DETROIT – Monica Wheat, Managing Director of Backstage Capital, has joined the judging panel for the Chinese-government backed InnoSTARS competition that concludes the day-long IoT Tech Connect Conference April 29 at the Michigan Science Center.

The Detroit InnoSTARS quarter finals are open for applicants until April 15. Ten companies will be selected to pitch to a panel of judges, including Bloom, from 5 to 7 pm at the Michigan Science Center Ballroom. The quarter final winners or winners will then compete in Houston in May at the semifinals. The winners in Houston will be provided with an all-expenses paid trip to China in the fall to compete in the worldwide finals.

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Monica Wheat

Wheat leads the Detroit Backstage Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to give founders the support they need to reach their next critical milestone. Founders will work with a team of experienced, passionate facilitators and will grow through mentorship, investment capital, and access to resources + networks. Global Cities (LA, Philadelphia, London, Detroit).

She also is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Venture Catalysts, an ecosystem development group focusing on programming, funding, strategy and business development for entrepreneurs. Venture Catalysts develops partnerships and programming that seeds national and large-scale partners and opportunities for local entrepreneurs in emerging markets. VC is a general market firm that has diversity & inclusion in its DNA.

What’s more, she lead development of Detroit Startup Week, a free, 5-day, 200 plus Program, 180 plus Partner, 15 Track, 11,900 plus person celebration of Detroit that builds opportunities around entrepreneurship.

Wheat holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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