The Detroit News 3/12/2020: Opinion: Helping Detroit entrepreneurs and startups thrive

The 2019 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report identified four contributing factors that would lend to creating a more robust, diverse entrepreneurial system: capital, talent, research and community. With this in mind, MEDC is striving to develop opportunities for Detroiters, and Michigan residents…
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Crain’s Detroit Business 2/26/2020: Gilbert’s Rocket Fiber sold to Cleveland broadband firm Everstream

Emily Heintz, the founder and managing partner of Ann Arbor-based entrepreneurial research organization EntryPoint, said the exit by Rocket Fiber’s founders could likely have spinoff effects for the area’s technology economy. “Rocket Fiber’s acquisition will make them one of the largest acquisitions of a telecom startup in Michigan’s history,” Heintz wrote in an email to Crain’s. “What is exciting about this acquisition is the impact it will have on the Midwest. Entrepreneurs who are dedicated to growing the region and have successfully launched a company — on top of having national recognition and capital — are exactly the type of catalyst an evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem needs.”
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Cronicle Tech News 2/2/2020: EntryPoint’s Emily Heintz On The Challenge Of Tech Growth In Michigan

“The need for capital far exceeds available capital in Michigan,” Heintz says. “The investor base here is also not always looking to geographically restrict their investing, and many Michigan companies still go to the coasts to raise funding.” “There is an 8 to 1 ratio of capital coming from outside the state to capital coming from inside the state,” Heintz tells us. “That can lead to a tipping point of too much capital from outside pulling companies outside the state,” where further funding and connections required for growth are available.
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Crain’s Detroit Business 1/30/2020: Techstars Detroit accelerator program halts operations

“Techstars laid down roots in Detroit at a pivotal time in the city’s evolution into an entrepreneurial ecosystem, where we’ve seen a 54 percent increase in the number of startups in the last five years,” said Emily Heintz, founder and managing director of EntryPoint, an Ann Arbor-based entrepreneurial research firm that produced a report last year on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Detroit. “Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is now in a different and better place than it was five years ago when the accelerator first launched,” Heintz wrote in an email to Crain’s.
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Michigan Business Network 1/17/2020: Molly Theis Joins EntryPoint As Community Engagement Manager

EntryPoint announced this week 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 around emerging trends, successes or gaps in the market related to findings from EntryPoint’s research. She brings nearly ten years of experience in event strategy and execution to lead partnership and business development initiatives at EntryPoint.
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Crain’s Detroit Business 1/16/2020: Invest Detroit announces new partnership with Google

“A new partnership with Google aims to bolster mentorship opportunities and deepen the resource pool for entrepreneurs in Southeast Michigan and around the state. ID Ventures, the venture arm of nonprofit Invest Detroit, announced Wednesday that Google’s startup accelerator program, Google Developers Launchpad, would partner with the Detroit-based organization in an effort to better provide services aimed at helping early-stage startups achieve scale.”
Read more in Crain’s 1/13/2020: Former MVCA Program Director Theis Joins EntryPoint

“EntryPoint announced that Molly Theis has joined its team as community engagement manager. She previously was program director at the Michigan Venture Capital Association. In this role, Theis connects leaders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem by strategically hosting events around emerging trends, successes or gaps in the market related to findings from EntryPoint’s research.”

Concentrate 1/8/2020: New report aims to map investment in Washtenaw County, increase investment in undercapitalized areas

“A group of community partners has launched a public survey that aims to map investment activity across Washtenaw County with the goal of building a more inclusive economy for all residents. The 2020 Washtenaw County Capital Report is being spearheaded by Ypsilanti-based investment advisory firm Revalue and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. They have also partnered with EntryPoint to implement the research project.”
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Detroit Driven Mobility Moments 11/7/2020

