NEI was originally formed in 2007 during an unprecedented market decline with the broad and urgent mission to “return Detroit and the region to its position as a global economic leader.” Since then, the granting and convening strategy has been informed by its own work, and has evolved to a more focused agenda that targets innovation and entrepreneurial support, place making, and talent attraction primarily in the city of Detroit while building connections to the Southeast Michigan region.
Access to capital for every stage of ideas and growthView Capital Grantees
Instigate new ideas and helping existing ideas come to marketView Ideas Grantees
Building the physical places for ideas to thriveView Place Grantees
Retaining, attracting, preparing and equipping the talent necessaryView Talent Grantees
Research, training mentors, necessary to help ideas growView Tools Grantees