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Monday, April 11, 2011

FutureMidwest digital business conference fuels startups

FutureMidwest digital business conference, is Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29 at Eastern Market in Detroit. Associated with the event is Funded by Night, a one-day competition that draws startups from around the nation to compete for a $100,000 convertible note from two local venture capital firms, Detroit Venture Partners and Ludlow Ventures. The competition is Thursday afternoon, April 28, when the selected 25 companies will pitch their products to potential investors.
The conference will feature keynotes by Josh Linkner, founder and chairman of Detroit-based e-Prize, digital interactive promotion firm, and Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder of Quicken Loans Inc., who will speak about his vision for turning downtown Detroit into a technology hub. The conference also features presentations, group breakout sessions, relationship-building opportunities and influencers who are taking action to redefine business in the digital age.
The Premiere conference sponsors include MRM Digital Agency, Airfoil Public Relations, Verizon Wireless, Cadillac Travel, Detroit Venture Partners, Ludlow Ventures, Mindfield, Quicken Loans, Logic Solutions, Green Sky Creative, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, ePrize and the Facility Matrix Group.
The conference focuses on five areas that are vital to the region and its economy: integrating digital platforms into marketing programs, improving the user experience, using mobile communications for information exchange, business intelligence/analytics, and regional growth derived from the application of digital technology.
Tickets to attend FutureMidwest, including the Funded by Night competition, are $250. Single tickets that provide admission to both Funded by Night and the FutureMidwest evening networking event April 28 are $25 for professionals and $10 for students. To register or for information, visit www.futuremidwest.com and fundedbynight.com.

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