10 Aug 18
Detroit News: Restaurants, Retail, A Spa And More Vie For $50,000 Hatch Detroit Prize

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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02 Aug 18
How Two Refugees In Detroit Are Embodying The American Dream

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 Detroit, she was taken in by Freedom House, a home…

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15 Sep 17
Meet The Two Refugees Planning An East African Restaurant On Detroit’s Eastside

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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28 Aug 16
CRAIN’S DETROIT BUSINESS: Meta Physica Massage Wins $50,000 Hatch Detroit Prize

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 of accounting, IT, public relations support, and counsel from Hatch…

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25 Aug 16
CRAIN’S DETROIT: Hatch Detroit Announces 4 Finalists For $50,000 Prize

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 city. "It's not a requirement, but it shows that people…

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