ANN ARBOR, MICH. – March 7, 2019 – EntryPoint, the company that accelerates the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, will present on emerging trends in the entrepreneurial and investment community at South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 8 – 9, 2019. EntryPoint Founder and Managing Director, Emily Heintz will participate in the sessions “The Rise of Mobility as a Service” at Inc. Magazine’s Founders House and “Third Coast: Funding Ecosystem in Michigan” at Michigan House.

“Right now, the Midwest is gaining a lot of momentum and national attention for its growing entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said EntryPoint Founder and Managing Director, Emily Heintz. “Research has shown that Michigan has all of the necessary resources to support the growth of additional high-tech businesses – research, capital, talent and a strong, interwoven community – but we still have barriers to overcome. Through these discussions, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the funding climate, trends and innovation happening in the region.”

“The Rise of Mobility as a Service” panel will look at trends in the mobility sector and the impact of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) on mobility operators, communities and end users. The “Third Coast: Funding Ecosystem in Michigan” panel will engage attendees in a discussion about the investment climate in Michigan, including its successes and challenges, which are emblematic of much of the Midwest.

SXSW Panels

WHAT: The Rise of Mobility as a Service
WHEN: Friday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CST
WHERE: South by Southwest, Founders House, Cedar Door, 201 Brazos St, Building B, Austin, TX 78701
Moderator:  Magazine Editor-at-Large, Burt Helm

WHAT: Third Coast: Funding Ecosystem in Michigan
WHEN: Saturday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST
WHERE: South by Southwest, The Refinery, 612 Brazos St., Austin, TX 78701

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About EntryPoint
EntryPoint advances the entrepreneurial community by promoting inclusion, community engagement and education. The organization works with entrepreneurial support organizations and startups at all stages of growth foster an inclusive organizational culture, expand their networks, and conduct research for education, outreach and advocacy purposes. EntryPoint was founded in 2018 by Emily Heintz, a leader in Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community who was part of Crain’s 40 Under 40: Class of 2016 and recognized in Forbes, Axios, and VentureBeat. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter and Facebook (@EntryPointMI).

About Inc. Magazine’s Founder Project
The Inc. Founders Project live at the Inc. Founders House is an exclusive space for founders and the entrepreneurial community to connect and have candid conversations with peers, experts, and editors about growing their companies. Learn more about Inc. Magazine’s Founder Project.

About Michigan House
Michigan House is the Great Lake State’s experiential embassy to SXSW. Since 2015, Michigan House has established itself as the place where global enterprise, government, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, musicians, and more come together to defy rustbelt expectations. Through our conversations, our performances, our diversity, and our hospitality, Michigan House works to open eyes and create a collaborative vision for our state’s future. Learn more about Michigan House at SXSW.

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