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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.

Castle's cofounders renovating their house in Detroit

Tech startup finds creative solution to living and working in two different cities

Many startups find Silicon Valley oversaturated and are seeking opportunities in cities with nascent tech scenes. Castle, a property management tech company, is doing just that in Detroit.

Soulardarity's leadership team: Nikkia Jones and Jackson Koeppel

Community lighting group to potentially partner with Highland Park on ambitious project

When the gutting of Highland Park's lighting grid left residents in the dark four years ago, a grassroots group called Soulardarity sprang up to try to remedy the problem. Now, they're trying to forge an unprecedented partnership with Highland Park to light the entire city with solar power.

Paul Riser, director of technology-based entrepreneurship at TechTown

Innovation district has the potential to "supercharge" Detroit's economy

The Brookings Institute has identified areas that contain concentrations of universities, research institutions, and companies as "innovation districts," or places that "supercharge the economy." Many believe Midtown Detroit could be that kind of place -- a nexus of innovative thinking and commercial development for the entire region.

Guy Kenny in Glassline’s Plymouth studio

The versatile material and company that's restoring Detroit's downtown architecture

Glassline recreates lost or deteriorated architectural elements for historic buildings that are undergoing rehabilitation. And they're making them all out of fiberglass.
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Skye Durrant discusses his aspirations to make LawnGuru the Uber of landscaping and snowplowing

Skye Durrant discusses his aspirations to make LawnGuru the Uber of landscaping and snowplowing

City: Wixom
“Brandon and I started cutting lawns together in high school,” Durrant says. “We turned a tiny lawncare company into a multi-million-dollar business.” What gives the Wixom-based startup an edge is its participation in the 500 Startups accelerator program in Silicon Valley.
Castle explains how it got into Y Combinator

Castle explains how it got into Y Combinator

City: Detroit
There is a glut of startup accelerators out there, but the guys behind the property management startup Castle got into the most prestigious one around, Y Combinator. The Detroit-based startup's team tells how it shot the moon and got in.
No place like home for Atwater Brewery

No place like home for Atwater Brewery

City: Detroit
"We're in great shape for future expansion," Rieth says. "We want to have a capacity of 150,000 barrels and this gives us that. We want to continue growing in Detroit because the city is an important part of what we’re about."
Jeff Hauptman on growing quickly and manging it properly

Jeff Hauptman on growing quickly and manging it properly

City: Ann Arbor
Oxford Companies has grown a lot in the last few years and is now positioned to become the firm in property management in Ann Arbor. The company's CEO Jeff Hauptman explains how it manages such rapid growth.
Amy Swift on evolving a company's business plan and focus

Amy Swift on evolving a company's business plan and focus

City: Detroit
Amy Swift launched Building Hugger a few years ago with an idea or two of what to do with it. Several ideas later the Detroiter is figuring out what her business is all about and where it's going.
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