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Lasell Students Travel to Detroit, Learn from Entrepreneurs Rebuilding Motor City

October 21, 2014

Entrepreneurship and Hospitality students will travel to Detroit this week for a Connected Learning trip that introduces them to efforts to rebuild that city through investment in entrepreneurship and start-ups.

The trip, set up by Professor Loredana Padurean, is designed to give the students an understanding of how different cities across the country have focused on start-up companies to revitalize their economy.

Detroit's rebuilding plan is largely supported by Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert, who moved his company to Detroit from the suburbs and has invested in the city through real estate and by creating tech incubator Detroit Venture Partners.

"Lasell students will be able to learn from a city rising from bankruptcy," said Padurean, who will accompany the students. "It's the ultimate Connected Learning experience."

Students will have two days to meet with entrepreneurs and learn about Detroit's revitalization.

Students will take a tour of the Quicken Loans building, the Chase Tower and Qube - which is the creative space at Quicken Loans, and M@dison Building, which is the home of Detroit Venture partners - which fosters tech start-ups.

In addition, students will visit Detroit Labs, an organization focusing on app development, design and strategy, and meet with management of GreekTown Casino - now owned by Gilbert. They will also meet with fellows from the start-up matching organization Ventures for America.