• Inclusive Ecosystem Builders

    Startups, Entrepreneurs, Investors and Innovators

  • WHAT WE DO

    Venture Catalysts is a 501c3 non-profit that builds inclusive ecosystems through the development and strategic support for large scale ecosystem partnerships, entrepreneurship events, funding, and growth programs.

     

    We create ecosystem-as-a-service (EaaS) to help founders gain acceleration, investment, or revenue growth.

    We help entrepreneurs and corporate/org partners find custom ecosystem paths.

  • WHAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE

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    CREATING IMPACT

    40,000

    Attendees / Participants

    69%

    Diverse Founders

    Largest Inaugural

    Startup Week in the Country

     

    40+

    Founded Companies

    Most Diverse

    Startup Week in the Country

    $10M+

    Company Funding Raised

  • ACCESS & GROWTH

    Attract Talent to Enter or Scale Within The Ecosystem

    Detroit Startup Week

    5-Day Celebration of Detroit Entrepreneurship

    Tentative: June 21 - 25, 2021

    Detroit Startup Weekend

    3-Day Business Hackathon

  • ACCELERATION

    Cohort Programs Accelerating Early-Stage Growth

    Startup Boost Global Pre-Accelerator

    Startup Boost Detroit

    6-Week Pre-Accelerator

    Deadline: March 22, 2021

     

    Backstage Capital Accelerator

    Backstage Detroit Accelerator

    3-Month Early Stage Accelerator

    TBD

     

  • ECOSYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

    Strategic Support for Founders, Mentors and Peers

    Founders Dinners

    Bi-monthly Invite Only Dinners For Founders

    Venture Catalysts Fellows

    Ecosystem Builders Partners & Mentorship Program

    Design Thinking Challenges / Sprints

    Solution-oriented Product / Strategy Labs For Founders & Corporate Innovation

    AfroTech Detroit (2018)

    2-Day AfroTech experience dedicated to highlighting Detroit as a technological hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • INVESTMENT & DEALFLOW

    Second-Stage Acceleration, Partnerships + Founder Support

    Catalyst Fund

    Ecosystem Focused, Founder-Contributed Fund

  • WHAT IS NEXT

    Upcoming Events & Partnerships

    Alternatives to Venture Capital

    January 21, 2021

    1-day program and funding expo
     

    Venture Week

    Coming in 2021

    5-day structured business acceleration and design sprint 

    • Seed | Scale Acceleration Tracks
    • Next-step programs to help with COVID-19 recovery, losses, and pivots
     

    Catalyst MAP - Multi-City Emerging Ecosystem Tour

    Catalyst MAP

    Coming in Spring/Summer 2021

    Multi-City Emerging Ecosystem Tour

    Education | Access | Funding | Solutions

     

  • STARTUP CAPITAL PARTNERS

  • PROGRAM PARTNERS & SPONSORS

  • Venture Catalysts Ecosystem Builders

    Monica Wheat

    Monica Wheat

    Executive Director / Co-Founder / Partner

    Amanda Lewan

    Amanda Lewan

    Co-Founder / Partner

    Kelly LaPierre

    Kelly LaPierre

    Co-Founder / Partner

    Kyle Bazzy

    Kyle Bazzy

    Co-Founder

    Katrina Turnbow

    Katrina Turnbow

    Venture Partner

    Tapan Kataria

    Tapan Kataria

    Venture Partner

  • INQUIRIES

    What Can We Help You Solve?

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