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Kevin Krease and Garret Koehler

Detroiters Kevin Krease and Garret Koehler have taken a bid for bringing the X Games to Detroit into the final round.

Audra Carson

Audra Carson is the founder of De-Tread, which provides solutions to tire blight with the result being clean, healthy and safe neighborhoods.

Kami Pothukuchi

Kami Pothukuchi is an Associate Professor of urban planning at Wayne State, founder of SEED Wayne, and director of the Wayne State Farmers Market. 

Monica and Adrienne Wheat

Monica and Adrienne Wheat are the Co-Founders of Digerati Girls, a nonprofit organization that  creates connections, programs, and experiential opportunities to increase the number of women and young girls in digital entrepreneurship and digital marketing careers. Read their full profile here.

Steve Nawara

Steve Nawara is founder of Beehive Recording Company, a nontraditional music label that records artists for free and provides free mp3 downloads of all music recorded to the public.

Monty Luke

Monty Luke is a DJ, producer, record label executive, and owner of small boutique label, Black Catalogue.

John Notarianni

John Notarianni is a band member and sometime leader of Detroit Party Marching Band, a guerilla street band. 

Cecelia Sharpe

Cecelia Sharpe is the founder of Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble, a strong youth ensemble that develops and enhances students' musical talents and abilities in addition to exposing them to our culturally rich and diverse society.

Camilo Pardo

Camilo Pardo is an industrial designer, artist, and founder of Art & Development, a working studio and gallery located in the Bankle Building. 

Toby Barlow

Toby Barlow is Creative Director at Team Detroit, Ford Motor Company’s agency of record; co-owner of Nora, the Midtown design-focused retailer; co-owner of soon-to-open Corktown restaurant Gold Cash Gold; co-founder of Write-A-House, a Detroit writing residency program; and co-founder of Signal-Return, a traditional letter press design and print shop in Eastern Market. He has vision for Detroit he wants others to see.

Jim Geary

Jim Geary is the owner of the Woodbridge Pub, a neighborhood bar that serves affordable, hand-made food and serves as a community hub. 

Jennifer and Espy Thomas

Jennifer and Espy Thomas own Sweet Potato Sensations, a bakery that has been operating for 26 years and is now in its second generation of family owners on Detroit's Northwest side. To read their full profile, click here.

Erik Nordin

Erik Nordin, along with his brother Israel, is the co-owner and artist behind Detroit Design Center, a company of artists that create exquisite furniture pieces, accessories, sculptures, lights and more.

Hajj Flemings

Hajj Flemings is a businessman and entrepreneur. Among the various start-ups he has launched is Brand Camp University, a multi-faceted resource program that assists small business owners. 

Jerry Paffendorf

Jerry Paffendorf is co-founder of LOVELAND Technologies, a software company that does interactive city mapping and crowd sourcing.
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