Here They Are: the Comerica Hatch Detroit Final Four Contestants!

Hi, friends!

Well, the results are in and Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest Presented by Bedrock has announced the final four contestants and we’ve got the list of finalists you!


Neighborhood Grocery: MegBruitt and Raphael Wright

Neighborhood Grocery is bringing fresh food back to the neighborhoods with a small footprint, full-line grocery stores in Detroit, targeting underserved neighborhoods that lack access to fresh foods.


Paradise Natural Foods: Nezaa Bandele

Paradise Natural Foods is a vegan deli that works to create a community of wellness while bringing people from all walks of life together in their journey toward healthier eating.


Slyde: Jen Nelson, LJ Nelson, Dana Frost, Anitrah Nelson

Slyde’s mantra is simple, gourmet, local. The neighborhood eatery will specialize in seasonal sliders, salads, soups and po’ boys.


Toma Detroit: Antonio Lopez, Corey McIntosh, Eddie Vargas-Nava

Toma Detroit will serve fresh, locally sourced simple yet sophisticated cocktails and foods from Latin America. Their tasting room will focus on Tequila and Mezcal and will educate guests about regional distillation methods and styles of Agave.


Vote for the Winner of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest!

Now, it’s your turn to vote for the WINNER of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest! Voting begins today and runs until midnight on Friday, August 24th.

Here’s what you need to know about voting for a contestant:

You can vote 3 times per day

Vote online at or on Hatch Detroit’s Facebook page.

Vote in person at the following locations:

  • 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20 at Bumbo’s Bar
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Eastern Market Shed 3
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23 at Honeybee Market
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24 at Spirit Plaza

Once the voting closes at midnight on August 24th, the finalists will have less than one week to get ready for the big day: Hatch Off!

What’s the Hatch Off? Think Shark Tank but Detroit style! On Thursday, August 30, the four contestants will pitch their business plans to a panel of judges as well as an audience of peers. The winner of the Hatch Off will be declared at the event. If you’d like to attend the Hatch Off on August 30th, you can get your tickets here.


The BIG Hatch Off Prize for the Winner of the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest

The winner of the Hatch Off will get a pretty sweet prize:

$50,000 from Comerica Bank

$200,000 in pro bono support

legal services from Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn

architectural design support

IT support

public relations support

counsel from Hatch Detroit and its partners

I’d say that’s a great way to get a business up and running, wouldn’t you?! We can’t wait to attend the Hatch Off event and find out who the winner will be this year!

Get more details at


Wishing the final four contestants the best of luck!


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