“Detroit has a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, and given the right support, the Detroit region can continue to see healthy growth, especially in mobility startups.  This is Driven’s Mobility Moments Podcast where we talk with the people building the mobility ecosystem in the Detroit region. In this episode, my guest is Emily Heintz, founder and managing director of EntryPoint. Emily shared EntryPoint’s groundbreaking research about how innovation thrives in Detroit, what we do well, and what we need more of. Emily also says now is the time for Detroit to set the industry standard for diversity and inclusion in the high-tech ecosystem.”
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Crain’s Detroit Business 8/1/2019: AOL, Warby Parker, Allbirds founders make $7.5 million investment in Detroit-based Bloomscape

“Bloomscape Inc., a Detroit-based online potted-plant company, aims to grow with a $7.5 million Series A funding round led by AOL co-founder Steve Case’s Revolution Ventures and joined by founders of such e-commerce revolutionaries as Warby Parker and Allbirds.  Case’s fund is among national organizations looking outside heavily saturated startup hubs to places like Detroit that “don’t have as much capital, but have a lot of really good meat on the bones” in terms of talent and product quality, said Emily Heintz, a venture capital expert.”
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Crain’s Detroit Business 8/5/2019: Detroit tech startup community seeing sustained momentum, report finds

“Detroit’s tech startup community is gaining traction and staying power, according to a new report from Ann Arbor-based EntryPoint LLC.  This is the data startup’s second annual Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report, though founder and venture capital expert Emily Heintz has been collecting and analyzing the data for five years.”
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Michigan Venture Capital Association Blog 8/9/2019: 2019 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report Highlights the Growth of Detroit’s Startup Community

Read more on MVCA’s Website 8/11/2019: Network Security, Tech248 Update, Detroit Entrepreneur Report

Emily Heintz talks about the 2019 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report.  Listen here.

Inc. Magazine 6/2019: An Insider’s Guide to Detroit, Everyone’s Favorite Underdog City

“From The Schvitz to The Shinola Hotel, Detroit, Inc.’s No. 45 Surge City is experiencing a post-bankruptcy entrepreneurial boom. Come for the nascent Ikea competitors–and stay for the emerging Tesla rivals.”
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Crain’s 4/27/2019: Venture capital investments grow in Michigan, but available dollars dwindle

“Last year was a good-news, worrisome-news year for the state’s venture-capital community, according to the just-released 2019 MVCA Research Report.  The good news? A dramatic record of $385 million was invested in 61 companies in Michigan.”
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Chicago Inno 3/18/2019: These 10 Women are Driving Detroit’s Entrepreneurial Growth

“Last week’s report about the state of women leadership in Chicago tech was a powerful reminder of where our successes are and where we can continue to improve. The data creates actionable opportunity for everyone — from individual contributors, to executives, to investors — to catalyze our city and industry toward fostering a more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem for all underestimated, and thus underrepresented, minorities in tech.”
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Crunchbase 2/22/2019: With The Help Of Loyal Talent And New Programs, Detroit’s Startup Scene Accelerates

“In the past five years Michigan’s focus on entrepreneurship and the importance of retaining youth has become commonplace across multiple cities”
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Startup Blink 2/5/2019:  Detroit Startup Ecosystem Report

“Detroit is Motown, the Motor City, the automobile capital of the world.  For decades, Detroit had a reputation as being a one-industry town.  That’s changing.  Detroit and the surrounding counties have a population of about four million, many of whom left the city for the suburbs over the past several decades.  More recently, though, people and businesses have started moving into the city again.  The secret is out: Detroit is coming back.”
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Corp! 1/25/2019: Money Speaks: In the Startup Scene, Getting Capital to the Table is Key to What Comes Next

“Detroit’s revving entrepreneurial engine is also luring capital investment from outside the state.  EntryPoint’s 2018 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report found the city is becoming a burgeoning tech hub…”
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Site Selection 1/24/2019: Who Are These Guys?

