What is Grow Detroit?


“If Detroit is on the brink of a revival, it’s technology that is proving to be the leading driver of job creation and economic growth.”

Inspired to turn Detroit into a vibrant startup community like Boston, Boulder, and NYC, Grow Detroit is a community of ambitious young entrepreneurs and professionals in Southeast Michigan (Greater Detroit + Ann Arbor regions). Grow hosts events and promotes news with the goal of helping startups grow and thrive in Southeast Michigan.

Started by a group of local Entrepreneurs, the group also publishes the “Detroit Startup List”, the leading directory of Detroit Startups, Michigan Incubators, Groups & Meetups, and Michigan Venture Firms.

With press mentions in The Daily Beast, Dbusiness, Forbes, The Huffington Post, StartupDigest, TechCrunch, Techonomy, TheNextWeb, and XConomy, Grow Detroit has become one of the leading resources for young entrepreneurs to connect in Michigan.

Press Mentions


Support programs abound for small businesses in Detroit


The line between hype and pessimism: 24 hours in Detroit with Steve Case


Strategies for turbocharging Detroit’s Techonomy. Panel with Grow Detroit cofounder, and Jack Dorsey – CEO of Twitter.


Bloomberg TV: Reviving Detroit Through Technology
Grow Detroit CoFounder discusses ideas to revive Detroit as a startup city with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”


The Leaders Who Made 2013 in Detroit a Year to Remember. Detroit is a city in transition. Equally teetering on the precipice of financial ruin and entrepreneurial greatness, it’s a movement, a battle cry, an anthem.


TV4 Sweden: Future Hope For Detroit. Now, the positive signals from Detroit, even though it suffered the biggest city bankruptcy in U.S. history.


AmEx OpenForum: Can Startups Save Detroit? Organizations such as Grow Detroit, which launched in 2011, puts on monthly events for local entrepreneurs, attracting big names like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Tim Draper.


Xconomy: Steve Blank on Detroit’s Renaissance and Why Startups Aren’t Cool. Xconomist and startup guru Steve Blank swept into Detroit last night for a sold-out, wide-ranging discussion at the Madison Building. Kudos to [Grow Detroit] for packing the auditorium with over 100 people on less than 24 hours notice of Blank’s appearance.


Techonomy: Will Tech Save the First Western Post-Industrial City?

“If Detroit is on the brink of a revival, it’s technology that is proving to be the leading driver of job creation and economic growth,” writes Alex Southern for Grow Detroit. Techonomy founder David Kirkpatrick and Southern are joined by Detroit Billionaire tech investor Dan Gilbert and Steve Case in their optimism for the future of the region that Southern says “has become the first Western post-industrial city.”


Startup Digest April 2013. Grow Detroit is back with ViSalus CEO Ryan Blair at the Troy [Michigan] ViSalus HQ as an absolutely phenomenal speaker who was a former gang-member and is now a technology mogul, whose company produced over $600 Million in sales last year.


The Daily Beast: Our Geolocation Future


The Huffington Post: The Detroit of Tomorrow


Meet the People Rebuilding Detroit. That’s at the core of the Grow Detroit movement, an initiative to reinvigorate the startup and tech community in Detroit. The team wants to bring both locals and outside entrepreneurs to the area, its focus is to show companies the potential that the Greater Detroit and Ann Arbor metro have to offer.