Josh Linkner, CEO and managing partner, Detroit Venture Partners, moderated the panel comprised of Angel Gambino, senior vice president, digital innovations, Westfield Shoppingtowns; Rick DeVos, CEO, Start Garden; Chris Rizik, CEO and fund manager, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund; and Dave Zilko, chairman, Garden Fresh Salsa Inc.

The panelists emphasized the need for Michigan business and entrepreneurs to abandon business as usual, move into a new culture of ideas and opportunity, and rediscover the early-stage business. Zilko said Michigan has been too focused on security and stressed the importance of learning to treasure and embrace opportunity.

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