TEDxDetroit Sponsors

Support the companies that support ideas worth spreading in Detroit

A big thank you to the brands listed below for providing financial and production support to bring TEDxDetroit to the stage.

If you would like to add your company to the list (and get your brand in front of brilliant thinkers and doers), please contact Charlie Wollborg at (248) 766-9994 for information on becoming a TEDxDetroit sponsor.

UWM Careers

UWM is the #1 wholesale mortgage lender in the nation

UWM’s success is based on a simple but effective principle: attract great people, to a great workplace, and give them the tools they need to do great work. The fact that we’re the #1 wholesale mortgage company in the nation six years running is a reflection of our unflinching commitment to that goal.

We’re a winning team dedicated to making dreams come true for our team members, our mortgage broker partners and the homeowners we all serve. We win by building partnerships, masterminding award-winning technology and delivering a stellar client experience for independent mortgage brokers nationwide. To learn more about career opportunities at the fastest growing company in metro Detroit and one of its coolest places to work, visit UWMCareers.com and #BeYouHere

Support ideas worth spreading in Detroit

We’re planning something special for our 2020 event and we’d like you to be part of it.

Help support ideas, innovation, entrepreneurialism, creativity and inspiration in Detroit (and get your brand in front of connected, brilliant thinkers and doers).

element5 digital

Web Design, Marketing & Advertising

Element5 helps build brands and grow businesses that focus on recurring revenue. We’re a collective of creative pioneers. We have a passion for the digital world and an overwhelming love for creating memorable experiences on the Web. Together, we can make a lasting, positive impact on your brand both on and offline.

The launch of your website merely signifies the beginning of your brand’s online story. Element5 is devoted to nurturing your online presence — identifying and deploying new techniques and improvements.

Learn more at element5digital.com

Emagine Theatres

Metro Detroit’s Favorite Luxury Movie Theatres

Emagine strives to create a movie-going experience like no other, complete with reserved seating, plush power recliners, gourmet snacks, full bars, digital Dolby Atmos projection & sound systems.

With a great loyalty program, valet parking, and impeccable cleanliness, there’s no better wya to experience the magic of movies and more at one of the 17 Emagine Theatres near you.

Learn more at emagine-entertainment.com


In-person Payment Solutions for Utilities and Governments

The DivDat Kiosk Network is a company that uses technology to drive social change by freeing people from predatory “convenience fees” and other costs of making bill payments. We are all about Leveling the Paying Field™ for people to pay bills in a safe, convenient location at a time and method of their choosing, fee free! The DivDat Kiosk Network bridges the gap between major billers and their customers, who prefer to pay bills with cash. DivDat saved Detroiters $5 million in 2019 in so-called convenience fees.

Learn more at DivDat.com

Red Level

Managed IT Services & Tech Consulting

Since 2004, Red Level has helped companies in Michigan transform IT into a powerful competitive advantage. We deliver the game-changing technologies companies need to perform more efficiently, securely, competitively and profitably. Helpdesk? Check. New hardware? No problem. Cybersecurity? Locked down. Network not working? We’ve got the fix.

IT should propel your business forward, not hold you back. It’s time to level up your business with Red Level.

Learn more at redlevelgroup.com


What Banking Should Be

Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) was recently named the best banking institution in Michigan by Money Magazine. LMCU is the largest credit union in Michigan, with over 408,000 members. LMCU’s assets exceed $5.8 billion, with a mortgage serviced portfolio of over $10 billion. LMCU has 53 convenient branch locations across Michigan and Florida. LMCU provides a full range of financial services, from high interest-bearing checking accounts to personal loans, mortgages, investments, and commercial banking.

Learn more at lmcu.org

Phil Klein Insurance Group

Home & Auto Insurance, Business & Commercial Insurance, Life Insurance

PKIG is an award-winning, 5-star rated independent insurance agency providing home, auto, life, and commercial insurance throughout the Detroit metropolitan area and beyond. Based in West Bloomfield, PKIG agents mitigate your risk by shopping several carriers to make sure you have the right coverage at a great value.

Learn more at philkleininsurance.com.

Moka Boka

Personalized adventure storybooks

Moka Boka is a Detroit startup that puts your kids in the story. We create one-of-a-kind, beautifully illustrated, fun adventure storybooks starring your kids. With just a few clicks at MokaBoka.com, you can create your kids’ characters – customize hairstyles, skin tones, favorite colors – then add a family photo and customize the dedication.

