Rick DeVos

The downtown Grand Rapids skyline. WWJ file photo.

Rick DeVos Introduces Start Garden: $15 Million Fund To Invest In Ideas

GRAND RAPIDS — After weeks of speculation, Rick DeVos’ Pomegranate Studios, creator of ArtPrize, Momentum and 5×5 Night, Thursday introduced its latest initiative before a crowd of Michigan business leaders. Called Start Garden, it is […]


Carol Cain Pancakes & Politics

Pancakes & Politics: Spotlight On Cities As Engines For Growth

It will be talk of urban cities as economic catalysts as well as what the east side and west side of the state can learn from each other that will dominate the next “Pancakes and Politics” this Thursday at the Detroit Athletic Club.

CBS 62–04/23/2012

Rick DeVos

Michigan Game Changer: Rick DeVos To Unveil New Project

Buoyed by the incredible success of ArtPrize, Grand Rapids social entrepreneur Rick DeVos is preparing to take the wraps off of his newest project on Thursday — a statewide venture called Start Garden.

CBS 62–04/20/2012

Rick DeVos (at left) chats with attendees at the Michigan Business Incubator Associaton annual conference Tuesday night in Grand Rapids. (Photo: Matt Roush)

DeVos: Building The Next Michigan, One Startup At A Time

Rick DeVos, grandson of the co-founder of Amway and driving force behind startup-based economic development in Grand Rapids — not to mention creator of a wildly successful art festival — gave his thoughts on turning Michigan into a startup hotbed Tuesday at the Michigan Business Incubator Association annual conference.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/17/2012

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Michigan Matters: Rick DeVos & ArtPrize

He’s the man behind Art Prize, the most lucrative art contest in the world. Now he’s working on a project that could put money in your pocket.

CBS 62–12/18/2011

Rick DeVos

Rick DeVos Urges Culture Of Startups For Michigan Economy

DeVos appeared on WWJ-TV CBS Detroit’s show “Michigan Matters” talking about how our state needs to break its cycle of relying on big business and monolithic ways of doing things.

CBS 62–12/16/2011