Startup Story Night

Startup Story Night

2019 Announcement coming soon!


Last year the New Economy Initiative (NEI) and Model D hosted the first-ever Startup Story Night, where five local entrepreneurs shared the challenges and triumphs of growing their businesses live on stage at a standing-room-only event emceed by Glynn Washington, host of WNYC's Snap Judgment podcast.

We're pleased to let you know that Startup Story Night will return for the second year in February 2018. Our theme? "Love What You Do" -- stories about the lengths entrepreneurs will go to do the things they love. 

 Four storytellers have been selected to workshop their stories with Satori Shakoor of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers before performing them in front of a live audience at The Charles Wright Museum on Friday, February 16, 2018. With Satori's knack for sell-out shows paired with the beautiful venue (not to mention WDET on hand to record), this is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs seeking creative ways to share their passion.

We're happy to announce the following storytellers have been selected to perform at this year's Startup Story Night: The Love What You Do Event! 

Mamba Hamissi, Co-Owner - Baobab Fare

Marlin Williams, Founder - Sisters Code

Kim Gamez, Founder & CEO - Mi Padrino 

Jeanette Pierce, Founder - Detroit Experience Factory 


Startup Story Night takes place at 7:30p on February 16, 2018 at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History | 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit


Reserve your tickets now at


** The Wright Museum is located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center. Paid street and lot parking are available around the museum. Download the Park Detroit App for easy street payment options. 


Watch THE 2017 performances HERE.



Meet Our host

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Satori Shakoor is an artist, storyteller and a social entrepreneur. She is a 2017 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow. She hosts the Moth Story Slam in Ann Arbor as well as the Twisted Storytellers podcast produced by WDET Radio. 

Ms. Shakoor is the founder of The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers (TSSOTS), a live, curated storytelling event. The monthly series features real people who tell true and personal stories live onstage at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Ms. Shakoor designs and facilitates storytelling workshops in the art and craft of storytelling in community for organizations, corporations and privately as a coach.