POSTPONED-Technological Support for Entrepreneurship among Marginalized Communities

Center on Finance Law and Policy. Image is of University of Michigan yellow block M and the letters CFLP in all caps.

Center on Finance Law and Policy. Image is of University of Michigan yellow block M and the letters CFLP in all caps.

Online technologies are increasingly hailed as enablers of entrepreneurship and income generation. 

Recent evidence suggests, however, that even the best such tools disproportionately favor those with pre-existing entrepreneurial advantages and little is known about such technologies impact the day-to-day work of entrepreneurs in resource-constrained contexts. We present two studies. In one study, we use participatory action research to investigate why this might be, in an intimate, close-up context.  We found from this investigation that in addition to technical requirements, a range of non-technological efforts is needed to manage projects, build self-efficacy, and otherwise support community participants. Our findings offer a counterpoint to overgeneralized claims about well-designed technologies being able to address certain classes of social challenges. For our second study, we performed a qualitative study involving interviews with 26 micro-entrepreneurs and observations of entrepreneurship events. We found that micro-entrepreneurs in Detroit are often pushed into entrepreneurship in response to unexpected life disruptions, barriers to employment, and desire to benefit the community. Their resource-constrained contexts shape how they use social technologies, such as sharing economy tools and social media groups, particularly with respect to privacy, safety, and professional agency.

Speakers
Tawanna Dillahunt, Assistant Professor, School of Information
Julie Hui, Assistant Professor, School of Information

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Women in Data Science-Detroit

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Women In Data Science. Image shows a computer data overlay in the shape of a head with long hair.

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.

Join the 100,000+ people worldwide who have participated in the Women in Data Science (WiDS) movement at our regional conference on Monday, March 2 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.

Women in Data Science-Detroit is an independent event presented by General Motors, Domino’s and the University of Michigan-Dearborn to coincide with the annual Global WiDS Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.

This technical conference provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a number of domains and connect with others in the field.

Visit the webpage for event details and registration information.

Contact:
Stacy Pawlovich
stacy.pawlovich@gm.com

Rebuilding a World-Class City

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The 10th Annual Detroit Impact Conference is sponsored by the Detroit Revitalization and Business Club at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. This conference will be an exploration of the history and future of Detroit at a critical juncture of revitalization and development.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Rebuilding a World Class City.” This theme seeks to highlight the fact that Detroit has been, and will once again be a thriving and globally recognized urban center. The narrative arc of the conference will connect the highs and lows of Detroit’s past with it’s fast moving, dynamic present and aspirations for the future. It will explore innovation across industries (established and emerging) and at different levels of scale and space (from large corporate expansions to small business driven revitalization of neighborhood main streets). Across these conversations, attendees will be encouraged to consider the interaction of historical, economic, and policy contexts. Through this theme, the conference seeks to: 1) showcase the wide variety of innovative developments currently happening across Detroit and 2) inspire students to be thoughtful, considerate citizens and contributors as they engage with the city.

AGENDA:
8:30am – 9:30am
Arrival and Check-in

9:30am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote: Discussing of Detroit’s history to contextualize present revitalization

10:15am – 10:45 am
Detroit’s Rising Industries: Overview of major industry trends that are diversifying and strengthening the present and future composition of Detroit’s economy.

11am – Noon
Industry Breakouts I: Healthcare, Mobility, and Big Tech

Noon – 1pm
Lunch and Project Showcase

1pm – 2pm
Industry Breakouts II: Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, and Tech Entrepreneurship & Startups

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Revitalizing Main Street: Panel discussion with small business owners and entrepreneurs who are driving essential development in Detroit’s neighborhoods.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
Envisioning Future Detroit: Closing discussion of the opportunities, challenges, and objectives for the eveolving shape of the city, from commercial corridors to infrastructure to affordable housing

4:45pm – 5pm
Closing Remarks

5pm – 8 pm
Evening Reception: Join peers, speakers, and alumni for a celebration of Detroit and the 10th Annual Impact Conference at an event space in downtown Detroit

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10th Annual Detroit Impact Conference: Rebuilding a World-Class City

Exploring the history and future of Detroit in a time of massive revitalization

This marks the 10th annual conference, this year focusing on connecting the narrative of Detroit’s past challenges with current events and future aspirations across key industries and issue areas. 

