2018 Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day


THIS SHOW IS CAPTIONED LIVE. THIS IS A TEST. THIS SHOW IS CAPTIONED LIVE. THIS IS A TEST. THIS SHOW IS CAPTIONED LIVE. THIS IS A TEST. THIS SHOW IS CAPTIONED LIVE. THIS IS A TEST. THIS SHOW IS CAPTIONED LIVE. THIS IS A TEST. THIS SHOW IS CAPTIONED LIVE. THIS IS A TEST. THIS SHOW IS CAPTIONED LIVE.>>>GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN R, WE ARE GETTING THE PROGRAMME STARTED IN 10 MINUTES. PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY TO FIND YOUR SEATS. WE’LL GET THE PROGRAMME STARTED IN 10 MINUTES. THANK YOU. [ ♪ MUSIC ♪ ]>>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ASK THAT EVERYONE PLEASE FILL IN THOSE SEATS. DO NOT SAVE ANY SEATS. FILL IN ALL THE SEATS. WE’LL GET THE PROGRAMME STARTED VERY SHORTLY, ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE FILL IN ALL THE SEATS, THANK YOU. [ ♪ MUSIC ♪ ] [ ♪♪ ]>>WHEN YOU’VE BEEN A LEADER YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, YOU LEARN HOW TO TURN ONE DAY INTO DAY ONE. TO DO IT FIRST. AND BE AN INNOVATOR MEANS YOU MAY STUMBLE, YOU MAY FALL, BUT RELENTLESS YOU WILL MOVE FORWARD. DETROITERS ARE BORN MOVING. OUR WINGS HAVE A DEEP HISTORY, OUR ROADS PAVE THE WAY FOR EVERY FUTURE HIGHWAY OF TOMORROW, AN INTERNATIONAL HUB FULL OF VITALITY, MICHIGAN STRENGTH, FROM THE GLOBAL REACH OF TECHKNOW AND MOTOWN TO THE REV OF OUR ENGINES, FROM STYLE TRENDS TO TECHNOLOGY, DETROIT IS THE STARTING LINE OF THE WORLD’S IMAGINATION. WE ARE ALWAYS SHAPING, MOVING, CULTIVATING, MOVING WHAT IS NEXT. WE ARE SMALL BUSINESS SAVVY, AND BILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS BOLD. A STATE FULL OF 230 FOOT PINE TREES AND THE SUMMER DESTINATION OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY. SURROUNDED BY THE BEAUTY OF GREAT LAKES. [ [ ♪♪ ]>>DETROIT IS ALWAYS GROWING, ALWAYS IN FLIGHT. WE DON’T WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT. WE DON’T HAVE TIME TO STAND STILL. NOT EVERYONE WILL UNDERSTAND OUR PACE, BUT THE BATON WAS PLACED IN OUR HANDS. SO WE ARE FINISHING STRONG. IF THIS IS HOME YOU OWN THE PEARL. IF YOU MOVE HERE, YOU MOVE THE WORLD. WHO ELSE TO DESIGN THE MOBILITY OF TOMORROW BESIDES THE MOST RESILIENT PEOPLE ON THE PLANET FOR WHOM CUSTODIAN MADE BIKES, SHINY RIMS, AUTONOMOUS BUILDINGS AND ENGINEER. MOBILITY AS A RIGHT AND DIVERSE CULTURAL COMMUNITIES, OUR LAND HOLDING UP FAMILIES, DESIGNING POSSIBILITY, CREATING SPACE. WE ARE THE SOLUTION RIS. FORGING OUR WAY TO THE ANSWERS, A SACRED HISTORICAL PLACE, FEARLESSLY STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE. WE ARE INFAMOUS POSSIBILITY AND OUR FUTURE CAN’T WAIT. DETROITERS KEPT THE COUNTRY MOVING. OUR D.N.A. CONNECTED TO A PASSIONATE WORK AND AUTHENTICITY WE EARNT FROM TRAVIS GRAVES, AND FREE THINKING MOTHERS WEIGH WATCH, SCULPT ART INTO DINER FOR FAMILIES, BORN ARE ARTISTS, THINKSERS, PHILANTHROPISTS, WE ARE SUDDEN CLASHES, CLEAN CADDAL A, WE ARE A CENTURY OLD FARMERS MARKET. THE HEART AND SOLE OF THE FUTURE. THE STEADY DESIGN AND INNOVATION, AND THE WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY IS A BRIDGE AWAY. DREAM CHASERS BUILT DETROIT. THIS IS THE WORLD CITY. DESIGN HERE, DESIGN THE WORLD. BUILD HERE, YOU’LL BUILD THE WORLD. YOU ATE HERE, CREATE THE WORLD. MOVE HERE, MOVE THE WORLD. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ CLAPPING ] [ ♪♪ ]>>DETROIT IN THE BUILDING. MAKE SOME NOISE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>NO, NO, NO, SOMEONE TOLD ME I WAS IN THE HOME OF MOTOWN. DETROIT, MAKE SOME NOISE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>OH, YEAH, OH, YEAH IF YOU ARE READY TO HAVE A GOOD TIME LET ME HERE YOU SAY OH, YEAH.>>All: OH, YES.>>HIGH, I WORK FOR DAN GILBERT’S COUNTRY. I LOVE COMING TO DETROIT. MY FAVORITE TIME TO COME HERE, I LIKE TO COME TO HITSVILLE U.S.A. MY FAVORITE MUSEUM. I LOVE IT. DETROIT, YOU GUYS ARE GREAT. YOU ARE FEAR FOR THE DETROIT DEMODAY 2018. I’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO THE HOST. WELCOME TO THE STAGE, SHE HOLDS A MASTERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HARVARD IN EDUCATION, AND IS ALSO A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR, AND ALSO A NATIVE NEW YORKER, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, SHE MAKES DETROIT HER SECOND HOME. DETROIT, I NEED YOU GUYS TO MAKE NOISE FOR YOUR HOST JANELLE BECHDOL. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ ♪♪ ]>>HEY. THANKS. HOW ARE YOU GUYS? OH, MY GOSH. I’M SO EXCITED. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME HERE TONIGHT. MY NAME IS JANELLE BECHDOL, I’M ACTUALLY THE FOUNDER OF A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CALLED THE HALL PASS TOUR, AND WE GET KIDS HYPE ABOUT THEIR DREAMS. THE REASON WHY DETROIT IS MY SECOND HOME, FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS I HAD THE BLESSING OF BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH YOUR STUDENTS FROM CODY HIGH SCHOOL – ANY – OKAY, OKAY. NOVY. NO, YES. AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY. ALL RIGHT. AND UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YES, YES, YES. SO WHEN I SAY IT’S AN HONOUR TO BE YOUR HOST THIS EVENING, I MEAN IT. I KNOW THE STRUGGLE. IT IS REAL. AND TONIGHT WE ARE HERE TO AWARD OVER $1 MILLION – $1 MILLION… [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>..TO LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS TO MAKE DETROIT THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD. AMEN. SO HERE IS HOW TONIGHT WILL GO. WE HAVE A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH DAN GILBERT. YOU GUYS KNOW DAN, YES. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HE IS THE FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF QUICKEN LOANS. AND JAMES CHAPMAN, DO WE KNOW JAMES CHAPMAN. SO HE IS A REALLY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE, HE’S THE DIRECTOR OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR QUICKEN LOANS. TODAY WE HAVE THREE DIFFERENT DEMODAY PRIZE CATEGORIES. WE START WITH THE START GROUP. COMPETING FOR A PRIZE FZ $100,000. NEXT THE GROW FINALISTS. COMPETING FOR A GRAND PRIZE OF $250,000. AND FINALLY OUR SCALE GROUP WILL COMPETE FOR $300,000. THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY, YOU ALL. A LOT OF MONEY. BUT TONIGHT IS ALSO ABOUT YOU. I KNOW THAT WE ARE IN AN HISTORIC MOVIE HUB. RIGHT NOW I NEED YOU TO TAKE OUT YOUR CELL FANS. TAKE THEM OUT. HOLD IT UP. OH, THAT’S NICE DETROIT. WHAT IF I TOLD YOU IN YOUR HANDS RIGHT NOW YOU ARE HOLDING $225,000. WHOA. AL RIGHT. WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE CROWD OR YOU’RE WATCHING VIA OUR LIVE STREAM. TONIGHT’S REMAINING DOLLARS ARE ALL ABOUT YOU, AND YOU ARE GOING TO AWARD THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE CATEGORY WINNERS, HERE IS HOW IT WILL WORK. I NEED YOU TO GO TO THE APP STORE. DOWNLOAD THE DETROIT DEMO DAY APP. THEN WE’LL GET THE TINDER ON AS EVERYONE IS PITCHING. YOU CAN SWIPE LEFT FOR NO AND RIGHT FOR YES. OKAY, TINDER, ANYONE. BUMBLE. WHAT HAVE YOU. WE ALL KNOW HOW THIS WORKS. ALL RIGHT. SO THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER FROM EACH CATEGORY WILL RECEIVE 25,000. WE REALLY NEED YOUR VOTES. SO WHEREVER YOU ARE, IF YOU ARE IN THIS SPACE OR WATCHING AT HOTEL. PLEASE VOTE. WE HAVE AN ENTREPRENEURIAL CATEGORY. YOU’LL GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO PICK ONE OF FOUR. I HAD A CHANCE TO WORK WITH THE KIDS. THEY ARE AMAZING AND CAME UP WITH UNIQUE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF DETROIT. I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU TO MEET THEM. IF THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCE FROM A GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST. ONE OF MY FAVORITE. I CAN’T TELL YOU WHO IT IS YET. HE’LL COME UP LAST. IS THAT GOOD? YOU GUYS GOOD. ALL RIGHT. SO BEFORE WE BRING OUT DAN AND JAMES FOR THIS FIRESIDE CHAT, YOU WILL HAVE A CHAPS ASK QUESTIONS VIA POLL EVERYWHERE. OKAY. SO YOU CAN PULL THIS UP ON YOUR PHONES, AND JAMES WILL HAVE HIS PHONE HERE. AND HE’LL BE CHECKING THE QUESTION. MAKE THEM GOOD, GUYS. THESE ARE TWO POWERHOUSE PLAYERS AND I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT ALL THIS IS ABOUT. DETROIT. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO. HELP ME WELCOME TO THE STAGE DAN GILBERT AND JAMES CHAPMAN. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HOW ARE YOU. DETROIT. WHAT ARE BO. THERE WE GO, THERE WE GO.>>YOU’RE A LITTLE CLOSE. THIS IS A LITTLE CLOSE. WE ARE A LITTLE CLOSE.>>I CAN SCOOT OVER. GIVE YOU SPACE.>>I THOUGHT YOU WERE A JAMES HARDEN FAN, TAKING ME DOWN. WHAT’S UP.>>HOW ARE YOU DOING? >>GOOD, HOW ARE YOU.>>HAPPY BIRTHDAY, IT’S THE GUY’S BIRTHDAY EVERYONE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I APPRECIATE THAT, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. SO FIRST OFF, THANK YOU GUYS FOR COMING OUT AGAIN TO QUICKEN LOANS, DETROIT DEMO DAY. WE’LL HAVE A BLAST. WE ARE GIVING AWAY A LOT OF MONEY. HOW MUCH? >>YOU TOLD ME WISH FUNDING $1.2-SOMETHING MILLION FOR START-UPS IN DETROIT.>>THAT’S RIGHT. [ CLAPPING ]>>.>>$1.2 MILLION FUNDING GOING OUT THE DOORS. A LOT OF ENTREPRENEURS PITCHING THEIR BUSINESSES. YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH A LOT OF ENTREPRENEURS. WHAT MAKES FOR A GREAT ENTREPRENEUR. I DON’T KNOW WHO THE DEMO DAY FINALISTS ARE, THEY SHOULD LISTEN TO THE QUESTION. WHAT MAKES TORE A GREAT ENTREPRENEUR.>>THERE’S NOT ONE FORMULA, BUT THERE ARE COMMON CHARACTERISTICS. THEY ARE TENACIOUS. THEY DON’T QUIT WHEN THINGS GO BAD. THEY MEN AND WOMEN WILLING TO TAKE THE PUNCHES. IGNORE IT. I’D SAY IT’S NO.1. PEOPLE WHO ARE CURIOUS, ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS, HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF AWARENESS. AND LOOKING FOR THE THREADS, THE TIES BETWEEN THINGS. I THINK THAT, MAN, EVERY MONTH WE ARE OUT IN THE COMMUNITY TALKING TO THE SMALL BUSINESSES. THAT PROFILE OF A PERSON. THE BOX, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEM. IT EXPANDS BIGGER AND BIGGER AND BIGGER, AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTING THE OPPORTUNITY, BELIEVING IN THEMSELVES THAT THEY CAN DO IT. DOESN’T MOTOR WHO YOU ARE, WHERE YOU CAME FROM, IT’S WHO HAS A GREAT IDEA THAT THEY CAN EXECUTE. GET IT DONE, ATTRACT FUNDING, WEALTH AND A BETTER WORLD.>>WHICH DO YOU FEEL IS IMPORTANT. I HEARD YOU SAY GREAT IDEA DO YOU THINK THE IDEA IS GREATER OR THE ENTREPRENEUR? >>I I’M NOT A – A JOCKEY VERSUS A HORSE GUY. IF YOU HAVE A HORSE IDEA AND THE JOCKEY IS THE ENTREPRENEUR, I CARE ABOUT THE PERSON. I SEE A LOT OF ENTRE PRESENT U THE INITIAL IDEA — ENTREPRENEUR IS NOT THE ONE THEY DO.>>THEY SWITCH. IF IT’S THE REVERSE, IT’S HARD TO SWITCH AROUND. WE HAD A LOT OF EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE THAT START OFF WITH THIS. MOVE TO THAT. THE THIRD IS THE TERM. I’M A JOCKEY GUY.>>THAT’S A GREAT ANALOGY.>>ENTREPRENEURS TAKING ADVANTAGES, SKILL THEIR BESIDES, GROW THEIR BUSINESS, WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS MISSING.>>YOU MEAN AS FAR AS WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS OR – MAN, THERE’S WHEN YOU CREATE AN IDEA. THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF IDEAS. THERE’S TONNES OF GREAT IDEAS EVERYWHERE, IT’S ABOUT WHICH ONE IS GOING TO BE THE BEST ONE, BUT YOU DON’T ALWAYS KNOW, AS I SAY EARLIER, IT’S HOW CAN YOU GET IT DUB. THOSE ARE — GET IT DONE. THOSE OF YOU STARTING ANY BUSINESS. HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, WHEREVER YOU ARE, YOU KNOW THAT IT’S NOT EASY, YOU RUN INTO – I CALL IT CHEESE. IF YOU THINK OF A BIG BLOCK OF SWISS CHEESE. IT DOESN’T GO AS SMOOTH, AND YOU GET INTO A BIG HOLE IN THE CHEESE, AND YOU MAKE PROGRESS. CAN YOU HANDLE – IT’S KIND OF STRANGE. SO CAN YOU HANDLE THAT. IT’S REALLY AN ANALOGY, THAT’S THE FEELING. YOU ARE MOVING SLOW. YOU ARE GETTING THERE. IT’S NOT AS QUICK AS YOU THINK IT IS.>>IT’S A GRIND. I COULDN’T SAY WHAT IS EXACTLY MISSING. I THINK THERE’S – IT’S OPEN TO ANYTHING. WHETHER THERE’S BUSINESSES DOING WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND YOU’RE ANOTHER COMPETITOR. AND THERE’S PLENTY OF THINGS THAT NO ONE IS DOING. THERE’S OPPORTUNITY IN EVERYTHING. PEOPLE CREATE BUSINESSES AND WEALTH. IT’S NOT GIRAFFES, AND ELEPHANTS. PEOPLE CREATE WEALTH IN JOBS. WE HAVE NO SHORTAGE OF SMART PEOPLE. WE WANT TO SUPPORT THE ECOSYSTEM IN DETROIT MAKING IT ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD TO START A BUSINESS. YOU KNOW, YOU TOUCHED ON A LOT OF THINGS THERE, TALKING ABOUT THE ENTREPRENEURS THAT ARE IN DETROIT. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES. PERSONALLY FOR YOU, WHY IS SUPPORTING ENTREPRENEURS HERE REALLY IMPORTANT.>>YOU KNOW, IF YOU WANT TO BUILD – YOU WANT TO BUILD A BETTER DETROIT OR BETTER WORLD. THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS – LET’S USE DETROIT AS AN EXAMPLE. THERE’S FOUR CATEGORIES OF THINGS WE HAVE TO ATTACK. WHEN I SAY WE, WE MEAN THE CITY, COMMUNITY. LIFE, JOBS, SAFETY, EDUCATION. YOU CAN BUT ALL OF THEM. JOBS, AFTER BLIGHT, A LOT OF IT IS REMOVED. THERE’S WAYS TO DO. IT STARTS WITH JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. WHO CREATES THE JOBS. BUSINESSES CREATE THE JOBS, PERIOD. THAT’S NO.1, ONCE YOU CREATE JOBS PEOPLE FEEL HOPE. THEY CAN BY A HOME AND GO TO QUICKEN LOANS FOR A MORTGAGES THAT’S ANOTHER ISSUE. SEE HOW THAT WORKS. YOU BUY A HOME. YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF. YOU GET AHEAD. YOU PAY MORE ATTENTION TO EDUCATION, YOU CAN’T BREAK OUT OF THIS, CREATE A BETTER WORLD AND SOCIETY IF WE ARE NOT CREATING THE JOBS. EN TRE PRESENTERIAL — ENPRE PRESENTERIAL BUSINESSES CREATE THE JOBS. WHICH HAVE THE BRAIN VERSUS THE MUSCLE ECONOMY, IT’S MORE OF, YOU KNOW, CREATING IDEAS AND THINGS, AND EXECUTING DIGITALLY. IT’S ALSO LESS TIME. IF YOU WERE GOING TO START A BUSINESS 25 YEARS AGO, AND IT’S A PLAN TO BUILD SOMETHING, FROM THE MOMENT YOU THINK ABOUT IT. TO THE MOMENT IT HAPPENS, IT’S PROBABLY FIVE YEARS, AND PROBABLY HUNDREDS OF MILLION TO BUILD. NOT THAT EVERY BUSINESS IS LIKE THAT. TODAY MOST BUSINESSES ARE DIGITAL. AND IT CAN HAPPEN. WE NEED PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE IT HAPPENS, OTHERWISE IT DOESN’T HAPPEN.