February 27, 2018 B.I.G. Event

The following information was provided by the presenters at our Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce B.I.G event on February 27, 2018:

April Boyle, Founder and Executive Director, Build Institute

Build Institute  is an idea activator and small business accelerator focused on access and equity.  As a network of grassroots programs we assist people in turning in their project or business ideas into a reality by providing the necessary tools, education, and support network to get started and thrive. This video captures our spirit!

 We’ve hit some amazing milestones:

  • 6 years of small business activation and support with participants from over 100 zip codes with our participants being 70% women and 60% people of color
  • 10 years of Open City forums with thousands of attendees
  • 1400 graduates with over 350 businesses and 500 jobs created or retained
  • Winner of the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award
  • $175,450 in funding to 30 entrepreneurs through Kiva Detroit and over $2million in funding through our partnerships with Motor City Match, Hatch Detroit, NEIdeas, Detroit Demo days and more

Check us out in the news:

  1. Entrepreneurs grow, prosper with help of Build Institute in Detroit, Crain’s Detroit Business, Kurt Nagl
  2. How important Build is for Detroit entrepreneurs
  3. Build Institute Expands becomes independent nonprofit
  4. The Macro Benefits of Microbusinesses

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