Director, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan
Nobel Laureate, Professor of Biology, Caltech
CEO and Fund Manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund
Vice President for Corporate Engagement, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
President & CEO, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute
Founder and CEO, Lighter Capital
Chair, Department of Chemical Physiology, The Scripps Research Institute; Co-director, Center for Physiological Proteomics, The Scripps Research Institute
Serial Entrepreneur and Investor
Jason Mendelson is the managing director and co-founder of the Foundry Group, a hugely successful Boulder, CO, venture fund that invests in early-stage information technology, Internet, and software startups. He’s also a metro Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate who is passionate about Detroit and has valuable insights on nurturing vibrant innovation ecosystems.
To create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, Mendelson says, you need a creative class of people (especially on the technical side), strong universities spinning off people and ideas, financial capital, management talent, an engaged community with a real desire to see each other succeed, a culture of risk-taking and respect for failure, and a history of success. And he was bullish on the region’s prospects on all fronts.
Mendelson will be back in downtown Detroit for an interactive chat about entrepreneurship in the city. Join us for what’s sure to be a lively and thought-provoking evening.
*Bonus: After his chat, a panel of local entrepreneurs will join Mendelson on stage to continue the discussion.
Brentt Baltimore, co-founder of Ternpro and analyst at Detroit Venture Partners; Carla Walker-Miller, president and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services LLC; Moses Lee, CEO and co-founder of Seelio
Registration: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Program: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Networking Reception: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Regular Registration: $15
Student Registration: $5
Walk-In Registration: $35