• Startups, Entrepreneurs, Investors and Innovators

    Inclusive Ecosystem Builders

  • 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 optimized, 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

    April 5, 2021 - May 10, 2021; Demo Day: June 9

    App 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 Challenges | Product Sprints

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

    Diversity & Inclusion - Events & Programs

    Example: AfroTech Detroit (2018) 2-Day conference experience dedicated to highlighting Detroit as a technological hub for inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • INVESTMENT & DEALFLOW

    Second-Stage Acceleration, Partnerships + Founder Support

    Catalyst Fund & Venture Scout Programs

    Ecosystem Focused, Founder-Contributed Fund

  • PROGRAM PARTNERS & SPONSORS

  • STARTUP CAPITAL PARTNERS

  • PARTNER PROGRAMS

    Ecosystem Programs & Opportunities

  • WHAT IS NEXT

    Future Programs

    #BLKTech & Venture

    Winter 2021

    Year-long focus in tech entrepreneurship and venture for underrepresented founders through acceleration, investment and revenue verticals.

     

    TBD

    Newlab today announced the launch of its Open Call season, inviting the world’s leading entrepreneurs, engineers and inventors to submit applications to have their companies considered for participation in one of four Newlab Innovation Studios. Newlab’s Innovation Studios bring together Fortune 500 companies, civic leaders, and innovators to solve complex challenges across industry and society, and this year’s Innovation Studios will focus on opportunities for leveraging technology to address issues spanning 5G, accessibility, mining, and mobility.

    Catalyst MAP - Multi-City Emerging Ecosystem Tour

    Catalyst MAP

    Summer 2021

    Multi-City Emerging Ecosystem Tour

    Education | Access | Funding | Solutions

     

    Venture Week

    Summer / Fall 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
     

  • Full Calendar

  • 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

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