|Batch Brewing at the Hatch launch, August 2013.|
The third annual Hatch Detroit contest is now upon us. Launched in 2011, Hatch is a small business competition in which 10 semifinalists are juried in based on the strength of their applications (including a business plan) and how their proposed business would fit within the retail landscape of Detroit. The winner receives $50,000 in cash to assist them in opening their business, as well as a host of additional in-kind professional services from Hatch and their partners.
Previous winners are Hugh (2011), a retail home goods and gifts store with a distinctly high-end bachelor theme, and La Feria (2012), a Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar opening soon on Cass Avenue in Midtown, just down the street from Hugh. Online voting began on Monday and the top four finalists selected from the public vote will advance to the next round. To help you choose which business you want to endorse with your vote, Model D development news editor Nicole Rupersburg checks in with each of the semifinalists.