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2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest reveals top 10 semifinalists

 

Online and In-Person Public Voting begins as metro Detroit small businesses go head-to-head for $100,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank

DETROIT (June 16, 2022) – The wait is over! The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest powered by TechTown, which has launched some of Detroit’s most popular neighborhood storefronts, has officially named its top 10 semifinalists. These businesses have the opportunity to make their dream of owning a brick-and-mortar Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park storefront a reality by winning $100,000 in startup funds from Comerica Bank, as well as a package of accounting, legal, IT and public relations support from Hatch Detroit and its partners.

With the semifinalists officially named, it’s now time for the public to share their voice and vote for which business they would like to see pop-up in their neighborhood. The public can vote once per day for their favorite business from June 17 at 12:00 a.m. until June 23 at 11:59 p.m. by visiting www.hatchdetroit.com/vote.

The four finalists of the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest will be announced Friday, June 24 and the final round of public voting will follow before wrapping up on Thursday, June 30.

Individuals who wish to cast their vote in person can do so in addition to the online vote at any of the following locations:

·        Tuesday June 21: Eastern Market Shed #2 (2518 Market St in Detroit) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·        Wednesday, June 22: Norma G’s (14628 E. Jefferson Avenue in Detroit) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

·        Thursday, June 23: Grandmont Rosedale Farmers Market (19566 M-5 in Detroit) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“One of the reasons this contest has been so successful is because of the level of support the business owners receive from their neighbors and how community driven it is,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “Every vote they receive is someone saying, I want you in my neighborhood and will support you, which is incredibly powerful. They not only get the public support from day one, they also have access to the technical assistance expertise of Hatch Detroit and the support of our partners at Comerica Bank and TechTown.”

Together, Hatch Detroit alumni have opened 49 businesses, employ more than 500 people and have invested more than $7 million in their businesses. Over the years, the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest has helped launch some of Detroit’s most successful and well-known businesses, including, La Feria (2012), Sister Pie (2014), Live Cycle Delight (2015),Meta Physica Massage (2016), Baobab Fare (2017) and 27th Letter Books (2019).

 

 

Below are the top 10 businesses competing to win the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest:

·        COLFETARIE: a European dessert and pastry shop, specializing in Romanian desserts and pastries. Their goal is to bring together the cultures of Detroit and Romanian, while offering a taste of Europe, right in the heart of Downtown Detroit, no passport needed!

 

·        Craig’s Coffee: a community coffee roastery and coffee bar that plans to roast and sell their own coffee, while also offering fellow roasters a place to roast and sell their product as well. Additionally, the space will serve as a commissary kitchen, where food and drink businesses can use the kitchen for food prep, storage and service.

 

·        Detroit Farm and Cider: a 4.9 acre commercial farm on Detroit’s West side with plans to build a cider mill and offer youth day camps and horseback riding classes.

 

·        Gajiza Dumplins: a dumpling shop that specializes in Asian style eats and handmade dumplings from scratch. The dumplings come in more than 30 flavors and range from traditional pork and shrimp Shumai to contemporary western style, including miso cheeseburger gyoza or goat cheese and leek. Their focus is based on Asian street food: fast and delicious.

 

·        Jo’s Gallery Cafe: a pan-ethnic fusion restaurant located in Detroit on the famous Livernois Avenue of Fashion and adjacent to Jo’s Gallery, a 20-year-old art gallery in the second generation of ownership. The restaurant will serve food with identifiable African origins and influences of Asian, South American, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and American fusions.

 

  • K. Walker Collective: a high-street, lifestyle clothing company seeking to fulfill the fashion needs of young urban professionals by offering an eclectic range of street, comfort and refined garments.

 

·        Lily’s & Elise: a luxury tea lounge on the Avenue of Fashion whose primary focus is in the premium service of European-style afternoon and high tea with fresh pastries and small plates to accompany orders.

 

·        Little Liberia: an Afro fusion pop-up restaurant looking to find a permanent space to introduce Liberia’s rich multicultural cuisines to the people of Metro Detroit. They serve authentic Liberian dishes, a cuisine whose heritage is a mixture of African, Caribbean, and Antebellum-South African American influences.

 

·        Motor City House of Stone: a distributor of natural and engineered stone slabs in Southeast Michigan. Focused on providing character, stability, and grandeur back to the Detroit community, they carry a wide selection of Granite, Marble, Quartz, and other premium stone in their 10,000 square foot warehouse located in Detroit.

