Finalists for Hatch Detroit $50,000 contest revealed

Public voting begins Sept. 10 for businesses who want to flourish in the city

Published On: Aug 31 2012 09:49:34 AM EDT

Hatch Detroit has announced the top 10 semi-finalists for the 2012 Comerica Hatch Detroit contest.

This year’s competition brought in more than 250 business plan submissions, representing a 25 percent increase over last year’s contest. From a vegan café with a soulful twist to a business that seeks to bring kayak rentals to the riverfront, this year’s semi-finalists represent Detroit’s creative entrepreneurship at its best.

The 10 semi-finalists include:

“We’re impressed by the volume and quality of this year’s submissions,” said Nick Gorga, co-founder of Hatch Detroit. “Our board had the tough task of narrowing down the pool of applicants to the top 10. We’re excited to introduce the semi-finalists and invite the public to cast their vote for Detroit’s next retail development beginning September 10.”

Public voting opens Sept. 10 at 12:01 AM and continues through Sept.17 at 11:59 PM at

The top four vote-getters will be announced September 19 and compete in a Hatch Off event on Sept. 26 Comerica Bank will provide the full prize amount of $50,000 for the winning business idea, which will be revealed Sept. 27.