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How to Optimize Your Virtual Events: Insights from Business Leaders

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The pandemic has changed many things about work, but one of the most dramatic shifts has been event hosting. At EntryPoint, we’ve shifted our programs and discussions to virtual events, which has allowed us to reach an even wider audience. In the spring, we launched “The Cackle,” our popular weekly interviews with entrepreneurs, business leaders,…

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Startup Community

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the past year has been fraught with turbulence. Political tensions, social unrest, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic have all generated a great deal of uncertainty throughout communities, including their economies. Even the Ann Arbor region, which is consistently ranked among the best places in which to live…

Guest Post: The Six Things Top Talent Looks for in a New Job

purpose.jobs connects top talent with purpose-driven startups based on values, experience, and culture fit. To attract top talent, Ryan Landau, founder of purpose.jobs, found that a healthy company culture is crucial, especially for startups. As featured in the 2020 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report, he shares the six attributes that candidates are looking for in a…

Guest Post: Why Equitable and Inclusive Entrepreneurship Matters

Build Institute empowers people to launch ideas and grow businesses by providing access to education, resources, and a supportive engaged community. While Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is continually growing, April Boyle, Founder and Executive Director of Build Institute, found that it is becoming even more critical to support women and people of color in Detroit due…

7 Online Tools to Improve Your Virtual Office

Most businesses have had to pivot major aspects of their operations to function effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic. While an abrupt change at first, many businesses have found a balance, including managing and keeping projects in the cloud, utilizing software platforms to collaborate with colleagues, and increasing their organization’s digital presence. Because of distancing measures…

COVID-19 Washtenaw County Business Impact Survey

By: Emily Heintz, Founder & Managing Director, EntryPoint EntryPoint is a nonprofit that partners with organizations to deliver comprehensive research insights and implement effective data-driven programs that promote entrepreneurship across the Midwest. We are also a small business. In the course of our work, we talk to startups and small businesses daily – we study…

Guest Post: Building Founder-Focused Community

Community plays an important role in many industries, but is especially beneficial for startup founders. EntryPoint guest blogger, Amanda Lewan, Co-Founder and CEO of Bamboo Detroit, recognized the opportunity to build a founder-focused community. As featured in the 2020 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report, she discusses the importance of building a network of founders and how…

Molly Theis Joins EntryPoint as Community Engagement Manager to Expand Partnerships in the Midwest Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Former Michigan Venture Capital Association Program Director Brings Extensive Event Planning and Community Relations Experience to Create Strategic Events Ann Arbor, MICH. - Jan. 13, 2020 - EntryPoint today announced that Molly Theis has joined its team as community engagement manager. In this role, Theis connects leaders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by strategically hosting events…

How the Midwest Can Turn Community Engagement into a Competitive Advantage

2019 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Connects Entrepreneurs to Funding and Resources to Fuel the Growth of Startups EntryPoint was thrilled to partner with ID Ventures, one of the most active early-stage investors in Michigan, to host the 2019 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Over the last decade, Accelerate Michigan has become one of the largest events…

How Michigan Investors and Startups are Hitting Milestones to Fuel the Growth of Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

2019 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner Celebrates Achievements of Michigan Investors and their Portfolio Companies EntryPoint was excited to partner with Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) to host the 2019 MVCA Annual Awards Dinner! For the second year in a row, we worked with MVCA Executive Director, Ara Topouzian and the MVCA Board of Directors to…