Quicken Loans Commits $1 Million to Strengthening Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses in Detroit

  • April 3, 2017

DETROIT, April 3, 2017 – Hundreds of startups will be competing for $1 million as a part of the inaugural Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day. The one-day event will be the final round of a three-round competition where 20 of the best small businesses in Detroit (or willing to move to Detroit) will be narrowed down to the Top 8 who will each receive a portion of the $1 million of Quicken Loans capital.

Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit. Businesses can apply online through Friday, April 14, 2017 at DetroitDemoDay.com.

“The lifeblood of a growing business is capital. Quicken Loans is honored to put to work an additional $1 million into the best small businesses in the city of Detroit,” said Dan Gilbert, Chairman of Detroit-based Quicken Loans. “We want the most creative, innovative, energy-filled growing small businesses in the city to bring it’ at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day. Only the best of the best will win access to our capital. Detroit has so many great budding businesses, it will be challenging narrowing it down to the Top 8. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold.”

After initially vetting hundreds of companies from their online applications, 100 will advance to Round Two. These remaining 100 small businesses will all be asked to provide further detail related to their business plans.

The Round Two companies will then be reviewed and judged by a group of successful Detroit business leaders from a variety of industries and sectors. These judges will narrow the field to the Top 20 finalists who will all be invited to compete live in front of a panel of nationally-recognized business leaders at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at downtown’s Gem Theatre.

After all 20 finalists have presented at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day, the panel of judges will vote on the Top 8 companies who will receive $1 million of Quicken Loans capital allocated in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. The capital will be provided in the form of an interest free debt instrument with a five-year term after a one-year payment-free holiday.

Additional capital will be awarded to companies who are crowd favorites – voted on by the Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day attendees. The event will also serve as a way to introduce entrepreneurs to additional investors, funding and support.

Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day Timeline

Round One:

  • Today – Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:59PM EDT

Vetting:

  • Saturday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:59PM EDT
  • The online applications will be narrowed down to the Top 100 by Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day staff

Round Two:

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 – Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11:59PM EDT
  • The Top 100 will be asked to provide further detail related to their business plans.
  • The Top 100 will be reviewed by the Detroit business leader panel who will narrow the field to 20 companies who will all be invited to participate in the Final Round live at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day.

Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day:

  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:00PM
  • The 20 finalists will pitch their companies to a panel of nationally-recognized business leaders live at Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day at The Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit.

For full details, including eligibility requirements, answers to frequently asked questions, and to apply, please visit DetroitDemoDay.com

Stay tuned to Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages for developing news/information and for the announcement of winners.

The Quicken Loans Family of Companies has set a goal of bringing 1,000 business ideas into action each year by partnering with BUILD Institute, ProsperUs Detroit, and LifeLine Business Consulting.

Click here to download this Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day Promo Video

Click here to download a high resolution Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day Logo.

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About Quicken Loans

Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. The company has closed over $300 billion of mortgage volume across all 50 states between 2013 and 2016. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 13,500 of its 16,000 team members work in the city’s urban core. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination” in the United States by J.D. Power for the past seven consecutive years, 2010 – 2016, and highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers the past three years, 2014 – 2016.

Quicken Loans was ranked #10 on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list in 2017, and has been among the top-30 companies for the last 14 years. It has been recognized as one of Computerworld magazine’s ’100 Best Places to Work in IT’ the past 12 years, ranking #1 for seven of the past eleven years including 2016. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit QuickenLoans.com.

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