We believe that a great idea can help a good business grow.

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.


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NEI creates jobs at neighborhood level

 Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press Business Columnist Reversing 60 years of relentless population decline and job loss in Detroit is a very tall order, but six months ago the New Economy Initiative (NEI) said it would pay out $300,000 to answer a provocative question about job growth. What if, rather than relying on an explosion of digital start-up companies or huge corporate... More...

NEI Stories

Michigan Women’s Foundation

Though its origins are traditional, Michigan Women’s Foundation has become anything but your... More...

WSU Office of Technology Commercialization

Not only is the Maccabees Building in Midtown home to one of the best views in Detroit, it also... More...


Urban Innovation Exchange

Sep 24, 2014 , 9:00 am - Sep 26, 2014 , 1:00 pm

Cities across the U.S. are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Sometimes the smallest projects can have the greatest impact. This... Learn More...