Frequently Asked Questions

What is UnDemo Day®?

UnDemo Day® connects nationwide venture capital funds with startups based in Michigan. The event agenda includes startup education, open networking, and hundreds of curated 1:1 meetings between startups and investors, matched based on the requests of participating VCs. Applicants with the most meeting requests from investors will be included on the Renaissance Hotlist, which is distributed to hundreds of venture capital firms.

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For additional information about UnDemo Day, please contact:

Christina Drake 734-997-8661

Fall UnDemo Day®

How do I schedule 1:1 meetings for UnDemo Day?

Investors will review the information startups include in their UnDemo application to determine which startups they’d like to spend time with during UnDemo Day® 1:1 meetings. Investors make these selections as part of the registration process, based on alignment of sector and stage focus. Renaissance will then create custom 1:1 meeting schedules for investors and startups. Meeting schedules will be finalized and distributed about a week before UnDemo Day®. In order to participate in 1:1 meetings, startups must complete the Startup Application, and investors must register and complete the meeting selection form.

What is UnDemo Day®?

Renaissance UnDemo Day® is a semi-annual event that connects Midwest startups with venture capital investors from around the U.S. The spring event is virtual, and the fall event is in person in Detroit. The goal for all UnDemo Day® events is to foster useful connections that ideally lead to investment in historically underrepresented geographies and founders.

Renaissance Venture Capital is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, so in support of the entrepreneurial community in which we live, Fall UnDemo Day® is open to all Michigan-based startups. Spring UnDemo Day® was created to give historically underrepresented and undercapitalized founders an additional opportunity for exposure to investors. Spring UnDemo Day® is open to all Midwest-based startups led by a founder or CEO from an underrepresented community (Arab American, Black, Hispanic/Latine, Native American, LGBTQ+, Veteran, and/or Woman).

How does the process work for UnDemo Day®?

– Qualifying startups apply to participate in UnDemo Day®, sharing basic information about their company. The application takes about 20 minutes to complete, and requires a pitch deck.

– Applicant information is compiled and organized by Renaissance, then made available to all venture capital investors (VCs) interested in participating in UnDemo Day®.

– VCs, as part of the registration process for the event, will decide which founders they’d like to meet. They’ll submit their preferences to Renaissance.

– Renaissance will curate 1:1 meeting schedules for startups and investors, based on these investor preferences. 1:1 meetings are in 15 or 20-minute increments. There will be up to six or seven 1:1 meeting time slots.

How can I get involved in UnDemo Day®?

Investors can register at undemoday.com. After you register, you’ll receive a link to the startup database as well as a link to a form where you can indicate which startups you’d like to meet. Note investor registration typically opens about two months prior to an UnDemo Day® event.

Startups interested in participating in investor meetings are invited to complete an application at undemoapp.com. Please read the information on the application form carefully to make sure you qualify. Participating startups should be venture-ready: incorporate cutting-edge technology; potential for ultra-fast growth and revenue generation; likely to be an attractive acquisition or IPO within 5-8 years. Information startups include in their application will be shared with participating investors, who will make their 1:1 meeting selections based on alignment of sector and stage.

When is the next UnDemo Day®?

2024 Fall UnDemo Day® is October 2 from 12-5pm in downtown Detroit. The Startup Application will open at the end of June, and investor registration will open at the beginning of August. Stay up to date by joining our communications list at undemoday.com. 2025 Spring UnDemo Day® will be a virtual event on April 9. More information will be available in December 2024.

What is the agenda for Fall UnDemo Day®?

2024 Fall UnDemo Day® is on October 2 in downtown Detroit. The agenda is below; all times are Eastern Time:

12pm: Startup Lunch & Learn with subject matter experts
1pm: Open networking
2pm: Curated 1:1 meetings between startups and investors (20-minute slots)
4:30pm: Fall UnDemo Day® concludes

There will be a networking and live music event the night of October 1, in downtown Detroit. Venue and details will be announced in summer 2024.

