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.
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.
Beginning April 2014, I Am Young Detroit will be awarding 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. Applications now open. LAUNCH A GRANT CAMPAIGN! or REFER A GRANT PARTNER
Block X Block Build It Here Grant
Are you a Detroit Maker with a retail product that you build and sell in the City of Detroit? Then this is the grant for you! To qualify you must be between the ages of 18 and 30, be a registered citizen of Detroit, and make a product that you build and sell in the city of Detroit.
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.
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.
Are you a Detroit Entrepreneur between 18 and 39 with social leanings? Help Thrive Detroit create a Micro-Enterprise opportunity with low barrier to entry for individuals with low-income. The enterprise should cost less than $2000 to launch and your business plan must show proof of short-term profitability.
In partnership with Dpop, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“In Detroit, at what is likely the world’s largest property auction, Loveland stepped in for cash-strapped local government and tracked 9,143 land parcels that sold for $32.5 million at last year’s Wayne County tax foreclosure auction, 6,703 parcels that went unsold, and $182 million in uncollected property taxes. With its mobile app Blexting (that’s blight + texting), the Detroit-based company is powering Motor City Mapping, the first attempt to catalog the condition of every piece of property in the city. The goal is to remove abandoned houses and salvaging lots, a highly visible step toward a broader recovery. This year, Loveland is extending its data-rich mapping tools to other municipalities”.
Starting April 2014 I Am Young Detroit will award Monthly Micro-Grants to Detroit Entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 40, providing seed money to allow them to begin turning their dreams into reality. Awards include Micro-Grants $500+, Mentor Matching, 1-Year IAYA Membership, Opportunity for Matching High School Fellow, and Access to Co-Working Space for up to a year.
Through a partnership with Dpop, I Am Young Detroit’s PopLab provides a unique opportunity for area entrepreneurs under 35 to pop-in to vacant and underutilized spaces with their retail business ideas. The program provides marketing, design, media, place-matching and logistics support, matches entrepreneurs with mentors, and helps them launch their pop-ups in style with a fabulous event! We had the pleasure of working with our first PopLab participant, 26 year old Emery Jones last weekend at our 5 year Anniversary Event. We got the scoop from the EMLE designer to hear about his experiences with the program.