By Melvin Henley, Program Manager, Detroit Creative Corridor
Early and second stage tech-based startups who need creative assistance listen up! Detroit Creative Corridor, Creative Co., and Detroit Innovate are launching a new fund that will help you get the assistance you need. The Creative Co. Services Fund will award tech-based startups in Michigan with up to $25,000 for design and creative services.
The Creative Co. Services Fund Supports:
- Graphic Design/Illustration
- Media Production/ Photography/Videography
- UI/UX Interactive Design Development
- Architecture/Interior Design
- Industrial Design/Product Design
Here are a couple details that you need to know:
- CCSF is only available to early and second stage tech-based startups that are currently receiving business acceleration services and/or funding from a qualifying MI SmartZone.
- Awardees must contribute 30% of the total design services contract in order to receive the full award and services.
- Round 1 of applications start November 9th.
Visit our website to apply and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected]!
Creative Co. is a collaborative membership network of interdisciplinary designers and agencies founded to fulfill the creative needs of Michigan’s business community. Initiated by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center in 2015, Creative Co. operates as a design trade association providing industry-vetted members with exclusive business development opportunities, educational workshops, community events, and mentor engagement. Creative Co. members are comprised of firms, agencies and freelancers that have been vetted and peer reviewed by the elected Creative Co. Advisory Board. Members are experienced in their fields and in providing professional client services.
About Detroit Creative Corridor
The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) is metropolitan Detroit’s creative industries advocacy organization. It provides the leadership, resources, exposure, data and analytics necessary to elevate the economic output and social impact of Detroit’s creative economy. Its vision is to grow creative sector jobs in the Detroit region and to establish Detroit as a recognized global center for design, creativity and innovation. DC3 is a joint initiative between Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies. It receives funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, The Kresge Foundation, Surdna Foundation, New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, fee-based consulting work and a variety of corporate partners.
Detroit Innovate prides itself on providing more than capital. Our team is committed to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem through on-going mentorship and community engagement. We implement targeted venture development programs to help build and promote scalable businesses in the region. Our team is committed to helping build a diverse tech community in Detroit and throughout the region. We are collectively focused on implementing an investment strategy that is inclusive of minority, immigrant, and women entrepreneurs. Our work is based on the philosophy that while we cannot invest in every entrepreneur we meet, we can provide some level of assistance to every one of them.