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Gathering at House Opera

Crowdfunding creatives: House Opera begins buildout after successful fundraising campaign

Crowdfunding certainly isn’t unique to Detroit, but it’s definitely useful in a city where banks can be reluctant to dole out loans. That's why countless business and nonprofits like the event space House Opera are turning to crowdfunding.

Patronicity team at work

Detroit's civic funding scene gets crowded

Community organizers and entrepreneurs have more choice than ever when it comes to asking the public for funding. But is the landscape getting 'crowded'? Nina Ignaczak digs in to find out what's going on in the world of civic crowdfunding in Detroit.

Detroit Sip

Second round of Motor City Match grants announced

The second round of Motor City Match grantees, who will receive a combined $500,000 in awards, are located throughout Detroit. They include a gourmet slider restaurant, a neighborhood pharmacy, a bike and coffee shop, among others.

Sandy Kronenberg couch

Impact investors swing the hammers that are building the new economy in southeast Michigan

Investing in a startup is one thing. Making an impact with that investment is another. A growing class of impact investors is putting smart money into scaling Metro Detroit's new economy, and it's paying big dividends.

David Egner

Life after elephants: Detroit's entrepreneurial awakening

The New Economy Initiative's executive director writes about how NEI helped change economic development in Michigan from hunting "elephants" to building a network of support to foster entrepreneurship, small business growth, and innovation – from grass roots to high-growth. 
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Coherix goes from surviving to thriving after Great Recession

Coherix goes from surviving to thriving after Great Recession

City: Ann Arbor
Dwight Carlson knows what it's like to be on top of the world one day and have the weight of the world crushing you the next. Now he and his startup, Coherix, are back on top as they make the most of a crisis.
Jen Baird on finding a way to fund breakthrough technology

Jen Baird on finding a way to fund breakthrough technology

City: Ann Arbor
Jen Baird doesn't count on miracles to survive in the business world, but she doesn't turn them down either.
Duo Security accumulates millions in investor cash in quest for constant improvement

Duo Security accumulates millions in investor cash in quest for constant improvement

City: Ann Arbor
"We haven't spent most of the cash we have taken from investors," says Dug Song, CEO of Duo Security.
Adrian Fortino on outside VCs investing in Michigan startups

Adrian Fortino on outside VCs investing in Michigan startups

City: Ann Arbor
Adrian Fortino knows a thing or two about investing in local tech startups, and the new partner with the Mercury Fund knows why Michigan-based VCs don't necessarily have the inside track on the best deals.
Sandy Kronenberg on growing a startup alone

Sandy Kronenberg on growing a startup alone

City: Detroit
Sandy Kronenberg is a tech entrepreneur who already has a few exits under his belt, and it's a big reason why he is eschewing angel investment for his new startup, Locqus.
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