Comedian, actor Brandon Jackson to keynote TiECon Detroit 2018

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Detroit chapter of the entrepreneurial group TiE announced actor, rapper, writer and comedian Brandon Jackson as the keynote speaker for its TiECon Detroit 2018 conference.

The conference, with the theme “Ignite2Disrupt : All About AI,” will be held Monday, Oct. 8 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi.

“Brandon Jackson is an internationally recognized artist and a stand-up comedian whose humors and jokes bring laughter in our day-to-day life,” said TiE Detroit President Tel Ganesan. “More importantly, Brandon is a humble and down to earth celebrity that I would call a dear friend of mine. Comedy is an exercise that pumps up the mind and I am excited to have Jackson keynote at TiECon to energize the TiE community.”

Brandon T. Jackson. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Jackson, a Detroit native, is known for his roles in the films Roll Bounce (2005), Tropic Thunder (2008), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Lottery Ticket (2010), Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011), and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013).

Said Jackson: “I’m so excited and honored to be the keynote for TiECon Detroit. America’s ‘Comeback City’ is an example of a reinventing economy. Detroit is now the hub for entrepreneurship and I would like to share my thoughts on revitalizating and rebuilding the region.”

TiECon Detroit 2018 will bring together TiE members, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, top industry executives and thought leaders. The conference will also host the “TiE20” entrepreneur bootcamp and AI competition showcasing promising startups in AI.

Online registration and more information are available at

For more information, contact Jacqueline Perry at (248) 254-4087 or

TiE Detroit is not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Michigan and globally. TiE strives to inspire entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding programs and activities. For more information, visit


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