Detroit Entrepreneurs: 11 Resources For You

We can all tell that Detroit is experiencing a comeback. New storefronts opening almost out of thin air, the streets bustling with people, and a national spotlight shone on Detroit as it turns a corner, but where to? In resurgent cities, entrepreneurs are part of the push that makes up the change dynamic. For all of the entrepreneurs looking to help grow our city, here are 11 resources for you. Leave a comment at the bottom with thoughts, additional ideas, we'd love to hear from you!


SEbastian jackson, CEO and Founder of Social club grooming co., and tifani Sadek, founder of sadek and bonahoom

SEbastian jackson, CEO and Founder of Social club grooming co., and tifani Sadek, founder of sadek and bonahoom

1. Knight Cities Challenge

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 27, 2015 the Knight Cities Challenge is inviting applicants from across the nation to tell their ideas for making the 26 Knight cities more vibrant places to live and work. From a pool of $5 million, they're looking to award grants at the city, neighborhood and block level, and all sizes in between.


2. Build Institute

They help people turn their business ideas into reality by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and support network in Detroit. Whether its through classes, networking events, mentorship, or connections to resources, they provide a nurturing community that allows ideas to develop and flourish over time.


3. TechTown Detroit

TechTown is Detroit’s business innovation hub. As the city’s most established business accelerator and incubator, they provide a powerful connection to a broad network of resources, catalyzing entire communities of entrepreneurs best poised to energize the local economy.


4. Hatch Detroit

Hatch Detroit is a vehicle to champion and support independent retail businesses in Detroit through funding, exposure, education, and mentoring. Founded in 2011, Hatch Detroit was created to give others the opportunity to have a role in the redevelopment of Detroit.


5. Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative

Addressing urban needs via entrepreneurship requires awareness of the conditions, motivation to solve problems, and the capability to create solutions. The intersection of these requirements is the “sweet spot” the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to create. Join the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium on Friday, October 23 for more resources. DYP Members receive special pricing on admission. Please go to our member portal to access this code and redeem your ticket..


6. How To Start A Startup

They're a group of hackers & hustlers that are in the process of starting startups. While most of the content is geared towards tech entrepreneurs, anyone is welcome and there are lessons that can be applied to starting any type of business.


7. Sadek Bonahoom

They provide the security of essential legal counsel at rates that are accessible for businesses at any stage. Whether you are a startup, nonprofit or an established business, their team has the skills and experience to help build a firm foundation.


8. Bamboo Detroit

Detroit's largest coworking community. Bamboo Detroit provides shared workspace, resources, and a talented network in downtown Detroit. They believe to grow strong, you'll need a little help from your friends.


9. Way State Law Clinic

The clinic prepares students for real-world practice, combining weekly seminars with representation of real-world for-profit clients who cannot afford to pay for legal services offered by attorneys in the private bar. In the course of representations, students act as counselors in the truest sense of the word, advising on both business and legal matters.


10. Techstars Mobility

They help accelerate the pace of innovation by strengthening the path for entrepreneurs, providing support for entrepreneurial communities, and helping to grow the worldwide entrepreneurial ecosystem.


11. Detroit Venture Partners

DVP backs seed and early stage startup teams with the grit, creativity, and passion to tackle and mold opportunity. They look for founders who are creative, disciplined, and trustworthy. They are passionate entrepreneurs who know how to build successful companies from the ground up.


Benjamin Seidman, Director of Business Development at SPLT, 2015 Venture For America Fellow, Detroit Young Professionals Communications Committee, covers entrepreneurship and community events.