 

·        Pong Detroit: a table tennis social club where players of all skill levels and abilities can come together to get some exercise and play a fun, safe Olympic sport. In addition to providing a space for competitive ping pong matches, Pong Detroit engages Detroit youth programs, provides accessible play for adaptive wheelchair table tennis and offers programs for seniors.

 

“Comerica Bank values the cultivation and support of our community’s small businesses – we are proud to contribute to a passionate organization that uplifts and rewards driven entrepreneurs with big ideas and incubates economic development,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank Vice President and Southeast External Affairs Market Manager. “The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest incentivizes innovation, creative thinking and originality that ultimately contributes towards Detroit’s revitalization. We now look forward to this next big step where we see the excitement, reaction and support from our residents for the business concepts who have made it to this stage in the contest.”

On July 21, the four finalists will have their opportunity to present their business pitch to a panel of judges as well as a live audience for a shot to win the grand prize at The Hatch Off competition. The winner of the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest will be chosen through a combination of the public’s vote and judges’ deliberations.

Tickets are now available to witness the top four business pitches and see the winner of the Hatch Off competition crowned. The Hatch Off takes place on July 21 at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6p.m., located at the Wayne State University Industry Innovation Center at 461 Burroughs Street in Detroit. To purchase your ticket to the Hatch Off, visit hatchdetroit.com/events.

 

About Hatch Detroit

Hatch Detroit supports both existing and new retail initiatives in the cities of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. Hatch Detroit was founded in 2011 to give residents and aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to have a voice in neighborhood retail development and joined TechTown Detroit’s suite of entrepreneurial programs and services in 2022. Beyond the contest, Hatch Detroit provides funding, exposure and mentoring in support of its alumni entrepreneurs. With support from Hatch Detroit, 49 alumni have opened businesses. They employ over 500 people and have invested over $7 million in economic development. To learn more, visit hatchdetroit.com.

 

About Comerica Bank

Comerica Bank, a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated, has served Michigan longer than any other bank with a continuous presence dating back over 172 years to its Detroit founding in 1849. It is the largest bank employer in metro Detroit and over 4,500 employees (FTE) statewide. With one of the largest banking center networks in Michigan, Comerica nurtures lifelong relationships with unwavering integrity and financial prudence. Comerica positively impacts the lives of Michigan residents by helping customers be successful, providing financial support that assists hundreds of charitable organizations, and actively participating in Detroit’s downtown revitalization. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Commercial Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Comerica, Twitter: @ComericaBank and Instagram: @comerica_bank. 

 

About TechTown Detroit

TechTown is a nonprofit business service organization that provides programs, education and resources for early- to growth-stage small businesses and tech entrepreneurs. By building bridges for entrepreneurs to succeed, TechTown is accelerating an inclusive economy for Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Since 2007, TechTown has supported more than 4,700 companies, which has created thousands of jobs and raised more than $172.5 million in startup and growth capital. For more information, visit techtowndetroit.org.

 

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Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Top 10 Reveal Party and Hatch Off to Present Finalists to Public

Hatch Detroit programming bolstered by additional $50,000 Comerica Charitable Foundation donation, economic development programming, new TechTown Detroit partnership

