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Erika Block - Bio

Erika Block is a founder, advisor, and investor who works with startups, growth stage companies, and community organizations at the intersection of strategy, leadership, and business design and development.

She is the principal of Sticky Lab, working with clients to solve sticky problems, tell sticky stories, and build organizations that will stick around for the long haul. Consulting experience includes work with tech and tech-enabled businesses, marketplaces, platforms, food supply chains, climate tech and sustainability, local economies, new media, and community development. Erika also teaches courses on creativity,  product development,  and entrepreneurship at University of Michigan College of Engineering's Center for Entrepreneurship.

Before launching Sticky Lab, Erika directed multi-disciplinary, international arts projects; built software tools and developed business boot camps for local food systems; and connected immersive technology with knowledge management.  
Common threads across her work:

  • Building collaborative environments that enable creativity, learning, innovation and action.
  • Facilitating conversations among people who don't usually connect.
  • Identifying and developing new business opportunities.

Erika has an MFA from Columbia and a BGS from Michigan. She has been a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, an NEA/TCG Directing Fellow, and a Crain's Detroit Business 40 under 40 recipient.

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