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ECONOMY POWERED BY IDEAS

At NEI we are changing the face of our future by helping make thousands of ideas become the next economic engine. Granting. Convening. Changing a culture. All while getting the entrepreneurs and small businesses that will drive it, what they need, when they need it.

$500,000 in cash awards.
32 existing businesses.
Detroit. Hamtramck. Highland Park.

Berry Gordy was a business man who knew a good song when he heard one. But even with success, he wondered, “Why write songs for a company in New York only to be paid pennies on the dollar in royalties?” He had a bigger idea: bottle a sound, polish it up, and package it for the world under one roof in Detroit. Gordy just needed a little nudge and, in 1959, he got one. An $800 loan from his family (the equivalent of $6,400 today) helped Gordy build Motown Records and grow a legacy.

So, what’s your idea?

How does it work? Simple. You provide the idea, in two-hundred words. We provide the money to make it happen. NEIdeas will award a total of $500,000 through the below two types of awards. Entry for applications opens on May 8th.

News

Not just a young man’s game: Women in Detroit’s growing tech scene

    On a sunny late afternoon in April, about 65 women crowd into the lobby of Grand Circus in Downtown Detroit's new "startup neighborhood" -- the Madison Block. They are young and old and wear a variety of clothing, from corporate suits to jeans to hijabs. They sip cups of Coke and Chardonnay, snack on... More...

NEI Stories

TechTown

When you run out of room to grow, you’re doing something right.  That’s why TechTown,... More...

Inforum ACTiVATE

Inforum's ACTiVATE program guides women through the whole process of business development- from... More...

Events

The Business of Art

Jun 26, 2014 , 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In an evolving artistic world, many artists don’t realize theimportance of incorporating entrepreneurial skills into their craft. A balance of... Learn More...