DETROIT HOMECOMING VI
SEPT 18-20, 2019
DETROIT-MADE INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Homecoming V allowed for its Detroit-made expat attendees to engage with the companies and entrepreneurs which are being building great products for the future in the city. New and exciting tech companies such as StockX, Duo Security and May Mobility demonstrated to expats and locals alike that Detroit is still a hub for innovation. Since 2014, over 600 Detroit expats have made the invite-only trip back to their hometown for the Detroit Homecoming experience. Since its inception, over $300 million of direct investment has been generated through the event in Detroit as well as an additional $500 million of indirect investment.
I get to be with lots of interesting tech industry people in the course of my business travels, but the group that attended Detroit Homecoming simply blew me away. Why? For their diverse accomplishments across so many sectors, their genuine friendliness and the immediate connection we all felt. I rarely go to the same event twice but I hope I am lucky enough to be invited again next year.
They tugged at my heartstrings. They demonstrated the turnaround was real. They made it clear my help and participation would be appreciated. And they appealed to my greed by showing me there was indeed opportunity in Detroit. So I'll likely open an office, hire people, and do my part for the city that will always be dear to me.
I had a great experience attending the Detroit Homecoming. During several sessions, I became emotional because I know the potential of this great city. Prior to the event, I was wondering if I should get involved. Now I know I will get involved and provide transformational leadership in my areas of expertise. I am committed to the rebirth of Detroit.
The was one of the best experiences of my life. I found the Detroit Homecoming to be inspiring and invigorating: the speakers were great, the venues were on point, and it was a wonderful experience being able to network and connect with other successful, like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs united behind a vision for supporting and growing Detroit.