Over the past five years, Hatch Detroit has done something few other business competitions can boast: It has created real, viable and long-lasting companies that make Detroit proud.
Sure, other competitions hand out money; Hatch Detroit offers its winner a proud $50,000 check. But what makes Hatch truly special is that it adds a huge bonus with lots of business services (an estimated $200,000 in pro-bono help) to ensure its entrepreneurs not only get off the ground but maintain a steady flight path. And it maintains its relationships with all contest finalists; everyone gets a helping hand.
That is why it is not only exciting but essential to vote, participate and follow the Hatch Detroit contest. Starting today, you can vote for the top 10 businesses during this primary voting period, which runs through Aug. 18. You can vote for four at a time to single out the finalists who will compete for the $50k prize.
Organizers said they had more than 150 applications for this year’s contest, which is sponsored by Comerica Bank and Opportunity Detroit.
The contest has a wide variety of entries this year: Bakeries, wine bars, men’s and women’s clothing stores, ceramics, urban farms and more. The Top 10 are excited, enthusiastic and ready to open.
“I’m very excited to be in the top 10 for Comerica’s Hatch Detroit contest by Opportunity Detroit,” said Connor McGaffey of the Detroit Dart Club. “We are looking ahead to a much larger location that can offer open play/drop ins and be able to accommodate larger groups. Winning Hatch would be a big step into making that happen.”
The top 10 businesses seeking public votes are:
· Ash & Anvil is the first company to design clothes specifically for younger, shorter guys. After launching a successful eCommerce store, they’re expanding to a brick & mortar location.
· Bird Bee is a lifestyle clothing boutique offering a mix of modern bohemian, vintage inspired and contemporary clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
· Brut Detroit will be Grandmont Rosedale’s neighborhood wine bar, making wine approachable, affordable and fun for everyone through wine tastings, events and friendly service.
· Chugga’s Main Street Bakery is a women-owned, family-operated bakery that is looking to open in Highland Park. They specialize in breads using simple all natural ingredients that are healthy and nutritious.
· Corbé is a ceramic design and manufacturing studio located in the North End of Detroit looking to open up retail space. They handcraft porcelain wares that are simple and useful, built for the modern home and table.
· Coriander is looking to expand their urban farm and catering business into a brick & mortar café, featuring casual, affordable, healthy food in a rustic, beautiful environment in Detroit.
· Detroit Dart Club hosts Nerf battles, offering a fun way to engage kids and adults in exercise. They’re looking to expand to a second, larger location in Southwest Detroit. Detroit Dart Club currently hosts private Nerf parties inside the Russell Industrial Center. It also does a lot of corporate outings and birthday parties for all ages.
· ITADAKU (it-uh-da-ckoo) is a fine-casual sustainable sushi shop opening in Corktown. They make fine dining quality sushi at an affordable price, using sustainable seafood and organic produce. “We are so thrilled to be a part of the Hatch competition, and taking a step closer to opening our doors in Corktown,” said creator Mike Han. “We’re determined to provide Detroiters access to high quality sustainable sushi at an affordable price!”
· Meta Physica Massage will open a Wellness Center offering therapeutic bodywork, full spectrum infrared saunas, a raw juice bar, an herbal apothecary and health inspired retail, meditation classes and community workshops.
· The Natural Market’s vision is to open a boutique specializing in Handmade Bath, Body & Home Products and customized fragrances.
To vote in the primary, please visit HatchDetroit.com/vote, Hatch Detroit’s Facebook page or vote in person at the following locations:
· 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 at SISTER PIE
· 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 15 at CADILLAC SQUARE in CAMPUS MARTIUS
· 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16 at EASTERN MARKET, SHED 3
· 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18 at GRANDMONT ROSEDALE FARMERS’ MARKET
The primary voting period will close Aug. 18 at midnight. Finalists will be announced Friday, Aug. 19 and the general election voting period will begin. The finalists will present their final business pitches to a panel of judges before the winner is announced at the Hatch Off event Friday, Aug. 26 at The M@dison Building in Detroit.