>>ME PERSONALLY, TECHNOLOGY IS IMPORTANT. IT HELPS WITH THE SPEED OF THE GAME AS FAR AS HOW BUSINESSES ARE BUILT. I HAVE A PASSION FOR PEOPLE OF COLOUR GETTING INTO TECHNOLOGY.>>NO QUESTION.>>WITHOUT DREAMS, I WAS AT – I WON’T NAME THE COUNTRY, I WAS AT A BIG DEVELOPERS COMPANY. IT WAS FIVE FOR 6,000 PEOPLE. THERE’S NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE OF COLOUR PARTICIPATING IN TECHNOLOGY, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT IN A BIG WAY. I THINK DETROIT CAN BE ALMOST THE PLACE WHERE THAT CHANGES. AND IT’S STARTING TO CHANGE, STARTING TO HAPPEN ALREADY. I’M SAYING IT HAS TO HAPPEN. THERE’S NO REASON IT SHOULDN’T. THERE’S A LOT OF REASONS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR EVERYONE. PARTICULARLY THE C.E.O.S THEMSELVES. NOW, YOU CAME FROM – YOU WAKE UP AND SAID I’M IN CHATTANOOGA, COMING TO DETROIT. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN.>>SOMETHING LIKE THAT. NO, NOT LIKE THAT. I WAS RUNNING A BUSINESS IN CHATTANOOGA AND HELPING OTHER ENTREPRENEURS AS WELL BY WAY OF A CO-WORKING SPACE, 6 TO MIDNIGHT. A LOT OF PEOPLE REACHING OUT TO ME WERE WORKING A 9-5 JOB. WE WERE SHARING IDEAS: THEY REACHED UT. YOU KNOW WHAT. WHEN I FIRST REACHED OUT: THE REASON I SAID NO…>>THE FIRST TIME I SAID NO. DETROIT. THEY HAVE A CRIME. THAT IS WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT. BEFORE I CAME UP. PEOPLE ARE REALLY DOING IT HARD. ENTREPRENEURIAL’S. HUSTLERS, THAT’S WHAT I CAN RELATE TO. AND IT’S A STATE THAT PREDOMINANTLY PEOPLE OF COLOUR, RELEASING THAT I WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS THAT LOOK LIKE ME. AND FROM A SITUATION LIKE I’M FROM. AND BE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH YOU WHO HAS A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT RESOURCES THROUGHOUT THE COMPANIES, AND MERGE THOSE THINGS TOGETHER. ARE. CAN’T TELL YOU HOW HAPPY WE CHATTANOOGA LOST DETROIT’S GAME. JAMES IS SITTING THERE. LET’S GIVE HIM A HAND. THIS IS MY EXPERIENCE. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH. MOST ENTREPRENEURS, AND I TALK TO A LOT OVER THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD. THERE’S SOMETIMES A BELIEF THAT AN ENTREPRENEUR MUST BE A PERSON THAT CAME FROM – NOTHING AGAINST A HARVARD GRADUATE SOME ARE HERE. THEY ARE A HARVARD GRADUATE. IT’S NOT TRUE. IT’S THE OPPOSITE. IF YOU DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, AND HOUSEHOLD NAMES THAT YOU SEE. YOU FIND NOT ALL OF THEM. THE MAJORITY CAME FROM CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS. YOU SAID, WHERE YOU CAME FROM, YOU KNOW, FORTUNATELY OR UNFORTUNATELY, HOWEVER YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE OF COLOUR COME FROM THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES. AT SOME POINT SOMEONE SAID IT’S NOT FOR YOU, OR YOU SHUT IT OUT. THEY HAVE EXPERIENCES. GOOD FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP. WHETHER IT’S BLACK, WHITE, GREEN OR PURPLE. ANY EXPERIENCE THAT YOU HAVE, THAT HELPS YOU GET THROUGH THINGS IS REALLY, REALLY VALUABLE.>>A LOT OF TIMES THERE’S OPPORTUNITY IN THAT STRUGGLE. A LOT OF TIMES…>>IT’S A WAY BETTER – WAY ELOQUENTLY BETTER THAN I SAID IT. YOU SAID THAT ONE SENTENCE. NEXT TIME THAT’S WHAT I’M DOING.>>YOU CAN HAVE THAT ONE, THAT WAS OFF THE TOP. LASTS LASTS A LOT OF TIMES THERE’S OPPORTUNITY IN THE STRUGGLE. THEY DON’T HAVE THE WHEREWITHAL. THEY ARE COMING UP WITH SOLUTIONS TO HAVE ANOTHER STREAM OF INCOME AND FIGURE OUT OH, I’M REALLY GOOD AT THIS AND PEOPLE LIKE THESE THINGS. IT STARTS FROM THERE. IF WE FIND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE INNOVATIVE. OUT OF NECESSITY AND RESOURCE THAT INNOVATION, WHO KNOWS WHAT CAN HAPPEN.>>AND JOHNS WANOTHER, PLAYED UNIVERSITY MICHIGAN. HE EDUCATED – HE MOVED TO DETRIT WITH HIS FAMILY AND EDUCATED ME OF THIS HUGE NEED TO MOVE TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESSES OF TECHNOLOGY INTO THE COMMUNITY. TO ME IT’S THE NO.1 GOAL. IT’S UP THERE. AND, YOU KNOW, IF WE HAVE DETROIT BE THE PLACE THAT ANYBODY – ANYBODY THAT BECOMES THE BRAND OF KNOWN, DOESN’T MERELY WHO YOU ARE, THIS IS THE PLACE, IT’S BASED ON WHAT YOU CAB GET DOWN AND ACHIEVE AND IMPACT THINGS, MAN WILL IT FLY FROM THERE. IT WILL.>>I THINK THAT WE TUPDED ON A LITTLE — TOUCHED ON A LITTLE ABOUT CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE OF COLOUR. WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. TECHNOLOGY IS WEALTH CREATION FROM HERE ON OUT IN THE FUTURE. THE MORE THAT WE COLLECT AND PROVIDE INFORMATION SO PEOPLE CAN BUILD TECHNOLOGY BUSINESSES. THE WEALTH GAP IS GOING TO WIDEN AND WIDEN AND WIDEN. IF THEY DON’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. BECAUSE TECHNOLOGY MADE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN IT. IT’S RELATIVELY NOT THAT MANY PEOPLE. TONNES OF JOBS COME FROM IT. IT’S A HUGE DEMAND. NOW SKILLS. THIS COUNTRY, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. EVERYONE HEARSE ABOUT THE ENTREPRENEURS. BECAUSE THEY ARE THE HIGH TECH ONES AND BECOME BRAND NAME. WE ARE AT A LOW POINT. IT’S SHOCKING. WERCH SAYS WHAT DO YOU MEAN. WHEN I SAY GUYS, WOMEN AND GUYS. WE HAVE GOT TO EXPAND. WE SEE THE 15 FINALISTS. HOW MANY PEOPLE OR COMPANIES APPLY? >>OVER 500. THAT IS THE BEST NEWS OF THE DAY. THE FACT THAT 500 DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE OR INDIVIDUALS ARE EITHER TO THE POINT OF THING OR IN BUSINESS IN JUST ONE CONTEST HERE. THAT’S HUGE GREAT NEWS. NOW WE ARE DOWN TO 15. THEY ARE NOT ALL TECHNOLOGY.>>NO, AND WE HAVE A GOOD MIX OF RETAIL MANUFACTURING, TECHNOLOGY, FOOD. WE HAVE THEM HERE. YOU ARE RIGHT. THAT IS ABOUT PUSHING OUT THERE 1.2 MILLION. IT’S ALSO ABOUT A CELEBRATION IN LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN DETROIT IF YOU WANT TO START A BUSINESS.>>ABSOLUTELY. AND THE MORE CAPITALISTS. BECAUSE OF START-UP WEEK I WAS AT AN ANGELS GROUP MEETING OF ANGEL INVESTORS, 40 HOR 50. THEY WERE FROM — 40 OR 50. THEY WERE FROM EVERYWHERE. COLOUR, WHITE, WOMEN, MEN. THESE ARE INVESTORS THAT WANT TO INVEST INTO START-UP BUSINESSES, THEY ARE HERE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO INVEST IN DETROIT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE BELIEF – I TALKED TO SEVERAL PEOPLE AT THE DINNER TABLE THAT HAD A MOM OR DAD OR BOTH. THE CONCEPT WAS YOU GET EDUCATED, GREAT. GO TO SCHOOL AND GET A JOB DOING THIS. IT’S GREAT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. WHEN THAT KID SAYS I WANT TO START MY OWN BUSINESS, AND A LOT OF HOUSEHOLDS, THAT IS SUCH A FARR FETCHED CONCEPT. SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE SAID THAT’S NOT FOR YOU, IT’S FOR THIS PERSON. THAT IS FLATOUT NOT TRUE. THERE’S EXAMPLE AFTER EXAMPLE AFTER EXAMPLE. SO JUST SAT HERE IN THE MIDDLE OF DIPPER, A WOMAN — DINNER, A WOMAN GREW UP IN DETROIT. MINNEAPOLIS, A C.E.O. OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST CANDLE COMPANIES IN THE WORLD.>>YES.>>SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE TOLD HER, MAYBE THEY DID. SHE IS – THERE’S SEVERAL EXAMPLES, SO YOU HAVE TO HAVE – I MEAN YOU NEVER HEAR ANYONE AT THE SUPER BOWL. WHEN YOU INTERVIEW THEM AFTER THE GAME OR AFTER THE FINALS OR WHATEVER. SO HEY, THEY WERE ASKED THAT QUESTION. YOU NEVER HERE THEM SAY MANN, I CAN’T BELIEVE WE ARE HERE, I NEVER BELIEVED WE WOULD BE HERE. YOU NEVER HEARD THEM SAY IT. IT’S THE SAME THING IN SUCCESS. IT’S A BELIEF SYSTEM YOU HAVE TO HAVE.>>A LOT OF BEING ABLE TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING IS SEEING SOMEONE DO IT. SOMEONE THAT LOOKS LIKE YOU OR THAT YOU CAN RELATE TO. SO THAT’S THE – ONE THING I’M PROUD ABOUT DETROIT DEMODAY, IT’S NOT THE INDUSTRIES FROM ALL OVER. IT’S BUSINESSES FROM ALL OVER. EVERY CORNER. CITY, AND ACROSS THE REGION IS HAVE APPLIED AND WILL PITCH. WILL YOU GUYS HEAR THE PITCHES. THAT IS ALSO WHAT IT WILL TAKE US FOR, THAT INSPIRATION AND THE SPARK TO SAY THAT’S MY NEIGHBOUR THAT I WATCHED WIN $250,000 AT DETROIT DEMO DAY. IF THEY CAN DO IT I CAN DO IT.>>THEY MAY THING MAN, IF HE OR SHE CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT. YOU DON’T WANT TO SAY IT OUT LOUD. I KNOW, I KNOW. YOU SHOULD THING THAT WAY. HERE IS THE THING, IF YOU FAIL, SO WHAT. I WILL TELL YOU THIS: IF YOU ARE REALLY AFRAID TO FAIL, YOU’LL NEVER TAKE A RISK, AND IF YOU NEVER TAKE A RISK, YOU’LL NEVER BE AN ENTREPRENEUR. IF IT HAPPENS, AS LONG AS YOU LEARNT SOMETHING VALUABLE FROM IT.>>YOU HAVE TO THINK WHAT PEOPLE DON’T REALISE, IT’S THE THIRD VENTURE IS THE ONE THAT ENDS UP GOING. STATISTICALLY YOU ARE GOING TO FAIL. IF YOU START THE THIRD. YOU’LL FAIL AT THAT ONE. YOU’LL LEARN THINGS ALONG THE WAY THAT WILL APPLY TO THE OTHER ONE. I DON’T KNOW THE 60 SOMETHING-YEAR-OLD ENTREPRENEURS THAT WILL SAY. I’M GOING TO GET THERE ONE DAY. HERE IS WHAT HAPPENS. EITHER ONE OR TWO THINGS, THEY’LL GIVE UP, BECAUSE THEY GAVE UP OR THEY’LL BE SUCCESS: THERE’S NO OTHER OPTION. IF YOU THINK OF IT THAT WAY, I DON’T KNOW ANYONE THAT IS LIKE I’M DOING THIS, I’M TEN AIRS, I KNOW THE FAIL, I DON’T CARE. THEY GO AGAIN, THEY’LL FIND A WAY. AGAIN, IT’S MY EXPERIENCE. I DON’T KNOW ANYONE WHO IS AUTHENTICALLY TRULY COMMITTED TO THE PASSIONATE GOAL OF THEIRS.>>I KNOW YOU HEAR FROM DAN AND I. CAN SOMEONE PUT UP ON A SCREEN JUST AS A REMINDER, FOR FOLKS TO ASK QUESTIONS. WE’LL TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS.>>WE’LL ONLY BE UP HERE FOR TWO MORE HOURS. KIDDING. WHO IS THAT SPECIAL FAMOUS BAND THAT’S SINGING LATER?>>WE CAN’T… WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO SAY.>>WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO.>>ANYWAY, THIS IS…>>LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, EVEN I KNEW WHO THEY WERE. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, YOU REALLY WANT TO STAY TO SEE THEM, HIM, HER. ABOUT DIFFERENT RAP SONGS. HE’S UP TO DATE ON A LOT OF SONGS. DON’T LET HIM FOOL YOU.>>BECAUSE OF TEENAGE GOODS. WE SHOULD HEAR FROM SOMEONE THAT PARTICIPATED LAST YEAR AND RUN. BY ENTREPRENEURS.>>MAY OR JUNE. APRIL ANDERSON. LET’S BRING APRIL OUT.>>LET’S DO THAT. OKAY. [ CLAPPING ] >>THERE’S A VIDEO OF HER.>>WHEN WE HEARD ABOUT DETROIT DEMO DAY, WE THOUGHT IT WAS FOR TECH. WE PLIED ANYWAY. I DIDN’T ANTICIPATE US WINNING THE TOP PRIZE. I KNEW IT WOULD BE LIFE CHANGING, IT’S ALLOWING US TO MOVE ONTO THE NEXT LEVEL.>>WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT GOOD CAKES AND BAKES, IT’S A LOCAL COMPANY LOOKING TO GROW LOBLELY. WALKING AWAY WITH — LOCALLY, WALKING AWAY WITH $200,000, INFUSING IT INTO THE BUSINESS, SKY IS A LIMIT.>>IT’S BEEN A PLAN TO OPEN UP A SECOND LOCATION. WITH THE FUNDS RECEIVED. IT ALLOWS US TO DO IT SOONER. IT WAS PART OF A 10 YEAR PLAN, NOW IT’S PART OF OUR FIVE YEAR PLAN. WE’LL BE ABLE TO OFFER MORE PRODUCTS AND ITS.>>HERE WE SEE MENTORING, A LOT OF RESOURCES, IT’S DEFINITELY A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO TAKE THE BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL. [ CLAPPING ]>>IS SHE COMING? DON’T BE SHY.>>HERE SHE IS. HI. YOU DIDN’T BRING ANY CUP OCCASION.>>NO, SORRY.>>WHAT’S MY FAVORITE.>>CHOCOLATE.>>WHAT’S UP.>>I KNEW IT WOULD BE BUSY. IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY. I GOT YOU COVERED.>>GIVE IT UP AGAIN FOR APRIL ANDERSON.>>HOW OLD IS JAMES? HOW OLD IS JAMES, DO WE KNOW.>>IF YOU KNOW, DON’T SAY.>>I DO KNOW. DOUBLE DIGITS. WELL GET TO THAT LATER. APRIL, YOU’VE GONE THROUGH DETROIT DEMO DAY. YOU PARTICIPATED LAST YEAR AND WON TOP PRIZE, $200,000 AND PEOPLE’S CHOICE.>>NO, I WASN’T THAT LUCKY. THAT WAS RIGHT. BASS DID THAT.>>HE DID. BUT YOU WON TOP PRIZE CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT. HOW HAS BUSINESS BEEN GOING? >>BUSINESS IS GREAT SINCE THEN. WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF PRESS RESOURCES AND ARE ABOUT TO DO A SECOND LOCATION. CONGRATULATIONS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] U.>>APRIL, WHAT’S A GOOD DAY, HOW MANY CUPCAKES.>>A GOOD DAY? >>CUPCAKES, YOU GO HOME AND ATHAT’S A GOOD DAY WE SOLD THIS MANY.>>A GOOD DAY IS THREE OR FOUR CATERING, A BUNCH OF DELIVERIES TO THE QUICKEN LOANS BUILDING. GET A LOT OF THOSE. CUSTOMERS COMING IN.>>HE WAS ON ME BACKSTAGE, ARE WE USING GOOD CAKES AND BAKES.>>DEFINITELY, YOU GUYS ARE KILLING US. YOU GUYS ARE USING US, WE LOVE IT.>>NOTHING KILLS ME MORE. YOU FINDOUS UT. PEOPLE ARE — FIND US OUT. PEOPLE ARE NOT TOP OF LOAN. WE SUPPORTED THIS BUSINESS. WE ORDERED FROM WHO. YOU JUST GET PEOPLE…>>THEY DEFINITELY ORDER FROM US.>>DID ANYONE TELL US YOU COULDN’T, CAN’T, SHOULDN’T START A BUSINESS.>>YES, MY FATHER.>>IS HE HERE TONIGHT.>>DEFINITELY MY FATHER.>>HE’S LIKE I PAY FOR YOU TO GO TO SCHOOL. YOU HAVE AN MBA. WHY ARE YOU OPENING A BAKERY? UP UNTIL THE DAY WE OPENED HE SAID “YOU KNOW YOU CAB GET YOUR JOB BACK.” WHAT IS HE SAYING NOW? HE TELLS EVERYONE THAT COMES IN “I KNEW SHE’D DO IT. I KNEW SHE’D DO GREAT. I KNEW IF, I KNEW IT.”