What do I need to know about logistics for Fall UnDemo Day®?

We are excited to welcome you to Detroit for Fall UnDemo Day® 2024!

Stay: There are several hotel options in downtown Detroit. We have a room block at The David Whitney ($334/night). 

Getting to Detroit: Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is the largest and most common airport to fly in and out of when visiting the area. It’s a 25 minute drive to downtown. Don’t forget UnDemo Day® is happening during Michigan Tech Week (MTW). Most of MTW programming is at Michigan Central in Corktown, about a 10-minute drive from Ford Field.

Arriving at Ford Field: Everyone will enter Ford Field at the Gate G entrance (1902 St. Antoine). Use this address whether you are driving, walking, or utilizing a ride share service. You will go through Gate G security (metal detector, bag check, and an x-ray machine for larger bags and suitcases) – just like on game day. Once you are through security, you will be directed to Renaissance events registration. UnDemo Day® is taking place in the Atrium on level 1. 

Parking: Complimentary parking is available on October 2 for UnDemo Day® at the Ford Field Parking Deck. If you are parking a vehicle, use 1902 St. Antoine, Detroit, 48226 for navigation. The structure is located at the east end of the stadium, at Gate G. To enter the structure, press the button on screen to indicate you are a guest of Renaissance Venture Capital. You will receive a validated ticket that you will need to keep in order to eventually exit the structure. You will enter Ford Field at Gate G, and will make your way to level 1 to go through security. There will be signage guiding you to Renaissance events. 

Street parking and other lot parking is also plentiful in the vicinity of Ford Field. All hotels offer valet parking.

Walking: Most downtown hotels are walkable to Ford Field (7-10 minute walk, sidewalks the entire route). If you are walking, use 1902 St. Antoine, Detroit as your destination. You will enter Ford Field at the Gate G entrance on level 1, where you will go through security before being directed to event registration.

Rideshare: Use 1902 St. Antoine, Detroit, 48226 as your destination. You will enter Ford Field at Gate G on level 1, where you will go through security before being directed to event registration.

General FAQ

What should I do if I have additional questions or need help?

Please reach out to Christina Drake at [email protected].

When is the next UnDemo Day® (after the October 2024 event)?

The next UnDemo Day® event will be virtual on April 9, 2025. Pitch and 1:1 meeting opportunities will be open to all Midwest-based founders and startups that are led by an underrepresented founder or CEO. More information will be available in the coming months!

Will we have an opportunity to connect with attendees outside of the event on October 2?

Yes – if you are an investor and would like to be connected with a startup outside of UnDemo Day®, please reach out to Christina ([email protected]). An introduction will be made about a week after the event. Additionally, Fall UnDemo Day® includes plenty of space for open networking, as well as a live music event the night prior (October 1). Finally, you will have ample time to network during Michigan Tech Week, which is happening the week of UnDemo Day®.

How many people can attend from my startup?

Up to two people from each startup can participate in 1:1 meetings. All  individuals need to be  registered. If you would like a second person from your startup to have access to 1:1 meetings, please reach out to Christina ([email protected]). The individual who initially applied will be automatically granted 1:1 meeting access.

How many people can attend from my VC fund?

As many people as you’d like but each individual needs to be  registered. If your organization is taking 1:1 meetings, please be sure to inform Renaissance whether you’d like separate meeting schedules for your members or if you will take startup meetings together. Up to two people from the same organization can take the same 1:1 meeting schedule.

What types of investors are participating in UnDemo Day®?

Venture Capital funds and angel investors across the U.S. with a variety of areas of expertise or focus and who make investments from Seed to Growth stages will participate in UnDemo Day®. Startups will receive information on the investors that are part of their 1:1 meeting schedule, and a full list of participating firms will be available closer to the date of the event. Past participants include 5AM Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, Edison Partners, Frazier, Greycroft, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Material Impact, Menlo Ventures, Mercury Fund, Next Coast Ventures, Plymouth Growth, Revolution Ventures, and Sierra Ventures, among hundreds of others.

