Grand Circus is hosting their second monthly panel series featuring black entrepreneurs in technology.

This month’s event will be held at the University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture – Room 118 – hosted by Grand Circus’ 2017 Entrepreneur in Residence, Javier Evelyn (CEO of Alerje) and Diversity Coordinator, Gabriela Santiago-Romero.

The list of panelist is below.

Tonia Osby is the co-founder of PayLow Rate, a fintech startup focused on the auto finance market. Tonia is a transplant from Chicago, where she was intimately involved in the startup eco-culture. In the short 7 months since launching PayLow Rate, her company won a spot in Coca-Cola’s exclusive Atlanta BridgeCommunity program, finalists for Google for Entrepreneurs & Code2040 entrepreneur in residence, the Michigan Greenlight Competition, ACE’17, winner of Startup Weekend Livingston, and coached for Startup Weekend Detroit Tonia has a background in UX, front-end dev, and public relations/advertising. Tonia is an aspiring serial entrepreneur and is currently embarking on beauty and real estate tech.

Edward Carrington is the founder of Mytual, a first of its kind independent 401(k) advisor service that helps solopreneurs gain better access to SOLO 401(k) retirement plans. He has over 12 years of banking & advisory experience and is extremely passionate about creating disruptive retirement solutions that benefit the gig economy. Edward also co-founded Warranty Ninja, a B2B platform that helps consumer product businesses gain better data by simplifying, enhancing and incentivizing the product registration process for their consumers.

Quinn Hamilton– the coding bug inspired her to participate in low-cost workshops focused on HTML/CSS, WordPress, etc. offered by Girl Develop It – Detroit. Building even the simplest things was challenging and tested her creativity but overall it made her feel accomplished and fulfilled. She was convinced that if she was ever able to, she would enroll in a coding bootcamp and completely change career paths for good. That opportunity came at the beginning of 2016 when she enrolled and completed the Grand Circus Java Bootcamp. She was hired by Asset Health, a web-based e-Learning and health management company, just a few weeks after graduating bootcamp and that is where she is employed as a software engineer today.

University of Detroit Mercy
4001 West McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221

Thursday, August 3, 2017
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Event Page

About Code2040
Code2040 – is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success for Black and Latinx technologists.

About The Tech Panel Series
The Detroit in Tech Panel will be a monthly event that will be led by Grand Circus. Javier and Gabriela will also release a monthly blog highlighting entrepreneurs of color in Detroit.