The Cackle, EntryPoint’s popular interview series featuring guests on Facebook and LinkedIn!

The Cackle, hosted by EntryPoint founder, Emily Heintz, highlights small businesses, startups, and people who have an impact on communities across the Midwest. We explore a wide range of topics relating to the vibrancy of local economies, including: entrepreneurial journeys, economic trends, the challenges small businesses and startups face, and the importance of building a diverse and inclusive community.


Check out every episode of The Cackle below! It is an easy way to get to know people in the Midwest entrepreneurial community. Then dig a bit deeper into a few of the topics in our blog series: Keep Cackling!

Episode 69: James Feagin, Rocket Community Fund
Growing Businesses & Entrepreneurship in Detroit

Episode 68: Martin Dober, ID Ventures
The Ins and Outs of Early-stage Entrepreneurship

Special Edition Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses
Featuring TeaHaus, 24th Cheesecakerie & Rock Paper Scissors

Episode 67: Michael Cole & RJ Grimshaw, Bank of Ann Arbor
Banking and Access to Capital

Special Edition Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses
Featuring Taj Cottage, Perfect Imperfections 608 & Riverside Arts Center

Special Edition Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses
Featuring Sticky Spoons Jam, Flavor Temptations & Grand Marais Outfitters

Episode 66: Tom Frank, Founder, Ascend Coaching & Training
The Importance of Psychological Safety in Startup Culture

Special Edition Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses
Featuring McPherson Local, Madame Chu Delicacies & The Goblin King Players

Episode 65: Navin Goyal M.D., Co-founder & CEO, LOUD Capital
Physician to Venture Capitalist: Doing Well by Doing Good

Special Edition Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses
Featuring Motor City Woman Studios, sweet bean & Aaron Christopher Events

Episode 64: Ashley Woods Branch, Founder & CEO, Detour Detroit
Public Relations 101 for Small Businesses and Startups

Special Edition Celebrating Midwest Small Businesses
Featuring Estella’s Vegan Dessert Boutique, AFC Ann Arbor & epiphany studios

Episode 63: Carrie Leahy, Attorney, Bodman PLC
Legal Insights for Startups

Episode 62: Kate Hernandez, Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
Detroit’s Growing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Episode 61: Kelly Sexton, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, University of Michigan
Spinning Out Cutting-Edge Ideas and Technologies.

Special Edition – Genesee County Small Businesses
Featuring Friends of Berson, Kamazing Angels Dance Factory, Howe Art Supplies and Gallery

Special Edition – Genesee County Small Businesses
Featuring Creative Hair School of Cosmetology, Flint Trading Co., JJ Cardinal’s

Special Edition – Genesee County Small Businesses
Featuring Fireside Coffee, Kentakee Athletic & Social Clubs, Citizens Statewide Security

Episode 60: Intisar Bashir, Founder, Browndages
Entrepreneurship, Trailblazing, and Small Business Growth

Episode 59: Elizabeth Edwards, Founder & Managing Partner, H Venture Partners
Investing in Fundamental Human Needs

Episode 58: Ben Bernstein, Principal, Invest Detroit Ventures
A Fresh Approach to Venture Capital

Episode 57: Trey Boynton, Director of Inclusion & Collaboration Strategy & Solutions, Cisco
Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Episode 56: Mike Asem, Partner, M25
Midwest Venture Capital Investment Strategies

Episode 55: Rajiv Nathan, Founder, Startup Hypeman
A Non-Traditional Approach to Marketing your Business

Episode 54: Erin Amico, Chief Marketing Office, P33 Chicago
The Art of Storytelling & How it will Transform Chicago

Episode 53: Marc Howland, Co-Founder & CEO, Breadless
Growing an Idea into a Successful Business

Episode 52: Alisyn Malek, Executive Director, Commission on the Future of Mobility
The Future of Mobility

Episode 51: Joe Malcoun, Investor and Entrepreneur
Network and Community Building Strategies

Episode 50: Kate Mitchell, Partner and Co-Founder, Scale Venture Partners
Trends in Entrepreneurship from a Top Venture Capitalist

Episode 49: Blessing Adesiyan, Founder and CEO, Mother Honestly and Villo
A Working Parent’s Guide to Achieving Balance and Success

Ep #48: Yelitsa Jean-Charles, Founder and CEO, Healthy Roots Dolls
Badass Business Strategies for Bold Entrepreneurs

Ep #47: Aaron Graham Gillum, SVP, 50 South Capital
Growing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Indiana and Across the Midwest

Ep #46: Jennifer Bradley, Director, Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute
Building a Culture of Innovation & Inclusivity

Ep #45: Regina Campbell, President & CEO, Build Institute
Creating Economic Growth in Local Business Communities

Ep #44: Adrian Ohmer, Investment Director, The Kresge Foundation
Investing and Expanding Opportunities for Financial Returns

Ep #43: Mahendra Ramsinghani, Managing Director, Secure Octane
Tech Startups to Watch in 2021

Ep #42: Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst
Continuing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Work in 2021

Ep 38: Amy Nelson, CEO, Venture for America
Mobilizing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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