FLINT — Flint’s unique, innovative entrepreneurial community has helped attract a new for-profit business accelerator to the city.
A new group called 100K Ventures has formed with the sole focus of investing in early-stage companies in Flint. Robert Wolf, founder of 32 Ventures, partnered with Phil Hagerman, the founder of Flintbased Skypoint Ventures, to launch the group, which is comprised of leaders in business, sports, entertainment and journalism from around the country.
“This is a special partnership that signals a belief in Flint. There is innovative, life-changing work taking place here every day, and the nation is taking notice,” said Hagerman. “Partnerships like this create even more opportunities for Flint’s entrepreneurs and innovators to uncover the next big idea. We’re grateful to Robert and the entire team for recognizing the incredible talent here in Flint.”
The group toured Skypoint’s Ferris Wheel building while in Flint, which is home to a unique entrepreneurial and coworking ecosystem. One feature for local entrepreneurs and innovators is 100K Ideas, a 501C3 non-profit dedicated to helping innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs evaluate and advance ideas from concept to market.
100K Ideas is a community of hobbyists, thinkers, and inventors with a mission to help passionate innovators, regardless of their prior experience or background, create products/services and startups. Its team of students provide a helping hand to entrepreneurs in all aspects of business development. The nonprofit is supported by Skypoint Ventures, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the C. S. Mott Foundation, Huntington Bank, and the Michigan Office of Energy.
In addition to Wolf and Hagerman, the founding members of the group include current NBA star Draymond Green, former NFL star Victor Cruz, Co-Owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Christina Weiss Lurie, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani, NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, MLB Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, founder of Phenomenal Women Meena Harris, journalist and executive producer Soledad O’Brien, and Financial Advisor Jaime Taicher. — G.G.