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Become a Startup Scout

Dive into the pulse of Detroit's thriving startup ecosystem as a VC startup scout. Discover and shape unseen talent while expanding your network. Rewarding recognition and professional growth await.


Detroit, often revered as the birthplace of the automobile industry, has played a substantial part in shaping the startup and Venture Capital (VC) ecosystem in the United States. Over the years, the city has seen a surge in startup activity, with thriving enterprises across a range of sectors including technology, healthcare, and retail.

Among Detroit's notable success stories is StockX, a marketplace for buying and selling sneakers, electronics, and other products. Co-founded in 2015 by Detroit native Josh Luber, StockX secured a $1 billion valuation in 2019 following a successful funding round led by DST Global, General Atlantic, and GGV Capital. Another well-known Detroit start-up is Quicken Loans, the largest online mortgage lender in the U.S, founded by Dan Gilbert in 1985. Since then, Gilbertโ€™s Rock Ventures has invested in more than 100 companies in and around Detroit.

The VC ecosystem of Detroit has also shown significant growth. In 2019, Michigan startup companies received nearly $1.6 billion in capital investment, according to a report from the Michigan Venture Capital Association, a noticeable increase over past years. Detroit-based venture funds such as Detroit Venture Partners and Invest Detroit Ventures have significant portfolios with a focus on tech start-ups.

Public and private sector initiatives have been crucial in fostering the thriving start-up culture in Detroit. For instance, TechTown Detroit, a business incubator, has supported numerous startups through its range of programs. Further, the New Economy Initiative, a philanthropic effort, has invested more than $100 million to promote entrepreneurship in Southeast Michigan.

Unique to Detroit's business ecosystem is the city's blend of history, resilience, and reinvention. This spirit is reflected in the startup scene, with innovators drawn to Detroitโ€™s industrious legacy, diverse talent pool, and collaborative entrepreneurial community.

As a Scout, You Can...


Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Connect with Detroit's innovators and gain access to dealflow opportunities from individuals, startups, and groundbreaking innovations. Start building relationships that drive your investments forward.

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Do you interview founders &ย startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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