I get a lot of inquiries from terrific startup folks around the country. Many mention they will be in Detroit for the day and want to get a good sense of the startup ecosystem. They want to see what Detroit’s entrepreneurial gold rush is all about. To help them, I started sharing a quick guide to Detroit by email and it’s grown over time.
Now, I’m expanding this email into a dedicated blog post for all to enjoy and contribute to. If there are any hot startup locations or must-eat restaurants missing from this list, please leave a comment so I can add them.
So where should a visitor to Detroit go in 24 hours to see our quickly growing startup ecosystem? And what should they eat while they are here?
Here’s what I recommend.
All Around Detroit
- 0700am — Morning run
- 0830am — Coffee & breakfast
1030am — Practice Space
An incubator focused on injecting new life into buildings and businesses in Detroit. Awesome stuff.
- 1145am — Lunch
0100pm — Green Garage
Triple bottom line co-working. Incredible space. Formerly a showroom for Model T automobiles in the 1920s.
0245pm — Willys Curated, American-made goods. Awesome finds from the folks behind Shinola.
- 0345pm — Madison Block
One of 7 tech hubs sponsored by Google for Entrepreneurs.
0430pm — Bamboo Detroit Great co-working space in Detroit. Home to over 50 entrepreneurs and creatives.
- 0530pm — D:Hive — All the resources to live, work, and play in Detroit.
- 0600pm — Happy Hour
- 0700pm — Dinner
- 0900pm — Night Cap
- 1000pm — Sleep
- Use Uber or Lyft to get around (and in 2016 the M1 rail)
- Detroit Institute of Arts Museum
- Tour with Detroit Experience Factory
- Signal Return
- Workshop Detroit
- Red Bull House of Art
- Instagram yourself fist bumping Joe Louis Monument
- Send me a tweet letting me know about your awesome 24-hours in Detroit