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6 Incubators Breeding Better Businesses to Rebuild Detroit


For many savvy Detroit startups, the deserted city is now a clean canvas where they are free to experiment. A number of business incubators are also stepping in, offering training, shared office space and other resources for these entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. And for many of these incubators, the triple bottom line is an integral part of their identity and Detroit’s revival.

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  • Chris Marshall

    Great thoughts and questions here. I am just leaving Detroit and picked up the local issue of the metro times. Cover story is addressed to the people who have come to detroit to save it

    There is a lot to say about Detroit and I'm glad that a conversation is getting going on Good. If I have learned anything in the last 4 days its that there are som good people doing good things in almost every area. We need to celebrate them and those people who aren't necessarily leading a movement, but are participating and supporting in their own way. 60 years of decline won't be fixed over night by a flock of hipsters with some money and good intentions. But that's not all that's happening in this great american city.

    • Courtney Pankrat

      It is a really interesting topic to me. It is true that Detroit can't be 'fixed' over night. I'm glad that there are good things happening there!

  • Arifah Rahaman-Aronson

    I'm glad to see Detroit have funding. My concern is will this money be used to flourish a 'locally owned' market. I'm in Indianapolis, and it's been known for having the most chains than any other place in the country. Hence, brain drain. We are losing college grads to states where there is a locally driven community. With technology comes big corps. I hope Detroit remembers the past and knows that having an economy driven by local people has longevity, over a franchise/large corporately driven one.

  • Courtney Pankrat

    Brooke- I've been thinking about Detroit a lot lately as well. I think I even posted on GOOD about it before. I think I'm attracted to it because it seems like there is so much potential in the city.

    • Brooke Feldman

      Hi Courtney,
      I agree with you. I've been doing a lot of research recently on companies that are in Detroit just to see what they are up to. Believe it or not, it all started when I found out about the company Shinola. I found their watches attractive, but what really made me love the company was their mission in Detroit.

  • Brooke Feldman

    I've been dying to go Detroit and just experience the city. I think there is so much going on, but still a lot of improvements that need to be made.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      The only thing I worry about regarding tech companies moving into Detroit is the fact that they may be improving the economy- but what about the lives of the people who may not be able to be employed by these companies?

      • Aaron Hopkins

        Just by having more people live and work there, they will spend money and pay taxes, creating a local demand for other jobs like construction, local shops, teachers for their kids, police, etc. Not everyone in Detroit used to work for an auto manufacturer but still benefited from the money being spent by the people who did.

      • SustainableBrands

        That is a good point Alessandra. Hopefully the overall results are good.

      • Brooke Feldman

        This is a great point. Maybe these tech companies are "taking advantage" of being in Detroit. Maybe they hope it will be the better place to go rather than Silicon Valley? If that is the shift, I'm against it. If you're creating a new company in a city that needs to give jobs to the people who KNOW the city back, then don't bother.