Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest kicks-off May 1


2014 winner Sister Pie opens in West Village April 24

DETROIT– The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest returns for its fifth year and will begin accepting applications on Friday, May 1. Entrepreneurs with a retail concept must submit their business plan for a chance at winning a $50,000 cash prize provided by Comerica Bank.

In addition to the $50,000 cash prize, the winner will also receive a package of services including legal, marketing and advertising, accounting, public relations and IT support from Hatch Detroit and its partners. All applications must be submitted online at For complete submission guidelines and contest rules, visit The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2015.

Last year’s Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest winner Sister Pie will open Friday, April 24, just eight months after becoming the contest’s fourth champion. Sister Pie aims to celebrate the seasons through pie and will use seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients to create sweet, savory and delicious food. The opening day menu includes breakfast pastries, shortbreads, cookies and, of course, lots and lots of pie! Current pie flavors include salted maple, rhubarb walnut crumble, coconut chocolate and honey lemon meringue.

Sister Pie is located at 8066 Kercheval St. in Detroit’s West Village and will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Since its inception in 2011, Hatch Detroit has experienced overwhelming success in championing entrepreneurship and small business throughout Detroit. The inaugural contest garnered hundreds of Detroit retail business ideas and ignited tremendous community support for the finalists, culminating in thousands of public votes cast for first-year winner Hugh, a home furnishing shop for the stylish bachelor that opened its doors in 2012. The contest’s popularity has picked up momentum in subsequent years, garnering nearly 1,000 submissions and more than 162,000 votes cast in its first four years. Notable alumni include 2012 winner La Feria, 2013 winner Batch Brewing Company, 2011 finalist Detroit Institute of Bagels, 2012 finalists Detroit Vegan Soul and Rock City Eatery 2013 semi-finalist Busted in Detroit, and 2014 semi-finalist Bumbo’s, who recently opened in Hamtramck.

About Hatch Detroit

Hatch Detroit is a Michigan based 501(c)(3) organization that champions and supports independent retail businesses in Detroit through funding, education, exposure, and mentoring.  Hatch Detroit was founded by Nick Gorga, a Detroit native who is passionate about the revitalization of the city and inspiring others in the community to create change.

About Comerica Bank

Comerica Bank, with 214 banking centers in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated. Founded in Detroit in 1849, Comerica continues to invest in Michigan. Comerica’s $1 million commitment last year to the Detroit Institute of Arts “grand bargain” helped the City of Detroit emerge from bankruptcy, support city pensioners and protect the museum’s art collection for the public. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. To find us on Facebook, please visit Follow us on Twitter at @ComericaCares.