May 25, 2022
Submissions for the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest have been received, and the process to narrow down the worthy applicants has officially begun. Now, it is the public’s turn to participate and support entrepreneurs seeking to open the business of their dreams.
Hatch Detroit powered by TechTown Detroit announced today that tickets are now on sale to the public for two major contest events: the Top 10 Reveal Party and the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Hatch Off. Tickets for each event can be purchased individually or bundled for a discounted rate at HatchDetroit.com. All events will be held in-person at the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center across from TechTown.
“With the return of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, so are the two popular events that allows Detroit to get an up-close, sneak peak of new potential businesses,” said Vittoria Katanski, Hatch Detroit Executive Director. “Both evenings will feature food and entertainment from alumni and provide attendees the opportunity to support an incredible group of aspiring entrepreneurs at the beginning of their journey through their opening and beyond.
“Additionally, the Reveal Party and Hatch Off will also serve as celebrations for 10 years inspiring entrepreneurs to live their dreams and open their doors right here in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.”
TOP 10 REVEAL PARTY
June 16; 7 p.m. (Doors at 6 p.m.); Wayne State Industry Innovation Center
Hundreds of applications were received for the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, and on July 16 the Top 10 business plans will be revealed. Attendees will meet the 10 semi-finalists and enjoy food and drinks courtesy of Hatch Alumni.
Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased at HatchDetroit.com.
COMERICA HATCH DETROIT CONTEST HATCH OFF
July 21; 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.); Wayne State Industry Innovation Center
The final four contestants will have a chance to make one last pitch in front of a panel of judges and attendees at the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Hatch Off. A winner will be crowned and receive the $100,000 Grand Prize, courtesy of Comerica Bank. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at HatchDetroit.com.
Those interested in attending both events can purchase tickets at a special, bundled price of $130.
KEY COMERICA HATCH DETROIT DATES:
June 16: Top 10 announced – Top 10 Reveal Party at Wayne State Industry Innovation Center
June 17: Public Voting begins
June 23: Top 10 voting ends
June 24: Top 4 announced and voting begins
June 30: Top 4 voting ends
July 21: Winner announced at Comerica Hatch Detroit Hatch Off at Wayne State Industry Innovation Center

Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest returns with $100K donation from Comerica Bank to benefit winning business

Hatch Detroit programming bolstered by additional $50,000 Comerica Charitable Foundation donation, economic development programming, new TechTown Detroit partnership

March 15, 2022

Comerica Bank and Hatch Detroit announce the return of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest and $100,000 donation from Comerica Bank to this year’s winner. The contest, which is returning for the first time since 2019, aims to promote small business economic development in Detroit.

Entrepreneurs with a retail concept looking to open a brick-and-mortar location in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck can now submit their business plans via the Hatch Detroit website through May 12.

“Hatch Detroit has become a vital resource for entrepreneurs and small business incubation over the past decade,” said Mike Richie, Comerica Bank Michigan Market President. “The impact Hatch Detroit has made on growing and developing opportunities throughout Detroit is leaving an indelible mark on the economic revitalization of the city. Entrepreneurs need access to both capital and technical assistance to succeed, and we believe our partnership can continue delivering a proven platform that helps launch new opportunities for business owners.”

The four-month contest includes two rounds of public voting – Top 10 and Top 4 – allowing the community to vote for their favorite businesses to win the $100,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank as well as a package of accounting, legal, IT and public relations support from Hatch Detroit and its partners.

“Our focus from the very beginning of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest was not only to launch one business, but to create an entire ecosystem of support that stimulates opportunities for entrepreneurs and generate a network of businesses who are prepared to navigate the challenges of launching a new venture in Detroit,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “The past two years have added to those challenges, and we worked closely with our alumni keep their doors open. With the tremendous support of our partners, now is the time to present this contest once again to entrepreneurs and support new business growth in our city and neighborhoods.”

The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest concludes Thursday, July 21 with the annual “Hatch Off.”

Since Comerica and Hatch Detroit’s partnership began in 2012, Comerica Bank and the Comerica Charitable Foundation have contributed $660,000 in startup funding to support the winners of the annual neighborhood retail competition, as well as direct organizational support funding to Hatch Detroit.

COMERICA EXPANDS PROGRAMMING SUPPORT

Comerica is expanding upon its investment of the contest with economic development programming through technical assistance and financial education. Support will occur during the Comerica Hatch Detroit contest and with both Hatch Detroit and TechTown alumni following the contest.

“Developing economic opportunities, especially in our underserved communities, remains a priority and our relationship with Hatch Detroit has been a successful resource in helping launch small businesses in Detroit,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank Vice President and Southeast External Affairs Manager. “Beyond investing financially, elevating technical assistance throughout the entire process will aid in the overall impact of the contest and the mission focused on entrepreneurial growth.”

At the start of the pandemic in 2020, Comerica Bank recognized the detrimental impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, and as a response invested $100,000 to Hatch Detroit to support the organization’s alumni businesses that had been financially impacted. The Hatch Detroit Small Business Alumni Relief Fund provided utility assistance for approximately 40 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest alumni businesses. In addition to the $100,000 investment, Comerica Charitable Foundation also provided Hatch Detroit $50,000 in organizational support.

Comerica Charitable Foundation works to partner with communities through investments in education, economic and community development, and human services for those in need.