What types of startups are participating in UnDemo Day®?

200+ startups apply for each UnDemo Day® event. Startups are focused on a variety of sectors, but more than half are technology or healthcare-related. Typically about 60-70% of participating startups are raising a Pre-Seed or later round. Investors can request a complete list of participating startups by reaching out to Christina ([email protected]). 

What should I do if I miss a 1:1 meeting?

We are not able to accommodate rescheduled meetings due to the tight timeframe of the schedule during UnDemo Day®. If you would like to connect with an investor or startup outside of UnDemo Day®, you can reach out to the other party directly (contact information is on the 1:1 meeting calendar invitations). You can also reach out to Christina Drake at Renaissance ([email protected]). An introduction will be made about a week after the event.

How do I schedule 1:1 meetings for UnDemo Day?

Investors will review the information startups include in their UnDemo application to determine which startups they’d like to spend time with during UnDemo Day® 1:1 meetings. Investors make these selections as part of the registration process, based on alignment of sector and stage focus. Renaissance will then create custom 1:1 meeting schedules for investors and startups. Meeting schedules will be finalized and distributed about a week before UnDemo Day®. In order to participate in 1:1 meetings, startups must complete the Startup Application, and investors must register and complete the meeting selection form.

What is the setup for 1:1 meetings at Fall UnDemo Day®? What should I bring?

Startups and investors participating in 1:1 meetings during Fall UnDemo Day® will be scheduled for 20-minute slots between 2-4:30pm ET. Each startup will have a table (Renaissance will designate each startup’s location and there will be signage) and will be stationary, while investors will move about the room based on their custom schedules. Startups may bring paper materials to share with investors, but please note space is very limited, so do not bring a lot of items, and do not bring any displays (there will not be room). WiFi will be available, but 1:1 meeting tables may not be positioned near a power outlet, so you should not rely on being able to charge a device during meetings. 

What is UnDemo Day®?

Renaissance UnDemo Day® is a semi-annual event that connects Midwest startups with venture capital investors from around the U.S. The spring event is virtual, and the fall event is in person in Detroit. The goal for all UnDemo Day® events is to foster useful connections that ideally lead to investment in historically underrepresented geographies and founders.

Renaissance Venture Capital is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, so in support of the entrepreneurial community in which we live, Fall UnDemo Day® is open to all Michigan-based startups. Spring UnDemo Day® was created to give historically underrepresented and undercapitalized founders an additional opportunity for exposure to investors. Spring UnDemo Day® is open to all Midwest-based startups led by a founder or CEO from an underrepresented community (Arab American, Black, Hispanic/Latine, Native American, LGBTQ+, Veteran, and/or Woman).

How can I get involved in UnDemo Day®?

Investors can register at undemoday.com. After you register, you’ll receive a link to the startup database as well as a link to a form where you can indicate which startups you’d like to meet. Note investor registration typically opens about two months prior to an UnDemo Day® event.

Startups interested in participating in investor meetings are invited to complete an application at undemoapp.com. Please read the information on the application form carefully to make sure you qualify. Participating startups should be venture-ready: incorporate cutting-edge technology; potential for ultra-fast growth and revenue generation; likely to be an attractive acquisition or IPO within 5-8 years. Information startups include in their application will be shared with participating investors, who will make their 1:1 meeting selections based on alignment of sector and stage.

Who is Renaissance Venture Capital?

Renaissance Venture Capital is a fund of funds that invests in venture funds around the country and uses this network to help attract capital to startups in Michigan and the surrounding region (over $2.8 billion to date). Twice per year, Renaissance hosts UnDemo Day®, connecting startups with major venture capital investors around the U.S. It has become one of the most important events in the Midwest for helping attract venture capital investment to the region.

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