>>WE SHOULD STOP RIGHT NOW.>>YOU TELL HIM NO THE HELL YOU DIDN’T. I TELL HIM – WE GOT TO BAKE FOR BILL CLINTON. MY FATHER SAID I KNEW SHE’D BE GREAT. I SAID NO, YOU TOLD ME TO GET THE JOB BACK.>>LOOKS LIKE THE CURRENT PRESIDENT ORDERS MORE THAN HE MIGHT, HE LIKES THEM. HE JUST LIKES CUPCAKES.>>YOU CAN TELL ME LIKES CUPCAKE.>>I AIN’T TOUCHING IT AT ALL.>>WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS. WHY DID YOU THINK ABOUT IT? >>FOR ME IT WAS DIFFERENT. I HAVE AN MBA CORPORATE ACCOUNTANT. I WORKED IN ACCOUNTING FOR 17 YEARS AND WENT TO SCHOOL. I KNEW I WANTED TO OPEN A BAKERY. WHEN I GREW UP TO GIVE MY AGE, THERE WAS NO FOODWORK CHANNEL OR CELEBRITY CHEF. WHEN I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL I KNEW I WANTED TO OPEN UP A BAKERY, I DIDN’T THINK ABOUT IT. I JUST SAID WE’LL DO IT. I QUIT MY JOB AND OPENED UP 91 DAYS LATER. MY WIFE WAS A LITTLE SHARED. SHE HAD TO PAY THE BILLS, WE’VE BEEN DOING GREAT.>>YOU DON’T TASTE YOUR OWN… RIGHT. THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS – SHE RELIES ON HER CLIENTS TO TELL HER WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. SHE DOESN’T SAY… .>>YOU CAN’T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.>>I DO TASTE SOME STUFF. I DON’T EAT FRUIT AND FOOD. ANYTHING WITH FRUIT, I MAKE IT IN, PUT IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND LET THE CUSTOMERS TRY IT. IF THEY LIKE IT, IT WILL GO ON THE COUNTER.>>IS IT THAT BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO BE BIAS.>>NO, I DON’T LIKE COOKED FRUIT. I JUST DON’T. I EAT TWO CUP CAKES A DAY. MUST HAPPEN, EVERY DAY.>>I COULD EAST TWO GERMAN CUPCAKES.>>I HAVE TWO VANILLA. PLAIN VANILLA. I KNOW YOU LIKE OTHERS, JUST VANILLA FOR ME.>>BESIDES JAMES COMING IN OFTEN – HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GROW. WHAT’S YOUR VISION, WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE IN THE VISION IN A YEAR OR TWO, THREE, WHERE DO YOU SEE IT GOING? >>WITHIN NEXT YEAR WE OPEN A SECOND LOCATION. IT WILL BE MORE OF A PRODUCTION SPACE. WE’LL PUMP UP OUR CATER, ONLINE PRESENCE, MORE SO I WANT TO TEACH CLASSES, TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO BAKE. THAT’S THE ONE YEAR GOAL. THE NEXT – THE TWO YEAR GOAL IS TO OPEN OUTSIDE OF MICHIGAN. BY 2021. WE WANT TO BE OUTSIDE.>>THAT’S AMAZING. YOU HAVE TO DO THAT.>>LIKE THE COMPANIES ABOUT TO GET READY TO PITCH. YOU’VE BEEN IN THEIR SHOES, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM? >>BE RELAXED. IT’S NOT AS SCARY AS IT SEEMS. I CAN SAY THAT NOW, I’M ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT NOW. BUT THEY GOT IT. THEY GOT THIS FAR WITH GREAT APPLICANTS IN THERE.>>YOU CHECKED THEM OUT.>>YES, YES.>>THEY GOT IT. THEY GOT IT. THE MAIN THINK ABOUT IT IS NOT THE MONEY, THE RESOURCES YOU GET FROM IT. YOU, DION, JAMIE, YOU ARE GREAT. YOU TELL THEM WHAT YOU DO. THEY HAVE SO MANY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES, COMING TO YOU GUYS SAYING WE WANT TO THINK ABOUT BEING A CAFETERIA, HOW DO WE DO THAT. MONDAY AFTERNOON I HAVE TO EMAIL IT. I SET UP A MEETING, I SAID I DIDN’T SAY I WAS READY.>>WE ARE MEETING THEM NEXT WEEK.>>YOU BRICK UP A GOOD — BRING UP A GOOD POINT WE DID NOT TALK ABOUT EARLIER WITH ENTREPRENEURS OR PEOPLE THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN AROUND ENTREPRENEURS. YOU DON’T WAIT FOR PERFECTION TO DO SOMETHING, DO YOU? >>NO, NO. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT EVERYTHING IS – I CAN’T GO TO THEM OR HIM OR ASK THIS OR DO THIS UNTIL I HAVE IT PERFECT. SO THAT’S SOMETHING MAYBE FOR YOU. IT WASN’T A THING. FOR OTHERS IT’S NOT A NATURAL THING. ANY ADVICE ON PEOPLE BEFORE YOU TAKE THE NEXT STEP. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE TO BE. I’M NOT SURE, I KNOW IF YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR PRODUCT YOU CAN GO WHERE YOU GO. WE DIDN’T HAVE EVERYTHING PERFECT WHEN WE OPEN. AS WE GREW, WE MET PEOPLE. THEY HELPED US, STRUCTURE US, GET SET UP RIGHT. WE STARTED SMALL. IT WAS BOOTSTRAPPED. AS WE WEPT ON WE MET — WE WENT ON WE MET JAMES, DION, SO MANY PEOPLE HELPING WITH THE MARKETING, GETTING THE BRANDING TOGETHER. DEFINITELY WE STARTED AND MET PEOPLE THAT HELPED US.>>WHAT ABOUT FOR FOLKS THAT WERE OUT IN THE AUDIENCE LOOKING TO START A BUSINESS FOR THE FIRST TIME. WHAT ADVICE DID YOU GIVE TO THEM.>>THE ONE THING I TELL ANYONE IS WHEN YOU START A BUSINESS, NUMBERS ARE EVERYTHING. YOU CAN HAVE A GREAT PRODUCT. IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR NUMBERS AND THE COST. YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU ARE MAKING NUMBERS, IT’S A HOBBY.>>YOU CAN THINK THINGS ARE GOING GREAT. AND YOU REALIZED – EVERYTHING IS GOING GREAT. I’M SELLING A LOT OF THINGS, I LOSE A LIT ON EVERY CUPCAKE, I MAKE IT UP IN VALUE.>>IT DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT. AND CASH DEMRO, YOU HAVE TO KNOW — CASH FLOW, MOST BUSINESSES DON’T GO OUT OF BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE A GOOD PRODUCT. THEY RUN OUT OF CASH. THEY DON’T KNOW WHEN THE CASH COMES IN, HOW TO SPEND IT.>>WE HERE WITH THE WHY. WHY DO YOU DO THIS? WHY? >>I LOVE IT BAKE. WHY WE ARE ORGANIC IS BECAUSE OF MY NIECES. THAT IS THE REASON WE STARTED BAKING AT HOME ORGANICALLY. MY NIECE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD STARTING HER CYCLE. WHAT’S GOING ON. IT’S THE ANTIBODIES AND STEROIDS. I LOVE TO BAKE. 3 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING I’M IN THE KITCHEN BAKE, I’M THERE FROM 3AM TO 8:00p.m. FIVE DAYS A WEEK.>>THAT’S FANTASTIC. GREAT.>>SO NO ONE HEARD APRIL SAY I’M DOING IT TO MAKE A TONNE OF MONEY, YOU MAY END UP THAT WAY. THE POINT IS THAT’S NOT WHY.>>NO. I NEVER HEARD IT NEVER. I KID YOU NOT. A SUCCESSFUL ONE. I SAY WHY DO YOU DO THIS.>>I LOVE THIS, I LOVE TO BUILD THIS. IMPACT THERE, DO THAT, BUILD STUFF. WHATEVER IT MAY BE. AND THEN THE MONEY FOLLOWS YOU. YOU DO NEED TO KNOW THE NUMBERS.>>YES.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>I THINK IF YOU ARE STARTING OUT FOR THE WRONG REASONS, IT’S NEVER GOING TO END WELL. YOU HAVE TO – I THINK A LOT OF ENTREPRENEURS FULL IN LOVE WITH THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM. THE REASON I APPRECIATE THE PROCESS WITH THE BAKING, YOU ARE TRYING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS, YOU ARE NOT JUST TRYING TO DO SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU WANT TO DO IT AND THE WAY YOU WANT TO DO IT. IF ENTREPRENEURS GET OUT OF THE MINDSET OF BEING STUBBORN, THIS IS THE PROCESS I WANT TO TAKE, LISTEN TO YOUR CUSTOMERS, THEY ARE YOUR BIGGEST ASSET.>>I HAD TO LEARN IT. PEOPLE WANTED VEGAN, I WAS NO. EVERYTHING HAS TO HAVE BUTTER, NO VEGAN, I HAD TO LISTEN. WE ARE COMMUNITY BAKERS, WE HAD TO FIGURE IT OUT.>>WE ARE BEING ADVISED TO START THE QANDA. WE ARE THROWING YOU OFF THE STAGE.>>WE’LL DO Q AND A. DETROIT START-UP WEEK IS A DEFLECTION OF HOW FAR WE HAVE CAME, A CELEBRATION OF WHERE WE ARE TODAY AND A GLIGES OF DETROIT’S FUTURES. CAN YOU COMMENT ON HOW FAR WE HAVE COME AND WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHANGES GOING FORWARD.>>CAN YOU REPEAT THAT WHOLE THING. DAMN. THERE’S A LOT.>>I’LL REPEAT THE END. COULD YOU PLEASE COMMENT ON HOW FAR WE HAVE COME, AND WHAT ARE OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGES GOING FORWARD. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CHALLENGES, WHAT WE FEEL LIKE OUR CHALLENGES ARE.>>YOU SHOULD ANSWER THAT.>>YES. I THINK THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I SEE GOING FORWARD, IS CONNECTIVITY. I THINK THAT THERE ARE RESOURCES OUT THERE. I THINK THAT THERE IS CAPITAL OUT THERE. THERE’S NOT ENOUGH HUMAN CAPITAL CONNECTIONS, I CAN LEARN FROM YOU, YOU FROM ME. WHERE IS THAT HAPPENING. HOW ARE PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO BE CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER. SO THEY CAN BUILD UPON THEIR BUSINESSES AND MAKE THEM GREAT. TO ME. I WAS SAYING EARLY AT THE DINNER, THE GREATEST FORM OF CAPITAL IS HUMAN CAPITAL. SOMETIMES WE ARE FOCUSED ON THE BUSINESS AND WE ARE STUCK IN THE SILOS, AND WE NEVER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME IN AND MAKE OUR BUSINESS GREAT. WE NEED THE TIME FOR THAT.>>WE TALK ABOUT – ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALK ABOUT IN THE BUSINESS, TWO THINGS, AWARENESS, WHICH IS PICKING YOUR HEAD UP AND PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND YOU. AND INCHES – THESE INCHES. EVERYONE THINKS IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE. SOMETIMES IT IS, SOMETIMES IT’S NOT. SOMETIMES IT’S REALLY ABOUT THE ONE INCH, THE ONE THING THAT MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE DONE OR DIDN’T. THE OPPORTUNITY WAS THERE.>>THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.>>ONE OF THEM MAY BE, IN YOUR CASE OR ANYONE’S CASE WHO IS TRYING TO SELL SOMETHING, I WAS AROUND THIS PERSON, I DIDN’T ASK. I SHOULD HAVE, I FORGOT THEY HAD THIS. YOU’LL NEVER BE 100%. IF YOU KEEP IT CONSCIOUS IN YOUR MIND. WE CALL THEM TLAEDS OR OPPORTUNITY, YOU PULL THE TLAEDS OF OPPORTUNITY.>>NEXT – BRINGING IN TALENT TO THE CITY IS IMPORTANT. WHERE DOES THE ROLE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION ON ALL LESSONS PLAY IN YOUR EFFORTS ON THE REVITALIZATION OF DETROIT.>>IT’S A GOOD QUESTION.>>I’M GOING TO THROW THAT TO DG TO TALK ABOUT.>>THAT’S – FIRST OF ALL, THAT’S A 9 HOUR RESPONSE.>>BUT I SAID EARLIER. BLIGHT JOBS, SAFETY EDUCATION, NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER. IT’S ALL OF THEM. I WILL TELL YOU – I THINK THAT EDUCATION, THERE’S ENOUGH EYEBALLS, WE HAVE BEEN DOWN HERE STARTING EIGHT YEARS AGO. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE LONGER THAN WE HAVE.>>IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO, YOU FEEL THIS SHIFT FINALLY MAY BE HAPPENING. ENOUGH EYEBALLS, ENOUGH PEOPLE AND AFFECTION, ENOUGH ATTENTION SHOULD BE ABLE TO BEGIN TO SHIFT THIS THING. WE CAN’T – IF WE CAN’T GIVE PUBLIC EDUCATION TO THE KIDS. PORE GET ABOUT IT. EVERYONE, WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S THE COMMUNITIES, IT’S THE PARENTS, IT’S THE BUSINESSES, FOUNDATIONS, IT’S THE CITY, THE SCHOOLBOARD, THE STATE, IT’S EVERYONE. I DO FEEL LIKE WE ARE FINALLY – I DIDN’T FEEL THIS WAY – THIS THING WAS – I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND A LOT OF BUREAUCRACY OR THINGS. FOR REASONS TOO LONG FOR THE FORUM. IT’S STARTING TO SHIFT. ENOUGH PEOPLE AND THINGS. WE HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO. I WOULD – I WOULD, YOU KNOW, RECOMMEND ANYONE GET INVOLVED. EVERY PERSON THAT GETS INVOLVED. IN SOME WAY, SHAPE OR FORM IS GOING TO IMPROVE THE CONCEPT OF GIVING THE BEST EDUCATION TO OUR KIDS IN DETROIT. [ CLAPPING ] WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST IDEA YOU HAVE BET ON THAT HAS THRIVED.>>I WANT TO ARRIVING CUPCAKES.>>TO ME IT WILL BE GOOD CAKES AND BAKES. LEAVING MY JOB TO OPEN UP A BAKERY IN THE CITY OF DETROIT. OPENING A MONTH AFTER THE CITY FAILED BREAKUPS. PEOPLE — BACKBANKRUPT PEOPLE ARE YOU LOST YOUR MIND. THE CITY FILED BANKRUPTCY, AND YOU FILED BANKRUPTCY.>>THE ONES THAT FAILED ARE THE CRAZIEST IDEA.>>GIVE US ONE.>>THE OLD MOVIE, TUNA FISH OR FEEDING MANIES TO TUNA. DID YOU HEAR THAT.>>NO.>>IT’S FROM “NIGHT-SHIFT”, FOR US, A CAZY IDEA THAT — CRAZY IDEA. “NIGHTSHIFT”, THE GUY THAT PLAYED FONZIE. CHECK IT OUT. IT’S ONE THING ON NETFLIX YOU PULL UP LATE AT NIGHT WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND ANYTHING. IT’S THE IDEA THAT THE GUYS FROM HERE, STOCKX. THE GUYS FROM HERE. PEOPLE WILL TRADE SNEAKERS ONLINE, LIKE STOCKX AND WILL, WHAT, TRADE THEM – CRAZY, YOU KEEP THEM IN THE BOX, NEVER WEAR THEM, AND NOW STREET WEAR AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT THEY ARE DINING, AND WOMEN’S HAGS.>>WATCHES.>>AND THERE’S A BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS, THINKING OF THINGS TRADING AS STOCKS. CRAZY, BUT IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING COMPANIES. CUPCAKES IS TRADING NOW. [ LAUGHS ]>>ALL RIGHT, LET’S PICK ANOTHER. I LIKE THIS ONE AT THE BOTTOM. HOW DO YOU GET IN FRONT OF INVESTORS, WHERE DO YOU FIND THE ILUS I’VE GROUP OF — ILLUSIVE GROUP OF INVESTORS.>>THERE’S ONE THERE.>>THE BEST WAY TO GET IN FRONT OF INVESTORS SO TO PROVE YOUR CONCEPT. START SMALL. ANOTHER HAVE AN IDEA. I HAVE A GREAT IDEA, SOME INVESTORS WILL COME AND GIVE ME HALF A MILLION, BUT IT DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET TO MARKET. AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO IMPROVE THE CONCEPT OF WHAT YOU HAVE. NO INVEST YORE WILL INVEST IN SOMETHING THEY CAN’T SEE OR THAT IS NOT PROVEN. AND THAT YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO PUT YOUR OWN MONEY INTO. COMPANIES THAT GO TO THE INVESTORS THEY GO AND PUT THEIR OWN BRAND UP. YOU HAVE TO START THERE. ONE OF THINGS, THAT WE AT THE FAMILY OF COMPANIES IS ANGEL INVESTORS. HOW CAN WE GET MORE ANGEL INVESTORS ACTIVATED. [ CLAPPING ]>>SO THAT THEY CAN GET ON – IN ON SOME OF THESE DEALS. ANGEL INVESTING IS TRICKY. A LOT OF ANGEL INVESTORS, ESPECIALLY ONES IN THE MID WEST. THEY DIDN’T NECESSARILY MAKE THEIR MONEY FROM TECHNOLOGY. WE ARE PUSHING A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES TO GET FUNDED. ANGEL INVESTORS ARE NECESSARILY FAMILIAR WITH HOW TO INVEST. IF WE CAN EDUCATE THE ANGELS ON THE SAFER BETS THAT THEY CAN MAKE, AND GIVE ENTREPRENEURS THE BETTER PROOF OF CONCEPTS. THAT’S THE BETTER WAY TO DO IT.>>THAT’S RIGHT ON.