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As a leader and partner in the revitalization of Midtown, Wayne State University is committed to being a good neighbor in a good neighborhood. The Office of Economic Development at Wayne State was created in 2011 to help leverage the assets of the University to be a catalyst for growth on our campus and throughout the community. Whether it's bringing Zipcar to Detroit to help people get around town, partnering with private developers on major mixed use projects in the neighborhood, or connecting businesses large and small to our talented faculty, researchers, and students, the Office of Economic Development works to maximize the University's impact in Midtown and Detroit.  


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April 26 2015
Midtown Detroit
Kresge Arts Experience (AXD) is a 10-day festival of dance, literary, musical & theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions & interactive experiences. AXD presents works created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. AXD will be hosted at multiple venues throughout Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center over a three-week period in April & is FREE to the public. AXD is presented by The Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. AXD partners include: Kresge Arts in Detroit, College for Creative Studies, Creative Many, and MOCAD. Dates: April 9-12, 16-19, and 25-26. Connect with us: www.facebook.com/ArtXDetroit www.twitter.com/MidtownDetroit #ArtXDetroit #AXD2015 For more information visit http://www.artxdetroit.com/.
Detroit SOUP
April 26 2015 at 6:00 PM
Jam Handy
Join us for a public soup dinner! Pay $5. Learn about creative projects happening in Detroit.Vote on which project to fund with the money raised from the dinner.Doors at 6:00pmProposals at 7:00pmDinner around 8Winners announced before 9:00pmHave an idea? Proposals DUE: Sunday, April 19 by 11:59pFind out more or submit at www.detroitsoup.com/submitSOUP is a potluck style dinner. Bring some food to pass if you would like. Let us know at info@detroitsoup.comSOUP is:a collaborative situationa public dinnera platform for connectiona theatrical environmenta democratic experiment in micro-fundinga relational hub bringing together various creative communitiesa forum for critical but accessible discussionan opportunity to support creative people in Detroit
Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit
May 1 2015 at 5:00 PM
TechTown (WSU Research & Technology Park)
TechTown Detroit will host the world's first cross-border, healthcare hackathon May 1-3, 2015. Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit invites professionals from the health care and IT industries to converge over the course of a weekend and form teams that conceptualize, design and build mobile apps and IT solutions for the health care sector. The best ideas are eligible for over $20,000 in prizes.  Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit aims to provide the platform for sustainable solutions and start-ups that target the health care industry, with a focus on the Detroit-Windsor region. The event is open to a range of professions and sectors, including doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and CEOs, computer programmers, graphic designers, technology companies, students and investors. "The ultimate goal of Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit is improving patient-centric health care while building cross-sector and cross-border collaboration that spurs tech startups and regional economic development," says Paul Riser, director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit. “It will be an intense three days, and we expect to see many promising new innovations that deliver significant impact to the face of the health care industry by the end of the weekend.” Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit is organized by TechTown in Detroit, and WEtech Alliance and Hackforge in Windsor. Wayne State University is the lead sponsor for the event.  For more information or to register, visit: windsordetroit.hackinghealth.ca
Warrior Fund Pitch Session
May 8 2015 at 10:00 AM
Engineering, College of
Warrior Fund 2015   Pitch competition for BLP students that have demonstrated venture maturity and are seeking pre-seed funds.    Featuring BLP Venture: Adam Skornia - Innovative Archery Design New Crossbow Techonlogy  Venture requirements are: Met with Blackstone LaunchPad staff at least during few Venture Assessment Meetings (VAM).  Demonstrated thorough understanding of the business elements involved to get their product/service to market (market, competitors,customers, channels,  sales, etc.) Has a scalable venture that requires small initial funding to execute proof of concept or implement strategy.    Come and listen to our ventures pitching for funding  College of Engineering: Auditorium, rm 1507 May 8th from 10am - 11:30am    For more information: blackstonelaunchpad@wayne.edu
Detroit Bike to Work Day at Wayne State!
May 15 2015
Old Main
May is National Bike Month and Detroit will be celebrating Bike to Work Day on Friday May 15th at several locations throughout greater downtown. Wayne State University will have a Midtown pit-stop located in front of Old Main at Cass & Warren Avenues with free coffee and pastries for bike commuters thanks to Fourteen East Cafe & Avalon Bakery. Learn about sustainable commuting options, local resources for bike maintenance, and how to register for the Baroudeur, WSU's inaugural cycling event to raise money for student scholarships. The Detroit Greenways Coalition will also be supporting an event downtown at Capitol Park from 7-9AM. Group rides from various directions will be converging for a lively celebration with breakfast, coffee and giveaways! Whether you're a regular rider or considering the idea for the first time, Wayne State encourages you to come meet others interested in greening their commute.  Print a flyer here. If you would like to volunteer please contact Jeri Stroupe at jeri.stroupe@wayne.edu.    
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