners are decided by popular public voting.


Nominees will be announced June 30th.


Will be announced at //Starter Fest 2014.


Expect to have fun during //Starter Fest. We have curated a week-long schedule of events for you to connect with friends, old and new, and learn from people who are doing amazing things.

Featured Events:

Click the Event Name to Register.

Michigan Made Happy Hour
September 15th at 6pm
Location: Bamboo Detroit

Tacos: Turntables: Tequila
September 16th at 6pm
Location: Great Lakes Coffee

Breakfast and Networking
September 17th at 9am
Location: TBD

Open Pitch
September 17th at 2pm
Location: TBD

Demo Day
September 17th at 6pm
Location: TBD

//Starter Fest Conference
September 18th at 8am
Location: Garden Theater at Midtown

Pink Slips w/ IT in the D
September 18th at 5pm
Location: St. Andrews Hall

Closing Party
September 18th at 8:30pm
Location: TBD

//Travel & Accommodations

We have partnered with the Westin Book Cadillac, and Uber to ensure safe and reliable accommodations for those traveling to //Starter Fest.

Please mention //Starter Fest for discounts on your stay at the Westin Book Cadillac.


At //Starter Fest, people matter. This year we are working with a select group of partners who share our passion for community and entrepreneurship. These companies support diversity, power economic growth, and create opportunities within their respective communities. We feel strongly that they will each add value to the atmosphere at //Starter Fest 2014.

For more information on sponsoring or becoming a media partner, please contact us.

2014 Partners:


Garden Theater at Midtown
3929 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

On Woodward between W. Alexandrine and Selden St.

In addition to street parking, you can park in the South Parking Structure behind Great Lakes Coffee on W. Alexandrine Street.



Early Bird ends June 30th

Group:$100/each (3+)
Demo Desk:$350 (includes 2 tickets)

Note: Please make sure to read our Code of Conduct and Ticket Fine Print