>>I WANT TO ADD ONE MORE THING ON IT. FORGET CHASING INVESTORS, I HAVE SEEN SO MANY WITH GREAT IDEAS, WHEN THEY TALK, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. I SAY “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. START AGAIN.” IF YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA, AND YOU CAN CLARIFY AND CRYSTALISE THAT MESSAGE. DO IT IN FRONT OF YOUR GRAND MOTHER, MOMMERS DAD — MOM, DAD, A 12-YEAR-OLD SON, 12-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. AND LET THEM SAY IT BACK TO YOU. YOU’LL KNOW, IF YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA THAT IS CLEAR, THEY’LL UNDERSTAND IT. IF THEY UNDERSTAND IT AND LIKE IT. CAPITAL IS ATTRACTED TO GREAT IDEAS. I DON’T KNOW HOW IT COULD HAPPEN A MILLION WAYS. IF YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA, AND YOU CAN BE CLEAR, AND NOT ALL KINDS OF CRAZY – SUCH DETAIL THAT YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THAT DETAIL. NOR IS THE MARKETPLACE, MEANING THE INVESTOR MARKETPLACE, IT WILL COME.>>I AGREE WITH THAT. A LOT OF TIMES THE COMPANIES CAN’T PROVE THE OUT. THEY FIGURE OUT BEFORE THEY GO. YOU HAVE ONE MORE TIME. ONE US PITCH THAT ONE TIME. YOU MAY NOT GET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY, THIS IS A GOOD QUESTION. I THINK THIS IS THE LAST ONE, THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE TIME FOR. WE HAVE TO GET ON WITH THE SHOW. YOU CAME TO HEAR PITCHES AND A GREAT MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. BESIDE THIS, WHAT OTHER INDUSTRIES ARE CRITICAL.>>OUTSIDE OF TECH, DETROIT – THERE ARE SO MANY DETROIT MAKERS MAKING PRODUCTS THAT ARE SMALL, MAKING THEM INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, THAT ARE DOING GREAT, THAT ARE ABOUT TO GO NATIONAL. I THINK THAT SMALL BUSINESS WILL DRIVE DEVOIT. IT’S A SHAMELESS PLUG FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE LOOKING FOR HOW TO GET YOUR PITCH TOGETHER, YOUR BUSINESS PLAN TOGETHER. THEY CAN HELP YOU WITH THAT.>>BUILD INSTITUTE IS A PARTNER OF OURS, WE ARE HAPPY TO SUPPORT BILL.>>YES.>>THEIR PROGRAMME IS – HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN IN DETROIT.>>BILL HAS BEEN AROUND…>>2008.>>I HEAR MORE AND MORE STORIES KICKED WITH OUR ORGANIZATION.>>YES.>>EVERY SMALL BUSINESS WANTS TO BECOME A…>>BIG BUSINESS.>>A BIGGER BUSINESS. AS LONG AS YOU KEEP YOUR AUTHENTICITY AND YOUR ETHICS AND ALL THAT STUFF, THAT’S A GREAT THING. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I SAID THAT. SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE DOING WELL, DO WELL BECAUSE THE MARKETPLACE LIKES WHAT THEY ARE DOING, THERE’S NO CONFLICT IN GROITH, IN GREAT — GROWTH, IN GREAT THINGS. THE MORE YOU GO, YOU RESPECT THE COMMUNITY. I EXPECT YOU GUYS TO KILL IT.>>ARE YOU RAIDING MORE MONEY? >>WE’LL RAISE MORE MONEY, NOT CURRENTLY.>>YOU GUYS WANT TO GATE IN.>>ANGEL INVESTORS IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT. GIVE IT UP AGAIN FOR APRIL.>>AND FOR DAN. [ CLAPPING ]>>GREAT. SERIOUSLY, THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN AN ENTREPRENEUR THAT IS JUST – I WAS TOLD BY YOUNGER PEOPLE THAT ARE AROUND ME, DON’T SAY ON FIRE, JUST SAY FIRE. YOU’RE FIRED. SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT. DON’T SAY ON FIRE. GET RID OF THE ON. FIREIT. THAT’S ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY. OKAY. THAT’S IT.>>WE HAVE TO GET ON WITH IT. WE HAVE TO DO THIS THING. JAN ‘EM. WHAT’S UP. I’M HERE. DEAF DECH JAN /* >>GUYS CAN WE GIVE IT UP FOR THIS AMAZING PANEL.>>THANK YOU. I’LL JUST TRY ONE OF YOUR CUPCAKES.>>DEFINITELY, I’LL MAKE IT HAPPEN.>>THANK YOU. HOW YOU GUYS DOINGS? GOOD. GOOD. ALL RIGHT. SO TONIGHT IS ABOUT BRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A WHOLE. THESE ENTREPRENEURS HAVE SEEN A NEED AND LITERALLY MADE IT THEIR LIFE’S BUSINESS TO ADDRESS IT. LAST YEAR WAS OUR INAUGURAL YEAR, WAS ANYONE AT DEMO DAY 2017 LAST YEAR. YES. SO PEOPLE OFTEN WONDER – I MEAN, I KNOW WE HAVE SEEN APRIL. SHE’S AMAZING, HOW IS SHE GOING FOR THE 2017 WINNERS. ANYONE CURIOUS ABOUT THAT. I LOVE IT. CHECK OUT THESE VIDEOS TO SEE HOW DEMO DAY 2017 MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR THOSE ENTREP ENTREPRENEURS. LET’S TAKE A LOOK.>>I’M STEVEN MACER. COFOUNDER OF ASH AND ERIE, WE MADE CLOTHES FOR SHORTER GUYS. WE WON $50,000. WE AIRED ON SHARK TANKS. THE MONEY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN FUNDING INVENTORY TO PREPARE FOR THE SHOW. SINCE THEN IT’S BLOWN UP. THE BIGGEST SURPRISE IS THERE’S SO MUCH SUPPORT FROM THE TEAM. THEY WANT TO HELP THE BUSINESS GROW. IT’S NOT JUST HERE IS MONEY AND GO ON. WE HAVE MONTHLY MEETINGS WHERE THEY BRING IN AN EXPERT. WE HAVE A DEDICATED TEAM OF PEOPLE WE CAN GO TO FOR QUESTIONS. WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT THE DEMODAY, THERE’S A WIDE VARIETY OF COMPANIES THAT PARTICIPATED AND WON THE COMPANIES. IT’S NOT JUST THE NEXT FACEBOOK OR UBER, THERE’S BRANDS LIKE US, ON THE PASS OF GROWING.>>I’M KIKI. AND THIS IS MY PARTNER. THIS IS FARMERS HAND.>>WE WON $100,000 TO EXPAND FARMERS HAND. IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS, AND I’M GRATEFUL.>>I APPRECIATED THE COMMUNITY THAT CAME OUT OF DEMODAY AND THE OTHER WINNERS, AND THE OTHER WINNERS AND SITTING WITH THEM REALIZING THAT WE GO THROUGH THE SAME THING EVERY DAY. THAT YOU ARE ON A LOAN, AND THE ENTREPRENEURIAL PROCESS.>>THROUGHOUT THE SCARINESS AND PRESSURE, AND WHAT IT TOOK TO GET TO THE END POINT AND HAVE THE BENEFIT OF WINNING, WE HAD SAID TO ONE ANOTHER, IF WE DON’T WIN, THERE’S AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF BENEFIT TO BEING A PART OF IT. YOU ARE PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE, YOU ARE MEETING NEW PEOPLE. INTRODUCING YOUR NAME, BUSINESS, YOURSELF AND YOUR PARTNER. EVERY TIME YOU TALK TO SOMEONE.>>ALL RIGHT. [ CLAPPING ]>>SO, WHAT YOU JUST SAW IS PROOF THAT IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE MONEY, IT’S ABOUT BEING A PART OF THIS AMAZING COMMUNITY. AND WITH THAT LET’S GET INTO THE COMPETITION. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR, RIGHT. HEY.>>SO WE CAN’T HAVE A COMPETITION WITHOUT JUDGES. LET’S BRING THEM OUT. ANYONE HEARD OF KICKSTARTER? ANYONE. I WOULD LIKE TO BRING OUT MY FRIEND CHARLES ADLER, THE COFOUNDER OF KICKSTARTER, AND OUR FIRST JUDGE. GIVE IT UP. THANK YOU. [ ♪♪ ] ANYBODY HERE GO TO KUZZOS CHICKEN AND WAFFLE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>SO NEXT UP WE HAVE RON BARTEL, A FORMER DETROIT LION, AND THE FOUNDER OF KUZZOS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] AND THERMO MEASUREMENTS, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST. SHE IS FIERCE. AND LITERALLY THE EPITOME OF BLACK GIRL MAGIC. SHE IS THE C.E.O. OF KERIO BRAND, ANNE SEMPOWSKI. THESE THREE ARE AMAZING, WE HAVE ANOTHER SET OF JUDGES, CAN YOU GUESS WHO THEY MIGHT BE, YES, YES, YES. THAT’S YOU. HOPEFULLY BY NOW YOU HAD TIME TO DOWNLOAD THE APP. SO REMEMBER TO STAY WITH US, AND YOU CAN VOTE THROUGHOUT THE PITCHES. REMEMBER YOU CAN SWIPE LEFT FOR NO, RIGHT FOR LEFT – TINDER, EVERYONE, COOL, COOL, COOL. LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS. UP FIRST WE HAVE OUR START CATEGORY. THESE ENTREPRENEURS ARE GETTING THEIR PRODUCTS TO PARKED. AND THEY ARE INTRODUCING THEIR BUSINESSES TO THE WORLD FOR THE FIRST TIME. HERE IS HOW IT WORKS. WE’LL SHOW YOU A QUICK INTRO VIDEO OF THE ENTREPRENEUR, YOU’LL SEE A FAMILIAR FACE. EACH FINALIST HAS 90 SECONDS SON STAGE TO SELL THE PANEL OF JUDGES AND YOU, THE AUDIENCE ON THEIR IDEA’S POTENTIAL. LET HERE THE PITCHES FROM THE START CATEGORY, WITH THE TOP PRIZE OF $1 24U7BZ,000. 00,000 — $100,000. GIVE IT UP FOR THE SIX START CATEGORY PITCHES. [ CLAPPING ] [ ♪♪ ] .>>HOW YOU DOING.>>I’M DOING GOOD.>>PUT YOUR FEET ON – OKAY: I’M GLAD YOU CAME IN TODAY. WHAT DO YOU DO MAN FOR A LIVING.>>I’M A CHEF.>>YOU ARE A CHEF.>>WHAT KIND OF FOOD.>>AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN, I MAKE IT ABOUT DETROIT AFRICAN CARIBBEAN.>>I DIG THAT. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A CHEF.>>ALL MY LIFE. AS A FRESHMAN, WHEN I WAS 17 AT WAYNE STATE I WAS WORKING IN THE CAFETERIAS DOING PIZZAS, AND I GOT PROMOTED TO MANAGE THE PIZZA DEPARTMENT.>>YES, YES. I TOLD YOU WHAT, I THINK WE ARE DONE. YOU ARE GOOD TO GO.>>I FEEL LIKE IT’S SUPPOSED TO SHINE.>>THIS IS MY FIRST DAY. I’VE NEVER DOWN THIS BEFORE.>>I’M CHEF, OWNER AND OWNER OF YUM VILLAGE, I’M GODWIN IHENTUGE. AFRICAN RAISED, DETROIT RAISED. WE COMBINE THE BEST LOCAL INGREDIENTS TO MEET A DEMAND FOR DIVERSE FOOD OPTIONS AT AFFORDABLE PRICE, MIXING TRAD ICTS AT AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN STAGES, YOU CAN HAVE TEW OVER FRENCH FRIES OR A CHICKEN SANDWICH ON A PRETZEL BUND. WE ARE BUILD FOR GROWTH. THE YUM VILLAGE HAS THREE TRENDS IN FOOD. ALL OF WHICH SAW DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH IN THE PAST NINE YEARS. QUICK CASUAL DINING. WE HAVE A PRICE EVERS THERE OF $15 PER BERN, BEVERAGE NOT INCLUDED AND WE SERVED 10,000 MEALS. OPERATING ON THE WEEKENDS DURING THE SUMMER. YOUR INVESTMENT SEES OUR FIRST BRICK AND MORTAR LOCATION IN WEST VILLAGE, FREEING UP THE FOOD TRUCK TO TEST NEW MARKETS. WE’LL SCALE UP THROUGH DETROIT BASED LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOODS PROVING THAT SERVING AFFORDABLE AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN FOOD ACROSS THE STATE IS PROFITABLE AND PROSPEROUS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT TWO YOU DO FOR A LIVING MAN.>>I STARTED A BUSINESS CALLED BLOOMSCAPE, WE SELL PLANTS ONLINE. THE FIRST DIRECT TO CONSUMER PLAN.>>HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING THIS BUSINESS? >>WE LAUNCHED TWO MONTHS AGO.>>TWO MONTHS AGO.>>YES, YES.>>HOW ARE THINGS GOING? >>IT’S BEEN A FAST START.>>WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO THE PLANT BUSINESS.>>MY PARENTS HAD GREENHOUSES WHEN I GREW UP. I COME FROM FIVE PREVIOUS GENERATIONS OF GREENHOUSE GROWS.>>LET ME MAKE SURE I HAVE THIS RIGHT. I WANT PLANTS FOR MY HOUSE. WHAT TYPES OF PLANTS DO YOU GUYS DELIVER? >>IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC ONE.>>I DO, I DO. I THINK WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE.>>ALL THE PLANTS ARE NON-EDIBLE AND NON-CONSUMABLE.>>OKAY. THAT HELPS. THAT HELPS. I APPRECIATE IT. YOU KNOW YOU GOTTA ARRIVING.>>DETROIT.>>I’M JUSTIN MAST, THE FOUNDER OF BLOOMSCAPE, I COME FROM A LONG LINE OF GREENHOUSE GROWERS, PLANTS ARE GREAT. THEY MAKE LIFE BETTER. BUT BUYING PLANTS IS KIND OF A PAIN. PICTURE STUFF IN ONE OF THESE IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR. BLOOMSCAPE’S MISSION IS TO MAKE BUYING PLANTS ENJOYABLE. OUR SITE MAKES SELECTING THE RIGHT PLANTS EASY, AND WE DEVELOPED A PROPRIETY WAY OF SHIPPING FULLY GROWN PLANTS FOR THE SAME PRICE YOU PAY AT A GARDEN HAVE.>>NO ONE ELSE CAN DO THIS. WE LAUNCHED THIS YEAR ON THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING, WE HAD A FAST START. BLOOMSCAPE HAS BEEN FEATURES IN VOGUE, ALONG WITH A DOZEN OTHER PUBLICATIONS. SALES AHEAD OF THE PERCEPTION. 25% OF THE ORDERS ARE COMING FROM REPEAT CUSTOMERS. THE TEAM OF FOUR HAS ACCOMPLISHED A LOT IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. EACH WEEK WE RECEIVE REQUESTS FROM OTHER BRANDS AND RETAILERS PARTNERING WITH US. WE LAUNCH. OUR CUSTOMERS ARE ASKING TO POT CHOICES AND ACCESSORIES. THESE ARE BIG OPPORTUNITIES. THE DEMODAY FUNDS HELP US TO GROW OUR TEAM IN DETRIT.>>BY CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE BUY EXPERIENCED PLANTS IN EVERY AREA OF THE GUARD IN, WE HOPE TO MAKE BLOOMSCAPE THE MOST RECOGNISED IN PLANTS. THANK YOU. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] .>>YOU FROM DETROIT.>>I AM, BORN AND RAISED.>>BORN AND RAISED IN DETROIT.>>YES, WE ARE DETROIT AND VERY UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT IT. I’M GLAD I CAN REPRESENT IN A POSITIVE WAY FOR DETROIT.>>I SEE YOU WASH THE SHIRT. LUSH YUMMIES PIE COMPANY. WHAT IS THAT.>>LUSH YUMMIES PIE COMPANY WE BAKE LEMON BUTTER PIES, A MIX BETWEEN A CHEESECAKE AND A LEMON MORANG PIE.>>HOW LONG HAVE YOU BAKED.>>ALL MY LIFE. MY GRANDDAD TAUGHT ME TO BAKE. THE RESTAURANTS ARE FROM HIM. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THE PIES ARE NOSTALGIC, THAT’S WHAT I WANT.>>TALK ABOUT YOUR GRANDDAD. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM FOUR GRANDDAD.>>HE ALWAYS GRABBED JOKES. THE FAVORITE LINE HE WILL SAY GIRL, YOU PUT – YOU PUT A BUTT ON YOUR BACON IF THEY LET YOU, GIRL. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MY GRANDDAD TAUGHT HIM TO MAKE PIE AS HIS MOTHER DID. HE SHOPPED FOR INGREDIENTS. TOSSING THE LEMONS FROM ONE TO THE OTHER. HE’D SMELL THEM, HELD IT TO HIS EAR, THEY TELL YOU WHETHER THEY ARE READY TO BE EATEN. I’M JENNIFER LYLE, A PASTRY CHEF FROM GORDON BLEW AND A PASTRY CHEF. WE FRESH BAKE LOAMAN BUTTER PIES WITH LOCAL INGREDIENTS AND A RECIPE. GETTING PRODUCT TO MARKET IS HARD. I HAVE A TEAM-MATE HANDLING THE DISTRIBUTION, AND HE HAPPENS TO BE MY HUSBAND. WHILE WE MEANT TORE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LEADING THE MANUFACTURING. WE SELL 10,000 PIES AND WON THE KROGER FOOD AWARD. KROGER WANTS US TO GO FROM FIVE TO 123 DIVORCE WITH A SALES GROWTH OF 1.3 MILLION. AND WE JUST AND WE SEALED A DEAL WITH MEIER. I’M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. I KNOW, THIS IS AMAZE OF COURSE, WE NEED HELP SCALING AND FAST. WITH FUNDING WE CAN BRING IN MACHINE AUTOMATION. UNFORTUNATELY MY GRANDFATHER WAS NOT ABLE TO TURN HIS BIG PIE DREAM INTO A REALITY. IN HIS HONOUR, I PLAN TO BECOME A LARGE MANUFACTURERS IN THE US. IN DETROIT MAKING NOT JUST LEMON BUTTER PIES BUT ALL OF THE PIE RECIPES. THANK YOU. