WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Lawrence Tech’s Annual Robofest Goes Virtual (Episode 78)

On today’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares news that the Lawrence Technological University Annual Student Robofest, which involves more than 2,500 LTU students, is going virtual this year.

The event, originally scheduled for May 14 to 16 on LTU’s Southfield campus, will now take place beginning August 28 through 29 and continue October 2 through 3 via video conferencing.

As reported in DBusiness magazine, C.J. Chung, Robofest inventor and professor of computer science at LTU, says, “We are proud to announce that Robofest is currently the only robotics world championship operating this year.”

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“These (events) drive technological advances. Ultimately these are the seeds; this is where it all starts, and we’re thrilled the event is going on.”
– Jeff Sloan

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

Today on the Business Beat, we’re pleased to report that the Lawrence Technological University Annual Student Robofest world championship, which involves more than 2,500 LTU students. Instead of canceling it, it’s moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, originally scheduled for May 14 to 16 on LTU’s Southfield campus, will now take place beginning August 28 through 29 and continue through October second, third via video conferencing and other sign of the changing times. But we’re thrilled this event will go on the importance of events like this are these events help shape students’ minds. They force technological thinking, innovative and progressive thinking, which can result in the seeds of really interesting startup companies being born out of our region.

Now as reported in DBusiness magazine, C.J. Chung, Robofest inventor and professor of computer science at LTU, says, “We are proud to announce that Robofest is currently the only robotics world championship operating this year.”

That’s amazing. The only one, and of course it’s going to be operating online, but it will be taking place, Paul. Robofest teams can choose to participate in a variety of events. Love these.

How about golf bowl in which students design and build a robot to putt golf balls into holes on a six-foot table, while also knocking over water bottles.

How about bottle Sumo time trial, a competition in which robots try to push water bottles off a table. Robo arts, in which students create robots that offer artistic performances like music or dance. Robo med, in which students create medical care robots. And the list goes on and on.

Now, on the surface, these may seem playful and maybe even silly, but again, these drive technological advances. Ultimately these are the seeds. This is where it all starts, and we’re thrilled the event is going on.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com and that’s today’s business beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: John Gallagher Offers Key Takeaways from Day 1 of Detroit Startup Week (Episode 79)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares insights from John Gallagher, former Detroit Free Press columnist and noted author, who provides key takeaways from the first day of Detroit Startup Week.

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

We’re midway through Detroit Startup Week, and to cover the action and key takeaways for us, we’re fortunate to have John Gallagher, former Detroit Free Press columnist and noted author, reporting for us. Here’s some key highlights from John’s latest report. D

Dug Song, founder of the unicorn company, Duo Security, in Ann Arbor said Monday, the big change in metro Detroit startup culture has been moving from a few celebrity entrepreneurs to a more grassroots, bottom up roster of numerous players. There has been this swell of support for broader more community-based entrepreneurship. He said, I’m excited to see how far that’s gone and a very rich community of support.

And so are the long-term difficulties facing entrepreneurs of color. Minority startups have always faced a harder road since entrepreneurs of color tend to have less family wealth to back them up. And they may face a residue of misunderstanding and racism in applying for loans and the like many programs have attempted to address these inequalities, including the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund created by JP Morgan Chase, WK Kellogg Foundation and others, which has aided dozens of minority entrepreneurs in Detroit. But there’s still a long way to go to even the playing field.

Thank you, John. We’ll be reporting more together from Detroit Startup Week, so stay tuned.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: John Gallagher Reviews Day 4 of Detroit Startup Week (Episode 81)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff welcomes back John Gallagher, former Detroit Free Press columnist, noted author and WJR Business Beat reporter, who shares his review of Thursday’s sessions during Detroit Startup Week.

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“If Detroit Startup Week is demonstrating anything, it’s that the startup world is adapting to the new normal created by the coronavirus lockdown.”

– John Gallagher

Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat. Listeners outside of the Detroit area can listen live HERE.

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

Well, as you know, this is Detroit Startup Week, going on all week here in Detroit this year, it’s all virtual, no in person meetings or events at all, all taking place online. The first of its kind in the world, as I understand, and we’ve got our Business Beat reporter, our StartupNation Business Beat reporter, John Gallagher, who’s going to give us a review from yesterday’s conference.

If Detroit Startup Week is demonstrating anything, it’s that the startup world is adapting to the new normal created by the coronavirus lockdown. Thursday morning saw a thoughtful discussion of social entrepreneurship, featuring Dr. Marcus Harris, the lecturer in entrepreneurship at the university of Michigan Dearborn dispelling the myth that social entrepreneurs are somehow different from all other entrepreneurs.

Harris said that social entrepreneurship follows the same process that traditional entrepreneurship does. Quote, “You still have to raise capital,” he said. “You still have to have a product or service that fills a customer or market need.” What’s different, he said, is the motivation. The goal is to pursue a social mission, perhaps creating more jobs for low income people or generating profits to share with the community.

But you’re pursuing that social mission through commercial means. Generating social value begins with having a successful business. Quote, “social entrepreneurs make money,” Harris said. They still generate profits. The only difference is that the main goal is designed to create social impact. He cited the example of Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, New York, whose motto is, quote, “We don’t hire people to bake brownies. We bake brownies to hire people.”

