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Hatch Detroit semifinalists include liquor-infused ice cream, bookstore and more

The 10 semifinalists for the 2023 Comerica Hatch Detroit contest have been announced.

The winner will earn $100,000 in startup funds from Comerica Bank, along with a package of accounting, legal, IT and public relations assistance from Hatch Detroit and its partners. The winner also will open a brick-and-mortar location in Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park, according to a news release.

"The Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest has become a proven launching pad for budding entrepreneurs, not just because of the startup funding from Comerica Bank and expert counsel from TechTown Detroit and its partners, but because the public has a voice in which businesses they'd like to see set up shop in their neighborhoods, and they are dedicated to supporting those businesses," Chistianna Malone, TechTown chief program officer and assistant vice president for economic development at Wayne State University said in a news release.

Public voting is open online and four finalists will be named April 13.

In-person voting is also available this week 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the following Detroit locations: Black Coffee Cafe at 9405 John R St., Detroit Pepper Co. at 17180 E. Warren Ave. and Detroit Rosa at 19180 Grand River Ave.

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