I Am Young America is a social venture that promotes entrepreneurship as a means to combat youth unemployment and boost economic impact in cities. Our mission is to help revitalize American cities by empowering young entrepreneurs to launch businesses, and mobilize citizens everywhere to champion them. We highlight and support America’s youngest entrepreneurs through content, funding, services, apps & enterprises, resources and tools...online and off.

EMILY THORNHILL

Designer, Homeslice Clothing

TAWNYA CLARK

Owner, The Batata Shop

JAY RAYFORD

Founder, Social Sushi

KIMO FREDERIKSEN

Owner, True Body Fitness

MEG, ANTHONY& MAX PROVENZINO

Owners, Socra Tea Detroit

MORE THAN A BLOG, WE'RE A MOVEMENT.


WE ARE YOUNG DETROIT.

I Am Young Detroit is in the business of turning dreamers into doers. Become a member and get access to exclusive resources and tools, discounts on products and events from our partners, early access to our beta apps and programs, and discounts on our premium services. Grow your business, increase community engagement, and expand your reach.

  • DREAMER
    PACKAGE

    $150/YEAR

    • Marketplace Listing
    • Media & Press Opportunities
    • Community Engagement Opportunities
    • 6 Grant Applications
    • Discounted Partner Services
    • 15% Startup Services Discount
    • 15% PopLab Services Discount
    • 6 Job Postings
    • Free Access To Workshops
    • Access to Co-Working Space
    • …and more!

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  • DEVELOPER
    PACKAGE

    $250/YEAR

    • Marketplace Listing
    • Media & Press Opportunities
    • Community Engagement Opportunities
    • 10 Grant Applications
    • Discounted Partner Services
    • 25% Startup Services Discount
    • 25% PopLab Services Discount
    • 10 Job Postings
    • Free Access To Workshops
    • Access to Co-Working Space
    • Mentorship Matching
    • …and more!

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  • DOER
    PACKAGE

    $499/YEAR

    • Premium Marketplace Listing
    • Premium Media & Press
    • Community Engagement Opportunities
    • Unlimited Grant Applications
    • Discounted Partner Services
    • 50% Startup Services Discount
    • 50% PopLab Services Discount
    • Unlimited Job Postings
    • Free Access To Workshops
    • Co-Working Space Hours
    • Mentorship Matching
    • First Access To Beta Apps/Services
    • 1 ON 1 IAYD Coaching Session
    • …and more!

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I Am Young Detroit awards monthly grants to Detroit doers between the ages of 16 and 39, providing seed money to allow burgeoning entrepreneurs the opportunity to begin turning their dreams into reality. Awards includes micro-grants up to $1,000, Mentor Matching, 1-Year Premium Membership, Opportunity for Matching High School Fellow, and Access to Co-Working Space for up to a year. Application fee is free for members or $25 for non-members. See the full list of questions here. Applications now open. LAUNCH A GRANT CAMPAIGN! or REFER A GRANT PARTNER

  • Detroit Market Lab Pop Up/Pop Out Grant

    $500

    Are you a Detroit Entrepreneur wanting to launch your own pop-up in the City of Detroit? To qualify you must be between the ages of 18 and 30, be a registered citizen of Detroit, and launch your pop-up in the city of Detroit.

    Deadline: April 25, 2014 | Apply Now!

    CitySpotters App-solutely Fabulous Grant

    $500

    Are you a Detroit App Developer with an early-stage web or mobile app that benefits the City of Detroit? Have a solid business plan? To qualify, at least one founding member must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and be a registered citizen of Detroit.

    Deadline: May 25, 2014 | Apply Now!

    Thrive Detroit Keys To Thrive Grant

    $500

    Are you a Detroit Entrepreneur between 18 & 39 with social leanings? Help Thrive Detroit create a Micro-Enterprise opportunity with low barrier to entry for people with low-income. The enterprise should cost less than $2k to launch and your biz plan must show proof of short-term profitability.

    Deadline: June 25, 2014 | Apply Now!

In partnership with Detroit Market Lab, we're providing a unique opportunity for Detroit-based entrepreneurs under 35 to pop-in to vacant and underutilized spaces with their retail business ideas. We'll provide marketing, design, media, place-matching, and logistics support. We'll even match you with a mentor or two and help you launch your pop-up in style with a fabulous event!

  • Services Include:

    • Marketing Support
    • Commercial & Retail Design
    • Place Matching
    • Logistics Training

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I Am Young Detroit offers a curated selection of startup services to help launch your business. Services include Logo Design, Explainer Video Production, and Commercial Space Design. Learn more about our services below.

  • Logo & Branding Development

    Building a logo and branding identity is the most comprehensive and exciting service we offer at I Am Young Detroit. It’s not just logo design, it’s creating a complete brand aesthetic, including a color palette, typography guidelines, and graphic element. Whether you have a logo already or you’re starting from scratch, we can work with you to make sure it shines and stands out from the crowd.

    REQUEST INFO

    Animated Explainer Video Production

    In business, first impressions matter. We’ll help you capture your audience’s attention in less than 2 minutes with our animated explainer videos. We’ll take your boring sales pitch and transform it into a really dope animated video that will turn your average website lurker into a real paying customer. Not into animation? We’ve partnered with some of the best in live video production who can help with that. Just give us a holler.

    REQUEST INFO

    Commercial & Retail Design Consulting

    Whether you’re moving into a new space or restyling an existing one, we can help! Through a partnership with Dpop, we’ll meet with you to assess your goals, take stock of what you have to work with, and create a concept, color scheme, and budget that fits the need of your business. You bring the business, we’ll bring the freshness.

    REQUEST INFO

I Am Young America supports its programming in part by launching applications and micro-enterprises that further our mission of empowering young entrepreneurs to launch businesses and mobilizing citizens everywhere to champion them. Here's what we're working on right now…


  • BUY LOCAL.
    BUILD
    GOODNESS.

    Buy Goods. Build Goodness. Block X Block is a localized online store that helps build neighborhoods. Scheduled to launch April 2014.

    COMING HOLIDAY 2014

  • EARN REWARDS
    CHAMPIONING
    YOUNG DOERS

    CitySpotters are everyday citizens like you, who inform us whenever they ‘spot’ a promising new business or movement led by a young citizen doer. Accepted contributions may appear on one of our city blogs and will be rewarded with cool gifts that encourage local spending with young Detroit Doers. Coming back June 2014!

    BACK SUMMER 2014!

  • LOCAL
    QUESTIONS
    LOCAL
    ANSWERS

    Formerly Urbassist, our platform in development that matches aspiring entrepreneurs with those who can help guide them best.

    COMING SOON

About I Am Young Detroit // Since 2009, I Am Young America, L3C has published I Am Young Detroit, an online publication and movement created to attract, retain, and empower young Doers in Detroit through relevant content, resources, engagement and funding opportunities. With IAYD 2.0 we're also working to empower citizens everywhere to champion them by providing their own.

Telephone no. // (313) 444-4293

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