Jeff Sloan, CEO of StartupNation, said the coronavirus crisis has revealed how unnecessary were some of the old ways of doing this, like flying to the west coast for a one-hour business meeting. A lot of these things are being shaken out of business today, he said, but it took a crisis to break down such hardened business habits.

“It was a hard thing to disrupt how we were doing business before,” he said.

These sessions and more at Detroit Startup Week illustrate that the coronavirus crisis presents opportunities for entrepreneurs as well as challenges. As Jeff Sloan said, quote, “Now more than ever, the intuition of an entrepreneur comes into play today like never before.”

For StartupNation, this is John Gallagher.

Thanks John. We’ve got one more great day of Detroit Startup Week ahead.

Don’t miss it today. A couple of highlights to point out. We’ve got women owned businesses in Michigan, that’s StartupNation Radio live featuring RJ King and Monica Wheat. That’ll be at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM today.

And then, how about The Power of a Photograph led by the one and only Linda Solomon, check that out at 11:00 AM today as well.

There’s lots of other great programming and I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Eskalera Technology Helps Create a More Diverse Workforce (Episode 80)

The issue of racial diversity is a hot one in today’s society, and there are now technology solutions emerging to help us address the problem. On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff shares details of one such company, Eskalera. The technology startup, led by Goldman Sachs’ former human resources head, Dane Holmes, has launched an index to measure corporate diversity and inclusiveness.

The goal is to help give companies actionable software to help corporations hire and retain a more diverse staff. Clients include the likes of Charles Schwab and Cornell University.

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“This demonstrates again, the power of innovation and creative thinking to address and solve problems in society as diverse and as difficult as even this one is.”

– Jeff Sloan

Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat. Listeners outside of the Detroit area can listen live HERE.

Are you an entrepreneur with a great story to share? If so, contact us at editor@startupnation.com and we’ll feature you on an upcoming segment of the WJR Business Beat!

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul, as we know all too well, many U.S. companies have pledged funds and issued statements in support of racial diversity among protests that erupted since George Floyd, a black man, died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

As we also know, there have been a series of initiatives underway and underfoot to address the problem of more racial diversity needed within the corporate ranks of business.

To put this in some kind of simple perspective, further than 1 percent of fortune 500 CEOs are black, according to a 2019 study by the Center for Talent Innovation.

While around 13 percent of Americans identify as black or African American, according to federal data. That really does put the problem into proper perspective.

Now, as reported by Thomson Reuters, Eskalera, a technology startup led by Goldman Sachs’ former human resources head, Dane Holmes, has launched an index to measure corporate diversity and inclusiveness.

Eskalera software collects information on employee sentiment and company culture and combines it with HR data to generate a score for an inclusivity that can be measured against others.

The goal is to help give companies actionable software to help corporations hire and retain a more diverse staff. Clients already include the likes of Charles Schwab and Cornell University, just to name a couple.

So, now while the issue of racial diversity is such a hot button item in today’s society for all of us, there are now technology solutions emerging to help us address the problem.

This demonstrates again, the power of innovation and creative thinking to address and solve problems in society as diverse and as difficult as even this one is.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Detroit Startup Week feat. Monica Wheat (Episode 77)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff highlights Detroit Startup Week, a week-long virtual conference that kicks off today! He’s joined by Monica Wheat, founder and partner at Venture Catalysts and Detroit Startup Week event lead.

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“(Detroit Startup Week) is meant to bring the Detroit community together of founders, investors, program suppliers, and corporate partners, and allow them to mix and mingle, but also allow them to learn and figure out ways to grow their businesses and their partnerships.”

– Monica Wheat

Tune in to News/Talk 760 AM WJR weekday mornings at 7:11 a.m. for the WJR Business Beat. Listeners outside of the Detroit area can listen live HERE.

Are you an entrepreneur with a great story to share? If so, contact us at editor@startupnation.com and we’ll feature you on an upcoming segment of the WJR Business Beat!

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

Each year at this time of year in Detroit an important week-long gathering of founders, investors and others from the region’s entrepreneurial community takes place and it’s known as the Techstars Detroit Startup Week event. And we’re so thrilled that the show is still going on, albeit online this year.

It starts today and runs all this week. Monica Wheat leads the Detroit chapter and has this to say about this year’s event and how to attend.

Hi, Jeff. This week’s Detroit Startup Week starts on Monday, June 22nd through June 26th, and it is virtual instead of live. And we are the first virtual startup week in the world.

It’s a celebration of entrepreneurship. It’s free. It’s five days. It is over 100 sessions of business learning, education and access. It is meant to bring the Detroit community together of founders, investors, program suppliers, and corporate partners, and allow them to mix and mingle, but also allow them to learn and figure out ways to grow their businesses and their partnerships. We have on the top 50 programs that are live, they each have an average of 500 attendees registered. This is the first virtual startup week in the country, actually in the world. We are the first one to do this virtual.

So, we’re super excited that Detroit was able to do that. It’s free to register and they just go to www.detroitstartupweek.heysummit.com.

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to get started, already own a company that you want to grow, or perhaps you’re an investor looking to invest in startup companies, this event is for you. It’s free and you can register now and attend any one of the days this week or attend all week long. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s business beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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1% of venture-backed startup founders are Black. Here’s how one entrepreneur beat those odds – Best gaming pro

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