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The first Friday of each month, founders get together to connect, share their challenges, and be resources for each other. This is a casual meetup with no set agenda, just Founders helping Founders.

​​Founders First Fridays is held in multiple cities across the state so all founders have a place to connect with the other great folks building companies here in Michigan. Hope to see you there!

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Who should come?

  • ​Active ​high-growth startup founders
  • ​​Founders considering significantly scaling their companies
  • ​​Experienced founders who have raised venture or high-growth capital

​​What to expect

  • ​Build relationships with fellow founders
  • ​​Sharing challenges and discussing issues together in a judgment free zone
  • ​​Sharing your own experience and expertise with other founders

​​This event is specifically designed for founders to connect and support each other. We kindly ask that if you’re not a founder, you allow this space to be dedicated to founders only. We also ask that this is a sales-free zone – no selling to other founders!

​Your understanding and respect for this founder-focused environment are greatly appreciated.

Meetup locations and times:

Ann Arbor 

9-10am at Cahoots (206 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)

Hosted by Prashant Salla, co-founder of GoodHood


9-10am at Bamboo Detroit (1420 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226)

Hosted by Shay Bailey, founder of My Beauty Kit)

Grand Rapids

10-11am at Start Garden (40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

Hosted by Terra Osman, founder of Farmish, and Dre Wallace, founder of Opnr


5-7pm at Zephyr (215 S Front St, Marquette, MI 49855)

Hosted by Ryan Iacovacci, founder of Myconaut

Royal Oak

9-10am at Bamboo (220 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067)

Hosted by Christina Fair, founder of Hum

Sterling Heights

10-11am at Velocity (6633 18 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48314)

Hosted by Ryan LaPensee, founder of PanOptic Quality Systems

Traverse City

9-10am at Riley’s Candles (476 US-31, Traverse City, MI 49685)

Hosted by Broc Crandall, founder of Stocked

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