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] .>>THESE ARE MY SUNDAY’S BEST. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS A SPOT. I’M WEARING IT TO CHURCH.>>WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING.>>I’M THE GO FOUNDER OF FANGAGE. FANS CAN UPLOAD PICTURES OF CELEBRITIES, AND GET A VILLAGE ITALY SIGNED COPY. I’D WRIGHT KOBE BRYANT EVERY DAY.>>DID YOU GET ANYTHING BACK.>>NEVER A RETURN.>>HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A BUSINESSMAN.>>YES, I CALLED MY MOM TO SAY I WAS A FINALIST OF THE DEMO DAY, SHE SAID THAT DOESN’T SURPRISE ME, I’M PROUD OF YOU.>>CONGRATS ON MAKING IT TO DEMO DAY. I HEARD IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THIS IS MY OWN SHOE SHINE BUSINESS, WHAT DO YOU THINK MY EYES MIGHT BE OF MAKING IT TO DEMODAY, DO I HAVE A GOOD SHOT? >>I DON’T THINK SO.>>LET’S FLASHBACK TO THE SUMMER OF 1998. I MUST HAVE WRITTEN 1,000 LETTER TO FAVORITE ATHLETES SEEKING AUTOGRAPHS, I GOT NOTHING IN RETURN. MY MOM KEPT THE LETTERS BECAUSE I WAS BLOWING THROUGH THE STAMPS. THERE ARE OTHER WAY, LONG LINES, TIRED UNENTHUSIASTIC CELEBRITY AT THE FRONT. THERE HAD TO BE A BETTER WAY, A SIMPLER WAY. WHAT IF WE DEVELOPED A PLATFORM WHERE FANS CAN CAPTURE A MOMENT. SEND IT TO THE FAVORITE CELEBRITIES TO BE SIGNED DIGITALLY AND SHARED BACK WITH US TO DOWNLOAD AND SHARE AND KEEP FOREVER. AT FANGAGE, WE BY THE BETTER WAY. WHETHER YOU EXPERIENCE A SPECIAL MOMENT AT A GAME OR JUST GOT A NEW JERSEY, YOUR SELFIE GAME IS STRONG, UPLOAD IT. GET IT SIGNS. WE USE FACIAL RECOGNITION TO VERIFY THAT EVERY AUTOGRAPH IS AUTHENTIC. SINCE THE LAUNCH DEMAND HAS BEEN CRAZY, WE LAUNCHED PILOT PROGRAMS WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES, PROFESSIONAL GAMING AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. THAT’S WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP. WE NEED THE FUNDS TO GO OUT AND HIGHER THE BEST ENGINEERS AND DEVELOPERS THAT DETROIT HAS TO OFFER. I HEAR PEEL SAY DETROIT IS NOT A TACK TOWN. I’M NOT BUYING THAT, THE TOWN IS HERE. THE WORLD IS TOO SMALL. TECHNOLOGY IS TOO GRATE FOR LONG LINES AND UNANSWERED FAN MAIL. ESPECIALLY IN YOU USE YOUR MOMMA’S STAMPS. THANK YOU. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ ♪♪ ] .>>HEY, MAN, I’M JAMES.>>CHRIS.>>NICE TO MEET YOU CHRIS. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING.>>I MAKE ICE-CREAM. I COME FROM A RESTAURANT BACKGROUND I’VE BEEN MAKING ICE-CREAM FOR 15 YEARS, I HAD MY OWN BUSINESS FOR ABOUT THREE, GOING ON THREE YEARS.>>WHAT’S THE NAME OF THE BUSINESS. REILLY CRAFT CREAMERY.>>REILLY CRAFT CREAMERY. WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING IN THE ICE-CREAM BUSINESS.>>WELL, YOU KNOW, EVERYONE IS ALWAYS HAPPY TO SEE YOU. [ CLAPPING ]>>HELLO. I’M CHRIS REILLY OF REILLY CRAFT CREAMERY. THAT’S ME AT MY SOFT SERVE POP UP STAND, ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILE AWAY FROM MERE CALLED COLD TRUTH, EXPLAINING THE MISSION PRETTY WELL. WHICH IS TO BRING THE BEST ICE-CREAM EXPERIENCE PERIOD. NOW, HOW DO WE DO NA? WELL, WHAT WE LIKE TO SAY IS WE ARE SETTING THE ICE-CREAM INDUSTRY BACK 60 YEARS. THAT’S BECAUSE WE MAKE THE ICE-CREAM WITHOUT ANY ARTIFICIAL ADDITIVES OR STABILIZERS. ALL WE USE IS ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS, AND REAL HIGH QUALITY GOOD INGREDIENTS. IT TURNS OUT THAT PEOPLE ARE RESPONDING AND WANTING IT. WE ARE IN 25 STORES IN MICHIGAN. AND LAST MONTH OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS WERE BLOWING UP. EVERY TIME THE POP UP OPENS, WE ARE LOOKING AT 250 NEW POLOERS ON INSTAGRAM. NOW, OUR NEEDS ARE SIMPLE. MAINLY, NO.1, WE NEED PACKAGING, THE PACKAGING IS TOO EXPENSIVE. IF WE HAVE THE CAPITAL TO BUY IN BULL. KE CAN CUT IT IN HALF. WE GIVE A DOLLAR AWAY. THE MONEY COULD BE BETTER SPENT IN HOUSE ON A SALE STAFF AND DRIVER. WE NEED THE BRANDED TRUCK TO DO IT. THERMO MEASUREMENTS, WE NEEDED SPACE. WE HAVE BEEN CO-WORKING IN SHARED SPACES. IT’S TIME TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. AND WE NEED TO – AND THAT WILL ENABLE US TO NOT ONLY EXTREME LINE THE PRODUCTION PROCESS, BUT ALLOWS US A REAL DREAM OF OPENING THE ULTIMATE SCOOP SHOP. THAT’S THE DREAM. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ ♪♪ ] THANKS FOR COMING TODAY, I’M JAMES.>>PAUL THOMAS.>>PAUL, YOU MUST BE A DOCTOR.>>THAT’S RIGHT, MAN.>>AND I’M A PSYCHIC, HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A DOCTOR? >>YES, I GREW UP WANTING TO BE A TEACHER, BUT I STARTED VOLUNTEERING AT A CLINIC DOWN THE STREET. WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. FROM THAT TIME ON I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A DOCTOR.>>IS THERE ANYTHING UNIQUE OR SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR DOCTOR’S OFFICE.>>WE DO A MEMBERSHIP OFFER, $10 A MONTH FOR KIDS. $50 FOR MONTH IS WHERE IT STARTS AT.>>YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN SHINING SHOES FOR 4-5 HOURS AND MY WRIST IS KIND OF – COULD YOU GIVE ME A PROGNOSIS.>>ANY PAIN IF I PRESS THERE.>>NOT THERE. A LITTLE THERE.>>MAY BE A LITTLE OVERUSE INDUSTRY.>>YOU’LL BE MY LAST APPOINTMENT FOR THE DAY.>>PERFECT. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] .>>THEY SAID IS COULDN’T BE DONE, IT WAPT BE POSSIBLE TO — WOULDN’T BE POSSIBLE TO HAVE A MEMBERSHIP MODEL FORHEALTHCARE, ONE THAT’S $10 FOR KIDS AND $49 A MONTH FOR ADULTS. HERE WE ARE, WE’VE GONE FROM EIGHT MEMBERS TO OVER 300 MEMBERS TODAY. PEOPLE CHOOSE PLUM HEALTH, THEY HAVE THE DOCTOR’S CELL PHONE. THEY CAN CALL, TEXT AND HAVE AN APPOINTMENT WHEN THEY NEED TO. PEOPLE CHOOSE PLUM HEALTH, THEY HAVE WHOLESALE MEDICATIONS, AT COST LABS AND IMAGING, PEOPLE CHEWS PLUM HEALTH, THEY BELIEVE WHAT I BELIEVE THAT HEALTH CARE SHOULD BE AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] MY NAME IS DR PAUL THOMAS, AND I’M CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO FOR HEALTH CARE IN DETROIT. WE KNOW THAT THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS BROKEN, THERE’S TOO MANY MIDDLEMEN AND BARRIERS WEAN YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR. IT DRIVES UP THE COST AND DOES LITTLE FOR YOUR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH. IN OUR MODEL WE REMOVE THE BARRIERS, AT PLUMB HEALTH THERE’S NO MIDDLEMEN OR BARRIERS, YOU HAVE ACTIONS TO YOUR DOCTOR. THAT’S WHY WE CALL IT DIRECT PRIMARY CARE. WE HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A COMPASSIONATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN DETROIT. I NEED YOUR HELP. IF WE WIN THIS DETROIT DEMODAY PRIZE, WE CAN GROW INTO A LARGER OFFICE. HIRE AN ANOTHER DOCTOR AND SERVE MORE OF THE COMMUNICATEE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT AN AFFORDABLE ACCESSIBLE DOCTOR IN DETROIT CALLED PLUM HEALTH. THANK YOU. [ ♪♪ ]>>.>>DETROIT. DIFFICULT IT UP FOR THE DETROIT DEMO DAY START FINALISTS. ALL RIGHT. VOTING IS LIVE. VOTING IS REAL. VOTING IS POWERFUL. YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO FINISH CASTING YOUR PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTE. OKAY. JUDGES. LET’S HAVE A LITTLE CONVERSATION. WHAT DID YOU ALL THING. ANNE.>>SURE, YOU KNOW, FIRST OF ALL I LOVE THE CATEGORY, BECAUSE THING ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE, ALL OF US, HAVE A DREAM. AND WE HAVE NOT STARTED THE DREAM. THIS GROUP HERE REPRESENTS TAKING THE FIRST STEP. I LOVE THE ENERGY AND THE COURAGE THAT EACH HAS. THAT INSPIRED ME.>>ANYONE ELSE INSPIRED? YES. ALL RIGHT. CHARLES.>>SO I THINK THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF HUMOUR IN EVERYONE’S PITCH. WHICH I THINK IS NECESSARY. I THINK DAN WAS TALKING ABOUT THE WORD TENACITY EARLIER. WHICH I THINK IS ANOTHER RECIPE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP. COMING WITH THAT TENACITY, WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR ABOUT THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF STARTING SOMETHING AND GOING THROUGH THE SORT OF UPHILL BATTLE. CRITICAL. IT’S GOOD TO SEE THAT.>>RON?>NO, I’M JUST IMPRESSED. I MEAN, THEY ALL HAVE GREAT IDEAS. BUT YOU KNOW, NO IDEA IS ORIGINAL. TO SEE THEIR AMBITION AND THE HARD WORK AND EFFORT THEY ARE PUTTING IN THE DEMO DAY IS IMPRESSIVE.>>YES, AND FOR THOSE OF US INSPIRED TONIGHT. DO ANY OF YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR US WHO ARE LOOKING TO START SOMETHING? >>MY ADVICE, AS AN ENTREPRENEUR IS TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR HOME IN ORDER. BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE WANT TO DO – BE ENTREPRENEUR AND EMPLOY PEOPLE. IF YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR OWN THINGS IN ORDER.>>GET IT IN ORDER. ANY OTHER ADVICE? >>I THINK START. ANOTHER THING THAT WAS MENTIONED EARLIER WAS THINK BIG. BUT START SMALL. VERY, VERY SMALL.>>YOU GUYS TAKING NOTES? >>AND YOU FIGURE A LOT OUT. STARTING SMALL, STARTING YIK, STARTING TOMORROW.>>SOMETHING QUICK.>>AND MINE WOULD BE BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. BECAUSE LISTEN, WHEN YOU START. THERE’LL BE YESES, AND INTEREST, BUT THERE’LL BE SOME KNOWS.>>A LOT OF THOUGHS.>>BE SENTLE. BUT LOOK. SO, REALLY. YOU HAVE TO START BY BELIEVING IN YOURSELF. THAT IS REALLY YOUR ARMOUR AGAINST THE NOS, IT KEEPS YOU MOVING, MOTIVATED AND DOING.>>YES, YES MUCH NO ONE ELSE WILL BELIEVE IN YOURSELF FOR YOU. THAT HUSTLE MUSCLE IS REAL. THANK YOU TO THE JUDGES. I’LL BRING OUT A FRIEND OF MINE. DION, AND HE IS WITH THE DEMO DAY CREW. HE SPENT A LOT OF LATE NIGHTS HELPING TO BRING THIS TOGETHER. THEY’LL PRESENT THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR THE START CATEGORY, CAN WE GIVE IT UP FOR DION.>>HEY, HEY, HEY. WHAT’S UP. ALL RIGHT. HOW ARE YOU FEELING. DO YOU FEEL GOOD.>>I’M GREAT. THE PITCHES ARE AMAZING.>>ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT. SO, DION, WHO IS THE WINNER FOR THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE. DO WE HAVE THEME MUSIC. NO. DETROIT. CAN WE GET A DRUM ROLE. YES, YES, A LITTLE BIT.>>LOUDER. ALL RIGHT. THE START PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER IS LUSH YUMMIES PIE COMPANY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ ♪♪ ] THEY HAVE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THAT WORKS. THEY ARE LOOKING TO EXPAND LOCALLY. THE TOP PRIZE FOR THIS CATEGORY IS $250,000. THAT’S A QUARTER OF A MILL. LET’S GET INTO THE SIX GROW CATEGORY PITCHES, TAKE IT AWAY. [ ♪♪ ] .>>HEY, HOW IS IT DOING.>>IT’S GOING GOOD.>>I’M BREAMS.>>I’M BRENNA.>>WHAT DO YOU HAVE.>>I’LL HAVE A CHATTANOOGA CHOO-CHOO.>>I CAN MAKE THAT.>>WHAT DO YOU DO? >>I OWN A CLOTHING COMPANY AND MAKE AND SELL JEANS. BIG BUTTS EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.>>I LIKE BIG BUTTS I CANNOT LIE.>>I DO TOO, AND I CAN PUT A PAIR OF BETWEENS ON IT.>>HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO OWN A BUSINESS? >>NOT AT ALL. I SAW A WAITRESS, A SAW AN AD ON CED U LOUSE FROM SOMEONE THAT NEEDED A STITCHER. I FELT A STRONG SENSE MUCH RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THE SKILL SET ALIVE.>>AMAZING, HAVE THE BRING, YOU DESERVE IT. HELLO, I’M BRENNA LANE, I’M THE OWNER OF DETROIT DENIM, WE MAKE AND SELL EXCEPTIONAL JEANS. WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR AN EIGHT YEARS. IT THERE’S ONE THING I LEARNT EARLY ON, EVERYONE STRUGGLES TO FIND JEANS THAT FIT WELL. WE ARE OBSESSED FOR CREATING JEANS THAT WORK WITH BODY TYPES. WE DESIGN OUR LINE AROUND DIFFERENT SHAPES, WHETHER YOU HAVE A BIG, TALL, SMALL OR NO BUTT I HAVE A PAIR OF JEANS. LOOK AT THE BUTTS, ALL DIFFERENT, BEAUTIFUL, DESERVING OF A PERFECT FIT. FROM ONE PERSON IN A GARAGE, WE ARE 12 PEOPLE, WE MAKE 20 PAIR OF JEANS AWAY. AND OUR REVENUE LAST YEAR WAS SHY OF HALF A MILLION. THANK YOU.>>OUR GOAL TORE NEXT YEAR, A TEAM OF 20 SKILLED DETROITERS PUTTING OUT 100 BETWEENS, WITH REVENUES OF $1.8 MILLION. WE ARE READY TO GROW. TO DO THIS WE NEED TO INCREASE OUR WEB PRESENCE AND SCALE UP MANUFACTURING COMPANY KA AFTY — CAPACITY. BY DEVELOPING A CONTENT RISK WEBSITE WE CAN IMPROVE ONLINE TO MORE SHOPPERS. WHICH INVEST OF COURSE, WE CAN INCREASE PRODUCTION EFFICIENCIES AND OPERATING PROFITS FROM 8-12%. ALL OF THIS WILL ALLOW US TO HIGHER AND TRAIN EIGHT EMPLOYEES. WE ARE PROUD TO MANUFACTURE APPAREL IN DETROIT. WE’LL BE ABLE TO CREATE SKILLED LIVING WAGE JOBS FOR DETROITERS, AND BEAUTIFUL JEANS FOR PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. THANK YOU.>>DO YOU HAVE ANY WATER. I HAVE AN EVENT GOING ON.>>WHAT DO YOU HAVE.>>IT’S CALLED DEMO DAY.>>ARE YOU ONE OF THE COUPLES.>>A FINALIST.>>CONGRATS.>>THANKS.>>WHAT IS YOUR COMPANY.