Our city has built a strong foundation for entrepreneurship, starting with Henry Ford.  And a major component to Detroit’s comeback will be the continued cultivation of ingenuity and entrepreneurship.  But as every entrepreneur knows, you need to start somewhere.

Upon opening this past July, Bamboo Detroit set out to create a facility that would harness and foster talent, provide shared work space and resources for a community of entrepreneurs to get their start.

“The entrepreneurial community in Detroit is growing very rapidly,” said Dave Anderson, one of the co-founders of Bamboo Detroit. “We noticed that there is a pent-up demand for a collaborative workspace open to entrepreneurs ready to make great changes in Detroit. We wanted to do what we could to serve the community and we felt this was the best way to do so.”

And serve the community they do, offering entrepreneurs a place to collaborate, network, along with providing the basic amenities of an office, like Wi-Fi, coffee, conference rooms and 24/7 access, with monthly memberships starting at just $99/month. It’s just what Detroiters need to get the jumpstart on the next big idea.

“We want to be an outlet for entrepreneurs, freelancers and small teams to receive the resources they need to grow fast and strong,” Dave said. “We believe the co-working contributes to job creation, so we’re setting out to positively impact the unemployment rate.”

Now that’s a cause we can all get behind. And even if you’re not a member, Bamboo Detroit hosts various monthly professional development and networking events – for their kick-off, Bamboo brought in Brian Wong – 22 year old founder of Kiip who raised $15.4 million dollars to start his company when he was 19 yrs. old, for a fireside chat. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates on great events like this one.

For now, Bamboo is home to about 20 businesses that often utilize the space like a gym membership, coming and going throughout the day at their convenience. If it sounds like just the place for you, you’re in luck. Bamboo Detroit is now accepting applications through their website.

Written By: Clare Liening / Photo Credit: Facebook


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