Imagine if you had a chance to win $50,000 to start the
business of your dreams. For one Detroit entrepreneur, that vision is almost a
Voting ends today to pick the winner of Hatch Detroit, a contest
sponsored by Comerica Bank that awards $50,000 to a business to help get its
brick-and-mortar plan off the ground.
This year’s finalists were selected from a group of over 200
submissions. Now, the power is in the public’s hands to decide which one of the
four finalists deserves the grant. Let’s meet the contestants:
These beer aficionados want to hop on the latest brewing trend and become Detroit’s fist nanobrewing company (crafting their own beer in small
quantities—about four barrels per batch or less), while also supporting other
small breweries through their “Brewery Incubator” program. Read more about them here.
Corktown Cinema hopes to put Detroit on the map when it
comes to independent film. The group is a reincarnation of Burton Theater: an
eclectic, independent cinema featuring arthouse, independent, LGBT, foreign,
second-run mainstream, local and cult films. Whew. That’s a lot of movies. Learn more about
their vision here.
Amy Duncan started roasting coffee out of her home in 2003.
In 2008 she started her business and began selling coffee at farmers markets.
Along with her husband, Duncan spends her weekends in Ferndale, roasting coffee
and making Liège-style waffles for customers. Now she hopes to open up a permanent
coffee roasting joint and café in Hamtramck. Get your fill on their plan here.
Is Detroit a toy desert? Maybe not, but it’s certainly not an
oasis for tikes and their parents looking for fun and creative toys and books
to pass the time. Kurt Spieles is ready to bring the imagination and fun back to Detroit with his independent specialty toy store. Read about his dream here.