$10k & $100k CHALLENGE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

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Since 2014, NEIdeas has granted a total of $1 million in cash awards to more than 60 existing businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, as well as provided all applicants with access to business support. Nearly 1,200 small businesses from every corner of the three cities applied to NEIdeas in 2014 and 2015. Applicants spanned more than 16 business sectors, ranging from barbers to manufacturers, mechanics to bakers, and more. In 2015, seventy percent of NEIdeas winners were minority-owned businesses, 64 percent were woman-owned businesses, and 53 percent were both woman- and minority-owned businesses. Winning businesses ranged in age from three to 93 years old.

The 2016 NEIdeas $10k or $100k challenges closed on June 1. Staff is now reviewing submissions and awards will be announced in the fall.  

We believe that a great idea can help a good business grow. You provide the idea, and we’ll provide the money and support to make it happen.

 

  • Cyberoptix

    Purchase new printing equipment to expand customer offerings and build competitive market advantage....

    Building Hugger

    Improve workshop and purchase equipment to secure industry expertise and expand their capacity and e...
  • Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics

    Purchase a new digital scanner to improve modeling, efficiency and effectiveness of artificial limb ...

    Blessed and Highly Favored Juice Bar

    Upgrade equipment, operational inventory, and marketing materials to improve service and reach....
  • Benkari LLC

    Invest in new enterprise software to help automate bidding process and increase efficiency....

    Detroit Vegan soul

    Expand catering service and increase brand visibility through the purchase of a commercial vehicle....
  • Sha-Sha’s Kiddy Korner child care

    Build a brand new computer lab to better serve the current and potential children and families, prov...

    Crescent PreNeed Funeral Services

    Purchase new vehicle and outfit staff with new uniforms to boost appearance and assist in expansion ...
  • Tamaleria Nuevo Leon

    Purchase new equipment to expand market and offer Detroit made tamales nationally and internationall...

    Singing Tree Garden

    Purchase and add production and storage equipment to expand commercial urban lumber reuse program....
  • The Kid Network Daycare, LLC

    Purchase and implement a new creatively focused curriculum and make external improvements to the fac...

    The Social Club Grooming Co.

    Build and stock a retail product area, and add equipment and staff to increase capacity....
  • Guerilla Food

    Build, operate and promote a geographically fixed pop-up food space to increase revenue and expand m...

    Pot & Box

    Upgrade vehicle to expand company presence and offer delivery, retail and floral service catering to...
  • Detroit Farm and Garden

    Purchase a delivery vehicle and materials to expand storage and delivery capacity....

    Livingston Family Dentistry

    Renovate building exterior to improve the street front appearance and increase business awareness an...
  • Brooklynn Brownies with Love

    Purchase new equipment, expand inventory and hire new staff to keep up with increased demand....

    The Hub of Detroit

    Make improvements to storefront appearance, including wheelchair accessibility as well as increase c...
  • Printing on Call

    To purchase scanner, printers, copiers, computers and other equipment for new satellite location....

    Motor City Popcorn

    Purchase new cooking and labeling equipment to boost production and bring down wholesale costs allow...
  • White One Auto

    Purchase new state of the art wheel alignment system, expand service offerings and add new technicia...

    Fill Good Dental Center

    Add a new dental chair and X-ray sensor to expand services to youth and offer additional hours of op...
  • JP’s Hand Car Wash and Detailing Center

    Purchase prep equipment to increase efficiency and capacity and improve building facade to boost bus...

    Goodwells Natural Foods Market

    Purchase new equipment, grow inventory and marketing services for new bulk herbal apothecary offerin...
  • Astro Coffee LLC

    Building renovations including expansion of the outdoor seating area, new front awning and improved ...

    Prop Art Studio

    Purchase a 3D printer to allow low cost prototyping and increase capacity for detail-oriented work.<...
  • Detroit Denim Co.,

    Purchase new equipment, train staff and hire marketing representative to expand a full denim repair ...

    Black Pride Beauty

    Purchase sewing machines and new equipment to expand and scale manufacturing of proprietary hair ext...
  • Textures by Nefertiti

    Develop and market a new ethnic hair care product line, build new ecommerce site and market the prod...

    Ocelot Print Shop

    Buy new computers, graphics software, driers, vacuum table and other equipment to expand offerings a...