Event Details

The Fillmore Detroit

From hundreds of applicants, 15 entrepreneurs will be selected to pitch their company live at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day on Friday, June 14th! The finalist companies include new startups, existing small businesses, and nationally expanding ventures.

A panel of renowned judges will pick seven winners to receive their share of $1.2 million. Even the audience gets in on the fun and can vote for their favorite company in each category to win a $25,000 “People’s Choice” awards using the Detroit Demo Day App.

A Happy Hour event kicks off at 5:00 pm at The Fillmore Detroit with the opportunity to meet the finalist entrepreneurs. The night concludes with a live musical performance from a top national artist.

The People’s Choice Award

At Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day on June 14th at the Fillmore, the audience will get a chance to get in on the action. Through the Detroit Demo Day App, audience members will be able to vote for their favorite company in each category to receive a $25,000 grant.

Meet The Hosts

Angela Yee

American radio personality Angela Yee is best known as the host of the nationally syndicated morning show The Breakfast Club alongside Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy.

Mike Ellison

The multi-faceted entertainer has released independent albums, produced national concert and community outreach tours, and registered acting credits that span film, theater and television.

Meet The Judges

Suzanne Shank

Chairwoman, CEO and a co-founder of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC.

During Ms. Shank’s tenure as CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank has grown from a start-up investment banking firm in 1996 to one which has participated in over $2 trillion in municipal bond, corporate bond and equity transactions. A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Ms. Shank has positioned the firm to hold the distinction of being the top-ranked minority- and woman-owned municipal bond underwriter for 18 consecutive years.

Jason White

Chief Marketing Officer, Cura Partners, Inc.

Jason White is the Chief Marketing Officer at Cura Partners Inc., overseeing the Select brand globally. Having built a career around developing and spearheading culture-shaping ideas, Jason came to Cura with the desire to write history by building the future of the emerging cannabis industry. Prior to Cura, Jason held the position of Executive Vice President and Global Head of Marketing for Beats by Dr. Dre (Beats).

Tony Ambroza

Chief Brand Officer, Carhartt

Tony Ambroza is the chief brand officer (CBO) at Carhartt, Inc. In this role, Tony leads brand engagement across the entire consumer journey at critical touch points including TV commercials, social media, events, retail marketing, Carhartt’s direct-to-consumer (D2C) business, and beyond to build an even deeper affinity between consumers and the Carhartt brand.

John Henry

Partner, Harlem Capital & Host of Vice’s latest show, HUSTLE

John Henry is a Dominican-American entrepreneur and investor. Henry started his first business at 18, an on-demand drycleaning service for the Film and TV industry in New York City. Henry led the company through its acquisition in 2014 — founding and selling his first business by the age of 21. He now serves as a Partner at Harlem Capital, a diversity-focused early stage venture capital firm on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship.

Mystery Musical Guest

The 2019 Detroit Demo Day event will wrap up with an exclusive performance by a multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist. You won’t want to miss this!