“There have been a lot of really great ingredients in Ann Arbor for a long period of time, and we’re just now starting to see those ingredients come together to make something great. Duo is a great example,” she says, adding that Duo’s pricey acquisition by Cisco means that “a lot of people with experience with Duo will have some extra liquidity and will be looking to make investments of their own. We’ll see people leave Duo and start more companies in Ann Arbor.”
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Xconomy 1/18/2019: How 3 Detroit Founders Built Tech Startups Despite City’s Bankruptcy

“Over the past five years, Detroit has experienced a quiet resurgence, turning itself into a burgeoning tech hub that has attracted the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Twitter. According to ​EntryPoint’s 2018 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report​, over a quarter of high-tech companies in Michigan are now located in Detroit, and 37 venture-backed startups in the city have raised nearly $200 million in venture funding in total. High-tech jobs in Detroit have experienced a 26 percent growth in the last three years, the report found.”
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Crain’s 10/30/2018: Detroit startup report: Money grows, but diversity lagging

“More money is funneling into Detroit’s tech startup community, but the list of companies gaining traction still doesn’t reflect the makeup of the city, according to a new report.  Ann Arbor-based research startup EntryPoint on Tuesday released its 2018 Detroit Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report.”
Read more in Crain’s 10/31/2018: Report: 56 Percent Of Venture Capital In Michigan Invested In IT Startups

A new report released this week show 56 percent of venture capital was invested in information technology startups over the past year. More than 25 percent of venture-backed startups in Michigan are now located in Detroit.

Crain’s 9/23/2018: Distance between Ann Arbor and Detroit shrinking as entrepreneur links strengthen

“Bill Ford Jr. envisions the 104-year-old train depot in Detroit that Ford Motor Co. bought this year could create a mobility corridor on Michigan Avenue from Detroit to Ann Arbor.  But the connection between those two cities — one that was tenuous at best only a year ago — is already beginning to blossom as Detroit’s entrepreneurial community grows.”
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Concentrate 9/12/2018: What does Duo Security’s sale mean for the Ann Arbor area and its tech industry?

“Ann Arbor-area entrepreneurs and tech industry insiders are still buzzing about the larger implications of Ann Arbor-based cybersecurity company Duo Security’s early August sale to San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco for $2.35 billion.”
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Xconomy 8/9/2018:  Lack of Diversity isn’t a “Pipeline Problem,” it’s a Network Problem

“The primary reason investment portfolios are predominately male and Caucasian isn’t because there is a “pipeline problem,” it’s because there is a network problem. Research shows that your network predominately looks like and comes from a similar background as you.”
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Crain’s 8/5/2018:  Duo Security’s mammoth deal could have ripple effects

“Last fall, Duo Security Inc. toasted a venture capital deal that valued the company at more than a billion dollars.  Now, just nine months later, its founders and investors are toasting a sale of the company that more than doubled that value.  And the ripples from that deal could be felt for years to come.  Last week, the Ann Arbor-based computer security company agreed to be acquired by Cisco Systems Inc. for $2.35 billion nine months after being valued at half that amount.”
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Xconomy 5/18/2018:  EntryPoint Aims to Increase Inclusion, Diversity in Startup Ecosystem

“Innovation benefits from different perspectives, backgrounds, and ideas, but it’s hard to access those ideas if one is in an echo chamber—to the entire ecosystem’s detriment.  That’s why EntryPoint, a new effort to advance inclusion in the local entrepreneurial community, is underway in Michigan.”
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Concentrate 5/16/2018: New Ann Arbor company aims to strengthen Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

“After five years serving Michigan’s entrepreneurial community as associate director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), Emily Heintz is becoming an entrepreneur herself.”
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M2 TechCast 5/14/2018 (Episode 127): EntryPoint, Creative Consortium, Cybernoor

Emily Heintz talks about her new project, EntryPoint, that seeks to fill the gaps in Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Listen here. 5/10/2018: EntryPoint Seeks To Fill The Funding, Training Gaps In Michigan Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

“Emily Heintz, Associate Director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association, has spent a decade working with a wide range of entrepreneurial support groups and startups, in which she found gaps in funding, talent and research that she felt needed to be filled.”
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Crain’s 5/8/2018:  Venture capital, entrepreneurship expert launches connector startup

“Emily Heintz, a finance professional with a breadth of experience supporting the state’s venture capital and entrepreneurship communities, has launched her own startup.”
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