Late Thursday night, the members of Batch Brewing Company were all smiles and hugs as their business was awarded $50,000 in front of a crowd gathered on the roof of the Madison in downtown Detroit.
The brewing company was the winner of the 2013 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest after two weeks of public voting and careful deliberation from a panel of judges. Hatch Detroit, founded by Nick Gorga and Ted Balowski, is a Michigan-based nonprofit that champions and supports independent retail in Detroit through funding contests, education, exposure and mentoring.
In its third year, the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest received more than 200 submissions and more than 41,800 public votes.
This year’s contest brought together four great finalists with unique retail concepts for the city of Detroit. The final four included: Spielhaus Toys, a specialty toy store, Corktown Cinema, a specialty cinema and HenriettaHaus, a unique coffee house made the finals along with the eventual winner, Batch Brewing Company.
“We’re so thrilled to have had so many great business ideas compete in this year’s competition and the support we’ve received from the public has been tremendous,” said Gorga, co-founder of Hatch Detroit. “Batch Brewing Company has really earned this. From the minute we read their application, we were inspired.”
In addition to the $50,000 grand prize courtesy of Comerica Bank, Batch Brewing Company will receive legal, accounting and I.T. services from Hatch Detroit sponsors. Opportunity Detroit is proud to be one of the sponsors supporting such a great effort to bring unique businesses downtown to help in the revitalization of a city on its way up.
“Detroit is proving to be the place to be for entrepreneurs,” said Michael T. Ritchie from Comerica. “It’s great to see new businesses being embraced by the community and we couldn’t be more proud to support Hatch Detroit in moving this city forward.”
The winners hope to help improve the local economy by becoming Detroit’s first nano-brewing company, adding their own beer to the region’s ranks while seeking to help other small breweries develop their brand through their “Brewery Incubator” program.
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