Leaders in Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to Host Panel as Part of Startup Michigan Day at Michigan House

EntryPoint, an organization that uses a data-driven approach to advance entrepreneurship, will present on building sustainable tech ecosystems at South by Southwest on Friday, March 13, 2020, as part of Startup Michigan Day at Michigan House. Emily Heintz, founder and managing director of EntryPoint and data expert on Midwest entrepreneurial ecosystems, will moderate a discussion with Jon Oberheide, co-founder and CTO of Duo Security at Cisco, and Dave Corcoran, co-founder and CEO of Censys, who will share their entrepreneurial journeys and experiences launching startups in a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The panel, titled From Launch to Exit: Building a Sustainable Startup Ecosystem,” will engage attendees from across the country in a conversation about building density, attracting experienced talent, the impact of research institutions, the creation of leadership and talent pipelines resulting from strong exits, and barriers to company growth in young entrepreneurial ecosystems.

“The success of startups like Duo Security and Censys are significant economic drivers for the Midwest region,” said Emily Heintz, founder and managing director of EntryPoint. “While we celebrate the successes of these startups, it’s important to identify the barriers and challenges startups face in young entrepreneurial ecosystems to ensure that more innovative companies continue to grow in these emerging communities. In this panel, we’ll discuss the elements within a community that were critical to their success as well as their perspective on the impact startups have on the region.”

“As Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to mature, it’s exciting to see the growth of a robust network of experienced entrepreneurs and investors. A healthy startup community is vital to Michigan’s resurgence. We hope by sharing our entrepreneurial journey – and what’s next in the pipeline – more entrepreneurs can have the resources to help them navigate their own path and explore different opportunities that are available,” said Jon Oberheide, co-founder and CTO of Duo Security at Cisco.


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The panel is part of Michigan House, a connector of creators and innovators in Michigan.  This year, Michigan House is taking over Wanderlust Yoga Facility (206 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701) next to LinkedIn and in the heart of SXSW! On March 13 – 16, Michigan House will feature the following themes during the festival:

  • March 13: Startup Michigan Day
  • March 14: Michigan Innovation Day
  • March 15: Michigan Mobility Day
  • March 16: Michigan Outdoors at SXSW

“SXSW attracts attendees from around the world and provides an incredible platform to showcase the exciting activity happening in Michigan,” said Ted Velie, program lead and co-founder of Michigan House. “We’re excited to have a variety of programs throughout the event that highlight the diversity of industries and companies in the state.”

For the complete list of Michigan House events, please visit www.michiganhouse.org.

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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 https://entrypointmi.com/ or follow us on Twitter and Facebook (@EntryPointMI).

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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