Meet Detroit’s Social Entrepreneurs at Ready, Set, Build

By Amanda Lewan on September 13th, 2015 / Comments

In Detroit there are many entrepreneurs building businesses that are sustainable, with small or large trajectories. Some of the entrepreneurs no matter the size have baked in a socially good component to their business model.

On September 30th, Build Institute plans to host a pitch competition giving a spotlight to the socially minded entrepreneurs of the city. This is the first event of it’s kind in Detroit, though the setup sounds similar to a Detroit Soup event where attendees help choose a winner. The gallery-style pitch competition is already booked for entrepreneurs, but you can still come out and support budding businesses in the city and keep an eye out for other Build Institute pitch opportunities.

What’s this event look like? It includes:

  • Each entrepreneur will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to the audience and investors
  • Attendees will be able to cast a vote for the winner of the showcase
  • The winner will receive a cash prize and a suite of professional services valued at over $5,000
  • Tickets are available for purchase at $50, include appetizers,drinks and a vote and the opportunity to meet and connect with Detroit’s emerging social entrepreneurship community

Additional information and tickets can be purchased at

Build Institute is a program of the Downtown Detroit Partnership that provides small business training and business plan courses for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs. Other partners for this event include: Center for Financial Planning, the Social Enterprise Alliance, Clark Hill, Gingras Global, Our/Detroit, Axle Brewing Company, Sister Pie, Sadek Bonhoom legal, Canfield Creative, Tax Trouble, Model D and Mission Throttle.

We hope to see you there at the end of the month supporting social entrepreneurs.

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Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Editor @michipreneur. Co-founder Bamboo Detroit. Follow me @Amanda_Jenn. I love telling the story of entrepreneurs and innovators.