TECHTOWN DETROIT-HATCH DETROIT PARTNERSHIP

The 2022 contest announcement comes on the heels of the newly-formed partnership between TechTown Detroit and Hatch Detroit. The integration into TechTown’s small business services program lineup will provide a sustainable future for Hatch while creating synergies between the two organizations which both champion and support small businesses in and around Detroit. Hatch Executive Director Vittoria Katanski will manage the transition.

“Our new partnership with TechTown Detroit will reinvigorate our incubation of small businesses in the City of Detroit and its neighborhoods,” said Katanski. “By integrating into TechTown’s programming, we believe our relationship will help further stimulate business growth, assist and build upon our networks of alumni, and bring a new level of support to the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.”

Beyond the contest, Hatch Detroit provides funding, exposure and mentoring in support of its alumni entrepreneurs. Together, Hatch Detroit alumni have opened 49 businesses, employ over 500 people and have invested more than $7 million in their businesses. Over the years, the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest has helped launch some of Detroit’s most successful and well-known businesses, including, La Feria (2012), Sister Pie (2014), Live Cycle Delight (2015), Meta Physica Massage (2016), Baobab Fare (2017) and 27th Letter Books (2019).

KEY COMERICA HATCH DETROIT DATES:

  • March 15: Submissions begin
  • May 12: Submission period ends
  • June 16: Top 10 announced
  • June 17: Voting begins
  • June 23: Top 10 voting ends
  • June 24: Top 4 announced and voting begins
  • June 30: Top 4 voting ends
  • July 21: Winner announced at Hatch Off

Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Top 10 Reveal Party and Hatch Off to Present Finalists to Public

Hatch Detroit programming bolstered by additional $50,000 Comerica Charitable Foundation donation, economic development programming, new TechTown Detroit partnership

May 25, 2022
Submissions for the 2022 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest have been received, and the process to narrow down the worthy applicants has officially begun. Now, it is the public’s turn to participate and support entrepreneurs seeking to open the business of their dreams.
Hatch Detroit powered by TechTown Detroit announced today that tickets are now on sale to the public for two major contest events: the Top 10 Reveal Party and the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Hatch Off. Tickets for each event can be purchased individually or bundled for a discounted rate at HatchDetroit.com. All events will be held in-person at the Wayne State Industry Innovation Center across from TechTown.
“With the return of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, so are the two popular events that allows Detroit to get an up-close, sneak peak of new potential businesses,” said Vittoria Katanski, Hatch Detroit Executive Director. “Both evenings will feature food and entertainment from alumni and provide attendees the opportunity to support an incredible group of aspiring entrepreneurs at the beginning of their journey through their opening and beyond.
“Additionally, the Reveal Party and Hatch Off will also serve as celebrations for 10 years inspiring entrepreneurs to live their dreams and open their doors right here in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.”
TOP 10 REVEAL PARTY
June 16; 7 p.m. (Doors at 6 p.m.); Wayne State Industry Innovation Center
Hundreds of applications were received for the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, and on July 16 the Top 10 business plans will be revealed. Attendees will meet the 10 semi-finalists and enjoy food and drinks courtesy of Hatch Alumni.
Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased at HatchDetroit.com.
COMERICA HATCH DETROIT CONTEST HATCH OFF
July 21; 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.); Wayne State Industry Innovation Center
The final four contestants will have a chance to make one last pitch in front of a panel of judges and attendees at the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Hatch Off. A winner will be crowned and receive the $100,000 Grand Prize, courtesy of Comerica Bank. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at HatchDetroit.com.
Those interested in attending both events can purchase tickets at a special, bundled price of $130.
KEY COMERICA HATCH DETROIT DATES:
June 16: Top 10 announced – Top 10 Reveal Party at Wayne State Industry Innovation Center
June 17: Public Voting begins
June 23: Top 10 voting ends
June 24: Top 4 announced and voting begins
June 30: Top 4 voting ends
July 21: Winner announced at Comerica Hatch Detroit Hatch Off at Wayne State Industry Innovation Center

Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest returns with $100K donation from Comerica Bank to benefit winning business

Hatch Detroit programming bolstered by additional $50,000 Comerica Charitable Foundation donation, economic development programming, new TechTown Detroit partnership

March 15, 2022

Comerica Bank and Hatch Detroit announce the return of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest and $100,000 donation from Comerica Bank to this year’s winner. The contest, which is returning for the first time since 2019, aims to promote small business economic development in Detroit.

