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Join us for another virtual Fireside Chat on Thursday, October 29th! This month Startup Grind is celebrating Black Leaders Month, and we are thrilled to have Monica joining us for an interview and Q&A. As always, please sing up for a (FREE) ticket in advance so you can join the chat and submit questions for Monica.
❤️ our partners: Deep Fork Technology, 36 Degrees North, NextGen Tax Services, Indigo Technology, Black Women Business Owners of America, TYPROS Foundation, i2E, Inc., Holberton School Tulsa, True North Ventures, Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship, 1 Million Cups Tulsa, Harkey Productions
Schedule For Thursday October 29th:
6:00pm: Fireside Chat with Monica Wheat and Alex Lobodiac
7:00pm: Wrap Up + Networking
Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, Investor, and Venture Developer. Monica is Founder and Executive Director of Venture Catalysts, a non-profit venture and ecosystem development group focused on investor/founder education, innovation hubs, and large-scale entrepreneurial initiatives for over 40,000 attendees. She is the Techstars Startup Programs Lead leading programs nationwide, and Founding Co-Director of Startup Boost, a global Pre-Accelerator. She served as a Consultant for Backstage Capital, co-producing their multi-city live investment tour and was the Managing Director of the Backstage Capital - Detroit Accelerator, a 4-city, global tech accelerator investing 3 months and $100,000 each in scaling startups for underrepresented founders.
She is a global speaker, judge, and consultant. Past clients have included Fortune 10 corporations, non-profits, school districts, tech accelerators, venture funds, and start-ups. She regularly speaks and consults at corporations & conferences on topics of emerging ecosystems, venture capital, digital innovation, and women in technology.
Her work has been featured in Crains, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, and Forbes.
Backstage Capital Detroit
Monica Wheat is the Managing Director at Backstage Detroit and is the Founder at Venture Catalysts. Monica also serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Grand Circus, where she's led projects focused on EdTech, corporate partnerships, and diversity. She's the Founder of Digerati Girls, a non-profit that has helped over 7,000 students gain skills in digital technology and entrepreneurship.
Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, and Venture Developer. She is the Managing Director leading Backstage Detroit and is the Founder + Executive Director at Venture Catalysts, a venture and ecosystem development group. Monica also serves as an Advisor + Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Grand Circus Detroit, where she's led projects focused on EdTech, corporate partnerships, and diversity + inclusion. She's the Founder + Executive Director of Digerati Girls, Inc./Digerati Kids, a non-profit that has helped over 7,000 Detroit-area students gain skills and an introduction to careers in digital technology and entrepreneurship. Monica is extremely invested in the Detroit startup community and similar emerging tech ecosystems. She's the Lead for Techstars Startup Programs including Detroit Startup Week and Startup Digest Detroit/Ann Arbor, and she's also Co-founder + City Director of Startup Boost Detroit, a global pre-accelerator.