Detroit’s entrepreneurial scene is feeling a tiny little bit more like Silicon Valley with the appearance of more stars. Earlier this week, it was Hill Harper buying into the Roasting Plant and buying a house in Detroit, and later this month as part of the WeWork Creator Awards and Quicken Demo Day, Wyclef Jean is performing at a limited show in downtown Detroit.
There are four parts to the event on Thursday, May 25. Let’s walk through the collaboration between WeWork’s Creator Awards and Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day.
The first is a creative fair that the international co-working space WeWork (they also have a location in Detroit) is putting together on May 25 in Cadillac Square. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be workshops, a pop-up market, local food trucks, and a job fair.
The workshops will be hosted by Tom Lewand, CEO, Shinola; Lianne Lynn, Mind Tough; Michael Rafferty, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. There will be a Creator Award Portrait Studio by Jeremy Deputat.
According to the event listing, the first 500 guests to tell WeWork they are coming will receive credit for $10 off of any purchase at the Creator Market.
Secondly, throughout the day there will be pitches by the finalists of Quicken Detroit Demo Day, a project we wrote about earlier this year where Quicken Loans will award a total of $1 million in interest-free loans to winning businesses. Those will happen at the Gem Theatre and a panel of judges as well as the audience will be able to vote on pitches made by select entrepreneurs.
The third part starts at 4:30 p.m. for the WeWork Creator Awards Ceremony and After Party. The Creator Awards is a part of a $20 million program to support ideas that “Create Your Life’s Work.”
Fourth is the performance by Wyclef Jean. The email says “location to be determined” (it also does not have exact time). The free RSVP includes food, open bar, and entertainment throughout the night. According to the email, you must RSVP to attend. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. This event is 21+ and you must have ID to enter. Follow this link to do it.