As part of this alliance, Grand Circus, located on The M@dison Block in downtown Detroit, has been added to the brand new Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network, a program designed to grow Detroit-based technology start-ups.
Comprised of seven hubs throughout North America, the Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network will support entrepreneurs in Detroit through greater access to Google experts and products. In addition, The M@dison Block entreprenuers will be invited to participate in a number of specialized Google events each year. Most important, Grand Circus will partner and exchange best practices with the other hubs in the network.
Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network is the first formal network of this kind in the world.
“Detroit has quickly become the destination for emerging technology companies looking to grow their business and at the same time make a positive impact on the community,” said Dan Gilbert, Founder and Chairman of Rock Ventures. “Yesterday’s announcement by Google is the latest piece of exciting news about the explosive high-tech corridor taking shape downtown. Google’s investment is another example of a high-profile technology company seizing on the opportunities in Detroit.”
The M@dison Block refers to the entire block of buildings near Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit bordered by Woodward Avenue on the west, Broadway on the east, Witherell on the north, and John R. on the south. This area has quickly become ground zero for entrepreneurship in the region. The block is anchored by the well-known M@dison Theatre Building, home to DVP and 24 tech start-up businesses. The M@dison Block also includes four other tech-centric buildings located on Woodward Avenue.
· Grand Circus - 1570 Woodward, Broderick Tower, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floors
· Bizdom, DVP portfolio company Stik.com - 1528 Woodward, 3rd and 4th Floors
· Sachse (builder of the state-of-the-art tech office space on The M@dison Block) – 1528 Woodward, 6th Floor
· Detroit Labs - 1520 Woodward, 5th and 6th Floors
· Avalon Films/Hudson Editorial - 1500 Woodward, 5th and 6th Floors
· Neumann/Smith (design firm of many of the spaces on The M@dison Block) – 1500 Woodward, 3rd Floor
“Google heard consistently from tech hubs that they wanted to be part of a larger network, to learn from each other and collaborate on ideas. We are happy to facilitate that,” said John Lyman, head of partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs. “Our team has been incredibly impressed with the great work these hubs have done in their cities, and are excited to partner with them to do even more.”
Grand Circus, DVP and Bizdom are helping start-ups capitalize on this development by providing tools, mentorship and capital for entrepreneurs who are chasing their dreams, educational opportunities for talented developers, and a vibrant community for innovative start-ups.
The M@dison Block, Detroit’s newest entrepreneurial corridor, will be unveiled at a media event on Monday, September 30 at 5 p.m. at Grand Circus’ office located on the 4th floor in the Broderick Tower.
Google for Entrepreneurs is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and products. The other six hubs in the network include: CoCo in Minneapolis, MN; 1871 in Chicago, IL; Communitech in Waterloo, Ontario; Nashville Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, TN; American Underground in Durham, NC; and Galvanize in Denver, CO.