In addition to featuring business and policy executives across mobility, advanced manufacturing, tech, and small business development, the conference will close with a panel discussion between CEOs and Executive Directors from key development entities in Detroit, including Bedrock, Invest Detroit, Detroit Future City, and the City of Detroit.

Up to date agenda and list of speakers can be found on the conference website

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8:30 – 9:30AM | Arrival and Check-In

9:30 – 10:00AM | Opening Keynote Discussion of Detroit’s history to contextualize present revitalization from Mary Culler, President of Ford Fund (Ford Motor Company) and Sandy Baruah, CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

10:15AM – 10:45AM | Detroit’s Rising Industries Overview of major industry trends that are diversifying and strengthening the present and future composition of Detroit’s economy

11:00AM – 12:00PM | Industry Breakouts I Concurrent breakout panels highlighting innovation across business and policy in key sectors

Mobility Innovation in Michigan

Diversity and Inclusion in “Big Tech”

12:00PM – 1:00PM | Lunch & Project Showcase Self-guided exhibits of consulting projects completed by R&B Club Impact Project Teams for Detroit non-profits, including GreenLight Fund, Belle Isle Conservancy, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Arts & Scraps, Detroit Impact, and Detroit Experience Factory

1:15PM – 2:15PM | Industry Breakouts II

    • Healthcare Systems in Detroit
    • Clean Energy Innovation
    • Tech Entrepreneurship & Startups

2:30PM – 3:30PM | Revitalizing “Main Street” Panel discussion with small business owners and entrepreneurs who are driving essential development in Detroit’s neighborhoods

3:30PM – 4:45PM | Envisioning Future Detroit Closing discussion of the opportunities, challenges, and objectives for the evolving shape of the city, from commercial corridors to infrastructure and affordable housing

4:45PM – 5:00PM | Closing Remarks

5:30 – 7:30PM | Evening Reception at Detroit Beer Company Join peers, speakers, and alumni for a celebration of Detroit and the 10th Annual Impact Conference

Please note:

Ticket price includes bus transportation to and from the venue in Detroit, lunch during the conference, and admission to and refreshments at the post-conference reception at a TBC bar near the conference venue.

Buses will depart Ross for Detroit at 8:00am and 8:30am, and will return at 5:00pm (immediately after conference) and 7:30/8:00pm (after reception). 

 

Dress Business Casual
 
Food Provided (Lunch and coffee/snacks at conference; hors d’oeuvres and drinks at reception)

Presented by:
Detroit Revitalization & Business Club
The General Management Club
Business + Impact at Ross

Winter 2019: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit

Join us for our Winter 2019 Detroiters Speak series: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit. 

Each week will feature different Detroit-based speakers and guests who will explore the given topic and engage the students through a combination of formal remarks, presentations, and public discussion. 

Light dinner provided; free transportation from Ann Arbor to Detroit; public welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Free Parking provided in WSU lot 62.

For more information, please click here.

Dates: Feb 7, 14, 21,28; March 21, 28; April 4, 11
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Ave.

Detroit Entrepreneurs Panel

Entrepreneurs “R” Us: Learn more about Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Panelists include:
– Roslyn Karamako, CEO of Detroit is the New Black
– Fares Ksebati, CEO of MySwimPro
– Ishma Best, Director of Sales & Leasing at Century Partners
– Kwaku Osei, CEO of Cooperative Capital
– Stella Saffari, CEO of Zapenda

Mayor Mike Duggan

Join us Friday evening for a lecture by Mike Duggan, Mayor of the City of Detroit.

Duggan, born in Detroit, has spent his entire career working in the city to solve some of the most complex issues facing Detroiters, including crime, blight and access to jobs.

As Mayor, Duggan continues to be accessible to residents, attending at least one home gathering each week to help him keep in touch with Detroit residents, their needs and their evaluation of the city’s progress.

Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities

This interactive workshop series introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways–with an emphasis on working with communities in Washtenaw County.

This workshop is open to all students, including ones in small classes or student organizations with less than 10 students.

  • November 5 at Weill Hall #1210
  • November 6 at School of Education #2327
  • November 22 at North Quad #2435
  • December 5 at Weill Hall #1210