Detroit Homecoming V
Crain’s Detroit Business
Since 2014, over 600 Detroit expats have made the invite-only trip back to their hometown for the Detroit Homecoming experience. Since its inception, over $300 million of direct investment has been generated through the event in Detroit as well as an additional $500 million of indirect investment. Homecoming V offered expat attendees the opportunity to engage with the companies and entrepreneurs building great products for the future of the city. New and exciting tech companies such as StockX, Duo Security and May Mobility demonstrated to expats and locals alike that Detroit is still a hub for innovation.
Guests kicked off opening night with cocktail hour at the newly opened Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, followed by dinner on the floor at Little Caesars Arena. Expat attendees, sponsors and local guests were treated to a keynote address by Chris Ilitch, president of Ilitch Holdings; and Fireside chats featuring Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan and Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman William Clay Ford Jr., Quicken Loans Founder/Chairman Dan Gilbert and StockXCEO & co-founder, Josh Luber.
Day two featured an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum with moderated discussions at the Lexus Velodrome and lunch served outdoors at a food truck rally. The evening began with over 20 house parties scattered throughout the city followed by a Bettye Lavette concert at The Corner, formally the site of Tiger Stadium. Friday concluded with a breakfast, networking and an Education Forum back at The Lexus Velodrome featuring moderated discussions with speakers including the Presidents of Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy and Harvard University.