Revive of Startup Grind Detroit

Welcoming the new leaders of the Detroit chapter

TROY, MICHIGAN, July 5, 2021 – Startup Grind Detroit is on the quest to rebuild its chapter this summer with online and in-person events. Today the chapter is announcing its two new executive board members, Executive Assistant Director Kayla Schwartz and Marketing Executive  Jessica Piszker, who have signed on to help revitalize and grow the chapter. These two join the Chapter Director Faris Alami, CEO of International Strategic Management, Inc. (ISM), on this small but mighty team that is excited to build a community of founders, innovators, and creators. 

The chapter is thrilled to partner with local businesses and prominent figures in the community to provide knowledge and wisdom to others.  ISM has been playing a major role in setting up the establishment and growth of entrepreneurship ecosystems globally, through the facilitation of discussions and often times in the implementation of strategies that were created.  In Detroit, ISM has been part of the entrepreneurship ecosystem for several decades, through engagement of government and private sectors, providing education to entrepreneurs and supporting those entrepreneurs as they establish and grow their businesses. 

"I am so excited to be working with Startup Grind Detroit," says Jessica Piszker, Marketing Executive at Startup Grind Detroit. "I had the privilege of being a part of the team who launched the Grand Rapids chapter. It is an incredible organization."

"Faris and I are thrilled to have relaunched this chapter in Detroit," says Kayla Schwartz “Adding someone with Jessica’s skills to the team will help us tremendously in growing the local entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

Startup Grind is the world's largest community of entrepreneurs across 600 cities in over 125 countries and is partnered with Google for Startups. Startup Grind chapters host a monthly event series designed to help educate, inspire, and connect people within the communities.

The Detroit chapter is proud to once again be an active part of the Startup Grind community. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on future events and how you can get involved!

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 About International Strategic Management

International Strategic Management (ISM), located in Troy, Michigan. ISM is a global executive, leadership and entrepreneurial ecosystem development program, management consulting company, offering programs worldwide on leadership, entrepreneurship, management and cultural/diversity training for youth and executives as well as companies nationwide and internationally.  Working in over 60 countries and inspiring more than 8600 entrepreneurs, ISM has created a long-lasting impact on over 9600 SMEs around the globe.  Their expert team has designed and delivered thousands of training programs around the world.  Visit In addtion, ISM runs the youth “Global Trade Mission”, a global youth STEM entrepreneurship program. 

About Startup Grind

We strive to help founders, entrepreneurs, and startups succeed, regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic circumstance. We believe a better tomorrow is possible by supporting the innovators and risk-takers of today. 50% of our team are founders themselves, so we know from experience how difficult it can be. It cannot be done alone, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created an even greater sense of urgency. This is why we built a safe haven for emerging startups that share our belief that a better future is on the horizon — because we know it’s up to us to make it happen.  Visit


About International Strategic Management

International Strategic Management, Inc. a leading U.S. advisory and capacity development provider within the economic development area covering: Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development; SMEs Development, and Leadership Development Our areas of expertise are strategic economic growth, strategic partnership development, entrepreneur education and training, technology & commercialization, youth entrepreneurship, and talent & workforce development. We are based in Troy, Michigan, and we have a representation in Spain and Egypt. ISM brings a proven expertise and a wide range of international experience in providing world-class services to the government sector, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs at every stage of business. Our expert team has designed and delivered thousands of training programs. We work in over 60 countries, and created a long-lasting impact on SMEs around the globe. Our experience includes working with the World Bank, US Department of State, Kauffman Foundation, and many other local and global leading institutions. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
"Faris and I are thrilled to have relaunched this chapter in Detroit," says Kayla Schwartz “Adding someone with Jessica’s skills to the team will help us tremendously in growing the local entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

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