One Detroit-based startup will have the chance to pitch its business plan to Google and its investors in Silicon Valley.
Google, which recently pegged Detroit as one of seven technology hubs in North America to be part of a “Google for Entrepreneurs” program, is offering the opportunity to one fledgling business from each of the seven hubs.
Grand Circus, an IT training company based downtown, will begin hosting competitions this month to see who will represent Detroit. Startups must apply online at http://grandcircus.co/google-demo-day by 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
Of the applicants, 15 will be selected as semifinalists and will pitch their ideas on Feb. 19 at the Grand Circus space in the Broderick Tower from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to vote for their favorite, and five finalists will move on to the next round.
After a final round of pitches, the winner will be picked Feb. 26.
Downtown Detroit’s tech scene has gained local and national attention. The block that contains the M@dison Theater Building, which has become known as a tech incubator and is home to 24 tech start-up businesses, was recently re-branded as The M@dison Block.
In September, Detroit’s M@dison Block was pegged by Google to be one of seven tech hubs nationwide in a new “Google for Entrepreneurs” program designed to provide Detroit-based tech startups access to Google experts and products.
The other six hubs are in Minnesota, Illinois, Ontario, Nashville, North Carolina and Colorado.