Semi-Finalists Announced In $50K Hatch Detroit Entrepreneurs Contest

DETROIT (WWJ) – The 2017 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest is down to 10 semi-finalists.

The top 10 entrepreneurs, which were announced Thursday, are competing for a $50,000 grand prize from Comerica Bank to help open a brick and mortar location in Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck, and more than $200,000 in pro bono services from Hatch Detroit and its partners.

Public voting will narrow the semi-finalists down to four finalists who will go head-to-head in a Hatch Off business pitch competition. Voting is open now through midnight, Thursday, Aug. 17. The four finalists will be announced Friday, Aug. 18.

The 2017 semi-finalists vying for public votes are:

hatch Semi Finalists Announced In $50K Hatch Detroit Entrepreneurs Contest

Top left to right: Bar Botánica, Bases, Fam, Detroit Blows, Rosedale Beer & BistroBottom left to right: Baobab Fare, Rebel Nell, The Lip Bar, Bendicion de Dios, Coop Detroit (Photo Credit: Hatch Detroit)

Baobab Fare is a restaurant, market and juice bar, offering an array of prepared menu items, groceries, juices and other retail products unique to East Africa. Customers will be warmly welcomed to simply shop for retail products such as herbs, spices, produce, fresh meat or other groceries.

Bar Botánica will be a mixed-use craft cocktail bar and café in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit. Its unique concept takes inspiration from the mystery and magic of botánicas—shops that sell plants, herbs, candles and other mystical products used in Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices.

Bases is an all-natural, organic one stop shop for DIY homemade external skin and hair care products.  Customers are able to customize products to their specific needs and liking. Everything about Bases is new, original and a must have for Detroit.

Bendicion de Dios is a Salvadoran immigrant-owned restaurant which features recipes passed down from generations of Salvadoran women. These recipes have been perfected to transport Detroiters to El Salvador one bite at a time. Operating as a catering business for four years, they are ready to offer their food in a brick and mortar restaurant.

Coop Detroit tastefully blends Caribbean and Asian flavors together to create a mouthwatering grilled chicken base for each dish on the menu. Locally sourced and seasoned with a unique, but distinguished, array of herbs and spices from both cultures.

Detroit Blows will efficiently provide women in Detroit with high-quality, specialized blowout hair styling services at a great value, utilizing non-toxic, high-performance products in a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere.

Fam is a clothing store that features handcrafted contemporary menswear in Detroit with premium American fabrics. They are firmly committed to creating sustainable manufacturing jobs in Detroit and establishing the city on the cutting edge of the fashion industry.

Rebell Nell is a jewelry company in Detroit that makes hand crafted, high quality jewelry out of fallen graffiti. They exist to employ women who are transitioning out of shelter living, educate them on financial literacy, business, and life wellness, and empower them to live an independent life.

Rosedale Beer & Bistro will be a community-focused, full-service restaurant and brewpub serving Northwest Detroit.  It will bring a vibrant atmosphere for Northwest Detroit residents and visitors to enjoy fresh cuisine, hand-crafted house beer, as well as wine and cocktails.

The Lip Bar is a beauty brand that exists to disrupt traditional beauty ideals by focusing on their beliefs to guide the products they produce. The products are free from harsh chemicals and filled with natural and organic oils. The products are responsibly made and affordable.

To vote, visit HatchDetroit.com, or vote in person at the following locations: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11 at Sister Pie; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14 at Cadillac Square; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Southwest Detroit Business Association; 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 17 at Grandmont Rosedale Farmers’ Market.

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