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In 2014, the New Economy Initiative (NEI) launched NEIdeas. Over 600 businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park applied. Of those applicants, more than 30 small businesses won cash awards totaling $500,000. Now, in 2015, NEI is doing it again with the $10k Challenge and $100k Challenge.

We believe that a great idea can help a good business grow. In two-hundred words or less, you provide the idea. We provide the money to make it happen.

 

  • Detroit Denim Co.,

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

    Cyberoptix

    Purchase new printing equipment to expand customer offerings and build competitive market advantage....
  • Astro Coffee LLC

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

    Sha-Sha’s Kiddy Korner child care

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

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

    Building Hugger

    Improve workshop and purchase equipment to secure industry expertise and expand their capacity and e...
  • Brooklynn Brownies with Love

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

    Printing on Call

    To purchase scanner, printers, copiers, computers and other equipment for new satellite location....
  • Goodwells Natural Foods Market

    Purchase new equipment, grow inventory and marketing services for new bulk herbal apothecary offerin...

    Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics

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

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

    The Social Club Grooming Co.

    Build and stock a retail product area, and add equipment and staff to increase capacity....
  • Pot & Box

    Upgrade vehicle to expand company presence and offer delivery, retail and floral service catering to...

    Livingston Family Dentistry

    Renovate building exterior to improve the street front appearance and increase business awareness an...
  • The Hub of Detroit

    Make improvements to storefront appearance, including wheelchair accessibility as well as increase c...

    Detroit Farm and Garden

    Purchase a delivery vehicle and materials to expand storage and delivery capacity....
  • Black Pride Beauty

    Purchase sewing machines and new equipment to expand and scale manufacturing of proprietary hair ext...

    Prop Art Studio

    Purchase a 3D printer to allow low cost prototyping and increase capacity for detail-oriented work.<...
  • The Kid Network Daycare, LLC

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

    Blessed and Highly Favored Juice Bar

    Upgrade equipment, operational inventory, and marketing materials to improve service and reach....
  • Crescent PreNeed Funeral Services

    Purchase new vehicle and outfit staff with new uniforms to boost appearance and assist in expansion ...

    White One Auto

    Purchase new state of the art wheel alignment system, expand service offerings and add new technicia...
  • JP’s Hand Car Wash and Detailing Center

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

    Fill Good Dental Center

    Add a new dental chair and X-ray sensor to expand services to youth and offer additional hours of op...
  • Motor City Popcorn

    Purchase new cooking and labeling equipment to boost production and bring down wholesale costs allow...

    Singing Tree Garden

    Purchase and add production and storage equipment to expand commercial urban lumber reuse program....
  • Detroit Vegan soul

    Expand catering service and increase brand visibility through the purchase of a commercial vehicle....

    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...

    Guerilla Food

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