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UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join us Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Three things we've learned from Detroit's innovators

As the Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX) initiative enters its third year, we are reflecting on all that we have learned since we set out to understand and measure social impact within Detroit’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation.

D3 + UIX Insight: Funding Innovation

We have hit the one year mark with the Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX) initiative. After one year we have interviewed an initial 60 innovators identified by UIX; we are now able to start sharing some of our preliminary insights.

FoodLab: Weaving the network for a good food system in Detroit

Jess Daniel, founder of FoodLab Detroit, discusses network weaving versus networking, and how FoodLab utilizes the network weaving strategy to help build a strong good food system here in Detroit.

Poor but sexy: REVOLVE aims to re-imagine vacant storefronts and rebuild neighborhood retail

Michael Forsyth, Business Development Manager of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, heads up the DEGC's recently-launched REVOLVE program. REVOLVE works with growing neighborhoods, aspiring entrepreneurs, and building owners in need of tenants to address Detroit's threefold issue of neighborhood needs, excessive storefront vacancies, and lack of retail density head-on via pop-up. Here he shares with UIX Detroit the short- and long-term visions for REVOLVE.

Using data to inspire innovation and inclusion

The Urban Innovation Exchange (UIX) initiative and Data Driven Detroit (D3) together have created a survey to better understand social innovation and its impact in Detroit. Here D3 Communications Manager & Analyst Kat Hartman explains what exactly we mean when we say "social innovation" as well as the ways in which we quantify it.

Fashion & Technology: Could industry cross-breeding become Detroitís future?

Detroit is seeing a new wave of creative startups, and fashion is one industry on the rise. Recently, more capital has been made available to technology companies, aiming to turn Detroit into a “Silicon Valley of the Midwest." If, as they say, 90% of fashion is marketing, and social media use is at a high, shouldn’t apparel businesses be considered an investment opportunity in Detroit’s creative economy? What ways can we extend these tech startup incentives to multiple industries?

It's OK to FAIL: How can we celebrate failure as part of innovation?

You’re going to fail...and that's great! If you're out there innovating and DOING things - trying to add value, generate opportunity, hire employees, build communities, develop talent, create wealth or start something new to move Detroit forward - you're not going to succeed every time. So how do we turn failure into a badge of honor rather than a mark of shame?
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