Hatch Detroit is a vehicle to champion and support independent retail businesses through funding, education, exposure and mentoring.
Founded in 2011, Hatch Detroit was created to give others the opportunity to have a role in the redevelopment of Detroit. The Contest was built on an idea called “Crowd Entrepreneurship” where residents have a role in voting for the type of retail they want in their community and determining the winner of the Hatch Contest. Since 2011, 6 winners (7th and 8th coming soon!) have been announced, and 33 Hatch Alumni businesses have opened up storefronts.
Now in its 9th year, Hatch Detroit will continue to bring some of the most celebrated retail options to Detroit, Hamtramck & Highland Park. In 2014, Hatch Detroit expanded its retail role into 3 neighborhoods in Detroit with our Neighborhood Initiative. We partnered with local Community Development Corporations to determine areas of focus in their retail nodes that were already identified by residents in their master plans. Our investments have included signage, interior lighting, window displays, and outdoor beautification projects all geared to improving safety, walkability and retail vibrancy.