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10 Entrepreneurs Vie For $50,000 Comerica Hatch Detroit Prize

August 10, 2018 - 9:31 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - The 2018 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest is down to 10 semi-finalists.

The top 10 entrepreneurs, which were announced Thursday, are competing for a $50,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank to help open a brick and mortar location in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck, and more than $200,000 in pro bono services from Hatch Detroit and its partners.

Public voting will narrow the semi-finalists down to four finalists who will go head-to-head in a Hatch Off business pitch competition. Voting is open now through midnight, Thursday, Aug. 16. The four finalists will be announced Friday, Aug. 17. Click here to vote.

The semi-finalists include:

Barter, which aims to bring a sustainable arts venue and cocktail bar to Hamtramck, Mich. More than a bar, their model for sustainable space use will allow artists to “barter” for rehearsal space during off hours while meeting demand for music, entertainment and cocktails at night.

The Kitchen by Cooking with Que is Detroit’s premier demonstration kitchen and contemporary shared space. The Kitchen is a collaborative kitchen and learning environment, featuring two state-of-the-art kitchens - one for live demos and one as a shared-use rental kitchen.

Mature is a new men’s clothing retailer that offers a unique collection of contemporary casual clothing and modern dress wear. Their products are affordable, dynamic, and high-quality, with an exceptional fit.

Neighborhood Grocery is bringing fresh food back to the neighborhoods with small footprint, full line grocery stores in Detroit, targeting underserved neighborhoods that lack access to fresh foods.

Paradise Natural Foods is a vegan deli that works to create a community of wellness while bringing people from all walks of life together in their journey toward healthier eating.

SkinBar VII is Detroit’s premiere facial spa. They believe in the long-term benefits of receiving facials and skincare treatments using only high-quality ingredients from the earth and making them accessible to all.

Slyde’s mantra is simple, gourmet, local. The neighborhood eatery will specialize in seasonal sliders, salads, soups and po’ boys.

Toma Detroit will serve fresh, locally sourced simple yet sophisticated cocktails and foods from Latin America. Their tasting room will focus on Tequila and Mezcal and will educate guests about regional distillation methods and styles of Agave. 

The Upperow is a cut and sew luxury fashion house brand that offers classy, upscale and versatile, clothing for men, women and children. 

Warda Pâtisserie is a Detroit based pâtisserie business making sophisticated, hand-crafted pastries and bread inspired by the seasons, celebrating Michigan farmers and influenced by travels through Algeria, France and Asia.

The final voting period will take place until noon, Friday, Aug. 24. On Thursday, Aug. 30, finalists will present their business pitch to a panel of judges and an audience before the winner is announced.