Reflecting on Drawing-as-Method from our “Design TREE” Experience at DSW 2018

By Rahul Mitra

It’s been awhile since our talk at Detroit Startup Week (DSW) earlier this year, but December is as good a time as any to reflect on some of the interesting and useful things that experience uncovered for us.

To recap: we were thrilled to facilitate a 1.5-hour session with DSW participants on some of the findings from our TREE project, specifically on what tangible and intangible resources Detroit entrepreneurs drew from the ecosystem, and the bottlenecks they encountered. But while that took about 15 minutes of our talk, I was far more excited about the communication-as-design activity that was to constitute the bulk of the session.

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Helped judge NEF Pitch Pit in Ann Arbor


Rahul was privileged and thrilled to serve as a “Pitch Pit” judge at the Oct 18, 2018, Showcase and Pitch Pit, organized by the New Enterprise Forum (NEF). Based in Ann Arbor, MI, only 45 minutes from downtown Detroit, NEF offers local entrepreneurs extensive coaching, networking and other support services so that they can be successful. Pitch Pit gives startup leaders the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community. 

Legacy Shave was the showcase presenter on this event, while Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was the featured stakeholder. Find out more about the presenting entrepreneurs and other judges HERE.