Build was started in January 2012 as a program of D:hive, a welcome center and resource hub located downtown.

The classes, called Build Basics, are based on national standards for entrepreneurship education. The first class in Detroit was offered in the spring of 2012 and since then demand has grown tremendously. Classes are now offered every season and have expanded beyond the core curriculum to include Build Social, a class focused solely on social entrepreneurship, as well as satellite classes offered in Hamtramck, Livernois, and Grandmont Rosedale.

Executive Director: April Boyle

Location:  1620 Michigan Ave., Suite 8, Detroit, MI 48216

Founded: Build Institute was founded in 2012 as part of D:hive, and then operated under the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Build became its own 501(c)(3) in 2018


What makes Build Institute special?

At Build Institute, we break barriers and provide self-empowerment by fostering confidence,validating ideas and preparing entrepreneurs to launch their ideas. With over 1,700 graduates, more than 600 businesses started or retained, and nearly 1,500 jobs created that wouldn't have existed otherwise, we are dedicated to making Detroit the leader in equitable entrepreneurship.

Why Corktown?

Corktown has a vibrant small business community. As the community is rapidly evolving, we are dedicated to ensuring we hold space for equity and inclusion. We are dedicated to being a nurturing organization that delivers programs to support Detroit as the global leader in equitable entrepreneurship.

How has the CBA impacted your business?

While we are relatively new members, we are excited to be a part of a community of small business owners in Corktown.

What are some goals or upcoming announcements for Build Institute?

We will be moving into our new space sometime this summer, and we can't wait to have you all out for our open house!