The best way to experience and learn about the innovation economy isn’t in a stuffy board room – it is up close and personal and in its native habitat. Experienced marketers and conference organizers Brian Monahan and John Battelle would like your support for a new type of business conference called OpenCo, which we like to think of as a mix between a business conference and artist’s open studio with the vibe of a music festival. With your help, more than 60 of the most innovative businesses in Detroit will open their doors to the public on Sept 12.
This festival of innovation will celebrate companies that embrace a set of values surrounding the concept of openness: open collaboration, open communication, open community, open company and open doors to you. Attendees will meet these innovators in their native habitat and hear from the founders and executives about how they are trying to change the world and why. They will inspire you and help you make new connections, whether you are a job seeker, investor or simply a curious neighbor.
Please help us support some of Detroit’s most exciting and dynamic companies!
September 11, 2013 – 5:30PM: VIP Opening Plenary at The M@dison
OpenCo DET will officially kick off the evening of Wednesday, September 11th, with a special plenary event for our VIP registrants. Starting at 5:30 PM at The M@dison in Detroit, VIPs can expect an inspiring evening with a presentation featuring presentations by: John Battelle, Brian Monahan, Mayor Dave Bing, David Egner, Jeff DeGraff, and a panel moderated by Crain’s Detroit Business on outstanding Detroit Entrepreneurs: Ben Bator : co-founder Texts from Last Night; Amy Kaherl: Founder Detroit SOUP; Monty Luke: Owner, Black Catalogue & Label Manaer and Planet ECommunications; Michelle Srbinovich: Interim General Manager and Digital Director, WDET. Immediately following will be a cocktail reception on the Rooftop of the Madison. Additionally, many of the CEO/founders of our 60+ HostCos will be attending, so it will be a great networking opportunity. Limited VIP tickets are still available at $100 each, so we recommend you secure your spot today.
September 12, 2013 - 9:00AM -5:30 PM: OpenCo Detroit – General Admission is Free!
Our Detroit HostCo’s will be presenting 45-minute sessions throughout the day. To attend, please register for the event, and then you will be allowed to custom build your own schedule of company presentations you’d like to visit.
September 12, 2013 – 5:30-8:30 PM: 313 Digital Presents a Closing Plenary for ALL OpenCoFestvail participants!
Starting at 5:30 PM, all OpenCo participants are invited to gather at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) for a casual networking session to talk about the event, share information, and enjoy food and drink. Detroit HostCo WDET will provide the tunes to set the atmosphere. We hope you will stop by and let us know how your day went!