>>WE TEACH KIDS TO KINDER GUARD, GAMING, USS “KIDD”. I WANTED TO CREATE A COMPANY ALLOWING KIDS TO BE CREATO, MY GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THE DETROIT COMMUNITY HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN THE CITY OR THE SCHOOL. WHO IS THAT DRINK FOR? >>I KNOW YOU DON’T DRINK. THIS IS FOR ME. CHEERS. [ CLAPPING ]>>LET ME TAKE YOU GUYS BACK WHEN I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, I WAS KNOWN AS THE ARTIST. NOT LIKE PRINCE, BUT I COULD DRAW HIM WELL. AND I TOLD MY DAD I WANTED TO GO INTO ART SCHOOL AFTER GRADUATION. HE SAID NO. THAT’S WHY WE CAME TO AMERICA, AND ESCAPED THE WAR. SO NOW I HAVE KIDS, AND THEY PLAY A LOT OF VIDEO GAMES, WHAT DON’T. SO OUR GOAL IS THAT WHY CAN’T WE TEACH THE KIDS TO CREATE THE GAMES OR THE APPS THEY PLAY, AND, MORE, WHY DON’T WE TRAIN THEM AND IN THAT WAY THEY CAN BE THE NEXT GENERATION OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS OR CREATORS. WE WENT TO TALK TO LOCAL TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS. CREATING WORKSHOPS AND THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL. WE LAUNCHED ACCELERATEKID IN 2014 AND OFFER FOUR TRACKS, CODE OF COURSE, GAME DESIGN, DIGITAL ARTS AND ROBOTICS, AND WE HAVE OVER 40 CARRICK U LUMS. THEY ARE ACCREDITED. THEY LEARN THE TECHNOLOGY, AND LEARN HOW TO DO – USE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PRACTICAL USAGE OF THEM. SO WE HAVE GROWN AND TWO LOCATIONS, AND WE HAVE OVER 50 PARTNERS. WITH THE 50 PART NERTS, WE HAVE — PARTNERS, WE OFFER OUR AWARD WINNING PROGRAMS TO THE SCHOOL AND TRAINED TEACHERS TO TEACH OUR CURRICULUM. AND NOW WE HAVE SURPASSED $1 MILLION IN SALES. THANK YOU. SO PRETTY MUCH WE ARE READY TO GROW. AND WITH YOUR VOTE IT WILL HELP TO OPEN A THIRD LOCATION IN THE CITY OF DESTROYED. BE ABLE TO PROVIDE MORE SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS AND HELP THE YOUNG KIDS CREATE THE NEXT GREAT APP. I BELIEVE THAT IF THE KIDS SUCCEED WE ALL SUCCEEDED. THANK YOU. [ CLAPPING ] [ ♪♪ ] .>>SO ARE YOU FROM DETROIT.>>BORN AND RAISED.>>BORN AND RAISED. WHAT DO YOU DO IN DETROIT.>>WHAT DO I DO. I OPEN A POPCORN COMPANY. MAKE YOU HEARD OF IT. CYNT-SATIONAL POPCORN, THE TASTE IS RIDICULOUS.>>YES, YES.>>OH, YES.>>THAT’S WHAT IS UP.>>THE TASTE AND HEALTH BENEFITS IT AMAZING.>>IT’S GOOD. YOU CAN’T BEAT THAT. NOT AT ALL. UM PLOBLE KILL IT AT DEMO DAY, ARE YOU NERVOUS.>>I’M NERVOUS, SCARED NO, BUT NE NERVOUS.>>IT’S GOOD TO BE NERVOUS.>>MY SON GAVE NEE A PEP TALK. IT’S A GOOD THING. CAN I TASTE YOUR DRINK, LET’S SEE WHAT YOU DID.>>TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK.>>THIS IS GOOD.>>AS GOOD AS YOUR POP CORNER.>>H-UH.>>TOUGH CROWD.>>HI, I’M CYNTHIA DAVIS. THE OWNER OF THE CYNT-SATIONAL POPCORN COMPANY. LET ME TELL YOU ALL I STARTED MAKING THIS POPCORN FOR MY BOY, HUSBAND AND THREE SONS. THEIR TEACHERS WAS EATING THE MAJORITY BECAUSE IT WAS GOOD AND HAD B VITAMINS, TRACE MINERALS AND AMINO ACIDS. I WENT TO THE FARMERS MARKET. I FOUND OUT OTHERS LIKE ME WANT TO GIVE KIDS A HEALTHY SNACK AND NEEDED IT TO TASTE GREAT. I THOUGHT I WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM. IN 2015 I WALKED IN WHOLE FOODS I SAID I’M FRO THE CITY AND HAVE A PRODUCT TO CHANGE THE DYNAMIC OF YOUR STORE, AND AS OF TODAY WE HAVE THE NO.1 SNACK ITEM AND ARE THE FIFTH TOP SELLING IT IN THE ENTIRE – AND WE ARE THE FIFTH TOP SELLING ITEM IN THE ENTIRE GROCERY DEPARTMENT. THEY EVEN WANT US TO EXPAND THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST. AND LET ME TELL YOU, WE GOT HIT BY A TRAGEDY WHEN MY HUSBAND PASSED. ME AND MY BOYS CAME TAGHT AND SAID WE HAVE TO KEEP MOVING. WE DID, AND A WEEK LATER WE HAD A BLESSING WHEN Q.B.C. CALLED AND SAID WE WANTS YOU ON OUR NETWORK. SO, LOOK, WE CAN’T DO THE ORDERS UNTIL WE GET A PRCKS FACILITY, NEW EQUIPMENT AND WITH GARRETT POPCORN IN CHICAGO IS WHAT CYNT-SATIONAL IS TO DETROIT. PLEASE, HELP US GREY, THANK YOU — GROW. THANK YOU. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] .>>WE OWN A PRODUCT DESIGN COMPANY OUT ON THE EAST SIDE OF DETROIT.>>WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR COMPANY.>>WE ARE TAIT DESIGN COMPANY.>>HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THAT.>>THAT IS THE FIFTH YEAR.>>YOU BOTH HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS. WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER OR NOT.>>I DIDN’T SET OUT TO START MY OWN BUSINESS, I FELL INTO IT. I LOVE BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR, STARTING MY OWN THING, BEING PIE OWN BOSS. AUDREY WANTED TO DO THAT: I KNEW I WANTED SOMETHING CREATIVE. DO MY OWN THING. I WENT TO WELLSLY FOR ART AND COMPUTER SCIENCE, I SAW WHAT MATT WAS DOING AND THOUGHT IT LOOKED LIKE NUN. NEW WE DO IT TOGETHER.>>I HOPE YOU GUYS KILL IT AT DEMODAY. FOR SURE.>>IT ALL STARTED WITH AN AIRPLANE WHICH LITERALLY LAUNCHED OUR COMPANY INTO EXISTENCE. IN 2013 I WAS WORKING IN ADVERTISING AND GETTING TIRED OF MAKING THINGS ON THE COMPUTER. I REDESIGNED THE CLASSIC KIT, PUT IT ONLINE AND WENT VIRAL. WITH 35,000 HITS IN THE WEEKEND.>>FROM THAT PLANE WEIGH OPERATE A DESIGN COMPANY IN JEFF EVER SON. WE CREATE USEFUL BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS FOR THE HOME, WORK SPACE AND LIFE. IT HELPS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES DEVELOP ANTIALLY. PRODUCTS INCLUDE KITES,IO,IOS, AND IMPORTANTLY, OUR ENTIRE BUSINESS IS SET UP TO WEN FIT DETROIT.>>ALL THE MATERIALS IN THE PRODUCTS ARE SOURCED IN THE U.S.A. 75% OF VENDORS ARE IN DETROIT. WE HAVE AN AMAZING UNHOUSE DESIGN TEAM. AND HIGHER FROM WAYNE START AND C CS GIVING LOCAL STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE THEIR CRAFT.>>THE LOCAL DESIGN ON THE GLOBAL STAGE, WE ARE SOLD IN 250 STORES, FROM WEST ISLAND AND CB 2. THE ONLY PROBABLY IS DEMAND IS HIGH, AND MAKINGINGS IN THE US IS NOT YEZY TO DO.>>MANUFACTURING REQUIRES LARGE AMOUNTS OF CAPITAL. WE’VE BEEN BOOTSTRAPPED FROM DAY ONE.>>WITH THIS AWARD WE’LL EXPAND THE PRODUCT LINE, HIRE NEW MEMBERS AND GIVE DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF ORDERS.>>SUPPORTING US SUPPORTS JOBS IN THE COMMUNITY AND SHOWCASING DESIGN AROUND THE WORLD. THAN THANK YOU, [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ ♪♪ ]>>I’M JAMES.>>HI, AMY.>>WHAT’S UP. SO WHAT DO YOU DO? >>I OWN A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY HERE IN DETROIT CALLED BUILDING HUGGER. AND WE DO HISTORICALLY RENOVATIONS.>>HOW IS BUSINESS? >>IT’S CRAZY, WE CAN’T FIND ENOUGH PEOPLE TO HIGHER, THERE’S NOT ENOUGH TRADE PEOPLE. THERE’S A STIGMA FOR PEOPLE GOING INTO TRADES AS OPPOSED TO COLLEGE. I, AS A WOMAN WAS DISCOURAGED FROM TAKING SHOP CLASS AND ENCOURAGED TO GO INTO DRAFT ARING BECAUSE WOMEN COULD BE AN ARCHITECT BUT NOT IN CONSTRUCTION.>>MORE THAN HALF THE STUFF ARE WOMEN, AND WE ARE A DESTINATION LOCATION FOR WOMEN IN THE TRADE.>>THAT’S AMAZE OF COURSE, HERE IS YOUR DRINK. CHEERS.>>CHEERS.>>HI. MY NAME IS SWIFT RECEIVER, OWNER OF BUILDING HUGGER, LIKE A TREE HUGGER, BUT FOR BUILDING. AS A TRAINED PRESERVATIONISTS I HELPED PEOPLE BE GREAT STEWARDS OF THE AGREEMENT ENVIRONMENT FOR NEARLY 10 YEARS. PEOPLE TELL ME ALL THE TIME I WANT TO SAVE MY WINDOWS ARE I CAN’T FINAL ANYONE DO DO THE WORK. AT BUILDING HUGGER WE WORK TO ALLEVIATE SO IT’S AS EASY TO REPAIR AS REPLACE, WHEN YOU REPLACE OLD WINDOWS, YOU LOSE HISTORY AND WASTE QUALITY OLD GROWTH MATERIALS. WE HAVE BEEN GROWING YEAR OVER YEAR 40% ON WORD OF MOUTH MARKETING AND ARE ON TRACK TO GROW 600,000 IN SALES THIS YEAR. THE GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES ARE LIMITLESS. IN DETROIT THERE ARE 20,000 HOMES IN HISTORIC DISTRICTS. AND THAT IS A MULTI$100 BILLION. WE ARE BRANCHING OUT INTO NEARBY HISTORIC MARKETS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS TRULY SPECIAL ABOUT OUR SEPARATION IS THAT IN AN INDUSTRY THAT IS COMPRISE OF 97% MEN, WE ARE A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FOCUSED ON EMPOWERING WOMEN IN THE CONSTRUCTION TRADES WITH A CREW THAT IS 50-80% WOMEN ON STAFF. WHEN WE WIN DEMO DAY TODAY. WE’LL IMPLEMENT A STRATEGIC REGIONAL MARKETING STRATEGY AND MOVE INTO A NEW SHOP IN DETROIT. A FOREVER SHOP THAT WILL HAVE A SHOWROOM AND A SPACE TO HOST COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US TO RESTORE DETROIT ONE WINDOW AT A TIME.>>I HEAR THERE’S A LOT OF MONEY THAT WILL BE PUSHED OUT FOR DEMODAY.>>WE’D LIKE SOME OF IT.>>OKAY. THIS YEAR.>>PARTICIPATING IN DEMODAY BEFORE OR WHAT.>>YES, WE ARE THE DARLINGS OF DEMODAY. YOU HAVE NOT HEARD? >>OKAY, OKAY.>>WHAT ASPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE TO PUSH AND TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS.>>IT’S A COMBINATION OF THINGS, ONE GIVING BACK TO THE CITY THAT WE STARTED IN, IN JUST DESTROYED. AND OFFERING AN ELEVATED EXPERIENCE TO WHAT IS CONSIDERED A ROUTINE SORT OF TREATMENT. OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, BEAUTY CAN SEEM SUPERFICIAL. BUT IT REALLY IS A THRIVING BUSINESS. WE WANT TO REACH OUR POTENTIAL AND HAVE THE ABILITY YIBLE TO HELP OTHERS REACH THEIRS.>>I THINK THAT DESERVES A CELEBRATION STOP.>>VALUE, HEALTH, WATH AND HAPPINESS. ARE WE DOING THIS? AT NOON. [ LAUGHS ] [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHETHER YOU ARE GETTING READY FOR A NIGHT OUT. PREPARING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW OR SIMPLY MAINTAINING YOUR WEEKLY ROUTINE, YOU DESERVE TO LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST. AT THE 10 NAIL BAR, WE BELIEVE THAT IT DOESN’T TAKE A SPECIAL OCCASION TO HAVE A LUXURY EXPERIENCE.>>THE TAN IS A HAVEN FOR KEFL CARE, WE ARE NOT YOUR NORMAL NAIL SALON, WE ARE ABOUT CONVENIENCE, CUSTOMER SERVICE AND COMMUNITY. BROWSE OUR WEBSITE AND SELECT A SERVICE AND TIME TO FIT U, UPON ARRIVAL YOU’LL BE GREET BY OUR CONCIERGE WITH A CLASS OF CHAMPAGNE, RELAX, LISTEN TO DRAKE AND WATCH “WEDDING CRASHERS”, BUNS YOUR SERVICE AT M TEN NAILBAR IS OVER, THE EXPERIENCE DOESN’T END. WE FOLLOW UP WITH EVERY GUEST AND REACT.>>WE ARE ABOUT ALL THE DETROIT. EVERYONE IS A FRIEND, WE ARE PROUD OF THIS PARTNERSHIP, PROUD TO DISRUPT THIS INDUSTRY AND WE INTENTIONAL ABOUT WORKFORCE DIVERSITY. BY HAVING 92% OF OUR STAFF MADE UP OF WOMEN OF COLOUR. AND WE ARE DOING PRETTY GOOD TOO. IN 18 MONTHS WE GENERATED OVER $1 MILLION IN REVENUE, SERVICE 2500 AND MUST TURN AWAY 1,000 PER MONTH. SO, DETROIT. THE TIME FOR GROWTH IS NOW.>>RIGHT NOW, DETROIT.>>WE NEED YOU. THE VIBE AT THE TEN IS MAGICAL. IT’S AMAZING. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT OUR SUCCESS AND READY THOUGH REPLICATE. WE’LL OPEN TWO LOCATIONS AND PREPARE FOR FRANCHISING. JOIN US AS WE HELP EVERYONE FEEL LIKE A PERFECT TEN. THANK YOU. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>OKAY. GIVE IT UP FOR YOUR DETROIT DEMO DAY GROW TIMISTS. YES. OKAY, YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO FINISH UP CASTING YOUR PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTE. I’LL KICK IT TO THE JUDGES. WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>MAKING IS HARD.>>TOUGH. TOUGH CATEGORY.>>THESE ARE ALL TOUGH.>>BUT CONFIDENCE. I THINK WE TALKED ABOUT CONFIDENCE. THIS GROUP AND THE GROUP BEFORE, WITHOUT A TOWN.>>YES. AND THIS GROUP. THEY HAVE RESULTS TO SHOW PICK ONE, THEY ARE ROLLING, AND THAT’S EXCITING. SUPEREXCITING.>>PERSONALLY I’M A LITTLE JEALOUS, I FEEL I SHOULD BE PITCHING. I WOULD LOVE SOME FREE MONEY MYSELF. THEY ARE DEFINITELY FOCUSED. DETERMINES. WHICH IS WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED IN THIS WORLD. I’M HAPPY FOR ALL OF THEM.>>YES, AMAZING STUFF. SO, JUDGES, THANK YOU. I’M GOING TO BRING OUT BOBBY SMITH WITH THE DEMO DAY CREW. GIVE D UP FOR BOBBY. HE’LL HELP – YES. YES, YES, YES. BOBBY IS HERE TO HELP ANNOUNCE THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR GROW. ARE WE READY?>>ARE WE READY? >>HAVE YOU VOTED.>>SLIDE LEFT, SLIDE RIGHT. ARE WE GO.>>THE WINNER FOR THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE GROW CATEGORY IS… CYNT-SATIONAL. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>AMAZING, AMAZING. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU. EVERYONE, GIVE IT UP AGAIN. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] WHOA. DO YOU ALL FEEL THE ENERGY, I’M, LIKE, TEARING UP. OKAY. SO, WE ARE GOING TO MIX IT UP A LITTLE BIT. WE’LL TAKE A BREAK FROM THIS RHYTHM. NEXT, WE HAVE A SPECIAL SEGMENT THAT IS DEER TO MY HEART. WE ARE GETTING INTO THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR SEGMENT. GIVE IT UP FOR THE YOUTH. DETROIT, THIS IS OUR FUTURE. I GOT TO SPEND TIME WITH THEM. IF THEY ARE OUR FUTURE. WE ARE ALL GOING TO NEED SHADES, OKAY. THIS IS HOW IT WILL WORK. FOUR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WILL PITCH BUSINESS INSIDE THAT THEY HELPED DEVELOP WHILE ATTENDING AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION, YOU, THE AUDIENCE WILL DETERMINE WHO GET THE PRIZES, IN THIS CASE YOUR VOTES WILL DETERMINE ALL OF THE PRIZES IN THIS SEGMENT. WE HAVE GIVEN AWAY $50,000 OF THE 225 THIS IS THE BULK OF IT HERE. IF YOU HAVE NOT VOTED. YOU NEED TO. ALL RIGHT. FIRST PLACE WILL GET 50,000, SECOND GETS 40,000, THIRD PLACE 30,000, AND FOURTH GETS 20,000. THESE AWARDS GO TO THE ORGANIZATION TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAMME AND HELP THE STUDENTS LUNCH THEIR IDEAS. THE VIDEOS GIVE YOU A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED TONIGHT. FIRST UP, AND I NEED YOU GUYS TO GO ALL THE WAY UP FOR THE KIDS. FIRST UP IS DETROIT FOOD ACADEMY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ ♪♪ ] .>>THE DETROIT FOOD ACADEMY IS A NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME THAT ENGAGES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AROUND THE CITY OF DETROIT IN LEARNING BY BUILDING A GOOD FOOD BUSINESS. IN OUR PROGRAMME THE STUDENTS LEARN CULLIN AIRWAY ARD. LEADERSHIP SKILLS MUCH AFTER BUILDING BUSINESS ALL YEAR, STUDENTS BRING PRODUCTS TO FARMERS MARKETS ARRIVED THE CITY.>>PEOPLE WALK BY. WE GREAT THEM. WE ASK IF THEY WANT A SAMPLE.>>I GOT TO INTERACT WITH PEOPLE. MAKE CONTACTS. FIGURE OUT HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. VASTER.>>WE HOPE TO REACH MORE YOUNG PEOPLE AROUND THE CITY OF DETROIT. WE ARE LOOKING TO GROW BY INVITING COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH EXPERTISE, WISDOM, SERIOUSNESS AND STORIES TO SHARE WITH US AND YOUNG PEOPLE AND HOPING TO FIND OTHER FOLKS READY TO TAKE A STEP TO INVEST IN ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCES.>>ALL RIGHT. I’M SO EXCITED HERE TO PITCH POP SHOP FROM DETROIT FOOD ACADEMY. DIFFICULT IT UP FOR DESHAUN LINDSAY.