CDI is a unique Business Renewal Accelerator focused on Competing in the Connected World.

About Us

CDI is a collaborative made up of passionate business leaders, entrepreneurial ecosystems and community advocates focused on transforming the Detroit-region into an engine of innovation where the Connected World can move from an intellectually-stimulating concept to a  powerful and lasting reality.

The “Connected World” signifies the unfolding future – where the environments in which companies compete and people work, play and live are integrated and interdependent. In the Connected World, information flows to and from things (the Internet of Things) and ecosystems emerge to provide users with frictionless and informed experiences. To be relevant in the near future, companies must collaborate and purpose-build products, services and processes to compete.

What We Do

CDI helps companies build a collaborative innovation capability – faster.  We help you develop a roadmap for how your industry will be disrupted by connected technologies and how to chart a collaborative course to new market opportunities and breakthrough innovation.

We Connect

  • Build mutually-rewarding partnerships through a collaborative innovation curriculum
  • Engage with innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders across Detroit with programs built to enhance collaboration between stakeholders
  • Explore collaborative solutions to industry problems with top corporate leaders.
  • Discover uncommon partnerships through curated matchmaking services

We Innovate

  • Play in a co-working space where top leaders learn, share and collaborate
  • Celebrate disruption – both failure and successes
  • Participate in a learning lab “sandbox” where new ideas are tested in real places and with real people
  • Share and develop new ideas with other innovators, and learn about future trends and technologies from subject matter experts

We Accelerate

  • Go-to-market faster and more efficiently by leveraging shared resources and capabilities
  • Team with entrepreneurs to prototype and scale new concepts
  • Recognize new market opportunities through innovation blueprints built to guide you from ideation to commercialization
  • Establish a critical-path roadmap for prototyping and implementing ideas


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Our Vision

Through collaborative innovation, Large Enterprises, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Communities will transform the Detroit region into the go-to place for making connected life experiences real.


CDI is administered by CGS Advisors, LLC and has a founding membership from some of the region’s most notable corporations. The incubation phase is supported, in part, by federal funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, as provided by the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative.


Currently, CDI is co-located in Techstars Mobility, one of the leading accelerators for entrepreneurial innovators. In the future, CDI will inhabit a progressive space in the Detroit Innovation District.

Connected Detroit Innovates
2000 Brush St,
Detroit, MI 48226