What We Do

Strengthening Detroit, Together

Invest Detroit was created to bring partnerships and philanthropic resources together to support real estate and business projects that struggle to find traditional financing. With lending and investing tools and a team of strategic thinkers passionate about Detroit, we partner on projects that create housing and job opportunities for all Detroiters. Knowing that we can accomplish more together, our work is collaborative, leveraging additional resources and expertise to create a better chance of success.

Real Estate

Our real estate program supports both new construction and renovation projects and encompasses our Strategic Neighborhood Fund (SNF) investment. While we continue to support projects in the Greater Downtown, it is through SNF that we expand our tools to mixed-use buildings in neighborhood catalytic commercial corridors. We support both large projects led by experienced developers that will bring affordable housing to a neighborhood, as well as projects led by emerging, local developers looking to build their portfolio—helping to ensure equitable opportunity for neighborhood development.

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Matt Hessler, B. Siegel Co. Building, Livernois-McNichols neighborhood
Parker Durand
The Roxbury Group and Invest Detroit
Total Housing Units:
Affordable Units:
46 at varying levels of affordability
Islandview/Greater Villages
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Invest Detroit’s small business program is committed to supporting both new and existing locally-owned businesses with loans that support operational and property needs. Our small business team is deeply embedded in Detroit’s small business ecosystem and dedicates an enormous number of hours each year to provide ongoing technical assistance to help our small business owners refine their plans and achieve their business goals.

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Transaction Range
Marcus Jones and Akunna Olumba, Detroit Pizza Bar, Livernois-McNichols neighborhood
Dymond Designs Beauty School
Business Owner:
Marlene Brooks
Loan Size:
Students trained each year for cosmetology careers:
Graduation Rate:
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Invest Detroit’s Commercial and Industrial program supports larger businesses with the potential to provide a significant number of jobs for Detroit residents. We continue to work with the City of Detroit, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and other partners to a create a strategy to better attract these large job-creators.

Business Owner:
Robert Hake
Total Expansion Cost:
Jobs Created Over Next 3 years:
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Venture Capital

ID Ventures, the venture investment team of Invest Detroit, scales promising early-stage startups into thriving companies that help support the state’s economy, provide jobs to local talent, and bolster Michigan’s growing startup community. One of only a few venture capital firms located in Detroit, it is our only statewide program and one of the most active early stage investors in the state, managing over 120 companies across multiple sectors such as life sciences and healthcare, information technology, fintech, mobility, advanced manufacturing and materials, among others.

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Javier Evelyn
Total Investment:
Medical Technology Devices
# of Americans with severe food allergies his device can help: