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2018 Detroit Demo Day Awards Entrepreneurs with $1.2 Million

Published June 23, 2018 by

See photos of the 2018 Detroit Demo Day Event on June 22 at the Detroit Music Hall. Seven entrepreneurs received a total of $1.2 million from Quicken Loans.

By Sylvia Jarrus

Detroit’s most promising entrepreneurs competed at the second annual Quicken Loans Detroit Demo Day on June 22 at the Detroit Music Hall. Fifteen entrepreneurs had 90 seconds to pitch their ideas to judges and an audience. Seven of them received a total award of $1.2 million in the form of interest-free loans, grants and convertible notes from Quicken Loans to continue to grow their business. The event concluded with a performance from Common, a Grammy-award winning rapper.

The Seven Winners

Start category winners:

Affordable and accessible health care service focused on serving Detroit residents.

Decorative plant delivery service that delivers potted plants directly to your home.

Lemon butter pies made with a fourth generation recipe.

Grow category winners:

Vegan popcorn made from locally sourced ingredients.

Design company producing sleek home accessories and toys.  

A luxury nail experience.

Scale category winner:

A company freezing fresh Michigan-grown produce to make local, fresh food accessible year round.

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