Introducing the Top 4 Finalists!

  • August 17, 2018
Introducing The Top 4 Finalists!

We're thrilled to introduce the 4 Finalists in the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Bedrock: Neighborhood Grocery is bringing fresh food back to the neighborhoods with small footprint, full line grocery stores in Detroit, targeting underserved neighborhoods that lack access to fresh foods.  Paradise Natural Foods is a vegan deli that works to create a community of wellness while bringing people from all walks of life together in their journey toward healthier eating. Slyde’s mantra is simple, gourmet, local. The neighborhood eatery will specialize in seasonal sliders, salads, soups and po’ boys. Toma Detroit will serve fresh, locally sourced simple yet sophisticated cocktails and foods from Latin America. Their tasting room will focus on Tequila and Mezcal and will educate guests about regional distillation methods and styles of Agave.

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Detroit News: Restaurants, retail, a spa and more vie for $50,000 Hatch Detroit prize

  • August 10, 2018
Detroit News: Restaurants, Retail, A Spa And More Vie For $50,000 Hatch Detroit Prize

Ten local businesses will vie for a $50,000 grant this month with the return of the Comerica Hatch Detroit contest. Presented by Bedrock, the annual competition chooses 10 semifinalists that are working toward opening brick-and-mortar businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park. Votes from the public will narrow the 10 down to four finalists, who will be announced Aug. 17. The final four present a pitch to judges on Aug. 30 and a winner will be granted not only the $50,000, but access to around $200,000 worth of professional services and support.   Read the rest of the article on the Detroit News.

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How two refugees in Detroit are embodying the American dream

  • August 2, 2018
How Two Refugees In Detroit Are Embodying The American Dream

Article via Tom Perkins of Metrotimes. Photo credit: Noah Elliott Morrison The story of Nadia Nijimbere and Mamba Hamissi is an especially important one in the United States in 2018. They fled their war-torn home of Burundi in recent years, landed here with next to nothing, sought political asylum, and later this year are opening a highly anticipated restaurant on Woodward in New Center. They are the embodiment of the American Dream, and yet they are the type of people our president likes to villainize. But their story is one of many that proves his narrative wrong. Nijimbre and Hamissi's new lives started in 2013 when Nijimbere — then working as a human rights activist in the increasingly violent East African nation — fled to the U.S. to seek asylum as a hostile government started targeting her. When she arrived in…

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Meet the Two Refugees Planning an East African Restaurant on Detroit’s Eastside

  • September 15, 2017
Meet The Two Refugees Planning An East African Restaurant On Detroit’s Eastside

Via Tom Perkins with Metrotimes In 2013, as political violence in Burundi grew, the Tutsi minority suffered persecution under the Hutu-led government, and hundreds of thousands of Burundians fled the country. Many landed in neighboring East African nations, but Nadia Nijimbere looked to Detroit. Her sister-in-law previously fled violence and civil war in Burundi in 2009, and received shelter and support from the Detroit Freedom House in Southwest. The temporary home for victims of political violence who are seeking asylum appeared to be the best of her limited options, so Nijimbere left for Detroit in 2013. Upon arriving at Freedom House, she learned she was pregnant with twins. Read the rest of their story on the Metrotimes

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CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: Meta Physica Massage wins $50,000 Hatch Detroit prize

  • August 28, 2016
CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: Meta Physica Massage Wins $50,000 Hatch Detroit Prize

Check out the Crain's Detroit article on Meta Physica Massage & Sauna's big win! Meta Physica Massage & Sauna won $50,000 in the 2016 Hatch Detroit contest among four finalists at the Hatch Off event Friday night. Comerica Bank sponsors the prize in the new-business competition presented by Opportunity Detroit. More than 150 entrepreneurs entered the contest, now in its sixth year. Owners Jenaveve Biernat and Anahí Hollis plan to open a spa offering therapeutic bodywork, infrared sauna, a raw juice bar, an herbal apothecary, among other products and services. Besides the $50,000 prize, Meta Physica will receive more than $200,000 in pro bono services and a $25,000 branding and design package from GTB, formerly Team Detroit; a 30-second social media advertisement from MCCI; legal services from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn; architectural renderings from Hamilton Anderson Associates; and a package…

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CRAIN’S DETROIT: Hatch Detroit announces 4 finalists for $50,000 prize

  • August 25, 2016
CRAIN’S DETROIT: Hatch Detroit Announces 4 Finalists For $50,000 Prize

Via Crains Detroit: Vote totals for the four 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest finalists are in, and the winners include a funky clothing store, porcelain maker, urban farm and catering business and a wellness center. Now the public can vote for Bird Bee, Corbé, Coriander Kitchen & Farm or Meta Physica Massage through noon Aug. 26 for one of the businesses to be awarded the $50,000 grand prize for a brick-and-mortar business in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck. "Honestly, these choices are wonderful," said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. "In the past years, we have seen mostly food (entrepreneurs). Now we have more nonfood businesses, which shows a change in the retail environment. This is usually how it goes: restaurant and then retail." Another trend Katanski said she has seen is more of the entrants live in the…

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Eater Detroit names Royce Detroit one of the Most Anticipated Restaurants of 2016

  • August 1, 2016
Eater Detroit Names Royce Detroit One Of The Most Anticipated Restaurants Of 2016

The 2015 Hatch Detroit Alumni, The Royce Detroit was named one of Eater Detroit's "The Most Anticipated Detroit Restaurants and Bars, Summer 2016."  The restaurant was named along with restaurants such as Atomic Chicken, PIE-SCI, Rusted Crow among others.  The Royce will be a unique wine shop that not only offers wine but also allows you to buy well-made home goods.  We are so glad to see the excitement surrounding one of our Hatch Alumni.  Make sure to be on the lookout for their opening this summer! Photo credit: Brenna Houck The Most Anticipated Detroit Restaurants and Bars, Summer 2016  

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This Week in the News

  • July 14, 2016

One day left!  The applications close tomorrow for the 2016 Comerica Bank Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Opportunity Detroit. Previous Hatch Contest winners, Sister Pie and Batch Brewing Co., have been around town talking about how the contest helped to support their storefront dreams, check out the latest news stories!  Whether it is bourbon-soaked cherry pie or Paella Arancini, Hatch alumni have been busy this week. Did you just think of the next big idea for a storefront in Detroit?  There is still time!  You have the chance to win $50K from Comerica Bank, and more than $200,000 in pro bono services including a $25,000 branding and design package from GTB (formally Team Detroit), a 30-second social media advertisement from MCCI, legal services from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn and a package of accounting, IT, public relations support, and counsel from Hatch…

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One Week Left! Top 5 Reasons to Apply for the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, presented by Opportunity Detroit

  • July 7, 2016
One Week Left!  Top 5 Reasons To Apply For The 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, Presented By Opportunity Detroit

There’s more than one winner. If you are placed within the Top 10 Semi-Finalist round, your business is invited to join the Hatch Detroit Alumni Program, which offers technical support, referrals to other business support organizations and the opportunity for additional spot grant funding.  Comerica and Hatch Detroit will also host a business planning workshop later this year for Hatch Alumni to address challenges related to opening and operating a storefront. Publicity.  Your business will be seen by thousands of potential customers throughout the city before you ever open your doors. This introduction to the larger public allows contestants to gain visibility and support from the community as well as the attention of potential investors.  The contest has received a combined 300,000 public votes that have helped contest winners such as Hugh, La Feria, Batch Brewing Company, Sister Pie and…

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