Watch your kids eyes light up when the package arrives at your door, created just for your family with a little Moka Boka love and magic. Get your kids excited about bedtime and reading and telling their own tales with Moka Boka. Adventure awaits!

Learn more at mokaboka.com

True Depth Growth Accelerator

Executive Coaching & Management Consulting

True Depth is an executive coaching and management consulting firm that works with leaders to transform their organizations, their team and themselves through a unique combination of coaching and consulting that drives powerful, measurable results.

True Depth’s expertise spans executive and team coaching, organizational strategic planning, marketing, and communications planning, leadership and team development and meeting facilitation. To reach new heights, discover your True Depth.

Learn more at truedepth.com

Curve Marketing Detroit

marketing + design

Curve is a marketing strategy and creative design firm focused on impacting your bottom line. We understand the point of your advertising and marketing is to actually sell something. We strive to overcome your marketing challenges. To help your brand stand out from the clutter and demand attention.

We put ideas into action – matching your goals with our passion, creativity, and experience to help you increase revenue. Chances are, we’ve got a couple of big ideas that can help your business right now.

Learn more at curvedetroit.com

milo Detroit

Marketing Agency

Whether you need digital ads, SEO, social media management, or strategy to make your presence really shine, MILO is your go to. We work hard and play hard. Our expertise and our unique personality come through in our company culture and all that we produce.

MILO builds the blueprint for your marketing success. We have a traditional marketing background in public relations, integrated marketing and corporate communications and a full toolbox of data, research, best practice and best output.

Learn more at milo.agency.

Prologue PR

Media & Public Relations

Prologue thrives where content, PR and social media collide. We believe every individual has a story to tell. And we specialize in finding the most effective ways to work with our clients to share those stories.

With expertise in the restaurant, arts and entertainment and hospitality industries, we uncover the stories behind the brand, and we share them. Plans are customized and services can include media relations, content creation or event marketing.

Learn more at prologuedetroit.com.

Shawn Lee Studios Photography


Shawn Lee Studios has an energetic and “Edgy punch it” style that has graced several local, national and international media forums and publications, making it an award-winning photography studio in Detroit, Michigan. Founder Shawn Lee is and artist photography instructor and entrepreneur who has been passionate in the service of community for over 16 years.

Learn more at shawnleestudios.com


Natural Spring Water

For more than 100 years, Absopure has provided an assortment of clean, crisp-tasting water products to retailers across the country, and delivered direct to homes and offices throughout the Midwest.

While the needs of our customers have evolved since 1908, our goal remains the same: to provide quality products and services customized to meet your needs. Whether at home, at the office or on-the-go, Absopure has the perfect refreshment option for you.

Learn more at absopure.com.

Motor City Connect

Business Networking & Professional Development

Welcome to a new way of networking. A new way of thinking. A new way of doing business. Motor City Connect is a collection of professionals banding together to help each other – and our community – succeed. We connect enlightened business professionals with greater opportunities through the sharing of referrals and connections.

Join MCC for a fun, engaging and informative networking group as our members share their talents to educate and inspire each other.

Learn more at motorcityconnect.com.

Wayne State University

Urban Research University

A premier research university serving a diverse body of motivated students in vibrant Midtown, the cultural center of Detroit.

Learn more at wayne.edu

Premier Event Technology

Audiovisual Support. Scenic Design. Technical Services

Premier is a turn-key event technology company with over 20 years of experience in the live event industry. We offer full-service audiovisual support, scenic design, and technical services for meetings, exhibits, & special events.

Premier has become a one-stop-shop that creates simplicity for the clients we serve. Our mission is to powerfully deliver your message to create moments of impact through simple design, professional technology, and exceptional service.

Learn more at premiereventtech.net.


Advertising Agency

We are SMZ. It took us 90 years to write this paragraph. And we think it was time well spent. Because since we started back in 1929, we’ve used every single day of that time to learn, to grow, and to become what we are today – a full-service advertising agency that treats every client as a partner, every assignment as a mission, and every day as an opportunity. That’s what practice, patience, persistence and hard work has taught us.

Learn more at smz.com.