>>NOW, FROM A YOUNG AGE I LOVED CULLIN AIRWAY ARTS AND EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT FOODS. I WAS IN THE KITCHEN WITH MY FAMILY WATCHING THEM COOK AND BOND OVER FOODS. THAT CREATED A DEEP-ROOTED PASSION IN ME THAT DIDN’T ATTACK IT UNTIL MY SOPHOMORE YEAR OF CHOOL WHEN I JOINED DETROIT FOOD ECONOMY. COMME HELPED HONE CULINARY ART SKILLS. IT LED ME TO BE THE MARKET MANAGER FOR THREE PRODUCT. DETROIT POP SHOTS SPARKED AN INTEREST, BECAUSE I LOVE TO EXPERIMENT WITH FLAVOURS AND IT GAVE ME A CHANCE TO DIVE DEEPER. IT’S POPSICLES, YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH SOP SICKLE, IF YOU GO — POPSICLES, IF YOU DO, TALK WITH ME AFTER THIS. WE PARTNERED WITH CITY FARMS AND CREATED SIGNATURE FLAVOURS. I WANT UP TO CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE THIS. IT’S A HOT, HOT SUMMER DAY AND YOU WALK INTO QUICKEN LOANS, AND YOU ARE GIVEN A PINEAPPLE POPSICLE MADE FROM FRUIT NO ONE WANTED TO SELL BECAUSE IT WAS NOT PERFECT ENOUGH. THAT IS SOLD BY ONE OF OUR DETROIT YOUTH. WITH YOUR HELP THAT CAN BE POSSIBLE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ ♪♪ ] .>>WHEN VISITORS COME TO THE SCHOOL THEY ARE SURPRISED. WE ARE UNIQUE IN THAT WAY, A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN A PUBLIC SPACE. WE ARE A SCHOOL WITHIN A COLLEGE SPACE. OUR GREATEST PARTNER IS THE COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES.>>WITH HFA THERE’S A FREEDOM OF CREATIVITY, AND INNOVATION TO TRY NEW THINGS, WE DO ENTREPRENEURSHIP ON CAREERS, WE USE VICE ALL SPACE AND ART TO SHOW HOW IT IS TIED TO THAT. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW THIS MATHS PLIES TO EVERY DAY LIFE OR THE FUTURE.>>ALL THIS IS PUT TOGETHER TO HELP TAP INTO CREATIVITY, EXPLORE PASSIONS AND PURPOSE. AND KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE IN A COLLEGE SPACE AT A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL.>>BEING IN A COLLEGE BUILDING WITH C.C. S ENSURING THE ENVIRONMENT. IT’S A BIG LEARNING EXPERIENCE. WHEN YOU COME HERE, IT CHANGES HOW YOU LOOK AT COLLEGE. YOU FEEL YOU CAN DO THIS.>>YES. OKY DETROIT HERE TO PITCH HYPER FROM THE HENRY FORD ACADEMY IN PARTNERSHIP ABOUT THE COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE COLLEGE, I NEED YOU TO DO ALL THE WAY UP FOR UMA. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] MY NAME IS UMA I’M FROM THE SCHOOL OF CREATIVE STUDIES, WE PRODUCE ONE OF BEST DESIGNERS AND PRODUCERS. WHEN I MOVED TO MICHIGAN, I WAS HERE WITH THE BAD MICHIGAN WEATHER. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. I KNOW, IT SUCKS. WHICH LEADS TO POWER OUTAGES, APPARENTLY, AND THE ONLY SOLUTION WE HAVE TO TO GO TO HOME DEPOT AND BUY EXPENSIVE GENERATORS, FOR WHICH YOU HAVE TO WAIT IN LONG LINE, AND ANYWHERE YOU BUY IT YOU KEEP IT IN YOUR BASEMENT FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. MY SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IS HYPER. A HYBRID HOME POWER SYSTEM RUNNING ON SOLAR AND WIND POWER. THE POWER IS CONVERTED IN A BATTERY TO BE USED WHEN EVER. MY FUTURE VISION IS TO MAKE THIS PRODUCT AFFORDABLE FOR EVERYONE IN DETROIT AND PRODUCE IT ON A SMALL SCALE. THE IMPACT OF THIS PRODUCT IS GOING TO BE THAT – SORRY, MY BAD. THE IMPACT OF THIS PRODUCT IS GOING TO BE – WILL PUT DOWN YOUR ENERGY COSTS. SAVE A LOT OF ENERGY AND BE A BACK UP. THANK YOU, DETROIT. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. [ ♪♪ ] I’M BRIAN MCKENNEY.>>RICHARD.>>PHILLIPS. WE STARTED JOURNEY BECAUSE WE WANTED TO, ONE, PROVIDE EXPOSURE FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED AREAS AND UNDERPRIVILEGED GROUPS. AND WANTED TO GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO CHANGE THEIR COMMUNITIES.>>I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR MY DAUGHTERS TO BE EXPOSED TO SOMETHING, AND THEY MAY GO ON TO BE COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS, IT WOULD BE A TOOL THEY COULD HAVE IN A TOOL BAG, IN THE FIELD OF CODEINE, THERE’S NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW OR SEE. IF MY KIDS WERE EXPOSED TO IT, THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND GROW AND BUILD.>>WHATEVER YOUR PASSION IS, A BACKGROUND IN TECHNOLOGY, A SKILL SET OF WEB DEVELOPMENT CAN ENHANCE THAT.>>I FEEL IT’S SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE BRUISED TO.>>I DIDN’T KNOW THAT I WOULD BE INTRODUCED TO SOMETHING THAT I WOULD TURN OUT TO LAV.>>ALL RIGHT.>>SO NEXT UP, SHE – I SAID SHE – YES, IS A RIDING JUNIOR FROM JOURNEY, AND SHE IS HERE TO HITCH MADLY DEDICATED. PLEASE GIVE IT UP MORE MS DAVIS. YEAH. [ ♪♪ ] HI, MY NAME IS MIA DAIFRS I’M A STUDENT ATHLETE AND A TRACK STAR FOR THE TRACK TEAM. I’M ALSO A STUDENT DEVELOPER WITH JOURNEY. I FIRST WAS INTERESTED IN CODING WHEN I HACKED INTO CLASH AND CLANS AS AN 11-YEAR-OLD BECAUSE I WAS DESPERATE FOR COINS, SINCE JOINING JOURNEY I HAD TWO PAID INTERNSHIPS WHERE I LEARNT SKILLS LIKE APP DEVELOPMENT AND GOT TO WORK ON CLIENTS’ WEBSITES. WITH THE SKILL I LEARNED. I HAVE AN INTERNSHIP WITH MERCEDES FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND I HAVE – I CREATED MY BUSINESS FROM THE THINGS I LEARNT. MY PARENTS CAN ATTEST THAT. TRACK IS AN EXTENTIVE SPORT. IF YOU HAVE A KID YOU PLAY A LOT. MY COMPANY’S GOAL IS TO CREATE – SELL USED GEAR AND EQUIPMENT FOR PEOPLE SO THEY CAN ENJOY PLAYING ON THE SPORTS TEAM, BUT NOT WORRY ABOUT THE HIGH COST OF BEING ON THE TEAM. IF I WIN. I WILL START AN ONLINE PLATFORM FOR MY BUSINESS, AND MORE KIDS CAN LEARN ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO CREATE THEIR OWN BUSINESS. THANK YOU. [ CLAPPING ] [ ♪♪ ] .>>MERRITT IS A BRANDS WE STARTED IN 2012. AND THE IDEA IS TO USES FASHION TO IMPACT YOUTH AND EDUCATION. WITH THE PROGRAMME, FATE, WE ARE WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE TO HELP THEM DO THREE THINGS. WE WANT TO HELP THEM ASPIRE, FIND THINGS THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT. HELP THEM BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AND CONTRIBUTE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. MEETING DAVID IN COLLEGE WAS GREAT, BECAUSE WE HAD THIS SHARED PASSION FOR YOUTH. WE STARTED WITH 22 NINTH GRADERS. EACH YEAR THEY WORK TOWARDS THE PROJECTS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH SIGN THINKING. PROBLEM SOLVING, BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE IDEA IS TO STICK WITH THEM THROUGH THEIR CENTER YEAR. WE SAY A PLEDGE AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF EVERY WORKSHOP. I’M AN EDUCATED WORLD CLASS CITIZENS, I’M A WORLD CHANGER. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] ALL RIGHT. LAST BUT NOT LEAST. WE HAVE A RISING JUNIOR FROM MERRITT FATE. THIS GUY IS AMAZING. HE IS HERE TO PITCH THE PARK. PLACE GIVE IT UP FOR MCKAY ALEXANDER.>>ALL RIGHT. LET ME JUST SAY IT IS SO EXCITING TO BE DOWNTOWN WITH ALL OF YOU AMAZING PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT. WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THAT’S CHANGED A LOT. LIKE, A WHOLE LOT. NOW, LET ME TALK ABOUT MYSELF. I’M A LOVER OF CHEMISTRY. I FIND THAT DOWNTOWN DETROIT IS A GIANT CHEMICAL PLAYGROUND. INSTEAD OF ATOMS, IT’S PEOPLE. WE CAN ALL COME TOGETHER AND CREATE BONDS AND CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. BUT THAT IS STILL A CONTAINED EXPERIMENT. ONLY DOWNTOWN DETROIT HAS CHANGED. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD HAS PLATEAUED. I’M HERE IT RELATE A PROJECT I’VE BEEN WORKING ON. TOGETHER I GIVE MERIT AND FATE. THIS PROGRAMME HELPS CHALLENGE VIEWERS LIKE MYSELF TO CREATE THE FUTURE AND WE ARE DOING THAT RIGHT NOW IN OUR OWN NEIGHBOURHOOD. IT’S OFF OF GRAND RIVER. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD THAT SOME MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN. WE AS A COMMUNITY ARE MAKING A NAME FOR THAT NEIGHBOURHOOD. WE AS CHIP COME TOGETHER TO CREE — AS CHILDREN COME TOGETHER TO CREATE A PARK. IT WILL HAVE A BASKETBALL COURT. SHOPPING FIELD. SHIPPING CONTAINER, ART DISPLAYS AND MORE. COME TOGETHER AND HELP US PUT OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD ON THE MAP. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>IT’S AMAZING, SO GOOD. DURING THE REHEARSAL I ASKED ALL THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURIAL’S WHAT THE SQUAD NAME WILL BE. I WAS TRYING TO BE THE FIFTH MEMBER. THEY SAID DETROIT CHANGED ALTOGETHER. IT WAS AMAZING. JUDGES, I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. JUST A REMINDER. HURRY UP AND DO IT. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FEED BACK ON THIS YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR’S CATEGORY.>>I’M INSPIED. I’LL — I’M INSPIRED. EXCITED FOR THEM. ENCOURAGED BY YOUTH. I SEEN THEM TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ACTION THAT THEY ARE GETTING, IT’S ENCOURAGING THEM TO DO MORE.>>I AGREE, THE WORD IS INSPIRED. FIRST OF ALL, THIS IS OUR FUTURE, YOU ALL. JUST ON THE STAGE. YOU GET THAT. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO. THEY ARE AMAZING. THE FACT THAT THEY CAME UP WITH IDEAS, EITHER OUT OF A NEED OR A NEED THERE IN THEIR COMMUNITY, IT’S THE CLOSEST THICK TO YOU. RIGHT. AND THAT IS AMAZING THAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT THAT AT THIS AGE, AND THINK ABOUT HOW THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD, IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY.>>ANYTHING ELSE? >>I’M NOT FROM HERE. I’VE BEEN HERE A LOT. I THINK ABOUT DETROIT AS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE THE CITY OF THE FUTURE. I THINK WHAT WE SAW WAS AN EXAMPLE OF THE FUTURE IT CAN BE. PORT OF THAT IS OWNERSHIP MUCH EACH MUCH THEM TOOK OWNERSHIP OVER THEIR BLOCK, NEIGHBOURHOOD AND LIFE. THAT IS ENTIRING.>>AND HOW CONSCIOUS THEY ARE.>>IT’S DETROIT. FOR ANY COMMUNITY LEADERS, FOR ANY EDUCATION PRACTITIONERS IN THIS ROOM. ANYONE THAT RUNS A NONPROFIT AND SERVES YOUR COMMUNITY, WE THANK YOU. THESE KIDS COULD NOT BE HERE WITHOUT YOU. BEING AN EDUCATOR IS THE SECOND HARDEST JOB NEXT TO PARENTS. SO, DETROIT PLEASE HELP ME WELCOME A FRIEND OF MINE FROM STOCKX, KEVIN IRWIN II TO HELP WITH OUR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS AWARD. GIVE IT UP.>>LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE.>>RIGHT.>>THERE IS OVER 15,000 PEOPLE IN THIS AUDITORIUM. DID YOU WITNESS WHAT TOOK PLACE ON THIS STAGE. DETROIT, MAKE SOME NOISE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] ALL RIGHT. MY NAME IS KEVIN IRWIN THE SECOND, I’M THE CULTURAL AMBASSADOR OF STOCKX. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE HEARD OF STOCKX. FOR THOSE UNAWARE OF WHAT STOCKX IS, WE ARE THE WORLD’S FIRST, THE WORLD’S LARGEST ONLINE STOCK MARKET OF THINGS, INCLUDING SNEAKERS, STREET WEAR, WATCHES AND HANDBAGS. WE USE THE EXACT SAME MECHANICS, THE SAME IDEAS AND PHILOSOPHIES OF THE STOCK MARKET. AND WE PAIR BUYERS WITH SELLERS. VIA A LIVE BID ASK MASK PLACE. RIGHT. ALL RIGHT. AM I RIGHT? BUT ENOUGH ABOUT STOCKX. IT’S TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS, ARE YOU READY? >>YES. THE $20,000 WINNER IN OUR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CATEGORY IS NONE OTHER THAN… [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] COME ON DOWN HERE. CONGRATULATIONS.>>ANTICIPATION IS MOUNTING. THE ANTICIPATION IS MOUNTING.>>YES.>>MERRITT. HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW? >>OH, MY GOSH. I FEEL SO AMAZING. THIS IS ODD. NOW I CAN BUILD THIS. I CAN PUT IT TOGETHER AND WE CAN GO TOGETHER THAT IS NOT ALL THE WAY OUT THERE AND HAVE SOME FUN.>>ONE MORE TIME FOR MERRITT. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>LET’S GET READY. TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE $30,000 WINNER. AND THE WINNER IS JOURNEY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] COME ON DOWN. MIA. HOW DO YOU FEEL? >>AMAZING.>>HOW AMAZING? >>LIKE A LOT.>>LET’S GIVE IT UP FOR MIA ONE MORE TIME.>>LET’S MOVE UP. REALLY QUICKLY, HOW HAS THIS PROCESS BEEN FOR YOU?>>I WAS NERVOUS. IT WAS GREAT. I LIKE IT. I’M READY TO LAUNCH MY BUSINESS.>>WE LIKE IT, WE LOVE IT AND WE LOVE YOU.>>THERE IT IS.>>NOW IT’S ALMOST TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE 40,000 WINNER. ARE YOU READY.>>ARE WE READY? >>I DON’T THINK – I DON’T THINK THEY ARE READY. WE ARE GOING TO WAIT.>>ARE YOU READY.>>DETROIT. OH,000. — 40,000.>>ARE YOU GOOD? >>OKAY.>>OUR 40,000 WINNER. HENRY FORD ACADEMY AND COLLEGE OF CREATIVE STUDIES. OKAY. MOVING ON. MOVING ON DOWN.>>HOW DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW? >>AMAZING, YOU KNOW.>>JOURNEY HAS BEEN GREAT. ESPECIALLY TALKING TO MY FRIENDS. THEY HELP ME THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. THANK YOU EVERYONE.>>THAT’S IT.>>AND THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME. TO ANNOUNCE OUR $50,000 WINNER. I NEED ALL THE NOISE IN THIS AUDITORIUM TO BE INSTEAD FOR DETROIT FOODACADEMY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MORE NOISE, MORE NOISE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>CAN WE GET A PHOTO. MOV IN TOGETHER. ALL RIGHT, YOU ALL. JAMIE, ARE YOU IN THERE. EVERYONE LOOK OUT THERE. BEFORE WE LEAVE. THERE IS ONE MORE SURPRISE. AND MY BEST D.J. IMPERSONATION, ANOTHER ONE. NOT ONLY ARE YOU WALKING AWAY WITH THIS MONEY AND THESE AWARDS. ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE AT STOCKX, WE’D LIKE TO AWARD YOU WITH $250 TO BE USED ON THE STRIKE WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE ANYTHING YOU WANT. