FLINT— Since opening in 2017, the Ferris Wheel has been cultivating a growing, diverse community of entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses. This week, it was awarded for those efforts when the Ferris Wheel was selected by the Michigan Venture Capital Association as the winner of its annual Community Impact Award. The Ferris Wheel was selected due to its work to create meaningful, effective connections necessary to build Michigan’s, and Flint’s, entrepreneurial and investment community.
“We believe this is the way to rebuild the middle class,” said David Ollila, president and chief innovation officer at Skypoint Ventures. “Everyone has an idea. By empowering people to pursue their own ideas, we can build the future together. That’s what we’ve done here. The inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs in Flint are proving what people can build with the right support.”
Located in the heart of downtown Flint, the Ferris Wheel houses 100K Ideas, a non-profit with a mission to relieve the innovator of the entrepreneurial burden. Businesses that utilize the building have access to services, support and resources all in one space, including FlintPrints, Foster Coffee and diverse workspaces including coworking. In addition, it has hosted pop-up shops, community meetings, congressional leaders, presidential candidates, fashion shows, panels, and more.
Ollila and Kale accepted the Community Impact Award for the Ferris Wheel at the Michigan Venture Capital Association’s Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 12.
Details: Visit FerrisWheelFlint.com. — G.G.