Detroit Becomes One of Google’s Seven Tech Hubs in North America

Internet giant Google launched last week a new network for tech startups that’s part of the company’s “Google for Entrepreneurs”, a two-year initiative currently operating in more than 100 countries that helps foster entrepreneurship and add new jobs in communities from all over the world.

Internet giant Google has launched a new network for tech start-ups that’s part of the company’s “Google for Entrepreneurs,” a two-year initiative currently operating in more than 100 countries that helps foster entrepreneurship and add new jobs in communities all over the world.

Dubbed “Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network,” the new program announced on Google’s official blog will provide financial support as well as access to Google services, platforms and mentors to seven tech hub partners located in the United States and Canada. “We believe these hubs have pioneered a new approach to launching a business, and it’s our mission to help support them,” said John Lyman, head of partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs.

The first Tech Hub Network partners under the Google umbrella are:

-          1871 in Chicago, IL

-          American Underground in Durham, N.C.

-          Communitech in Waterloo, Canada

-          Coco in Minneapolis, MN

-          Galvanize in Denver, CO

-          Nashville Entrepreneur Center in Nashvile, TN

-          Grand Circus in Detroit, MI

Grand Circus is a technology training institute that occupies approximately 15,000 square feet at 1570 Woodward Avenue across from Detroit’s historic Grand Circus Park, in the recently renovated Broderick Tower. The tech center co-founded by Damien Rocchi and Bradley Hoos will soon house nearly 50 entrepreneurs expected to have an impact on the city’s booming tech scene.

Grand Circus occupies three floors at the Broderick Tower and it’s located next to the M@dison Building, Detroit’s first business incubator which now houses 25 technology start-ups. In fact, according to a press statement, Grand Circus recently joined “The M@dison Block,” a new partnership that also includes Detroit Venture Partners (DVP), Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services, Google and start-up accelerator Bizdom.

Anchored by the M@dison Theatre Building—where Twitter opened its first Detroit office back in Spring 2012—“The M@dison Block” comprises the entire block of buildings near Grad Circus Park in Downtown Detroit and is seen as ground zero for entrepreneurship in the region.

“Google heard consistently from tech hubs that they wanted to be part of a larger network, to learn from each other and collaborate on ideas. We are happy to facilitate that,” said Lyman.

 

Google logo via google.com; Grand Circus Detroit logo via grandcircus.com