About

Granting, convening, and changing a culture.


The New Economy Initiative, a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, is the largest philanthropy-led economic development initiative in the U.S. working to build a regional network of support for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

That means supporting the service providers – from those providing technical assistance like business planning and concept testing, to those providing capital and beyond – that help businesses grow and thrive, while connecting them to each other and the people they serve.

Our Mission

The mission of the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is to grow a culture of entrepreneurship in southeast Michigan that benefits all residents and strengthens the regional economy.