On Monday night, Dan Gilbert helped introduce The M@dison Block to the world.
The M@dison Block consists of 26 start-up companies in a state-of-the-art hub that promotes innovation and creativity which will hopefully provide a spark to the Detroit economy. It represents a hope that many have for the city of Detroit. That hope stems from the attempt to diversify the businesses in the area, moving away from the traditional auto industry that has defined the Motor City for decades.
“It’s a very exciting time,” said Quicken Loans Chairman, Dan Gilbert. “Wealth in this world today is being built by innovation and creativity, and the more of it we can have in downtown Detroit, the better off we’re going to be.”
If The M@dison Block is any indication, the city is going to be just fine.
Those that attended “The M@dison Block Party” were introduced to a few of the local business leaders and provided a warm welcome to Google For Entrepreneurs which became the newest member of The M@dison Block. Heading up the party was Gilbert along with Josh Linkner, CEO and managing partner of Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), Mike Miller, head of Google Ann Arbor and Damien Rocchi, the co-founder and CEO of Grand Circus, one of the start-ups that recently moved to Detroit.
Grand Circus also played host for the party, letting attendees explore their workspace while a few classes were taking place. The classes offered at Grand Circus are largely tech-related, mirroring the large push for tech-based business in Detroit.
Guests at the party were treated to free drinks, free food from local food trucks and a tour through the incredible spaces that make up The M@dison Block. Visitors were amazed by the beautiful layout of the different offices that they were allowed to explore.
The excitement of the night was a direct reflection of the excitement that surrounds Detroit. Despite economic woes and other issues, businesses like Grand Circus and citizens alike are putting forth a massive effort to create a better future for a city with a tarnished past starting one block at a time.