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2018 ProsperUS Detroit Annual Convening

April 3rd, 2018

Join the ProsperUS Detroit staff, our invaluable team of trainers, and our community partners for the annual celebration of place-based entrepreneurship in Detroit’s neighborhoods. Join us as we host an exciting pitch competition following a showcase and strolling dinner featuring many of our Entrepreneur Training Graduates and Participants.

5:30-7 PM: ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneur Showcase & Strolling Dinner
7-8:30 PM: Annual Convening Celebration

Event Highlights:

  • Entrepreneur Showcase of Neighborhood Businesses + Service Providers
  • Strolling Dinner featuring Grad-Owned Restaurants, Caterers, and Pop-Up Food Entrepreneurs
  • Pitch Competition featuring 3 ProsperUS Detroit Grads
  • Business Service Awards for ProsperUS Detroit Grads
  • Performances by Neighborhood Groups
  • A Celebration of Community Partners + Trainers
  • Business Service Provider of the Year Award for Exemplary Service to Neighborhood Entrepreneurs
  • Dynamic Networking Opportunities with Entrepreneurs, Neighborhood Nonprofits, Community Members, Trainers, Funders, and ProsperUS Supporters
RSVP: https://2018prosperusannualconvening.eventbrite.com

Important Information for the Pitch Competition + Entrepreneur Showcase:

ProsperUS Detroit is thrilled to host its third pitch competition at the organization’s annual celebration of neighborhood entrepreneurship. Three (3) ProsperUS Graduates or current Training Participants will have three (3) minutes to present their business and their need for the prize money to a panel of judges from the Detroit entrepreneurship community. Following each presentation, each judge may ask one questions about the entrepreneur’s business and presentation.

Prizes:

1st Place: $3000
2nd Place: $2000
3rd Place: $1000

Application to Pitch Competition: http://bit.ly/AC18Pitch

(App closes: April 15, 2018, at 11:59 PM)

Over the last five years, ProsperUS Detroit has trained 1000 entrepreneurs, worked with over 200 small businesses through business services and workshops, and provided loans to almost 50 businesses. Working with neighborhood entrepreneurs and community organizations is an honor and a privilege, and we want to take this opportunity to showcase your business to other entrepreneurs, community organizations, program funders, and community stakeholders. This showcase is an opportunity to talk about your business, gain exposure, and network with other entrepreneurs in the city.

Application to Entrepreneur Showcase: http://bit.ly/AC18Showcase

(App closes: April 25, 2018, at 11:59 PM)

If you have any questions, please call or email ProsperUS Detroit Program Support Specialist, Devin Kuziel (313-297-0083 or dkuziel@swsol.org).

*For extra assistance with applications, join ProsperUS at Neighborhood Business Labs on 4/5 at Mexicantown Bakery (4300 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209) or 4/12 at Grand River WorkPlace (19120 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48223) anytime from 11:30 AM to 5 PM.

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