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] HOLD IT UP. GOOD. ONE MORE TIME. GIVE IT UP, GIVE IT UP.>>OH, MAN, THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. I WOULD LIKE A PRADA BAG. CAN WE GIV IT UP ONE MORE TIME FOR OUR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS. THANK YOU TO KEVIN SO MUCH. OKAY. DETROIT. WE ARE ABOUT TO GET INTO THE FINAL THREE PITCHES OF THE NIGHT. I SAID THREE. ALL THE OTHER CATEGORIES WERE SIX. THIS IS THREE. THIS IS TIME FOR THE SKILL CATEGORY. THESE BUSINESSES ARE WELL-ESTABLISHED AND THEY ARE READY TO TAKE THEIR PRODUCT TO THE NATIONAL MARKET. THESE THREE ENTREPRENEURS WILL COMPETE FOR ONE GRAND PRIZE OF $300,000. OH. FOR OUR PEOPLE’S CHOICE, WE HAVE GIVEN AWAY 200 OF OUR 225,000. HOW MUCH DO YOU HAVE LEFT IN YOUR HAND. 25,000.>>OKAY, GREAT, GREY.>>HERE WE GO. LET’S GET INTO THE SCALE CATEGORY PITCHES [ ♪♪ ]>>HEY, WHAT’S YOUR NAME.>>I’M JULIA.>>WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD THE RIGHT PERSON. WHAT IS HAPPENING AT DETROIT MUSIC HALL.>>I’M HEADING OVER TO DO O TRY RUN FOR DETROIT DEMO DAY. MY COMPANY IS PITCHING FOR THE SCALE SECTION. THE ORGANIZATION IS REBEL NELL. WE ARE BASED IN DETROIT AND A JEWELLERY COUNTRY THAT PROVIDE TRANSITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN TRANSITIONING OUT OF SHELTERS IN THE CITY.>>WHAT PUSHES YOU TO DO THIS? >>A LOT OF WHIM I WORK WITH ON A DAILY BASIS ARE FACED WITH SO MUCH MORE THAN ME.>>IF WE HIT SOMEONE OR SOMETHING TODAY, I’M GOING TO HAVE TO GET OUT OF THERE. I’M NOT SURE IF THEY’LL GIVE MY LICENCE BACK A SECOND TIME AROUND. SO JUST BE HEADS UP ON THAT. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] .>>ISM HOY, I’M JULIA RHODES, THE CO-OWNER OF REBEL NELL. A DETROIT COMPANY WHERE YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY OF PERFORMING A ONE OF A KIND MAKING AN IMPACT. ON AN AVERAGE NIGHT HOMELESS MOTHERS ARE FACED WITH SEARCHING FOR SHELTERS FOR THE CHILDREN. THEY STRUGGLE TO FIND OPPORTUNITIES AND EMPLOYERS THAT HAVE THE PASSION AND UNDERSTANDING TO HELP OVERCOME THE BARRIERS. AT REBEL NELL, WE HAVE THE PASSION, WE PARTNER WITH LOCAL SHELTERS TO EMPLOY WOMEN, IN RETURN WOMEN HAVE LIVEABLE WAGES AND ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND LEGAL SANS. EMBOLDENING THEM TO PURSUE CAREERS AND PASSION THAT THEY ARE WORTHY OF. NOW THE JEWELLERY IS SOLD ALL OVER THE WORLD. GAINING ATTENTION FROM THE HARRY CONNICK JUNIOR SHOW TO THE SMITHSONIAN. AND HELPING 17 FAMILIES MAKE TRANSITION INTO PERMANENT HOUSING. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>BUT IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE IMPACT TO 10 FAMILIES WITH 1.2 MILLION, WE NEED TO INVEST IN TWO AREAS. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT. SO WE CAN INCREASE OUR RETURNING CUSTOMER BASE, AND GROW OUR SALES THAT WAY. AND DIGITAL ADVERTISINGS. WHERE WE SEE A 4:1 RETURN. AND IT HAS THE POWER TO REACH FURTHER. IT WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO WOMEN IN DETROIT. BUT THEIR BAD ARSE FAMILIES. THANK YOU.>>WHAT’S YOUR NAME? >>BRANDON.>>I HAVE WATERS IN THE BACK, AND I’VE GOT MINTS IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOME AS WELL.>>I’M GOOD NOW. WHAT BUSINESS DO YOU HAVE.>>IT’S MICHIGAN FARM TO FREEZER, WE DO VEGETABLES.>>WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO DO THE WORK. MICHIGAN IS SECOND TO CALIFORNIA IN DIVERSITY. MICHIGAN IS AN AGRICULTURAL POWERHOUSE. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE TO HAVE A WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL LOCAL RESOURCE. I DON’T BELIEVE IT’S A LUXURY FOR PEOPLE TO ENJOY IT. NO ONE IS DOING WHAT WE DO IN THE STATE. I TELL OUR TEAM IT’S BECAUSE WE ARE SMART OR DUMB. AND WE’LL KNOW IN FIVE YEARS.>>THAT’S RIGHT, THAT’S RIGHT.>>IT ALL STARTED WITH PAUL, A 14-YEAR-OLD WHO CAME TO MY LUNCH LINE HAVING NEVER EATEN A BLUEBERRY BEFORE. IMAGINE THAT, I COULDN’T EXPLAIN WHAT A BLUEBERRY TASTES LIKE, TASTES LIKE A BLUEBERRY. WATCH THE CHILD OF POVERTY EXPERIENCE THE INCREDIBLE FLAVOR. MICHIGAN GROWS MORE BLUE BURIES THAN ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTY. I STARTED BUYING AND FREEZING THEM AT SCHOOL. PRODUCING A WINNER. OTHERS JUMPED ON BOARD. NOW, FARM TO FREEZER, SIX YEARS LATER. APPROACHING A MILLION DOLLARS, SERVING FRUIT AND VEGETABLES AT OVER 100 SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS AND 250 RETAIL LOCATIONS ACROSS THE STATE. WE ARE GROWING INTO A NEW HOME IN DETROIT. WE ARE READY TO SCALE BIG. THE GIANT FREEZER IS CAPABLE OF HOLDING 2 MILLION POUNDS. HEALTHY FRAUD AND VEGETABLES. 10 TIMES WHAT WE DO TODAY. BY WINNING DEMO DAY, WE CAN FILL THE FREEZER AND FEED COUNTLESS MORE CHILDREN ACROSS THE MIDWEST. 75% OF THE FOLKS EMPLOYED ARE DETROITERS COMING HOME FROM PRISON OR EXPERIENCING OTHER TRANSFORMATION IN LIFE. HEALTHY LOCAL FOOD ALL YEAR ROUND IS A RIGHT THAT UNI-ITS US ALL. WITH YOU WE’LL LEAD ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. ENSURING NO ONE IS RAISED IN THIS COUNTRY NOT KNOWING WHAT A BERRY TASTES LIKE. THANK YOU [ ♪♪ ]>>I AM AT QUICKEN LOANS DEMO DAY, I’M PITCHING MY BUSINESS.>>WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS.>>I’M OWNER OF HOUSE OF PURE VIN.>>WHAT IS HOUSE OF PURE VIN.>>I’M A DESIGNATED RETAIL SCORE. I’VE BEEN AN ENTREPRENEUR ALL MY LIFE. I KNEW I WANTED TO BE IN BUSINESS.>>WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR PERSONAL LEGACY TO BE? >>THAT I BELIEVE WHEN NO ONE ELSE DID. I DON’T HAVE A DRIVER’S LICENCE, BUT I NEED YOU TO GIVE ME FIVE STARS, WE HAVE TO KEEP THAT BETWEEN US. I’M GOING TO TELL YOU THIS. IF THEY ASK ME HOW THE CUSTOMER SERVICE WAS AND EXPERIENCE, YOU GOT FIVE STARS.>>ALL RIGHT. IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE ARRIVED HERE AT THE MUSIC HALL REGINA. I ENJOY HEARING YOUR STORY. BEST OF LUCK AT DETROIT DEMO DAY, GO KNOCK THEM DEAD. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I AM REGINA GAINES, I’M A SINGLE MOM. I HAVE 20 YEARS WORK EXPERIENCE WITH LUXURY GOODS – WINE AND SPIRITS INDUSTRY. I HAVE… ..ANYWAY, I CAN KEEP GOING. I HAVE 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN IT. OUR PREVIOUS BUSINESS WAS A TEQUILA COMPANY. IT WAS MY DREAM AND I FAILED AND LOST EVERYTHING. IT WAS MY DEFINING MOMENT. AND I WAS FORCED TO MOVE BACK HOME. BUT I DECIDED TO GET BACK UP AND START PARTICIPATING, IN WHAT IS GOING ON IN DETROIT. SO, HERE I AM. I KNOW WINE. MICHIGAN HAS 177 VENDORS. WE STARTED THE HOUSE OF PURE VIN. WHICH IS A SIGNATURE RETAILER WHERYOU LEARN AND EXPERIENCE WINE. AND WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE HAVE CULTIVATED EXPERIENCE. NOT ONLY DID WE DO 1.3 MILLION IN SALES, WE HAVE ACHIEVED A LOT OF AWARDS. WE HAVE DONE THREE – GOD, I’M SORRY, WE HAVE DONE 200,000 IN MICHIGAN WINE SALES, WE KEEP GOING AND GOING. OKAY, IT WENT TO THE SIDE. SO THE PURPOSE WHY WE ARE HERE, WE ARE THE FIRST WINE KEY ASK. WE ARE TEAMING UP WITH SIMON PROPERTIES. WE WILL BE IN THE MALL. AND THIS WILL BE THE FIRST ONE. WE HAVE SCALE TO GO TO GALLERIA IN HOUSTON TEXAS AND SAVANNAH. WHAT I WAS SAYING IS THAT BUSINESSES START IN DETLOIT. IF YOU VOTE FOR US, WE’LL BE HERE FOREVER. THANK YOU. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] ALL RIGHT. GIVE IT UP, GIVE IT UP. GIVE IT UP. SCORE SCALE CATEGORY. BY NOW WE SHOULD KNOW HOW THIS GEESE. YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS TO FINISH UP VOTING FOR THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE CATEGORY. SO, I’M GOING TO KICK IT OVER TO YOUR JUDGES ONE LAST TIME FOR SOME FEEDBACK ON SCALE. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU ALL KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT. I MEAN, THIS IS – FIRST OF ALL, I APPLAUD ALL THREE OF THEM FOR GETTING UP HERE. THIS IS THE MOMENT OF TRUTH WHEN YOU REALLY ARE TAKING THAT NEXT STEP. SO THERE ARE STEPS IN BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR, THIS IS LIKE THE BIG STEP. AND I’M JUST – I’M THRILLED FOR THEM THAT THEY ARE AT THAT POSITION. IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER WHAT GOT THEM HERE, WILL NOT GET THEM TO THE NEXT POINT. THERE’S MORE TO BE DONE OR THINK ABOUT AND MORE MONEY TO DO THAT. THAT’S THE REALITY.>>WELL, I’M NERVOUS FOR THEM. I MEAN, THIS IS – THIS IS A HUGE STEP. WE START TALKING ABOUT SCALING A BUSINESS. IT’S A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY, THEY HAVE IT ALL MAPPED OUT. CONFIDENCE IS KEY. A GREAT PRODUCT ALSO HELPS. YOU KNOW, I’M EXCITED FOR THEM. YET I’M NERVOUS, I’M IN THE MIDST OF DOING THE SAME THING.>>RIGHT, RIGHT, RIGHT.>>DITTO, ALL OF US.>>I THINK RELATIONSHIPS. EACH OF THEM TALKED ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIPS IN THE EARLY STAPLES, AND BECOMING A CATAPULT. YOU WERE ASKING ABOUT SCALE. IT’S GRID CALL. NERVOUS FOR ALL OF THEM. 100%: SEEMS LIKE THEY HAVE SOME OF THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE TOGETHER.>>ALL RIGHT. MOMENT OF TRUTH. CAN WE GIVE IT UP FOR JAMES: ALL RIGHT. JAMES. JAMES.>>WHAT UP, DETROIT. ARE YOU HAVING FUN? >>JAMES CHAPMAN.>>YES, YOU ALL WANT SOMETHING FROM ME. PEOPLE’S CHOICE, RIGHT. ALL RIGHT. THAT SOUNDS LIKE MY HOME FROM COLLEGE. I ASK SO MANY PEOPLE…>>ETCH, EVERYWHERE. LISTEN, THE SCALE PEEP’S CHOICE WINNER OF 25,000 IS… MICHIGAN FARM TO FREEZER. GIVE IT UP. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ ♪♪ ] CONGRATULATIONS. GIVE IT UP. GIVE IT UP. GIVE IT UP. ALL RIGHT. SO YOU GUYS MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT OUR JUDGES HAVE DISAPPEARED. THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE ABOUT TO COME BACK OUT. TO HELP ME ANNOUNCE OUR WINNER, CAN I HAVE RON BARTEL BACK TO THE STAGE. RON, WHERE ARE YOU AT. HEY, HEY, HEY. GIVE IT UP FOR RON. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] WE ARE ABOUT TO ANNOUNCE THE FINAL START-WINNER, IS THAT CORRECT, FOLKS. YES. WE GOOD.>>THERE HE IS. COME ON JAMES CHAPMAN. YOU KNEW IT WAS THIS DUDE HOLDING IT UP BACK THERE. YOU MOFFATT YOUR OWN PACE, DON’T YOU. RON, YOU ARE ALL MIKED UP. THERE YOU GO. OH NO. OKAY. OKAY.>>ALL RIGHT.>>SO JUST A REMINDER, IF YOU WIN, PLEASE STAY ON STAGE. ALL RIGHT. SO, RON.>>OKAY.>>YOU GOT THIS. SO FOR OUR START CATEGORY, THE 50,000 WINNER IS PLUM HEALTH.>>YES. [ ♪♪ ] .>>GREAT. STAY ON STAGE, STAY ON STAGE. ALL RIGHT. YOU CAN COME ON.>>COME ON PLUM HEALTH. WE GOT YOU. OKAY. STILL IN THE START CATEGORY FOR THE $75,000 WINNER. THANK YOU. IS – $75,000 IS BLOOMSCAPE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>CONGRATULATIONS. [ ♪♪ ] CAN WE MOVE OVER AND UP. THERE WE GO. AND TILL ON THE START CATEGORY, OUR FINAL WINNER FOR $100,000 LUSH YUMMIES PIE COMPANY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>LOOKING GOOD. ALL RIGHT EVERYONE, GIVE IT UP. FOR OUR WINNERS. ALL RIGHT. AMAZING, AMAZING. THANK YOU, GUYS. THANK YOU RON.>>WHOA. ALL RIGHT. SO, NEXT UPPER GOING TO BRING ANNE BACK OUT. GIVE IT UP FOR ANNE. I BELIEVE WE HAVE GOT MORE TROPHIES AND MORE MATERIAL. YES, CONTENT. THERE WE GO. FIRST UP FOR THE GROW CATEGORY, ANE.>>ARE YOU READY. CYNT-SATIONAL. $150,000. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] EVERYONE TAKE A STEP UP. BRING IT IN. TOP 10.>>AND BY THE WAY, SHE WON 100,000.>>YES, YES. READY. THE. UP FOR THE GROW CATEGORY.>>200,000. HERE WE GO. TAIT DESIGN. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>CAN YOU ALL STAY ON THE STAGE AND WE’LL HAVE YOU STAND OVER HERE. WE GOOD. EVERYONE’S GOOD. ALL RIGHT?>>$250,000 TO… TENNESSEE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] .>>EVERYONE GOOD. GIVE IT UP. GIVE IT UP. AMAZING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU. CRAZY UP HERE, YES, YES, YES. CHARLES ADLER, WHERE YOU ADD. ARE WE READY FOR OUR SKILL.>>I THINK SO.>>YOU THINK SO.>>CAN I SAY A QUICK THING, YOU GUYS ARE LIKE AN AWESOME AUDIENCE. FOR THE – NO LOOKING, SCALE CATEGORY, $300,000 WINNER. IS – ARE YOU READY.>>BORN READY, BABY.>>SO IS MICHIGAN FARM TO FREEZER. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] SO JAMES CHAPMAN – EVERYONE ELSE I’LL SEND AWAY. I LOVE IT. MAN.>>MAN, THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY.>>THIS IS YOUR LIFE. YOU ARE DOING THIS FOR A LIVING.>>THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY. I NEED A BIT OF THAT. ARE THEY HERE. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. SO MUCH. GIVE IT UP FOR YOURSELF. YOU GUYS CHEERING THEM ON. YOU DIPLOMAT KNOW HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO THEM. THEY’VE BEEN PITCH PRACTICING LIKE CHRISTMAS CRAY, GETTING DISCOURAGED. I COME ON THE STAGE AND PRESENT TO YOU GUYS AND GIVE IT THEIR BEST. THANK YOU AGAIN TORE SUPPORTING THEM FOR REAL. I SEE THE LIGHTS ARE GOING DOWN. THINGS ARE ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT’S AN L.>>T OURS, ATION.>>I HAVE TO GIVE A SHUT OUT.>>I PROVED THAT. FOR EVERYONE THAT ATTENDED DETROIT START UP. AND THIS IS THE AFTERPARTY CLOSE OUT. WE GIVE IT UP FOR YOU GUYS. IT’S BEEN AN AMAZING WEEK. SHOUT OUT TO EVERYONE THAT WAS A CONTRIBUTOR, WHETHER YOU BEEN AT THE WORKSHOP. TALK OR WHATEVER. THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT AS WELL.>>ALL RIGHT. SO. HOLD ON.>>THEY CAN’T READY. THEY TELLING ME TO STALL BECAUSE THEY ANTI-READY.>>THEY CAN’T READY.>>SO WHAT WE DOING TO TALK ABOUT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY. I’LL TURN OUT FOR MY BIRTHDAY. THAT’S IN THE HOUSE. WE’LL HAVE A LITTLE SITUATION, A LITTLE LATER SON. I CAN’T TALK ABOUT TOO MUCH ABOUT WHAT I’M GOING TO DO TONIGHT. YOU READY.>>OKAY, OKAY, OKAY.>>SO IT IS OUR HONOUR TO INTRODUCE OUR MUSICAL GET TONIGHT.

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