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Findings Show 333% Increase in Capital Attracted by Tech Community

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – EMBARGOED UNTIL June 21, 2021 – EntryPoint, a nonprofit research institution that delivers comprehensive research insights and implements effective data-driven programs to promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest, today announced the release of its 2021 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report. The report provides Wayne County economic development organizations and nonprofits with the insights necessary to serve the startups in the community and help founders navigate challenges that arise when growing their companies. EntryPoint will also “Fostering Innovation and the Growth of Entrepreneurship,” a free virtual discussion, open to the public based on the findings from the report on June 21 at 10:30 a.m. EST.

“Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has seen incredible growth over the last seven years; however, our research shows the challenges facing the region, such as racial inequality and the global pandemic, hit the community hard this past year,” said EntryPoint Founder and Managing Director, Emily Heintz. “We hope that through comprehensive and ongoing research, we can do our part to support the community in its continued growth and progress.”

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Key Findings from the 2021 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report

  • Over 23% of the venture-backed startups in Michigan are located in City of Detroit.
  • There are 38 venture-backed startups in Wayne County, a 58% increase in the number of startup companies over the last seven years.
  • Startup companies in Wayne County have raised an aggregate of $806.3 million in venture capital funding, a 333% increase in total capital raised over the last seven years.
  • In the last year, 24 startup companies in the Detroit area attracted more than $316.5 million from venture capital firms, nearly five times the amount of capital raised in the year prior.
  • Ten venture-backed startups headquartered in the City of Detroit are led by a CEO who is a person of color. These companies have raised 1.5% of the total venture capital raised by startups in the city in the last year.
  • The cost of living in dense tech hubs, like San Francisco, is 88% higher than Detroit, making the region an attractive location for entrepreneurs who are looking for an energetic, vibrant city to locate, live and launch their companies.

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Fostering Innovation and the Growth of Entrepreneurship

On Monday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m. EST, EntryPoint will host a free virtual discussion, “Fostering Innovation and the Growth of Entrepreneurship,” featuring Patti Glaza of ID Ventures, Justin Mast of Bloomscape, Trina Scott of Rocket Companies, and Monica Wheat of Venture Catalysts. The discussion will explore ways the community can better nurture startups (through policy, programs and culture shift), preserving diversity and strategies for building a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem, the impact of COVID-19, significant events that have shaped the Detroit region, and advice for people thinking about starting their own companies. The free virtual discussion is open to the public.

Register Now: Fostering Innovation and the Growth of Entrepreneurship

Support for EntryPoint’s 2021 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report was provided by Rocket Community Fund, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Bank of Ann Arbor, Detroit Venture Partners, ID Ventures, Bodman, and other prominent community organizations.

At EntryPoint, we LOVE working with economic development organizations and nonprofits that are strategic, value listening to the needs of community members, and are passionate about building more opportunity and vibrancy in their communities. 

EntryPoint is a registered 501(c)(3).

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