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1327 Jones Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Drew Leahy

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
Ann Arbor SPARK, RPM Ventures, University of Michigan Entrepreneurship Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
1st Business Model, January 2009: My Dear Disco (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – personal relationship
2nd Business Model, January 2010: After Midnight Project (Los Angeles, Calif.) – through professional relationship with Derek Gallegos, Kos/Doyle Management

Where did you find your first employee?
Through friends and existing relationships

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Yes – 3 times

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
University of Michigan Zell and Lurie Institute, Ann Arbor SPARK, Private Investor

What do you see in Metro Detroit that other people who live outside the area don't?
Coming from Ann Arbor, we have seen drive, intelligence and passion: a group of students that want to make an impact on the world. We see talent, from local musicians to entrepreneurs: Michigan is more than just a struggling economy; it's an opportunity to surprise everyone with innovation, technological and artistic development.

Name an idea, policy or mindset from elsewhere that you would like to see this region adopt?
We would like to see main players in the entertainment industry consider the potential that Michigan has to become a hub in music, film and television. From available, skilled workers to artistic legacies and historic significance, Detroit is filled with both the capital and incredible tax incentives from the Michigan government to drive innovation and art.

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