Entrepreneurs with a retail concept looking to open a brick-and-mortar location in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck can now submit their business plans via the Hatch Detroit website through May 12.

“Hatch Detroit has become a vital resource for entrepreneurs and small business incubation over the past decade,” said Mike Richie, Comerica Bank Michigan Market President. “The impact Hatch Detroit has made on growing and developing opportunities throughout Detroit is leaving an indelible mark on the economic revitalization of the city. Entrepreneurs need access to both capital and technical assistance to succeed, and we believe our partnership can continue delivering a proven platform that helps launch new opportunities for business owners.”

The four-month contest includes two rounds of public voting – Top 10 and Top 4 – allowing the community to vote for their favorite businesses to win the $100,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank as well as a package of accounting, legal, IT and public relations support from Hatch Detroit and its partners.

“Our focus from the very beginning of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest was not only to launch one business, but to create an entire ecosystem of support that stimulates opportunities for entrepreneurs and generate a network of businesses who are prepared to navigate the challenges of launching a new venture in Detroit,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit. “The past two years have added to those challenges, and we worked closely with our alumni keep their doors open. With the tremendous support of our partners, now is the time to present this contest once again to entrepreneurs and support new business growth in our city and neighborhoods.”

The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest concludes Thursday, July 21 with the annual “Hatch Off.”

Since Comerica and Hatch Detroit’s partnership began in 2012, Comerica Bank and the Comerica Charitable Foundation have contributed $660,000 in startup funding to support the winners of the annual neighborhood retail competition, as well as direct organizational support funding to Hatch Detroit.

COMERICA EXPANDS PROGRAMMING SUPPORT

Comerica is expanding upon its investment of the contest with economic development programming through technical assistance and financial education. Support will occur during the Comerica Hatch Detroit contest and with both Hatch Detroit and TechTown alumni following the contest.

“Developing economic opportunities, especially in our underserved communities, remains a priority and our relationship with Hatch Detroit has been a successful resource in helping launch small businesses in Detroit,” said Linda Nosegbe, Comerica Bank Vice President and Southeast External Affairs Manager. “Beyond investing financially, elevating technical assistance throughout the entire process will aid in the overall impact of the contest and the mission focused on entrepreneurial growth.”

At the start of the pandemic in 2020, Comerica Bank recognized the detrimental impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, and as a response invested $100,000 to Hatch Detroit to support the organization’s alumni businesses that had been financially impacted. The Hatch Detroit Small Business Alumni Relief Fund provided utility assistance for approximately 40 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest alumni businesses. In addition to the $100,000 investment, Comerica Charitable Foundation also provided Hatch Detroit $50,000 in organizational support.

Comerica Charitable Foundation works to partner with communities through investments in education, economic and community development, and human services for those in need.

TECHTOWN DETROIT-HATCH DETROIT PARTNERSHIP

The 2022 contest announcement comes on the heels of the newly-formed partnership between TechTown Detroit and Hatch Detroit. The integration into TechTown’s small business services program lineup will provide a sustainable future for Hatch while creating synergies between the two organizations which both champion and support small businesses in and around Detroit. Hatch Executive Director Vittoria Katanski will manage the transition.

“Our new partnership with TechTown Detroit will reinvigorate our incubation of small businesses in the City of Detroit and its neighborhoods,” said Katanski. “By integrating into TechTown’s programming, we believe our relationship will help further stimulate business growth, assist and build upon our networks of alumni, and bring a new level of support to the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.”

Beyond the contest, Hatch Detroit provides funding, exposure and mentoring in support of its alumni entrepreneurs. Together, Hatch Detroit alumni have opened 49 businesses, employ over 500 people and have invested more than $7 million in their businesses. Over the years, the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest has helped launch some of Detroit’s most successful and well-known businesses, including, La Feria (2012), Sister Pie (2014), Live Cycle Delight (2015), Meta Physica Massage (2016), Baobab Fare (2017) and 27th Letter Books (2019).

KEY COMERICA HATCH DETROIT DATES:

  • March 15: Submissions begin
  • May 12: Submission period ends
  • June 16: Top 10 announced
  • June 17: Voting begins
  • June 23: Top 10 voting ends
  • June 24: Top 4 announced and voting begins
  • June 30: Top 4 voting ends
  • July 21: Winner announced at Hatch Off
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