Ash & Erie, formally Ash & Anvil, pitched on Shark Tank airing this weekend and won over investor and entrepreneur Mark Cuban. Cuban invested $150K in the Detroit based startup. Ash & Erie make clothing for shorter guys, specifically focusing on a niche of men 5′ 8″ and under. The company started with their line […]

EmpowerHER offers up to $50K in Prizes

By Amanda Lewan on September 26, 2017

EmpowerHER, a partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund and Michigan Women’s Foundation, will offer a continuum of programs and services to women wishing to start or grow Social Venture Enterprises. A social venture enterprise: fundamentally exists to solve a real community problem must focus on a product or service people will pay for must follow […]

The biggest and one of the best prizes for startups in Michigan is back. Accelerate Michigan applications are open for the 2017 challenge. The annual event hosted in Detroit each November is one of the largest startup pitch competitions. Hosted as a program of Invest Detroit Ventures, hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors will gather for […]

Two More Pitch for Grant Opportunities

By Amanda Lewan on July 15, 2017

Calling all startups and small businesses, we’ve found more pitch opportunities coming up to keep on your radar. In Pontiac their second annual Pitch n’ Pontiac is back. With partnership from CEED Lending, businesses can pitch and compete for prizes. First prize is $7,500 in cash with support services too. Those in food, technology, and […]

One Week Left to Apply for $50K

By Amanda Lewan on July 8, 2017

The City of Detroit has a long and growing list of resources for small business owners looking to put roots down. Whether it’s Motor City Match, Hatch, NEIdeas, there’s plenty of opportunity for business owners. Hatch Detroit is one of the top grant competitions that happens every year, giving away $50K to one lucky winner. […]

Grand Ventures Announces First Investment

By Amanda Lewan on June 29, 2017

Grand Ventures, the new Midwest-focused fund that opened its doors earlier this year, just announced their first investment choosing startup Astronomer based in Cincinnati. Astronomer is a data engineering platform that helps organizations scale their data and analytics. The startup closed on a $3 Million dollar round, with funding from Grand Ventures, Frontline Ventures, Silicon Valley […]

Starting May 1st two big grant competitions for businesses in Detroit are opening up, the Hatch Detroit retail competition, and the NEIdeas small business growth competition. These two grants will award entrepreneurs cash to open up shop or grow their companies in Detroit. Hatch Detroit is a $50,000 award for the 1st place winner, who […]

New Seed Funding Available up to $150K

By Amanda Lewan on March 23, 2017

A new early stage investment fund has launched in Detroit, the First Step Fund. Hosted by Invest Detroit, along with support from the MEDC and New Economy Initiative, the fund will provide early stage investments from $50-150K. The fund is aiming to help bridge a gap in the region and help early stage companies prepare […]

Google Demo Day Detroit is Open for Applications

By Amanda Lewan on March 14, 2017

Google’s Demo Day in Detroit is back in action this month at Grand Circus, the local tech training institute, for Friday, March 30th. Startups can apply now to pitch in front of a panel of judges. One winner of the Detroit event will get the opportunity to travel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, […]

Meet Michigan’s Newest VC Fund Grand Ventures

By Amanda Lewan on February 18, 2017

In Michigan Venture Capital has been on a slow and steady rise. Now, experienced investor Tim Streit of Huron River Ventures along with McKeel Hagerty an entrepreneur and investor, launched the newest VC firm Grand Ventures.  Previously Streit co-founded Huron River Ventures, which raised $16 million and invested in leading technology companies including Ambiq Micro […]

Michigan State University Foundation Launches Red Cedar Ventures

By Jane Whitttington on December 9, 2016

MSU is well known for its high level of student engagement. In fact, a recent (September, 2016) article in the Wall Street Journal gave MSU first place in its listing of “colleges where students feel most engaged”. An honor indeed, and one that the university continues to value. For student and faculty entrepreneurs, that translates […]

4 Pitch & Prize Opportunities Open Now

By Amanda Lewan on December 1, 2016

Hey entrepreneurs and creators we hope you are getting ready for a a busy year next year. Before you start to wrap up 2016, check out some of these upcoming pitch and prize opportunities. What a great way to end your year with a little extra cash and support. 1. ACE presentations open. Entrepreneurs can win up to […]

Meet 32 Detroit Businesses Receiving NEIdeas Grants

By Amanda Lewan on November 22, 2016

The New Economy Initiative announced today the recent winner of their NEIdeas grant program, giving small businesses $10,000-$100,000. Each year the foundation grants existing business in the city of Detroit cash to help their business grow. The small business who won grants this year range from retail to technology and transportation. Two larger businesses took home […]

Detroit Startup Benzinga Raises $3 Million

By Amanda Lewan on September 29, 2016

Detroit based Benzinga, a financial tech media site, announces today an investment raise of $3 Million, with investment from entrepreneur Dan Gilbert and WorldQuant Ventures. The investment will fuel an expansion of Benzinga’s original market-moving content and data service infrastructure, allowing Benzinga to better serve its rapidly increasing demand from traders and investors. “We’re very excited to announce our […]

The University of Michigan has been growing their investments into the technology world, one startup at a time, often through their various student fund arms and commercialization tracks. Today, the university announced an investment of $500K in funding from the University of Michigan’s Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization (MTRAC) program to help solve some of our toughest […]