Local Businesses Compete for Comcast Funding

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Two small business owners in metro Detroit have been named among 32 regional winners in Comcast Business’ Innovations For Entrepreneurs contest. Fresh Co Home Inc., in Bloomfield, and Lawrence Hunt, in Royal Oak, will each receive a $10,000 cash award to fuel growth within their business.

They are among 32 small business owners from across the U.S. named regional winners in the national competition that will award more than $600,000 to aspiring entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to enhance their business.

The next round of the competition is the public vote, where six businesses will be selected as grand prize winners and receive an additional $20,000 cash award as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Comcast Business headquarters in Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, they will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one consulting with nationally recognized business experts: Patrick Fitzgerald, MB & Undergrad Entrepreneurship Lecturer at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and DreamIt Ventures Managing Director; Robert Irvine, Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur; and Comcast senior executives.

Public Voting will be held until May 10. The six grand prize winners will be announced the week of June 1, with the grand prize winner event in Philadelphia Aug. 12-13.

“Entrepreneurs and startups can accelerate their growth by leveraging technology to make their business more efficient and scalable,” said Denice Hasty, spokesman for Comcast. “The Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs program celebrates these 32 businesses that are using technology in smart, strategic ways and we are pleased to underwrite the investments they need to help them continue to execute on their plans.”

 The full list of regional winners and their essays are available here.

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