And then there were four.
The brick and mortar business idea competition Hatch Detroit today announced the top four finalists competing for a $50,000 grand prize from Comerica in the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest, whittling the field down from 10 using community voting.
The final four businesses vying for public votes are:
Bird Bee — a lifestyle clothing boutique offering a mix of modern bohemian, vintage inspired and contemporary clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.
Corbé — a ceramic design and manufacturing studio located in the North End of Detroit looking to open up retail space. They handcraft porcelain wares that are simple and useful, built for the modern home and table.
Coriander Kitchen & Farm, which is looking to expand their urban farm and catering business into a brick & mortar café featuring casual, affordable, healthy food in a rustic, beautiful environment in Detroit.
Meta Physica Massage & Sauna, which will open a Wellness Center offering therapeutic bodywork, full spectrum infrared saunas, a raw juice bar, an herbal apothecary and health inspired retail, meditation classes and community workshops.
Full company bios are available at www.HatchDetroit.com, as well as the ability to vote.
The general election voting period is now open and the public has until noon Friday, Aug. 26, to cast their vote and do their part in electing the next brick and mortar business in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck.
“A significant component to this contest is the support of the public,” said Vittoria Katanski, executive director of Hatch Detroit in a statement. “From the moment the Top 10 are announced to the continued support of our Hatch alumni, the public is our partner. We’ve had more than 21,000 public votes so far in this year’s contest, and we hope the community’s support for these businesses continues to grow.”
- 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20 at KUZZO’S
- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 22 at CADILLAC SQUARE in CAMPUS MARTIUS
- 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23 at EASTERN MARKET, SHED 2
Per press materials:
The four finalists will pitch their business plans live to a panel of judges at the Hatch Off event at The M@dison Building in Downtown Detroit Friday, Aug. 26. Public vote and jury deliberations determine the contest winner. In addition to winning $50,000 from Comerica Bank, more than $200,000 in pro bono services including a $25,000 branding and design package from GTB (formally Team Detroit), a 30-second social media advertisement from MCCI, legal services from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, architectural renderings from Hamilton Anderson Associates and a package of accounting, IT, public relations support, and counsel from Hatch Detroit and its partners, will be awarded to the 2016 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest winner.