DETROIT, Mich. (Aug. 29, 2013) – After two weeks of public voting and careful deliberation from a panel of judges, Batch Brewing Company was crowned winner of the 2013 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.
“We’re so thrilled to have had so many great business ideas compete in this year’s competition and the support we’ve received from the public has been tremendous,” said Nick Gorga, co-founder of Hatch Detroit. “Batch Brewing Company has really earned this. From the minute we read their application, we were inspired.”
Batch Brewing Company aims to become Detroit’s first nano-brewing company, adding their own beer to Detroit’s ranks while seeking to help other small breweries develop their brand through their “Brewery Incubator” program.
In addition to the $50,000 grand prize courtesy of Comerica Bank, Batch Brewing Company will receive legal, accounting and IT services from Hatch Detroit sponsors.
“Detroit is proving to be the place to be for entrepreneurs,” said Michael T. Ritchie from Comerica. “It’s great to see new businesses being embraced by the community and we couldn’t be more proud to support Hatch Detroit in moving this city forward.”
In its third year, the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest received more than 200 submissions and more than 41,800 public votes.
About Hatch Detroit
Hatch Detroit is a Michigan based 501(c)(3) organization that champions and supports independent retail businesses in Detroit through funding contests, education, exposure, and mentoring. Hatch Detroit was co-founded by Nick Gorga and Ted Balowski, Detroit natives who are passionate about the revitalization of the city and inspiring others in the community to create change.
About Comerica Bank
Comerica Bank, with 215 banking centers in Michigan, is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated. Founded in Detroit in 1849, Comerica continues to invest in Michigan. Comerica’s $17 million renovation of its building at 411 W. Lafayette in Detroit was completed last year and the renamed Comerica Bank Center is now the bank’s Michigan Market headquarters. Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. To find us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares. Follow us on Twitter at @ComericaCares.